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Letesenbet Gidey and Yalemzerf Yehualaw target world half marathon record in Valencia

The Valencia Half Marathon Trinidad Alfonso EDP witnessed a men’s world record last year as Kibiwott Kandie ran a stunning 57:32. This time the women’s world record is the target and organisers have assembled a star-studded line-up for the World Athletics Elite Label road race on Sunday (24).

Ethiopians Letesenbet Gidey and Yalemzerf Yehualaw will clash in a long-awaited showdown. Gidey is the world 5000m and 10,000m record-holder, while Yehualaw ran 1:03:44 in August, and although that time will not be ratified as a world half marathon record the two athletes will now go head-to-head in Valencia as they target the 1:04:02 run by Ruth Chepngetich in Istanbul in April, a mark which is pending world record ratification.

The 23-year-old Gidey has competed sparingly this year but managed to set a world 10,000m record by running 29:01.03 in Hengelo before claiming bronze at the Tokyo Olympics.

While the diminutive Yehualaw is an accomplished half marathon specialist, with nine outings over the last three seasons, Gidey will tackle the distance for the first time but her impressive 44:20 world best for the 15km set in Nijmegen in 2019 suggests she might become the first debutante to set a world record for the distance.

Reportedly, each of the Ethiopian aces will be joined by their respective pacemakers – Mebrahtu Kiros and Genetu Molalign – in a battle which promises to be fierce, while the organisers will provide an official pacemaker for the rest of the elite targeting a 1:05 clocking.

That second group looks set to be led by Ethiopia’s Senbere Teferi, the winner in 2019 thanks to a 1:05:32 time; her compatriot Hawi Feysa, fresh from a 1:05:41 PB in Copenhagen last month; Sheila Chepkirui, runner-up last year in a career best of 1:05:39; and her fellow Kenyan Brenda Jepleting, a 1:06:52 performer.

After last year’s climax, when no fewer than four men ran inside the then world record of 58:01, one of them – Rhonex Kipruto – will be the marquee athlete this time.

The Kenyan star, who clocked a 57:49 debut last year, also excelled in Valencia in January 2020 when he set the world 10km record of 26:24. He couldn’t place higher than ninth at the Tokyo Olympics over 10,000m but proved to be in top form in September when he recorded 26:43 at a 10km road race in Herzogenaurach.

While a men’s world record assault is not planned on this occasion, the pacemakers are set to go through the opening 10km in 27:30 on the hunt for a sub-58:00 finish time. In addition to Kipruto, Sunday’s field includes another four Kenyan athletes with PBs under 59 minutes: Philemon Kiplimo, who was fifth last year in Valencia in a career best of 58:11, plus Kelvin Kiptum (58:42), Abel Kipchumba (58:48) and Felix Kipkoech (58:57). Yet Kipruto’s toughest opposition might come from the two-time world 5000m champion Muktar Edris.

The 27-year-old Ethiopian posted a promising debut over the distance last November by clocking 59:04 in New Delhi and should play a key role on Sunday, while the European challenge will be headed by Norway’s Sondre Moen and Spain’s Carlos Mayo.

Weather forecasters predict an ideal morning for running, with a 13ºC temperature and a very slight breeze. After the four records set in Valencia last year – the men’s 10km, half marathon and 10,000m, plus the women’s 5000m – the city could witness another world best on Sunday.

Muktar Edris wins Giro al Sas 10km race

Two time world 5000m champion, Muktar Edris won the 74th edition Giro al Sas 10km race that was held on Saturday (2) along the streets of the historic center of Trento, Italy.

Edris won the fourth title with a sprint finish ahead of his fellow country-mate, Yassin Hajis, when he crossed the line in 28:14. Yunis was forced to settle in second place two seconds later. Uganda’s Hosea Kiplangat closed the first three podium finishes in 28:20.

Muktar Edris wins the 2021 Giro al Sas 10km race. PHOTO: Organisers

The Ethiopian who has participated in this eight times was rewarded with Fabio Giacomelli Memorial award for the most presence at the race. Others who have been given this award include Antonio Ambu who raced their seven times and Kenya Edwin Soi who has raced their five consecutive times (2009 to 2013).

Rogers Kibet and Charles Mneria both from Kenya finished in fourth and fifth place in 28:27 and 29:07 respectively.

LEADING RESULTS
10KM MEN

  1. Edris Muktar         (ETH) 28:13
  2. Haji Yassin            (ETH) 28:15
  3. Hosea Kiplangat    (UG)  28:20
  4. Rogers Kibet          (KEN) 28:27
  5. Charles Mneria      (KEN)29:07

Rhonex Kipruto to battle Muktar Edris at Valencia Half Marathon

The world 10km record holder  Rhonex Kipruto will battle for honors with  two time world 5,000m champion Muktar Edris at the Valencia Half Marathon that will be held on October 24 in Valencia, Spain.

 After failing to break his own record at the Herzogenaurach, Germany early this month, Kipruto ran his second fastest time in history of the 10km race cutting the tape in 26:43 as season best.

 Ethiopian Edris carries enjoys a personal best of 59:04 won during his debut at the 2020 Airtel Delhi Half Marathon and hopes to run better in his second 21km race.

 The duohave had good track records and will be joined by several sub 59-minute runners over the distance and some world-class debutants from the track.

Marc Roig, manager of the international elite of the race, said that “Olympic years always have a special atmosphere, but the calendar does not stop and the half marathon (non-Olympic distance) has other crowns to share out. And they want them, both those who triumphed in Tokyo and those who fell short. That’s why dreaming about the world record is possible and desired”. 

The Valencia Half Marathon is working with the teams of the top elite athletes so that their training in the weeks leading up to the event will culminate in an unprecedented peak of performance in Valencia.

Last year’s edition was for only Elite athletes in which a new male world record of 57:32 was set by Kibiwott Kandie from Kenya, and four runners ran under 58 minutes, the Valencia Half Marathon has assembled these fast runners to try and lower the world record.

Jacob Krop beats Muktar Edris in 5km race at the Road To Records

Kenya’s Jacob Krop beat off race favorite Muktar Edris from Ethiopia at the Road To Records 5km race that was held on Sunday (12) at the Adidas headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany.

Krop gave a strong finish to win the race in 13:06.

He was followed by 2017 World 5000m Champion Muktar Edris from Ethiopia who took silver in 13:09 with Hosea Kiplagat from Uganda taking bronze in 13:13.

Geoffrey Kimutai and Daniel Kinyanjui both from Kenya finished in fourth and fifth place in 13:22 and 13:27 respectively.

LEADING RESULTS
5KM MEN

  1. Jacob Krop               (KEN) 13:06
  2. Muktar Edris           (ETH) 13:09
  3. Hosea Kiplagat       (KEN) 13:13
  4. Geoffrey Kimutai    (KEN) 13:27
  5. Daniel Kinyajui       (KEN) 13:27

Rhonex Kipruto sets his eyes on world record in Germany

Rhonex Kipruto the 10km world record holder will target to lower his own record at the Road to Records race which will be held on Sunday (12) at the Adidas headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany.

The battle to lower the record has been dubbed, “Road to Records” after their signature racing shoe.

Kipruto who is also the World under-20 5,000m champion came within two seconds of the world record at the 2018 Birell Prague 10km race an IAAF Gold Label road race. His winning time of 26:46 is the second-fastest 10km performance in history behind Leonard Komon’s 26:44 world record from 2010.

Muktar Edris, the two-time 5km world champion from Ethiopia who of late has been in great shape, beat Mo Farah a two-time double world champion and two time double Olympic champion at the 2017 World championships in London.

The two have been paired together to try and lower the current world record set by Kipruto of 26:24 in January 12, 2020 in Valencia Spain.

Other assembled athletes to look after include Weldon Langat who has a personal best of 27:24.73 that he got early this year in Nairobi, Nicholas Kimeli from Kenya who also has a personal best of 12:51.78that he got in 2020 in Monaco, Italy and Birhanu Balew from Ethiopia who has a personal best of 27:07.49, which is also national record, that he got at the 60th Ostrava Golden Spike in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Italy will be represented by Eritrean born Italian Eyob Faniel who holds the Italian record over the half marathon of 1:00.07.

Olympic Marathon champion Peres Jepchirchir will be a special guest.

Nyairera out to make amends as she battles Semenya and Niyosaba in Lausanne

Olympic 800m bronze medallist Margaret Nyairera is seeking to bounce back at the Lausanne Diamond League meeting tomorrow after failing to finish in Paris a week ago.

Nyairera has had a mixed season so far at the circuit, finishing sixth at the Prefontaine Classic in Oregon, where she posted 1:58.67 in her first outing.
Nyairera hopes to find her form ahead of the Africa Championships slated for Nigeria next month. “The Diamond league races will enable me find the right form ahead of the Africa Championship,” she added.
Nyairera, who bagged silver the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast last April, said the early start to the season has contributed to her struggles on track. “The season started early with the Commonwealth Games but I hope come the Africa even,  I will be in peak condition,” she added. World and Commonwealth Games champion Caster Semenya won the two-lap race in Paris in 1:54.25. Former world champion Eunice Sum will also be in contention in the Swiss city after finishing ninth in 1:59.25 in Paris.
The two Kenyans will face off with Olympic silver medallist Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi, who was second in Paris behind Semenya in 1:55.86. Others to look out for include Ajee Wilson of the United States, home favourite Selina Buchel, Lynsey Sharp of the United States and Alemu Habitam of Ethiopia.
Davis Kiplangat leads a formidable strong Kenyan contingent in the 5000 metres alongside Collins Cheboi, Vincent Letting, David Bett, Sylvester Kiprotich and Richard Kimunyan in the 12-lap race.
They face stern test from Ethiopia’s World champion Muktar Edris alongside Yomif Kekelecha and world Under-18 champion Selemon Barega in a competitive field that is expected to produce fireworks.
Winny Chebet will lead Kenya’s hunt in the 1,500 metres alongside Nelly Jepkosgei and Emiliy Cherotich. The trio will be up against Hassan Sifan (Netherlands), Meraf Bahta (Sweden), Laura Muir (Great Britain), Dawit Seyaum, Gudaf Tsegay (Ethiopia), Liden Hall (Australia) and Arafi Rababe (Morocco).

Barega Leads Loaded 5000m Field in Lausanne

Having notched up two IAAF Diamond League victories already this year, Ethiopia’s Selemon Barega will aim for a third at Athletissima in Lausanne on 5 July.

The world indoor 3000m silver medallist will contest the 5000m in Lausanne in what will be his final race before heading to Finland to defend his title over the same distance at the IAAF World U20 Championships Tampere 2018.

Barega, still just 18 years of age, won the two-mile event in Eugene last month and then triumphed over 5000m in Stockholm with a world-leading 13:04.05. He followed it with a world-leading clocking of 7:37.53 in the 3000m in Ostrava.

In Lausanne he will be up against a field that includes world champion and last year’s Lausanne winner Muktar Edris, Olympic silver medallist Paul Chelimo, and Birhanu Balew, the Bahraini who won in Shanghai and finished a close second to Barega in Stockholm.

Ethiopia’s Abadi Hadis, Eritrea’s Aron Kifle and Switzerland’s Julien Wanders are also in the field.

Tanui faces Edris Muktar at Prefontaine Classic

Olympic 10,000 silver medalist Paul Tanui faces a stern test in the two mile race at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene on May 26.
Tanui, who is also the world 10,000m bronze medallist faces a quality field in the event including compatriot Ronald Kwemoi, world 5000m champion Muktar Edris of Ethiopia. Kwemoi won the Bowerman Mile last year while Edris ended Mo Farah’s reign last summer at the World Championships.
The Ethiopian beat Farah, always a fast finisher, at his own game with a ferocious 52.4 last lap. For Edris, the gold was his first track major medal of any color – his only other medal being the bronze he earned at the 2015 World Cross Country Championships in China.
Meanwhile, his Ethiopian teammate, Yomif Kejelcha, raced to a second successive world indoor 3000m title in Birmingham last month. Kejelcha, 20, has twice raced to unprecedented feats at Hayward Field. In 2014, he became the youngest ever 5000m winner at the World Junior Championships, in Eugene. In 2015 he made his biggest splash, winning the Pre-Classic and becoming the youngest 5000m winner by four years. A fantastic season saw him winning the Diamond League as well with a 12:53.98 PB. He’s also the fastest in the field at 3000m with 7:28.19, the current world U20 record.
The youth fountain from Ethiopia continues with 18-year-old Selemon Barega, who became the youngest indoor 3000m medallist with his silver medal finish behind Kejelcha in Birmingham. He won the world U20 5000m title in 2016.
The field also includes Paul Chelimo, the only racer in the field with medals from Rio and last summer’s World Championships. Both –Rio silver and London bronze ­— came with thrilling finishes and are among the best ever by a US athlete.
Newly-crowned double Commonwealth Games champion Joshua Cheptegei is also in the mix. He was second over 10,000m at last year’s World Championships and the world junior champion over the distance in 2014. Canada’s Mohammed Ahmed is also in the field, the double silver Commonwealth medallist after finishing runner-up behind Cheptegei in both track races in Gold Coast.
Others in the field include Bahrain’s Albert Rop, who has a 12:51.96 5000m lifetime best, Ryan Hill, the 2016 world indoor 3000m silver medallist, who has a 7:30.93 personal best over that distance, Eric Jenkins, 26, who won indoor NCAA titles for Oregon over 3000m and 5000m, Hassan Mead, the US 10,000m champion, Shadrack Kipchirchir, the US road 5km champion; and Australian Patrick Tiernan, the 2016 NCAA cross country champion.
The 2-mile distance comes in a year with no major international championship 5000m races outside of the annual IAAF Diamond League, which incorporates the two mile and 3000m into its point standings for the 5000m. The-Pre Classic two mile record of 8:03.50, set in 2007 by Australian Craig Mottram, remains the fastest run on US soil.