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Selemon Barega to battle Muktar Edris in Paris

Olympic 10000m champion Selemon Barega will be the star to watch at the seventh Diamond League Meeting of the season that will be held on Saturday in Paris France.

Barega who is also the World 3000m champion will be running his third 5000m this season after finishing third in Eugene in 13:07.30 and fourth in Rome in his seasonal best of 12.54.87.

The 22 year-old who was beaten last week by former Africa Cross Country champion Nicholas Kipkorir Kimeli, will battle four more athletes, who boast a sub-13 minutes personal best. They include, double world 5000m champion, Muktar Edris, Nibret Melak, who clocked a lifetime best of 12:54.22, Addisu Yihune, who clocked a persona best of 12:58.99 in Hengelo last year and a seasonal best of 13:02.10 in Grosseto.

The 2014 Youth Olympics silver medallist, Thierry Ndikumwenayo from Burundi, has also been added on the star studded list after breaking the 13 minutes for the first time this year in Rome with a time of 12:59.39.

The 2018 European 10000m bronze medallist, Yemaneberhan Crippa from Italy, who clocked 13:04.95 in the 5000m in Rome and 27:16.10 in the 10000m in London last May, will also be on the start list to fight for honors.

Selemon Barega to battle title holder Berihu Aregawi In Rome

Olympic 10,000m champion Selemon Barega will take on Diamond Trophy holder Berihu Aregawi in a deep elite field in the 5000m race at the fifth leg of Diamond League meeting that will be on 9th June 2022 in Rome, Italy.

Barega who is the fifth fastest runner (behind Joshua Cheptegei, Kenenisa Bekele, Haile Gebrselassie, and Daniel Komen) in history with a time of 12:43.02 that he got when winning the 2018 Diamond Trophy in Brussels four years ago.

The 22 year-old is a two-time 3000m World Indoor Championship medallist, taking a silver in 2018, and a gold in 2022 in Belgrade, will take on his compatriot, Aregawi who is reigning Diamond League champion.

Aregawi is the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics 3000m silver medallist and he is also the bronze medalist in the 10000m race at the 2018 World Athletics U20 Champion.

The 21 year-old set the fifth fastest time of 7:26.20 in 3000m history at the Indoor Meeting Karlsruhe which was the first of this season’s seven World Indoor Tour Gold meetings.

Barega and Aregawi will be joined by the double World 5000m Champiom, Muktar Edris and Yomif Kejelcha, who claimed the Diamond League title in 2015 and set a 3000m Diamond League record of 7:26.25 in Oslo last year.

That time bettered the previous series record of 7:26.64 that had been set by Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo a year earlier in the same city.

Nicholas Kimeli breaks the World 10K Bengaluru course record

Former Africa cross country champion Nicholas Kipkorir Kimeli broke the race course record at the World 10K Bengaluru Road Race that was held on Sunday (15) in Bengaluru, India.

The Tokyo 5000m fourth finisher took the lead at the 9km mark and pulled away from Ethiopia’s reigning world U20 10,000m champion Tadese Worku to erase the men’s previous record of 27:44 that was set by his compatriot Geoffrey Kamworor in 2014.

The race started off in an unusual manner with Reynold Kipkorir from Kenya who was to eventually finish ninth – out on his own for much of the first 5km, passing the halfway point in 14:00 with the rest of the elite field staying around 70m in arrears.

But shortly after going through 5km, Worku took charge of the race and engaged the gear to tow the leading men back to Kipkorir before going past him just before the 6km point and then increasing the pace further.

Kimeli stayed calmed behind Worku for the next 3km, letting him to do all the hard work as the pair gradually got back onto course record pace as they also put a daylight between themselves and the rest of the men’s field.

Worku who looked fresh as they reached the final kilometre could not respond when Kimeli took the lead, with the latter almost sprinting like a middle-distance runner over the final 300m as he cut the tape in a new course record of 27:38.

“Honestly, I was not expecting to get the course record. When we reached 5K, we didn’t think we will get the course record, in fact, even when we crossed the 7K-mark, I didn’t think we will make the record. But only when Worku pushed ahead, I picked up pace towards the end,” said Kimeli.

Worku was forced to settle in second place inside the old record with a time of 27:43.

The race favorite and former world half-marathon record holder, Kibiwott Kandie closed the first three podium finishes in a time of 27:57.

Two-time reigning world champion 5000m Muktar Edris crossed the line in a disappointing seventh place.

Kimeli pocketed a cool USD 26,000 for his victory and course record bonuses of USD 8000.

LEADING RESULTS

10KM MEN

  1. Nicholas Kimeli     (KEN) 27:38
  2. Tadese Worku         (ETH) 27:43
  3. Kibiwott Kandie     (KEN) 27:57

Muktar Idris wins San Antón 10km Race

Two time world 5000m champion, Muktar Idris took the top honors in style at the 38th edition of the International Night of San Antón 10km Race that was held on Saturday (26) night in Spain.

The 28 year-old ran solo for the better part of the race and he had an epic finish when he took the burning touch from one of the race officials with 100m remaining and going ahead to cut the tape in a time of 28:3.

Spain’s Sergio Paniagua came home in second in 29:44 with his compatriot Santiago Catrofe closing the podium three finishes in a time of 29:52.

The 2010 Ibero-American 5000m Champion, Ayad Lamdassen and Mohamed Katir who broke three Spanish outdoor records in just 34 days in Diamond League meetings came home in fourth and fifth place both timed 29:52.

LEADING RESULTS

10KM MEN

  1. Muktar Edris         (ETH) 28:31
  2. Sergio Paniagua   (SPN) 29:44
  3. Santiago Catrofe  (SPN) 29:49
  4. Ayad Lamdassen  (SPN) 29:52
  5. Mohamed Katir    (SPN) 29:52

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).