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Joan Melly to face-off with Guteni Shone at Seoul Marathon

Ethiopia’s Guteni Shone returns with the fastest time on paper to the 76th edition of the Seoul Marathon that will on Sunday (17) in Seoul, South Korea.

The 30 year-old returns to Seoul, seven years after her victory there. Since then, she has participated in five marathons with two wins in Ottawa and Seville, three silver medals in Prague in 2021, Dubai in 2020 and Houston Marathon in 2015.

Guteni comes to this race with a personal best of 2:20.11 that she got last year in Dubai and will face-off with her compatriots, Sutume Asefa, who comes to this race with a personal best of 2:20.30 that she got at the 2020 Tokyo Marathon where she won the bronze medal. Asefa is also the 2019 Beijing Marathon champion.

Kenya’s Joan Chelimo Melly is another title contender as she comes to this race with the third fastest time on paper of 2:20.57 that she got when she finished in eighth place at the 2020 Valencia marathon. The 31 year-old who has competed in six half marathon races and lost known. She holds the fastest time of 1:05.04 over the distance which ranks her as one of the fastest women of all time for the distance.

Shure Demise comes to this race with fourth fastest time on paper of 2:20.59 that she got on her debut at the 2015 Dubai marathon where she finished just outside the podium. The 26 year-old has gone on to win in Toronto twice. Demise also finished in third place at the 2019 Tokyo marathon and in Chicago in 2018.

The 2018 World Half Marathon Champion, Netsanet Gudeta who has only competed in two marathons to date comes to this race with a personal best of 2:26.09.

Other title contenders lined up include Agnes Jeruto Barsosio, who was third in Seoul in 2016, Selly Chepyego Kaptich, and Celestine Chepchirchir, who was third in Seoul in 2019. Bahrain’s Eunice Chumba, seventh at the Olympics last year, is another one to watch.

The race organisers have put together this deep elite field to chase and lower the race course record of 2:19.51 that was set in 2006 by Zhou Chunxiu from China.



  1. Guteni Shone    (ETH) 2:20.11
  2. Sutume Asefa   (ETH) 2:20.30
  3. Joan Melly         (KEN) 2:20.57
  4. Agnes Barsosio (KEN) 2:20.59
  5. Shure Demise    (ETH) 2:20.59
  6. Selly Kaptich     (KEN) 2:21.06
  7. Eunice Chumba (BRN) 2:23.10
  8. Celestine Chepchirchir (KEN) 2:23.38
  9. Netsanet Gudeta  (ETH) 2:26.09

Diana Kipyogei runs away with Boston Marathon title

Kenya’s Diana Chemtai Kipyogei won her first major marathon as she ran away with the 25th edition of the Boston Marathon title that was held on Monday (11) in Boston.

The 27-year-old had only run two other marathons heading into Monday’s race, winning the 2020 Istanbul Marathon and placing third at the 2019 Ljubljani Marathon.

The race began at the 8 miles in, when Kipyogei surged ahead. Netsanet Gudeta of Ethiopia, a former world cross-country champion, went after her and caught her within a few miles but at 24 miles, after the two had run side by side, it was Kipyogei who again took the lead. The veteran Edna Kiplagat of Kenya, a pre-race favorite and a two-time world champion as well as a New York and Boston winner, soon caught Gudeta and gave chase to Kipyogei. She gained some time but could not close the whole gap.

Kipyogei kept her pace pace intact to lead 1-2-3 Kenyan podium finish as she cut the tape in 2:24.50 with Ednah forced to settle in second place in 2:25.09.

Mary Ngugi came closed the podium three first finishes when she crossed the line in 2:25.20 with Monicah Ngige also from Kenya finishing in fourth in 2:25.32.

United States Nell Rojas was the top American finisher, placing sixth with a time of 2:27.12.

Edna Kiplagat leads the elite field at Boston Marathon

The 2017 Boston marathon winner Edna Kiplagat from Kenya who is now based in United States will lead the women elite field at the 125th Boston Marathon that will be held from Hopkinton to Boston on Monday, October 11 in Boston.

This will be the first-ever fall edition of the Boston Marathon which will feature more than 140 elite athletes across all divisions including dozens of Americans, the Boston Athletic Association and John Hancock Financial jointly announced today.

The Organizers of the world’s oldest marathon, which could not be held as an in-person event in 2020 due to the pandemic and the local authorities, have permitted a field of 20,000 runners, and up to 70,000 more will run a virtual edition of the race. An $876,500 prize money purse will be on offer, the second largest in the history of the race.

Tom Grilk who is the B.A.A. president and CEO said, “In October, many of the world’s best athletes will look to etch their names in the history books by winning the Boston Marathon, We very much look forward to October’s competition, bringing together winners from more than one hundred global marathons. The B.A.A. is eager to continue the tradition of athletic excellence as we return to the roads leading to Boston.”

As usual the elite field in the open divisions is dominated by Africans. On the women’s side, eight international athletes have run sub-2:22 during their careers led by Ethiopia’s Yebrgual Melese (2:19:36), Mare Dibaba (2:19:52), Workenesh Edesa (2:20:24), Sutume Kebede (2:20:30), and Sutume Kebede (2:20:30). The top Kenyans are Kiplagat, the 2017 women’s race champion (2:19:50), and Helah Kiprop (2:21:27). Caroline Chepkoech, a former Kenyan who now runs for Kazakhstan, is making her debut.

The top American women are Jordan Hasay (2:20:57), Des Linden (2:22:38), and Molly Huddle (2:26:33). Hasay made her marathon debut at Boston in 2017, finishing third in 2:23:00. Linden has run Boston seven times and won the wet, cold and windy edition in 2018 (she was also second in 2011). Like Linden, Huddle ran Boston in 2018 and finished 13th. Ten of the 27 elite women who started that year dropped out.

The two defending champions, Kenya’s Lawrence Cherono and Ethiopia’s Worknesh Degefa, are not in this year’s elite field.

 International Women:

Yebrgual Melese   (ETH), 2:19:36

Edna Kiplagat        (KEN), 2:19:50

Mare Dibaba          (ETH), 2:19:52

Workenesh Edesa (ETH), 2:20:24

Sutume Kebede    (ETH),  2:20:30

Besu Sado             (ETH), 2:21:03

Helah Kiprop         (KEN), 2:21:27

Bedatu Hirpa         (ETH), 2:21:32

Atsede Baysa        (ETH), 2:22:03

Diana Chemtai      (KEN), 2:22:06

Biruktayit Eshetu   (ETH), 2:22:40

Tigist Abayechew  (ETH), 2:22:45

Purity Changwony (KEN), 2:22:46

Caroline Rotich          (KEN), 2:23:22

Mary Ngugi                (KEN), 2:27:36

Shiho Kaneshige       (JPN),  2:28:51

Netsanet Gudeta        (ETH), 2:29:15

Kellys Arias                (COL), 2:29:36

Tish Jones                 (GBR), 2:31:00

Brittany Moran        (CAN), 2:36:22

Marie-Ange Brumelot (FRA), 2:36:23

Caroline Chepkoech    (KAZ), Debut (1:05:07 Half)

Monicah Ngige             (KEN), Debut (1:07:29 Half)





Erick Kiptanui and Galen Rupp withdraws from Copenhagen Half Marathon

Kenya’s Erick Kiptanui has withdrawn from the 4th edition of the Copenhagen Half Marathon that will be held on Sunday (16)  in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Kiptanui took the world with surprise when he ran the fifth fastest time in 2018 and equaled the fifth in the all-time performances for the distance.

The 28 year-old won the Berlin Half Marathon which was his third time that he was running in a half marathon with amazing splits of 5K – 13:32; 10K – 27:32; 15K– 41:38, to beat the former world marathon record holder Patrick Makau’s course record of 58:56.

Kiptanui who was short of 19 seconds of the current world record and a mere two seconds from the fastest half marathon time in seven years had vowed to bring down the course record come Sunday, “I’m coming to Copenhagen to set a new world record,” said the confident Kiptanui.

Another big name to drop out of the CPH is Galen Rupp, an Olympic marathon bronze medalist who has withdrawn his name to concentrate of defending his Chicago Marathon. title which he can use event as part of his preparations

In the women’s race World half marathon champion, Netsanet Gudeta from Ethiopia has withdrawn due to an injury she got in training while Jordan Hasay who finished third at last year’s Chicago Marathon is also preparing for the same race.


Keitany targets to regain New York Marathon title

Kenyan Mary Keitany will be targeting a fourth victory at the TCS New York City Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label race, on 4 November.

Keitany and her compatriot, 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon champion Vivian Cheruiyot, will join previously announced Shalane Flanagan, the 2017 winner, and 2018 Boston Marathon champion Des Linden of the US in a race that features 10 Olympians and three Abbott World Marathon Majors race champions.

Keitany, 36, is the women’s only marathon record-holder who finished runner-up in this race last year after notching three successive titles. In 2016, she had a dominating performance in which she surged ahead at Mile 14 to finish the course on a solo run in 2:24:26. Her 3:34 margin of victory was the greatest in the women’s race since 1980, and she became the first able-bodied runner since Grete Waitz to win the event three years in a row.

“I was disappointed not to defend my title last year, but I was not 100 percent healthy and Shalane ran a strong race,” said Keitany, the 2012 and 2016 World Marathon Majors champion. In April 2017, Keitany won her third London Marathon title, breaking the women’s only marathon record in a blistering time of 2:17:01.

Joining Keitany from the international side will be two Ethiopians, reigning IAAF World Half Marathon champion Netsanet Gudeta and Mamitu Daska, who finished third in New York last year.

Molly Huddle, who was third in New York in 2016, 2018 Boston Marathon runner-up Sarah Sellers, 2016 New York runner-up Sally Kipyego, and 2017 fifth-place finisher Allie Kieffer are also in the line-up.

Brigid Kosgei stumbles as Getahun carries the day at Bogota Half Marathon

Ethiopia’s Netsanet Gudeta took top honors at the 19th edition of the Bogota Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (29) in Bogota, Colombia.

The race took a different point just before the five-kilometer mark. When Kenya’s and defending champion Brigid Kosgei, took a tumble and fell to the ground.

This gave the 27-year-old who came to this race with a personal best of 1:00.54 that she got in Valencia early this year, took advantage and forged on cutting the tape in 1:11.34 but falling short of the 1:10.39 course record that was set by Susan Chepkemei in 2004.

Kosgei crossed the line more than three minutes later in 1:14.40 with Degitu Azimeraw also from Ethiopia closing the podium three finishes in 1:14.51.

Peru’s Gladys Tejeda and Roza Dereja from Ethiopia took fourth and fifth place in 1:15.53 and 1:16.20 respectively.

The 2016 Paris women Marathon Chmapion, Visiline Jepkesho from Kenya finished a disappointing sixth place in 1:16.25



1.Netsanet Gudeta   (ETH) 1:11.34
2. Brigid Kosgei       (KEN) 1:14.40
3. Degitu Azimeraw (ETH) 1:14.51
4. Gladys Tejeda      (PER) 1:15.53
5. Roza Dereja          (ETH) 1:16.20
6.Visiline Jepkesho  (KEN) 1:16.25

Chepkirui targets Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon course record

Former Commonwealth and African 10,000m champion Joyce Chepkirui of Kenya will face a stiff challenge as she returns to the Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon in the Czech Republic on Saturday.

The Prague Half Marathon champion leads a horde of eight Kenyans at the race. The team departed Nairobi on Wednesday for the Czech capital.

Ethiopia’s world half marathon champion Netsanet Gudeta is fastest on the entry list but Chepkirui is banking on her endurance and speed to turn the tables and claim the title.

“I have had very good training and will be happy to see who the opposition lining up against me is. I want to run a fast time and look at making the Kenya team for the World Championships in 2019 in Qatar,” she said Wednesday in Nairobi.

Chepkirui said she will not be seeking a slot in the Kenya team at the Africa Athletics Championships in Asaba, Nigeria, but will be keen to improve her performance on the road.

“I have no plans to compete on the track this season. My focus is on the road race and hopefully, I will string together good results and put my name up for selection to the marathon team for the World Championships next year,” she added.

Gudeta of Ethiopia is the leading athlete, based on time. She was second at the Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon last year, running 27 seconds quicker than the 66:38 course record of Mary Keitany from 2015.

But Chepkirui, who ran 66:19 to win the Prague Half Marathon in 2014, will be the athlete to watch.

Alongside Chepkirui, Kenya will also have Antonina Kwambai (68:07) and Linet Masai (69:33) who are returning from maternity leave and are keen to restart their road racing careers.

Other athletes to watch out for will be Ethiopia’s Aselefech Mergia (67:21), and Trihas Gebre of Spain (69:57), who is the top European along with in-form Frenchwoman Clemence Calvin.

Eva Vrabcova-Nyvltova leads the domestic entries. Organizers have invited seven athletes who have previously run under the 70-minute mark.

Ethiopia’s Jemal Yimer, who was second in Ras Al-Khaimah in United Arab Emirates in February in a time of 59:00 is the fastest of four sub-60 runners in the men’s field.

He will have to contend with Kenyans Gilbert Masai (59:31), Justus Kangogo (59:31), Stephen Kiprop (59:44) and Abel Kipchumba (60:05), while Jiri Homolac (63:23) is the top domestic entrant.


Tirop smashes TCS World 10K course record

Kenya’s Agnes Tirop pulled a surprise to many when she broke the World 10K women race in Bengaluru that was held early Sunday in Bengaluru, India.

The race that was ran under humid and hot conditions could not prevent the battle between three women who all went through the race with a course record in mind as they fought their way to the very last 500m which separated the three.

A pack of nine runners went through two kilometres in 6:30 and three in 9:42 before a slight increase in pace saw the pack reduced to the five main protagonists at the halfway point, reached in 16:01.

The Kenya trio of Pauline Kamulu, Caroline Kipkirui and Agnes Tirop were accompanied by Ethiopia’s Netsanet Gudeta and Senbere Teferi.

With the world half marathon champion Gudeta continuing to force the pace, as she had done almost from the gun, after 6km Kamulu started to drop away.

After nine kilometres was passed in 28:25, Kipkirui started to suffer and was unable to stay with her two rivals. With 500m to go it was down to a head-to-head battle between Teferi and Tirop, the latter using her sub-8:30 speed over 3000m on the track to outkick Teferi about 250m from the line before winning in 31:19.

“I knew my training had been going well but I didn’t come here expecting to win as it was such a strong field. Maybe my chances were 50/50. It helped that the Ethiopians made the pace in the first half of the race and I felt very comfortable following them,” said Tirop.

The Ethiopian crossed the line in second place three seconds later while Kipkirui closed the podium three in 31:28.

Gudeta and Kamulu took fourth and fifth place in 31:53 and 32:16 respectively.

irop was closely followed by Teferi



  1. Agnes Tirop           (KEN) 31:19
  2. Senbere Teferi       (ETH) 31:22
  3. Caroline Kipkirui  (KEN) 31:28
  4. Netsanet Gudeta    (ETH) 31:53
  5. Pauline Kamulu    (KEN) 32:16

Tirop headlines the Bengaluru 10k Race

Former World cross country champion Agnes Jebet Tirop will headline the 11th edition of the Bengaluru 10k Race that will be held on Sunday 8, July in Bengaluru, India.

The 23 year-old comes to this race with a personal best of 31:00 that she got at Tilburg in Netherlands in 2017.

She will face off with her fellow country mate, Pauline Kaveke Kamulu and Caroline Chepkoech Kipkirui as they seek to thump thumb the Kenyan dominance in road races.
The trio will face-off with Netsanet Gudeta from Ethiopia who recently beat the world half marathon record holder Joyciline Jepkosgei at the 2018 World Half Marathon that was held in Valencia.The Ethiopian comes to this race with second fastest time of 31:35 that she got at Ottawa in 2017.

Kamulu will also be seeking to create history as she is fresh from finishing second in women’s 3,000m flat at the Doha Diamond League earlier this month. The 24 year-old won bronze at the 2018 World Half Marathon Championships in a personal best of 1:06.56.

Kipkirui heads to Bengaluru 10K race with a personal best of 31:58 that she got at Mobile, United States in 2016.

The trio will be looking to lower the course record of 31:58 that was set by Ethiopian Wude Ayalew in 2010.

Two more Ethiopians will also be on the start line led by Sanbere Teferi and Zeineba Yimer.

Gudeta’s World Half Marathon Championships record ratified

The International Athletics Association of Federations (IAAF) confirmed on Monday (14) that the world record that was set by Ethiopian Netsanet Gudeta on March 24 when she smashed the women’s only race world record at the world half marathon championships in Valencia, Spain.

Gudeta got a record of 1:06.11 to break a former record of 1:06.25 that was set by Dutch Lornah Kiplagat on October 14, 2007.
the 27 year-old got her first success in senior competitions after she had been the 4th place in Cardiff (UK) in 2016.
The winner’s podium was completed by Kenyan Jocyline Jepkosgei (silver medal) and Pauline Kamulu (bronze).
IAAF also ratified the world record by indoors got by the male 4×400 relay team of Poland, composed by Karol Zalewski, Rafal Omelko, Lukasz Krawczuk and Jakub Krzewina on March 4 at the Indoor Championship in Birmingham, UK with 3:01.77.
The Polish quartet won and set their record over US Kyle Clemons, David Verburg, Kind Butler and Calvin Smith, who got 3:02.13 in Sopot, Poland on March 9, 2014.