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Sharon Lokedi ‘was NOT tested before her shock victory’

Running officials failed to test New York City Marathon winner Sharon Lokedi for doping prior to the event Sunday.

Lokedi won the women’s professional race on her marathon debut in 2 hours, 23 minutes and 23 seconds.

However, it has now been revealed that the Kenyan was not tested for doping before the race.

On Tuesday, Brett Clothier, head of the Athletics Integrity Unit, the independent organization that oversees drug testing for international track and field, confirmed that the 28-year-old had not been tested as part of the organization’s special testing program it runs for the world’s top marathons, according to the New York Times.

There is nothing to suggest that Lokedi violated anti-doping rules and she has not tested positive for an illegal substance.

The organization had reduced the pool of athletes in the Registered Testing Program for the world’s top six marathons throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, Clothier said in a statement.

This year it tested only the top 80 athletes – 40 men and 40 women – competing according to their World Athletics rankings.

Lokedi was just outside the group, ranked 47th, and therefore was not tested as part of the program.

A spokeswoman for the AIU revealed Lokedi had not been tested by the organization since June 2021 and was not forced to undergo to further testing prior to the race in New York.

However, the marathon’s organizers, the New York Road Runners, had submitted her name to the AIU in June as part of the professional athlete field and Lokedi had continued to appear on any subsequent list. It was then down to the AIU to carry out any testing.

This year she finished fourth in the New York City Half Marathon, completing the 13.1-mile race in 1:08:14 and in June finished second in the New York Mini 10K, posting a time of 30:52.

The New York Road Runners confirmed Lokedi had been subject to testing immediately after winning the race.

However, it has long been claimed that in-competition testing is not as an effective tool as athletes can flush out illicit substances from the systems prior to races as they know they will be tested for certain.

Whereas the Registered Testing Program is more rigorous with athletes having to provide a location where they will be for one hour every day for random out-of-competition testing.

Clothier said the testing pool would be expanded to 150 men and 150 women in 2023.

Foreign athletes also do not have to tell the United States Anti-Doping Agency their daily whereabouts for random testing, despite training and competing in the country.

Instead, the country they compete for is responsible for monitoring anti-doping amid their athletes, which would be Kenya for Lokedi.

Kenya has historically had a poor record of testing its athletes and the AIU said last month that 10 Kenyans have tested positive for triamcinolone, an banned anti-inflammatory medication, since the start of 2021, with only two cases in track and field from the entire rest of the world during the same period.

Those athletes included Diana Kipyokei, who was disqualified after winning the 2021 Boston Marathon for a positive test.

The 28-year-old is pictured with her coach and agent, Stephen Haas (right), after the race

Lokedi’s coach and agent, Stephen Haas, had said Sunday that she had trained in Kenya prior to running in the New York Marathon and it is unclear if she underwent testing while there, according to the New York Times.

The USADA has tested Lokedi twice this year but in comparison Keira D’Amato, who broke the American women’s record in the marathon in January, has been tested 11 times and American Emily Sisson 10 times.

After New York City Marathon, the U.S. Olympic women’s team picture is crowded

It did not take long for Aliphine Tuliamuk to find air conditioning after finishing seventh as the top American in the warmest New York City Marathon since 1985.

She picked up her giggling 21-month-old daughter, Zoe, and placed her face directly in front of the cool air.

“To be honest with you, I don’t think it was actually as bad as I expected,” Tuliamuk said of the temperature, which reached 73 degrees when she crossed the Central Park finish line. “I was on point with my hydration.”

She clocked a personal-best 2:26:18, despite ankle swelling hampering her build up. She estimated that she only had five weeks of training before taking the last two weeks to taper.

“I excel when the conditions are not perfect,” she said. “I rise to the occasion, and I believe that today that was the case.”

Seventh was the lowest placing for the top American woman in New York City since 2015, when Laura Thweattalso finished seventh.

“I remember going into the race thinking, if I could get top seven, that would be really good,” Tuliamuk said. “I obviously wanted more.”

Tuliamuk is beginning to turn her attention to the Olympic Trials in the first quarter of 2024 at a to-be-announced site.

She plans on running a spring 2023 marathon, which could be her final marathon before trials, where the top three are expected to make up the team for the Paris Games.

“Once the [trials] schedule is out,” she said, “we’ll work backwards from that.

“I think that next Olympic team is going to be really, really hard to make.”

Tuliamuk identifiedEmma Bates, Keira D’Amato, Molly Seidel and Emily Sisson as her toughest competition. Sisson broke the American record at October’s Chicago Marathon, clocking 2:18:29 to lower D’Amato’s record from Jan. 16 by 43 seconds. Seidel claimed the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

“There’s so many Americans right now that are doing amazing,” Tuliamuk said. “It’s like you just have to have a perfect day.”

Tuliamuk made her Olympic debut at the Tokyo Games. She did not finish the race, seven months after she gave birth.

“I really want to make the next Olympic team,” she said. “The last one, the pandemic and having a child, I never really got to represent my country the way I wanted it.”

Tuliamuk will be 35 in 2024. The U.S. Olympic women’s marathon team included a 35-year-old at three of the last four Games.

“I really want a medal for my country,” she said. “I think that I have a lot of running in me. I have a lot of speed.”

Bates, 30, finished 35 seconds behind Tuliamuk for eighth place on Sunday.

“Those hills were a lot harder than I imagined,” said Bates, who revealed that she did not look at the course map before the race.

Bates wore a matching snake ring and earrings as she made her New York City debut, one year after placing second at the Chicago Marathon.

“I think I’m going to take some more risks next time,” she said. “Hopefully I’ll do better next time. I want to be top five.”

It was a big 48 hours for Bates, who was inducted into the Boise State Hall of Fame on Friday. She planned on celebrating with a Modelo beer.

Tuliamuk envisioned a tamer celebration, including showing Zoe around Central Park and other tourist attractions.

“I’m really grateful that I’m able to do all of it,” she said. “I’m able to run at the very highest level of our sport and be a mom at the same time.”

Evans Chebet storms to victory at New York City Marathon

Kenya’s Evens Chebet stormed to victory on his debut at the5 0th edition of the TCS New York City Marathon, a World Athletics Platinum Race and a World Marathon Major competition held on Sunday (06) in New York.

Chebet became the first man to win Boston Marathon and New York Marathon in the same year since 2011 when he passed a collapsed Brazilian Daniel do Nascimento around mile 21 to surge ahead and cut the tape in a time of 2:08.41.

“Boston Marathon was actually harder, which prepared me for this race,” said Chebet,

The 33 year-old was followed closely by the 2020 World Marathon Majors champion Shura Kitata from Ethiopia who crossed the finish line in 2:08.54 with the Tokyo Olympics marathon silver medallist, Abdi Nageeye closing the podium three finishes in a time of 2:10.31.


Sharon Lokedi wins New York City Marathon

Newcomer Sharon Lokedi from Kenya was the surprise winner at the 50th edition of the TCS New York City Marathon, a World Athletics Platinum Race and a World Marathon Major competition held on Sunday (06) in New York.

Lokedi who is a fiance to the17-time NCAA champion collegiate distance runner for the University of Oregon, Edward Cheserek, became the 8th person in New York City marathon history, man or woman, to win in her marathon debut in a personal best of 2:23.23.

The 28 year-old was followed by the World bronze medallist, Kenyan-born Israeli Lonah Chemtai Salpeter who crossed the line in second in 2:23.30 with the reigning World marathon champion Gotytom Gebrselase from Ethiopia coming home in third place in 2:23.39.

When Lokedi was 14, her family fled their home village of Burnt Forest that became an area of violence after a Kenyan presidential election. For a month, the family lived with no shelter or a steady source of food before returning after the conflict ended.

Two times World Marathon champion Edna Ngeringwony Kiplagat came home in fourth with Viola Cheptoo who finished behind Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir on her marathon debut in the American city last year crossing the line in fifth in 2:25.34.

Double World 5000m champion Hellen Obiri who was also making her marathon debut finished in sixth place with a personal best of  2:25.49 with former Kenyan now trading for United States Aliphine Tuliamuk finishing in seventh place in 2:26.18.

Albert Korir to defend his New York City Marathon title

Kenya’s Albert Korir will be heading back to New York City to defend his NYCC marathon title at the 50th edition of the race that will be held on November 06, 2022 in New York.

The 27 year-old last year thrashed a strong deep elite field that included Kenenisa Bekele, Abdi Nageeye and the defending champion Geoffrey Kamworor, two years after finishing second.

“I’m very happy to return to New York after my victory last year, but I also feel a great responsibility to defend my title,” Korir said in a statement. “It was surprising to me that the list of athletes who have returned to defend their title has very few names on it, but I am training very hard to join them. It is never easy, but I have the benefit of experience.”

The race organisers have assembled a deep field that include the 2021 runner-up Mohamed El Aaraby of Morocco, along with 2020 London Marathon winner Shura Kitata of Ethiopia and Evans Chebet from Kenya.


Peres Jepchirchir targets the New Marathon course record

Olympic marathon champion, Peres Jepchirchir will be targeting the race course record at the 50th edition of the New York City Marathon that will be held on November 06, 2022 in New York.

Jepchirchir became the first woman to win both the Tokyo marathon and New York in a span of four months said her main aim is to defend her title and also chase the course record which failed to achieve after finishing eight seconds off the mark.

The 28 year-old also added the Boston marathon title in April, cementing her status as the world’s top marathoner.

“My main aim is to defend my title but with focus on the course record which I missed last year,” said Jepchirchir.
While releasing the elite list on Wednesday, the race organisers also included last year’s runner-up, Viola Cheptoo of Kenya.

The race will also have three debutants, World marathon champion ,Gotytom Gebreslase from Ethiopia, World bronze medallist, Lonah Salpeter from Israel and Kenya’s Hellen Obiri.

Americans Des Linden, Sara Hall, Emma Bates, Aliphine Tuliamuk, Nell Rojas and Stephanie Bruce will also be on the start line up.

Peres Jepchirchir and Joyciline Jepkosgei expected to share WMM jackpot prize

Newly crowned New York City marathon champion Peres Jepchirchir and London marathon champion Joyciline Jepkosgei will be battling for the World Marathon Majors jack pot prize.

Following the conclusion of the marathon season on Sunday at the New York, the two marathon queens will be on for the prize following their dominance in the majors.

Jepchirchir, who won New York garnered 25 points to add on her Olympic marathon win is expected to share the prize with Jepkosgei, the winner on 2020 New York City marathon and 2021 London marathon, who have all gained 50 points from the two wins.

Kenya’s Peres Jepchirchir wins the women’s marathon final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Sapporo on August 7, 2021. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)

Another Kenyan runner on the prize list will be world marathon record holder Brigid Kosgei, who won silver at the Olympic Games and finished 4th at the London marathon.

Jepchirchir said it will be a tricky way of earnings after enjoying the 2020 and 2021 season winning all her races and setting two world records and reclaiming her world half marathon title.

“This time, it will be a challenge in sharing the prize money but that is not a problem at all,” said Jepchirchir after winning New York City marathon on Sunday.

She also said that, after winning her first world marathon majors title she will have to take a break.

Athletics – London Marathon – London, Britain – October 3, 2021 Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei celebrates winning the elite women’s race REUTERS/Matthew Childs

After closing a season on a high note, the Valencia marathon champion said she had had a successful 2020/2021 season and it is her high time to take a break, as she thinks of the next move next season.

“It has been a good season for me. Both last year and this year’s where I have won in almost all races I have competed in and it will be my time to bond with the family back home,” said Jepchirchir while in the USA after winning her third marathon in all four marathons she has run.

Last year, Jephirchir came from maternity leave to win her second world half marathon title as well as the Valencia marathon.

“My journey has been a success and in all these I owe it to God and the first thing is to give my body time to recover well,” added Jepchirchir.

At the New York City marathon, she won the title in 2:22.39 beating her country mate Viola Cheptoo Lagat and Ethiopian Ababel Yeshaneh to second and third in 2:22:44 as Yeshaneh clocked 2:24.42 respectively.

She said that it was a wonderful win that she expected following her intense training.

“It was wonderful, winning this marathon. The year has been so great. After winning the Olympic title, I did not expect to win this title. I was well prepared despite the fact that there was limited time before the race,” Jepchirchir said.

With world championships and Commonwealth Games coming next year, Jepchirchir was reluctant to commit to the two championships saying she will be making her announcement next year on her next move.

“For now I want to relax and recover my body. Once I resume my training by next year, I will be in for a better season,” said Jepchirchir who will be arriving in the country on Tuesday morning.


Peres Jepchirchir runs away with 2021 New York Marathon title

Kenya’s Peres Jepchirchir made her debut memorable at 50th edition of the New York City Marathon that was held on Sunday (7) in in New York, USA.

The Tokyo 2020 marathon winner sprinted to the finish with a powerful kick to cut the tape in 2:22.39. She was followed by Marathon debutant Violah Lagat  who happens to be the sister to Bernard Lagat.

more to follow…

Albert Korir wins the 2021 New York City Marathon

Kenya’s Albert Korir won the lived to his expectation as he trounced a deep field at the 50th edition of the New York City Marathon that was held on Sunday (7) in in New York, USA.

The 27 years-old returned to the New York City Marathon with an aim of finishing on the podium despite the heavy line-up that included Kenenisa Bekele, Abdi Nageeye and the defending champion Geoffrey Kamworor.

Korir came to this race with a personal best of 2:08.06 that he got at the 2019 Ottawa marathon. In 2019, Korir finished second behind Kamworor but this time round he was the man on a mission as he never let any distraction to deter him as he destroyed the rich field cutting the in 2:08.22

More to follow…

Major Races for Tomorrow and Where to WATCH

Tomorrow is a fully packed day with six major races around the World.

Below are some of the Road Races.

1. Event Info: Istanbul Marathon

Event Info:    2021 Nairobi Marathon 2021.

Date:              Sunday, NOV 7th

Time:        9.00 AM  (GMT)

Live Stream start time: The race will be streamed live on Sport Istanbul and YouTube.

2. Cross Internacional de San Sebastián.

Date: Sunday, Nov 7th

Time: 08:00 (GMT)

3. Event Info: Barcelona Marathon

Date:  Sunday, Nov 7

Time: at 8:30am Central European time (GMT +1).

4. Event Info: New York City Marathon

Date: Sunday, Nov 7

Time: 8:00am ET.

  • United States and New York Area: ABC App and ABC7NY.com, WABC-TV, ESPN2 and ESPN 3 via the ESPN App
  • Brazil: ESPN Brazil
  • China: SMG Sports
  • Europe: Eurosport
  • France: L’Equipe
  • India: Eurosport
  • Italy: RAI
  • Japan: TV Asahi
  • Mexico: Sky Mexico
  • Netherlands: NOSr
  • New Zealand: Sky
  • Kenya: SuperSport
  • South America: ESPN International
  • Southeast Asia: Eurosport
  • Spain: TVE: Tv3

5. Event Info: CrossCup de Mol

Date: Sunday, Nov 7th

Time: 11:30 (GMT)

6. Event Info: Los Angeles Marathon

Date: Sunday, Nov 7

Time: 6:30 US Pacific (GMT +9).

LA marathon live stream and TV coverage: