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Abdi Nageeye: Victory at the New York City Marathon Would Inspire Somalis and Refugees

Abdi Nageeye captured hearts worldwide with his Olympic marathon silver at the Tokyo 2020 which also resonated with refugee communities.

The celebrations spread across the Netherlands, his adopted home after escaping war in Somalia, and in Kenya, the long-distance powerhouse where he honed his running career.

The Tokyo silver was the Netherlands’ second-ever medal in the Olympic marathon event and another example for Kenya’s High-Altitude Training Camp to boast about.

My target is to win. I really believe now that I can – Abdi Nageeye ahead of the 2021 New York City Marathon

On November 7, the Dutch runner will pound the streets of the New York City Marathon for the first time seeking to end his season with a victory to add to his cherished Olympic medal, after proving that he can run with ‘the best in the world’.

“My target is to win. I really believe now that I’m good in the race where you have a championship field, where you aim for the podium. I have good sprints and confidence,” he told Olympics.com from his home in Eldoret, Kenya.

But, even more important for Nageeye, is cementing his role as a huge inspiration for the younger generations in Somalia.

Olympic silver medalist Abdi Nageeye celebrates crossing the finish line at Tokyo 2020. Picture by 2021 Getty Images

Abdi Nageeye: From Somalia to the Netherlands

Aged six, Abdi Nageeye left Somalia with his brother for the Netherlands. After a four-year stint in Europe, the siblings left for Syria and returned home to Somalia. It wasn’t long before the teenager resettled back in the Netherlands with his adopted family via Ethiopia.

Like most boys, the young teen enjoyed playing football. One day, he laced up his running shoes for a 5km run, which he completed in a relatively fast 17 minutes.

That was in 2006. He turned out to be a good runner and was encouraged to exploit his new interest. A year later he debuted for the Netherlands, in a junior race, at the European Cross-Country Championships.

That marked the start of an athletics career that has seen Nageeye compete at European and World Championships, two Olympic Games and run marathons in major cities.

His national record and personal best of 2:06.17 at the 2019 Amsterdam Marathon remains ‘one of the best days’ of his life.

“That race gave me a lot of confidence. I ran that race with an injury from 33km, a lot of cramping on my hamstring. And it’s that confidence that I had until the Olympics,” he recalled of the race where he placed fourth.

Abdi Nageeye: The Olympic lesson in Rio and the medal in Tokyo

The run in Amsterdam fanned his ambition of making the podium at a major championship.

“I knew I was able to do something. I never showed it at the [2018] European Championships, I didn’t prepare smart enough, but I knew I was able to run well and to win major marathons. But people want to receive the result at the finish line, and I was not able to do it.”

His Rio 2016 experience, where he finished 11th, counted for something when he lined up for the Olympic marathon in Sapporo.

When Eliud Kipchoge confirmed his greatness by clinching his second consecutive Olympic gold,only Nageeye came close.

Gold medalist Eliud Kipchoge of Team Kenya (L) hugs silver medalist Abdi Nageeye of Team Netherlands (R) after completing the men’s Olympic marathon in Japan. Picture by 2021 Getty Images

As they had done many times in training in Kaptagat, when he trained with Kipchoge, and his renowned coach Patrick Sang, the Dutch runner followed his lead when he broke away from the pack around the 30km mark.

“I knew I had this big chance with the whole world watching and I said I will show them what I can do.”- Abdi Nageeye on the silver at Tokyo 2020.

He created a near-perfect race, though it was a long and hard chase behind Kipchoge, his efforts were rewarded. Abdi took an Olympic silver medal with a season’s best time of 2:09:58.

“It was a long journey, the preparations… there were three Kenyans and three Ethiopians who are normally very strong…Then, there I was at the finish line, number two. It was a good feeling!”

The 32-year-old was cheered to the line in Sapporo by Kipchoge.

“When I was crossing the finish line, I was like, ‘We did it!’”

Abdi Nageeye: Inspirational legacy from Eliud Kipchoge

Nageeye may have shifted his training base to Iten, considered the cradle of Kenyan long-distance training, but the values he picked up from Eliud Kipchoge remain.

“He’s the greatest! Nobody can argue with that, he’s the greatest! From Eliud, I learned to take my time and focus on the progress. I learned the importance of discipline.”

Nageeye now trains remotely with Gary Lough, the coach of four-time Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah.

The British coach also coaches Somali-born Belgian Bashir Abdi who edged past Kenyan Lawrence Cherono in the home stretch for bronze at the Olympics.

“The whole of Somalia was watching us at that moment, and they were talking about us. Most of them started running because of Mo Farah and many will start now because of me and Bashir.”

It has been 13 weeks since the epic Olympic race and Nageeye is on the entry list for the New York City Marathon, looking to capitalise on his newfound fame and form.

“I think I will be in good shape as it is more of a championship race, if I was trying to run 2:04 [below the course record], it would not be possible. I’ll be ready.”

The Dutch half-marathon record holder who lives in the running town of Eldoret is giving himself every shot.

“I’m good in the race where you have this championship field, where you are just aiming for the podium. I have good sprints, confidence, I’m training well until now, so my goal really is to win this race.”

Abdi Nageeye: Motivation to be the best

The second-fastest man over the marathon Kenenisa Bekele leads the men’s field in the 2021 New York City Marathon that includes a handful of previous podium finishers.

Ethiopia’s Girma Bekele Gebre, third in 2019, and the 2016 New York champion Ghirmay Ghebreslassie of Eritrea are both considered top-three contenders.

“I am just hearing one or two names but I’m not focusing on that. I’m focusing on training and to be as fit as possible at the start line. It’s only when I get to the athletes’ hotel [in New York], and I see the faces and say ‘OK, you are there, and you too,’ and then I will make my plan,” said the marathoner who ran the Boston Marathon twice finishing 7th in 2018.

Just like at the Olympics, his motivation to win his debut New York Marathon runs deep.

“In Somalia, our last world champion was in 1987, that’s Abdi Bile and they just know him. That’s it. They even named a popular Toyota pick up after him, the Abdi Bile car,” he explained.

Bile, the 1996 Olympian, is Somalia’s most decorated athlete in history and still holds several national records.

“In Somalia, they don’t know much about running… The civil war put a pause on everything. So, it’s up to us to educate them, help them to understand and practice sport. Not only those in Somalia but the Somali community around the world.”

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Source: olympics.com

Nancy Kiprop to battle Peres Jepchirchir at New York Marathon

Three times Vienna City marathon champion, Nancy Kiprop will be targeting podium position at the 50th edition of the New York Marathon that will be held on Sunday (7) November in New York City.

The 42 year-old finished in fourth position with a time of 2:26.21 at the 2019 edition behind Joyciline Jepkosgei who pulled 2:22.38 with Mary Keitany coming home in second in 2:23.32 and Ruti Aga third in a time of 2:25.51.

Kiprop has not competed in any race for two years and returns to the same course she launched her World Marathon majors career following her dominance at the Vienna City marathon.

“I have been off for two years and the same course I competed last, is the same course I will be running. The two years have been long but I have hope of reaching the podium,” said Kiprop who moved from Iten to Kaptagat as her training base.

KIprop will have to battle with the on-form Peres Jepchirchir who holds the fastest time on paper of 2:17.16 that she got at the 2020 Valencia Marathon.

She will also face Nancy Kiprop who was fourth the last time the race was held in 2019, and Viola Lagat, the younger sister of five-time Olympian Bernard Lagat.

While Lagat will be racing his elder brother the five times Olympian Bernard will be part of the broadcast team that will be doing commentary.


Kipsang and Kiplagat focus on New York despite running in Berlin last month

Defending champion Geoffrey Kamworor leads a host of stars to next month’s New York Marathon.

Kamworor, who is the three-time World Half Marathon champion, will face stiff competition from several of his compatriots in the 42km race during the ‘Big Apple’ race.

Kamworor clocked 2:10:53 to win the event last year.

The defending champion will be up against former winner and world record holder Wilson Kipsang, who competed at last month’s Berlin Marathon, finishing third in 2:06:48.

The 2017 London Marathon champion, Daniel Wanjiru, will also be in the mix.

Wanjiru has a personal best of 2:05:21 set at the Amsterdam Marathon two years ago and will fancy his chances of performing well at the event.

Former New York City Marathon champion Stanley Biwott will also be seeking to reclaim the crown he won in 2015 in 2:10:34 while Stephen Sambu, who clinched the New York City Half Marathon in 2016 in 1:01:16, has also been entered.

In the women’s category, two- time world marathon champion Edna Kiplagat, who finished fourth at the Berlin three weeks ago in 2:21:18, aims to unseat last year’s champion Sharlene Flanagan of the USA.

London Marathon champion Vivian Cheruiyot will also be seeking to win her second marathon crown after her exploit in the British capital in April.

Mary Keitany will be chasing her fourth New York City Marathon crown after victories in 2014-2016.

Keitany is one the country’s most decorated marathoners with wins in other big city marathons including London, where she has won three times (2011, 2012 and 2016).

US-based Sally Kipyego made her marathon debut in 2016 in New York, finishing second to Keitany in 2:28.01 and will be aiming to go one place better.

Wilson Kipsang’s Brother to pace for World Record Bid in Berlin

New York Marathon silver medalist Wilson Kipsang will be paced by his younger brother Noah Kiptoo Kiprotich in his attempt of setting a new world record at Sunday’s BMW Berlin Marathon.

Kiprotich, 29, is looking forward to a good run at the Berlin Marathon and help Kipsang reclaim the world record which was brocken by Dennis Kimetto in 2014.

Kiprotich, who started elite running in 2015 said his work is to run up to 31km and leave his elder brother Kipsang to carry on.

“I want to help my brother lower the course record, which is the world record. I will be looking forward to a good race,” said Kiprotich.

Kiprotich has been training with Kipsang since the latter returned from the New York Marathon last year.

Kipsang held the world record for one year when he broke it in 2013 by clocking 2:03:23 to eclipse the 2:03:38, which had been posted by compatriot Patrick Makau.

Kimetto improved the mark to become the first man to run under two hours and three minutes by clocking 2:02:57 in 2014 on the same course.

Dennis Kimetto Tips Kipchoge, Kipsang to Break World Mark in Berlin

World Marathon record holder Dennis Kimetto has tipped compatriots Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge and former holder Wilson Kipsang to break the world record at the Berlin Marathon slated for September 16 in Germany.

Kimetto believes either of the athletes Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge (2:03.05) and New York marathon silver medalist Wilson Kipsang (2:03.13) can run away with the world record.

Kimetto said the two Kenyan athletes have the strength and skills to run the fast Berlin Marathon course in under two hours and 50 seconds and break his world record that stands at 2:2:57.

“Kipchoge is the best bet so far but Kipsang has the ability to sprint and win if he has his tactics right,” said Kimetto.

Former World marathon record holder Patrick Makau warned that it will not be easy as breaking the record requires more than skill, strength and pacesetters.

“In my experience, breaking a world record requires more hard work, experience, mental and physical strength as well as a favorable course and weather conditions,” he warned.

Sir Mo Farah set for showdown with Rupp and Salazar at Chicago Marathon

Sir Mo Farah could be in line for a showdown with his former training partner Galen Rupp and controversial ex-coach Alberto Salazar after hinting he will run the Chicago Marathon this autumn.

Farah will hold a meeting this week with his manager Ricky Simms and coach Gary Lough to finalise his schedule and he is currently undecided between running the more lucrative New York Marathon in November or Chicago in October.

But he indicated on Monday that the latter might get the nod, which would open the way to a face-off against defending champion Rupp, who finished second to Farah in the Olympic 10,000m final at London 2012.

The American went on to win Olympic bronze in the marathon in Rio in 2016 and any clash between the two former Oregon Project team-mates would come with the added spice of pitching Farah against Rupp’s trainer Salazar, whom the Brit left last October. Salazar remains under investigation by US Anti-Doping.

‘I don’t know which marathon yet – which one invites you or which one is going to look after you,’ Farah said after beating a soft field to win the London 10,000 in 29min 44sec.

Farah beat a soft field to win the London 10,000 in 29min 44 sec on Monday. Photo: Getty Images

‘I think Chicago is a little faster. New York is a little hillier. But what athletes are they going to have? That is the key again. If you are racing against all the big names then why not learn from the big guys.

‘Rupp is running Chicago. If I want to do the (Tokyo) Olympics I have to know how to beat this guy and race this guy and how to battle with him.

‘That would answer a lot of questions for me personally. I know he is a great athlete and I have never doubted him in terms of what he is capable of..’


Tirop targets Africa C’ships gold despite road race supremacy

World 10,000m bronze medalist Agnes Tirop says that despite her dominance in road races, she remains a track athlete and is focused on winning gold at the Africa Championships, which will be held in Asaba, Nigeria in August.

Tirop, who won gold at the Nanjing World Cross Country in China back in 2015, has had problems with injuries, which curtailed her rise in the sport.

However, she has emerged stronger in late 2017 and this season and hopes to continue growing stronger on her redemption path.

“I had a good race on the track in Doha (over 3,000m at the IAAF Diamond League meeting there earlier this month) – and I still think of myself as a track runner even though I won the world cross country title in 2015 and in Bengaluru, India,” said Tirop on Sunday.

The Kenyan will resume the premier Diamond League series in Rome on May 30 and hopes she will be strong enough to contest for medals in the 5,000m race.

“I know my finishing speed is fine, so I hope to still be at the front when Kenya trials for the Africa Championships are help in June. I know I can rely on my speed to have an edge over my rivals,” she added.

The 23-year-old won the world 10km race in Bengaluru, India on Sunday together with compatriot Geoffrey Kamworor, who is also the World Half Marathon champion.

Kamworor has not lost a race since 2017. He has featured in four top competitions and has always emerged stronger.

His unbeaten streak, which started with his win at the New York Marathon in November, has continued through his four outings in 2018.

“I went to India thinking about the course record and tried the best I could, but I could feel the temperature rising as I was warming up. I was jogging for just three minutes before starting to sweat,” said Kamworor.

The New York marathon champion has not ruled out competing for Kenya at the Africa Championships.

However, that decision will have to be taken in discussion with his management and coaches. But he is certain that he will be ready to defend his New York marathon crown.

“I have not made up my mind about running in the Africa Championships. That will be decided later. What I know is I want to defend my crown in New York. I skipped a lot of track competition last year and early this year to focus on the World Half marathon and now I have to decide which, events to focus on,” he added.


Kamworor targets Bengaluru 10k title

World Half Marathon champion, Geoffrey Kamworor will be targeting to take top honors at the 11th edition of the Bengaluru 10k Race that will be held on Sunday(27) in Bengaluru, India.

Kamworor who has not run on the road since winning the New York Marathon in November has established himself as one of the world’s leading distance runners in recent years, winning the last two world cross country and world half marathon titles.

The 25 year-old will face the defending champion Alex Korio, who also won this race in 2013 “I took some rest after Valencia and before starting my preparations towards Bengaluru.

Geoffrey Kamworor at the TCS World 10K Bengaluru 2018 press conference. Photo: Organisers

“I have a very good coach in Patrick Sang who understands me and my requirements for the races that are about to happen. He makes sure that I prepare well for every race and for me, belief is my strongest factor. When there is a strong field, like here in the TCS World 10K, I have to make sure that I am in love with the race so that I can do my best.”,” Kamworor told the press on Saturday.

But Korio will give Kamworor a run for his money. The 27-year-old race defending champion was an impressive winner last year, beating a world-class field by 14 seconds.

He also reduced his half marathon best to 58:51 in Copenhagen later in the year.

He will come to the Indian race with a point to prove, however, after having to drop out in the world championship event in Valencia back in March.

In addition to Korio and Kamworor, who won here in 2012 and 2014, another two-time winner in Bengaluru to return for this year’s race is Ethiopia’s Mosinet Geremew, who took the title in 2015 and 2016. Geremew is also the winner of Yangzhou Half-Marathon in China and the Dubai Marathon.

Kenyan born Abraham Cheroben of Bahrain who is the two times Valencia Half Marathon champion will also be on the battle line as he carries a personal best of 27:35 that he got at Utrecht in 2015.

Another title contender is Aron Kifle of Eritrea  who is fresh from setting a personal best of 60:31 at Valencia when he took silver.

Biwott pulls out of London Marathon with left leg injury

Stanley Biwott has been forced to pull out of the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 22 April with a left leg injury that has prevented him from training for two weeks.

Biwott, a former New York Marathon champion, was due to start as the fourth quickest man in the super-fast 2018 elite men’s field, and was likely to challenge the ‘big three’ of Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge, Ethiopian track legend Kenenisa Bekele and Britain’s multi-world and Olympic champion, Mo Farah.

Biwott was runner-up behind fellow-Kenyan Kipchoge in London two years ago when he ran his quickest ever time of 2 hours 3 minutes and 51 seconds, making him the fourth fastest man in this year’s field and the eighth fastest of all-time.

He had also finished second in 2014 and was fourth in 2015, the year he went on to win the coveted New York Marathon title.

But the 32-year-old has been beset by injury problems for the last two years. He dropped out of the Rio Olympic marathon race, won in majestic fashion by Kipchoge, and the 2016 New York Marathon when he was defending his title. He also missed last year’s London race, won by another Kenyan, Daniel Wanjiru.

Biwott’s absence leaves Kipchoge and Wanjiru to do battle for Kenya, along with compatriots Abel Kirui, the two-time world champion and Olympic silver medallist, Bedan Karoki, who was third last year, and Lawrence Cherono, who won last year’s Amsterdam Marathon.

After finishing third and second in the last two editions, Bekele will hope to finally wrest the title from Kenyan hands, backed up by fellow Ethiopians, Guye Adola, the runner-up behind Kipchoge in Berlin last September, and Tola Shura Kitata, who won the Frankfurt and Rome Marathons last year.

Farah will have his eyes on Steve Jones’ long-held British record of 2:07:13 and perhaps cracking the European record of 2:05:48, a time that could well put him on the London Marathon podium.

Source: virginmoneylondonmarathon.com

Wanjiru to defend London Marathon against Bekele, Kipchoge and Farah

Daniel Wanjiru will face a daunting task when he defends his London Marathon title against three of the greatest distance runners of their generation on Sunday 22 April.

Wanjiru was a surprise winner of the 2017 men’s race when he held off the challenge of Ethiopian track legend Kenenisa Bekele to clinch his first Abbott World Marathon Majors victory and succeed Olympic gold medallist Eliud Kipchoge as London Marathon champion.

At just 24, Wanjiru had only three marathons behind him and just one victory – although that was a spectacular triumph, coming at the Amsterdam Marathon in October 2016 when he took almost three minutes from his personal best to beat a field of far more experienced runners.

In London, he proved that performance was no fluke when he made a break just before the 21-mile mark and battled hard over the final five miles to beat the fast-finishing Bekele who had fallen behind after suffering with blisters caused by ill-fitting shoes. “I am the happiest man in the world,” said the Kenyan afterwards.

Both Bekele and Kipchoge, the second and third fastest men in history over 26.2 miles, will be back on the London start line in 2018 alongside Britain’s multiple world and Olympic track champion, Mo Farah, who became the second fastest British marathon runner on his debut four years ago and defeated Wanjiru in the Vitality Big Half in London last month.

Bekele and Kipchoge will start as the two fastest in the field, heading a line-up that contains four who have run the distance under 2 hours 4 minutes and eight who have finished quicker than 2:06. Among them are five World Marathon Majors winners and two former world champions.

Kipchoge returns to London looking to make it a hat-trick of wins in the British capital after skipping last year’s race for a stab at breaking the two-hour barrier. The Kenyan superstar triumphed in 2015 and was an agonising eight seconds away from the current world record of 2:02:57 when he won again a year later.

“The Virgin Money London Marathon is a race that holds very special memories for me,” said the 33-year-old who became the fastest marathon runner in history when he clocked 2:00:25 in an unratified race in Monza, Italy, last May.

“I won it in 2015 and 2016 and both are days I will never forget. I came close to breaking the world record in 2016 and it is natural for anyone in that situation to think what might have been. But that race gave me the confidence to go on and win the Olympic title in Rio and run so well throughout 2017.”

Kipchoge was again close to the world record in Berlin last September when he finished in 2:03:32, just 35 seconds off the mark set by his countryman Dennis Kimetto in 2014.

“I feel like I’m in good form,” said Kipchoge. “Berlin was difficult because the weather was not good but my time showed I was in the right shape. I know I have the world record in me so we will have to wait and see what happens.”

With his best of 2:03:03, Bekele is the second quickest man in history and the fastest in the London field. After finishing third on his London debut in 2015, the 35-year-old placed second last year when he came agonisingly close to catching Wanjiru in the closing stages.

He is joined by compatriot Guye Adola who ran the fastest debut in history when runner-up behind Kipchoge in Berlin last September. Having led the race until the final few miles, the 27-year-old became the seventh quickest marathoner of all time when he crossed the line in 2:03:46, just 14 seconds after the winner.

The Kenyan challenge is boosted by Stanley Biwott, a former New York Marathon champion who was runner-up behind Kipchoge in London two years ago, and the experienced Abel Kirui, a two-time world champion who won the Chicago Marathon in 2016 and was second there last October.

Also in the field is Bedan Karoki who clinched third on his debut last year and ran the fourth fastest half marathon in history in the United Arab Emirates this February.

Former world and New York champion, Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, is one of three talented Eritreans in the line-up, while Farah heads a select British cast that includes Rio Olympian Tsegai Tewelde and the fast-improving Jonny Mellor.

While that pair will train their sights on selection for the European Championships, Farah is focused on a bigger prize – breaking Steve Jones’ long-held British record of 2:07:13 and perhaps cracking the European record of 2:05:48, a time that could well put him on the London Marathon podium.

Source: virginmoneylondonmarathon.com