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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.



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

Nicholas Kimeli smashes the 22 year National Record

The 2021 Tokyo 5000m fourth finisher, Nicholas Kipkorir Kimeli smashed the 22 years 5k record at the Road to Records Race that was held on Saturday (30) Herzogenaurach, Germany.

The 23 year-old who ran 5,000m in Hengelo setting a sub 13 life time best, fought for honors with the 2019 World silver medallist, Yomif Kejelcha, who was too good with his lightening speed that forced Kimeli to settle in second place with a time of 0.12.55 which made him to be the fastest Kenyan in the 5km history, erasing the 22 years history of 12:59.5, that had been set by Sammy Kipketer in 2000 in Carlsbad, United States.

Kejelcha won the race with a world-leading time and personal best of 0:12.53.

Bahrain’s Birhanu Balew also set a New Bahrain National Record when he finished in third place in a time of 0:13.07.

Yomif Kejecha runs the World third fastest time at Road to Records

The 2019 World silver medallist, Yomif Kejecha took the honors in men’s’ 5km race with the third fastest time ever at the Road to Records Race that was held on Saturday (30) Herzogenaurach, Germany.

The 24 year-old who came to this race with a World mile record of 3:31.51 that he set in 2019 in Boston was on another level after a series of injury that have kept him out for sometime but proved that he is back in shape as he thrashed a strong field that included Olympic fourth finisher in 5000m, Nicholas Kimeli.

The 2016 World Indoor 3000m champion was too good for the Kenyan as he accelerated his speed with 300m remaining to cut the tape in a World leading time and a new personal best of 0.12:53 with the latter coming home in second three seconds later.

Only the World record holder Berihu Aregawi and Joshua Cheptegei have gone faster over 5km than Kejelcha.

Bahrain’s Birhanu Balew wrote history as he finished third with a new National Record of 0:13:07.


Daniel Komen’s World Record under threat in Lievin

Ethiopia’s trio of Getnet Wale, Selemon Barega and Lamecha Girma will be after the world 3000m record as they line up at the at the Meeting Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais that will be held on Thursday (17) in Lievin, France.

Wale came out on top at the 2020 edition when he won the race with the second-fastest indoor run in history of 7:24.98 and just 0.08 shy of Daniel Komen’s long-standing world indoor record of 24 years.

Barega who is the World indoor silver medallist moved to third place on the world indoor all-time list with his performance in Lievin last year, where he clocked 7:26.10 finishing second behind Wale

Daniel Komen became the protagonist of one of the most monstrous records of the world athletic scene, namely that of 3000 floors. Photo: Canada Running Series

The 21 years-old went on to win the Olympic 10,000m title while Girma won the silver in the 3000m steeplechase in Tokyo.

Six men had bettered 7:30 for 3000m indoors. Now the figure stands at 10, with the fourth-place finisher in last year’s edition, Berihu Aregawi, also dipping under the mark with 7:29.24.

Spanish multiple record holder in 1500m (3:28.76), 3000m (7:27.64) and 5000m (12:50.79) will also be on the start list and he will be targeting to break the European record of 7:30.82 set last week by compatriot Adel Mechaal.

Kenyan duo Nicholas Kimeli, Jacob Krop and Ethiopia’s Nibret Melak, Bahrain’s Birhanu Balew will also be on the start list.

Pace makers have been asked to cover the first 1000m in 2:28.5 before reaching 2000m in 4:57, with the expected finish time close to 7:25.

Nicholas Kimeli runs away with Egoibar Cross Country title

Former Africa cross country champion Nicholas Kimeli Kipkorir ran away with the top honor at the 78th edition of the Egoibar Cross Country championships that was held on Sunday (9) in Elgoibar, Gipuzkoa, Spain.

The 23 year-old battled for the title with Ethiopian Addisu Yehune who managed to push him to the wire but the Kenyan gave a powerful kick that propelled him to win the race in 33:48 with the latter coming home four seconds later.

Uganda’s Rodgers Kibet came in third place in 34:04.

Morocco-born Spanish middle-distance runner and European 5000m silver medallist Champion, Adel Michaal, came home in fourth with Ethiopia’s 3000 metres steeplechase runner, Getnet Wale finishing in fifth place in 34:48 and 34:48 respectively.



  1. Nicholas Kimeli      (KEN) 33:48
  2. Addisu Yehune        (ETH) 33:52
  3. Rodgers Kibet          (UGA)34:04
  4. Adel Michaal            (ESP) 34:48
  5. Getnet Wale              (ETH) 34:48

Nicholas Kimeli sets his target on World Championships

Former Africa Cross Country junior champion Nicholas Kimeli has set his eyes on representing the country at the world Athletics championships and Commonwealth Games that is set for next year in Oregon and Birmingham respectively.

The reigning Discovery Kenya Cross Country champion said that as much as he has been competing in various cross countries, he will be taking a break on them and focus on track.

Speaking after winning the inaugural Moi Girls Kapsowar 10km Charity and Conservancy that was held on Saturday (30) in Elgeyo Marakwet County, promised to have a good show when that time comes. Kimeli also finished in fourth place at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 5,000m race.

“My focus will be to compete in weekend meetings in order to secure a chance to compete for my country at the Commonwealth and World Championships. However, when a chance comes to compete at the World Cross country Continental Tour, I will do my best,” said Kimeli, the two time Maria Soti Cross Country champion.

The Kip Keino Classic 5,000m champion won the title in 28:04 ahead of Jacob Krop who came in second in 28:42 with Kennedy Kimutai closing the podium three finishes in 28:43.

Edward Zakayo is back as Kenya lines up its best at the Kip Keino Classic

Kenya will be lining up the best field ever at the second edition of Kip Keino Classic, the World Athletics Continental Tour set for Saturday (18) at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani.

Two time Olympic 1,500m champion Faith Kipyegon leads Kenyan list that has world Under-20 1,500m champion Purity Chepkirui, Continental Cup 1,500m champion Winnie Chebet, former World 5,000m silver medallist Mercy Cherono and The 2017 World Athletics Under-18 Championships 1,500m bronze medallist, Edinah Jebitok.

The Kenyans will be battling for the title against former world indoor 1,500m silver medallist Axumawit Embaye, African Games 800m champion Hirut Meshesha, Gela Hambese, Uganda’s Winnie Nanyondo.

In the men’s field, reigning world under-20 champion Vincent Keter, Abel Kipsang alongside Olympic silver medallist Timothy Cheruiyot.

Former world under 20 5,000m champion Edward Zakayo, who is back after a long time and he will be battling with former Africa junior champion Nicholas Kimeli and Jacob Krop for the honors in 5,000m.

After setting 10km world record, two time World 10,000m bronze medallist Agnes Tirop will have a date with former World Cross Country bronze medallist Lilian Kasait, and world 5,000m silver medallist Margaret Chelimo will be in women’s 5,000m as well as world under-20 3,000m champion Teresiah Muthoni gateri and Eva Cherono

Fresh from winning an Olympic Games 3,000m steeplechase title in Tokyo, Moroccan Soufiane El Bakkali El Bakkali will be taking on Tokyo Olympics Games 3,000m bronze medallist Benjamin Kigen, world under-20 champion Amos Serem, Commonwealth Games silver medallist Abraham Kibiwott and 2016 world under-20 champion Amos Kirui as well as Ethiopia Chala Beyo, Samuel Firewu and Abraham Sime.

In women steeplechase race, Olympic champion and Ugandan Peruth Chemutai will lead the contingent that has two-time world under-20 3,000m steeplechase champion Celliphine Chespol, and 2014 Commonwealth Games champion Purity Kirui, world record holder Beatrice Chepkoech and Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist Hyvin Kiyeng.

National 100m record holder Ferdinand Omanyala Omurwa will be up against two time world 100m champion Justin Gatlin in the 100m title chase.

World under 18 400m silver medalist Mary Moraa will take on world 800m champion Halimah Nakaayi from Uganda in the women’s 800m.

Olympic 800m silver medalist Ferguson Rotich will run alongside Cornelius Tuwei and Collins Kipruto.

Rhonex Kipruto runs away with 10km Road to Records title

Rhonex Kipruto the 10km world record holder was on target once again as he took the top honors at the 10km Road to Records race which was held on Sunday (12) at the Adidas headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany.

Kipruto failed to lower his own record but managed to run the second fastest time in history of the 10km race when he cut the tape in 26:43 which is also his season best.

Kipruto was followed by Tadese Worku from Ethiopia who crossed the line in 26:56 with Kennedy Kimutai taking the third spot in 27:09.

Nicholas Kimeli from Kenay and Ethiopia’s Bayelign Teshager came home in fourth and fifth place in 27:22 and 27:24 respectively.



  1. Rhonex Kipruto      (KEN) 26:43
  2. Tasede Worku         (ETH) 26:56
  3. Kennedy Kimutai   (KEN) 27:09
  4. Nicholas Kimeli      (KEN) 27:22
  5. Bayelign Teshager  (ETH) 27:24

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.

Jacob Krop finishes in third place as Berihu Aregawi lifts the 5000m title in Zurich

Kenya’s Jacob Krop finished in third place at the Weltklasse Zürich Diamond League that was held on Wednesday night at Letzigrund Stadium in Zurich.

The race was won by silver medallist at the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics 3000 metres Berihu Aregawi from Ethiopia who cut the tape in 12:58.65 taking his home his first Diamond League victory and first Diamond League title.

The second place went to Bahrain’s Birhanu Balew who took silver in a time of 13:01.27 with Krop closing the podium three finishes in 13:01.81.

Nicholas Kimeli from Kenya who was poised as a threat in this race could only manage to finish in fourth place in 13:02.43 with 2019 World silver medallist Champion Yomif Kejelcha from Ethiopia finishing a distant fifth in13:04.29