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Nicholas Kosimbei runs world leading time at Cherry Blossom

In less than two months after crushing Atlanta Half Marathon course record, Nicholas Kosimbei set another record at the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run after running with the world leading time.

The 25 year-old set the world fastest time of the year set the record set ten years by compatriot Allan Kiprono.
Kosimbei faced off with the 2016 African silver medallist, Wilfred Kimitei and Shadrack Kimining, the most consistent athletes over the half marathon with the best time of 59.27 that he got at the 2020 Houston Half Marathon.
Kosimbei, who represents the Marin County Track Club (MCTC) in California, led 1-2-3 Kenyan podium finish as he held off the two giants cutting the tape in a world leading time of 45:15.
“I wanted to run ahead at 5k, but the pace was a little slow before that, so I tried to push it a little bit,” he said. Kosimbei wasn’t concerned about leaving himself vulnerable while leading. “That’s my style,” he said. “I’m happy with my race, but I still want to break the record on my own. I was not sure exactly what the record was while I was racing.”
“I am very happy with the performance — we came and got the job done,” said Kosimbei’s coach and agent, Antony Scott. “There’s some more work to do in training, and we look forward to coming back in 2023 for an attempt at a faster course record.”
Kimitei who holds a personal best of 28:02 that he got at the 2016 Brunssum Parelloop 10km race was forced to settle in second place in a time of 45:43 with Kimining coming home in third place in 45:48.
United States Futsum Zienasellassie and Reid Buchanan finished in fourth and fifth place in a time of 46:53 and 46:57 respectively.

Nicholas Kosimbei crushes the Atlanta Half Marathon course record

Kenya’s Nicholas Kosimbei wrote history on his US debut as he smashed the race course record of the Atlanta Half Marathon that was held on brightened a drizzly Sunday (27) morning in Atlanta, Georgia.

Kosimbei who went to the race with a set mind of breaking away early and taking the early lead and going through the 10K mark in a time of 28:42, maintained his steady lead of almost 30 seconds in front of Raymond Magut and Geoffrey Koech.

The 25 year-old led a 1-2-3 Kenyan podium finish as he crashed he took off over three minutes off the previous course record of 1:03.59 that had been set last year by American Abdisamed Abdi.

“I was expecting to break the course record,” said Kosimbei.

Magut was left with no option but to settle in second also coming home under the previous record with a time of 1:02.49. Koech who came to this race with the second fastest time on paper, closed the podium three places in a time of 1:03.13 which was also under the old record.

Kosimbei, who represents the Marin County Track Club (MCTC) in California, took home a cool prize purse of $3,000 for the win plus a bonus of $2,500 for breaking the record of running the fastest half marathon in the state of Georgia.


  1. Nicholas Kosimbei  (KEN) 1:00.36
  2. Raymond Magut      (KEN) 1:02.49
  3. Geoffrey Koech        (KEN) 1:03.13

Kiptanui wins Lisbon Half Marathon

Kenya’s Erick Kiptanui won the 26th edition of the EDP Lisbon Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (11) in Lisbon, Italy.

From the start to the first turn, a stretch of about 7km, the runners forged on with a tailwind, but over the next ten they faced a headwind, with the final four again run with the wind. Until that second turn point, more than 15 runners remained in the lead group. Only after the 17th kilometre did the race begin to change.

The 28 year-old held on and cut the tape in 1:00.05 in his first marathon race.

“I must thank the organisation for inviting me and trusting that I can run at this level. I think I could have achieved a better result if there were no strong wind.

“In future races I believe I can run under one hour, and of course, if I return to Lisbon I’m sure I will run faster than today, because this is a great course.”

Eritrean Yohanes Gebregergish came in second with a personal best of 1:00.16, and was followed by another Kenyan Morris Gachaga who came in third with a personal best of 1:00.17.

Another debutant from Kenya Nicholas Kosimbei crossed the line in fourth place in 1:00.21, ahead of the experienced Atsedu Tsegay, a late hour entrant, who clocked 1:00:28, and world record holder Zersenay Tadese, who was sixth with 1:00:29, faster than he ran in Marugame last month.

1. Erick Kiptanui                (KEN) 1:00.05
2. Yohanes Gebregergish  (ERI)    1:00.16
3. Morris Gachaga             ( KEN) 1:00:17
4. Nicholas Kosimbei        (KEN)  1:00:21
5. Atsedu Tsegay               (ETH)   1:00:28