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Leonard Korir to battle Kipchirchir, Zienasellassie at USATF Half

Kenyan-born American long-distance runner, Leonard Korir will be the star to watch at the USATF Half Marathon that will be held on Saturday (7) in Indianapolis.

The 35 year-old who is a two-time USATF Half Marathon champion started his season on a high note as he was a runner-up at the USATF 15 km Championships and a fourth-place finisher at the USATF Cross Country Championships, which places him at the top of the USATF Running Circuit overall standings with 19 points, four points ahead of Shadrack Kipchirchir, whom they will battle for honors with on Saturday.

Korir will also face off with the Eritrean-born American, Futsum Zienasellassie who finished in position six at the USATF 15 km Championships and ninth at the USATF Cross Country Championships.

The 29 year-old, whose father is a priest in the Eritrean Orthodox Tewahedo Church, beat Korir at the 2021 USATF Half Marathon Championships, placing fifth to Korir’s seventh.

The 2019 Pan American Games 10,000m champion Lawi Lalang and Reid Buchanan who is also the silver medallist at the same games have also been incorporated to fight for the top prize money of $7,000.

Other contenders include, Jacob Thomson, who placed tenth at the USATF 15 km Championships, Noah Droddy, Sid Vaughn and Caleb Kerr.

PRIZE MONEY

1st – $7,000

2nd – $3,500

3rd – $2,500

4th – $1,800

5th – $1,200

6th – $1,000

7th – $900

8th – $800

9th – $700

10th – $600

Abbabiya Simbassa outkicks Augustus Maiyo to win USATF 10 Mile Championships

Abbabiya Simbassa has never won a USATF Running Circuit race, finishing 2nd in each of his past four races but he changed the tables at this year’s circuit as he out-kicked Augustus Maiyo at the sixth edition of the USATF 10 Mile Championships that was held on Sunday (12) in Washington.

Elkanah Kibet dropped from the lead group by mile four, Simbassa, Frank Lara, and Maiyo took turns leading the way. As packs formed behind the lead trio finding their own rhythms along the streets of Washington D.C., the trio continued to push the pace, passing through 10 km in 28:27.

Just past the 10 km split, Lara started to fall off the pace, leaving Simbassa and Maiyo running stride-for-stride with less than four miles to go.

In the final quarter mile, Simbassa used his superior speed to overpower Maiyo. With one final look over his shoulder, Simbassa keyed in on the finish line, raising his arms as he hit the tape, claiming his first USATF title in 46:18.

Maiyo finished strong and settled in second place 46:23, well ahead of the rest of the field and showing he’s in top form as he now turns his sights to competing in the Boston Marathon on October 11.

Reed Fischer overtook Lara in the final stages of the race, claiming third in 46:59 with Lara crossing the line in fourth in 47:13.

Shadrack Biwott showed he’s in tremendous shape as he readies for a fall marathon, claiming fifth overall in 47:35, holding off a late charge from Minnesota Distance Elite’s Joel Reichow , who placed sixth one second back in 47:36.

Veterans Kibet and Chris Derrick claimed seventh and eighth place overall in 47:39 and 47:42, while John Raneri and Noah Droddyrounded out the top ten in 47:43 and 47:47 respectively.

Kibiwott Kandie to Debut at New York City Marathon

Reigning world half marathon silver medalist Kibiwott Kandie will be making his maiden marathon appearance at the 50th edition of the New York City Marathon.

But focus will be on Kandie, as he may launch a sweet revenge against world half marathon champion Jacob Kiplimo, who beat him for the world title in Gdynia, Poland.

The Baringo County based man, who has competed in six half marathons, has lost only one as he makes the strides for the full marathon.

The 24-year-old beat Kiplimo and running under the one hour mark, will be out to prove his worthiness over the 42km when in New York.

But focus will be on Kandie, as he may launch a sweet revenge against world half marathon champion Jacob Kiplimo, who beat him for the world title in Gdynia, Poland.

The 24-year-old beat Kiplimo and running under the one hour mark, will be out to prove his worthiness over the 42km when in New York.

Kandie has beaten Kiplimo twice and once beating world 10km record holder Rhonex Kipruto

Tokyo Olympics silver medallist Abdi Nageeye (2:06.17), Eyob Faniel, Italy (2:07:19) and Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, Eritrea (2:07:11) will also battle for the podium.

Another Kenyan Albert Korir of 2:08.03 and Great Britain’s Callum Hawkins of 2:08:14 and Noah Droddy from the United States of 2:09:09 have also been named in the elite list.

LEADING TIME

Marathon MEN

  1. Kenenisa Bekele             (ETH)  2:01.41
  2. Abdi Nageeye                  (NED) 2:06.17
  3. Eyob Faniel                      (ITA)  2:07.19
  4. Ghirmay Ghebreslassie (ERT)  2:07.11
  5. Callum Hawkins              (GRT) 2:08.14
  6. Albert Kori                        (KEN) 2:08.03
  7. Noah Droddy                    (USA)  2:09.09
  8. Mohamed El Aaraby       (MOR) 2:09.16
  9. Jared Ward                        (USA)  2:09.25
  10. Kibiwott Kandie               (KEN) Debut
  11. Ben True                            (USA) Debut

Four ‘Kenyans’ to headline the USATF 10-Mile Championships

Kenyan-born American long distance runner, Augustus Maiyo has been lined up among the top athletes to headline the star studded field at the 48th edition of the USATF 10-Mile Championships that will be held on 12 the September in Washington, D.C.

The 38 years-old will be running at the Boston Marathon on October 11 and will face a strong field opponent that includes Ethiopian-born American Biya Simbassa, who has fastest 10 mile personal best of 46:57, over Maiyo’s 47:05.

Three other Kenyan born athletes but now trading for USA have been included in this field, Elkanah Kibet of 47:15, Shadrack Biwott of 47:53 and Emmanuel Bor of 47:39

The four will have a fierce battle with the Four-time national champion Chris Derrick who comes to this race with the fastest personal best of 46:53. The race also includes the reigning national ten mile champion Futsum Zienasellassie who has a personal best of 46.55 which is two seconds slower that Derrick.

Other title contenders include Kiya Dandena (46:58), Girma Mecheso (47:22), and Noah Droddy (47:28).

Biwott, Droddy and Kibet are all running the TCS New York City Marathon, and Mecheso is running Boston.

This will be the third time that the Cherry Blossom will host a national championship event, and a $26,000 national championships prize money purse –plus a $10,000 national record bonus pool– will be on offer.

“It has been nearly two years since the last time the U.S. Ten Mile Championships for men was held,” observed longtime event director Phil Stewart through a media release. “I know a host of talented Americans are eager to take an important middle-distance test as most of them prepare for fall marathons, of which there are plenty, with all six Abbott World Marathon Majors events taking place over a six-week period between September 26 and November 7.”

The race will also be hosting an international elite field with separate prize money, USA athletes can “double dip” if they finish high in the overall placing, too. The overall race champions will earn $5000 (equal for men and women), and the USA champions will get the same amount. Both the international and USA Championships prize money go 10-deep, bringing the total race purse to $46,000.