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Lydia Simiyu Disqualified for doping violation

Reigning Sanlam Cape Town Marathon champion Lydia Naliaka Simiyu has been dropped from the winners list for doping violation.

The 25 year-old, who finished second at the Poznan half marathon in women’s race, the test showed some doping agents hence dropped.

The race organisers made the announcement through their social media handle, twitter…

Written in Polish the release translates to:

The test results of sample A of the competitor occupying the second 2nd place in the general category of women in the 14th PKO Poznań Half Marathon showed the presence of doping agents.
Kenya Simiyu Lydia withdrew from testing sample B. Thus, she was disqualified.

Mercyline Chelangat beats Lydia Simiyu to lift the Poznań Half Marathon title

The 2018 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, Mercyline Chelangat took the top honors at the 14th edition of the PKO Poznań Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (3) in Poznań, Poland.

The 24 year-old battled the 2021 Sanlam Cape Town Marathon champion, Lydia Simiyu and Ethiopia’s Addisalem Tegegn.

Chelangat who came to this race with a personal best of 1:08.27 that she got last year at Barcelona Half marathon where she finished in fourth place was too good as the two could not dare match her pace as she cut the tape in a time of 1:09.24.

The 25 year-old, Simiyu was forced to settle in second as she crossed the line fifty six seconds later.

Tegegn closed the first three podium finishes in 1:10.21.

Kenya’s Lilian Lelei and Izabela Paszkiewicz from Poland finished in fourth and fifth place in a time of 1:11.05 and 1:11.18 respectively.



  1. Mercyline Chelangat        (UGA) 1:09.24
  2. Lydia Simiyu                       (KEN) 1:10.20
  3. Addisalem Tegegn             (ETH) 1:10.21
  4. Lilian Lelei                          (KEN) 1:11.05
  5. Izabela Paszkiewicz           (POL) 1:11.18
  6. Pauline Eapan                    (KEN) 1:13.35

Sikiyas Abate beats Shadrack Chesir at Poznań Half Marathon

Ethiopia’s Sikiyas Abate Misganaw took the top honors for the second time at the 14th edition of the PKO Poznań Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (3) in Poznań, Poland.

The 21 year-old who making his return after three years battled the windy and cold weather patterns as he also faced stiff competions from Shadrack Chesir who was making his half marathon debut and his compatriot Hiskel Ghebru.

Abate overwhelmed the two two cutting the tape in a new personal best of 1:01.15 with Chesir coming home in second place in a life time best of 1:01.27.

Ghebru closed the first three podium places in a time of 1:02.19.

Ethiopia’s Abera Lema and the fourth fastest European marathoner behind Kaan Kigen Özbilen, Bashir Abdi and Mo Farah finished in fourth and fifth place in a time of 1:02.21 and 1:02.29 respectively.



  1. Adisu Tafere            (ETH) 1:01.15
  2. Shadrack Chesir     (KEN) 1:01.27
  3. Hiskel Ghebru          (ERI) 1:02.19
  4. Abera Lema             (ETH) 1:02.21
  5. Sondre Moen          (NOR) 1:02.29
  6. Paul Tiongik           (KEN) 1:03.00
  7. Krystian Zalewski (POL) 1:03.12
  8. Kamil Karbowiak   (POL) 1:04.10
  9. Ismael Kiprono      (KEN) 1:04.40

Jemal Yimer to defend the Antrim Coast Half Marathon title

The 2018 African 10000 Athletics Champion, Jemal Yimer will be defending his title at the Antrim Coast Half Marathon that will be held on August 28, 2022 in Antrim, Northern Ireland.

Yimer is the fastest ever debut half marathon of 59:00 that he got in 2019 at Ras al Khaimah half marathon in United Arab Emirates, who will target the race after Boston Marathon at the end of April.

The 24 year-old took the honors last year in a time of race 1:00.29 as he edged out Tesfahun Akalnew also from Ethiopia who crossed the line in second place a second later.

Yimer will battle the youngest ever New York City Marathon and World Marathon champion, Ghirmay Ghebressalassie from Eritrea, who will be making his first appearance on the super-fast Antrim Coast course.

The UK and Ireland will be led by Tokyo Olympians Marc Scott, who was recently crowned World Indoor 3000m bronze medallist, who will be returning for a third year, after finishing third at last year’s event.

The two-time European record holder has finished second and fourth at the event and will be looking to take his current record-breaking form into this year’s event and go one better.

The race organisers have invited 12 elite athletes who have already confirmed and they include last year’s third placed Shadrack Kimining and new Ethiopian sensation Gizealew Ayana – just 19 years old – who finished second in the Poznan Half Marathon last year in 59:39 in his debut at the distance.


Daniel Mateiko targets the podium at Istanbul Half Marathon

Kenya’s Daniel Mateiko leads the elite list at the 8th edition of the Istanbul Half Marathon that will be held on 27th March, 2022 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Mateiko comes to this race with a personal best 58:26 which is among the ten fastest times in half marathon races.

Event organisers have named the main contenders for the men’s race which includes four runners on the start list with the personal bests which are faster than the current course record of 59:35 that was set last year by Kibiwott Kandie from Kenya.

The 24 year-old achieved a major breakthrough in 2021. First he broke the one hour barrier in Copenhagen with 59:25, then he improved by almost a full minute to 58:26 when he was third in Valencia.

Another top title contender is the 2016 World U20 Champion, Rodgers Kwemoi who is the second fastest athlete on paper and carries a personal best of 59:16 that he got last year at the Medio Maraton Valencia where he finished in position nine.

Ethiopians Solomon Berihu and Huseyidin Esa will travel to Istanbul carrying with the personal bests of 59:17 and 59:32 respectively. Berihu clocked his personal best when he finished in second place at the New Delhi in 2019 while Esa only emerged on the international road running circuit in autumn last year. The 21 year-old made an instant impact with a second place in Lisbon in 59:39 and then improved four weeks later at his second international race, winning the Poznań Half Marathon with his current Personal best.

Turkey will be represented by former Kenyan; Aras Kaya who will hope to do better than the last year’s edition where he finished 12th place with a time of 1:03.36. Kaya holds personal best of 1:00.51 which he got at the World Championships after finishing in 24th place.