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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.


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

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.

Ben True beats Leonard Korir at the USATF 20km Championships

The 2013 World Cross Country silver medallist Champion, Ben True beat a strong field that included Kenyan-born American long-distance runner Leonard Korir at the USATF 20 km Championships that was held on Monday (6) in New Haven, Connecticut

A conservative early pace left a massive contingent of runners in the lead pack of the men’s field. True and fellow veterans Korir, Emmanuel Bor, Clayton Young and Abbabiya Simbassa led the charge, along with Nico Montanez and Brian Shrader.

The field would slowly dwindle, but still have more than a dozen runners, as the men passed through the 10 km mark in 30:30, with True, Shrader, and Korir leading the charge.

Korir, fellow Olympian Jared Ward, Young, Montanez and Shrader started to push the pace around mile nine, as the lead pack started to diminish even more. Ward would eventually drop back, while Reid Buchanan would jump to the front with Young and True.

As the finish line came into view, True, Simbassa and Montanez started a mad dash to the finish. As spectators cheered wildly in the final stretch, True pulled ahead ever so slightly in the last few strides, winning his eighth USATF Running Circuit title and first since 2015.

True crossed the finish in 59:53, one second ahead of both Simbassa in 59:54 and Montanez, also pulling the same time. Korir tried valiantly to maintain pace with the lead trio over the final stretch but faded ever so slightly back to finish in fourth place in 59:58.