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Abel Kipchumba beats Rhonex Kipruto at the Valencia Half Marathon

Kenya’s Abel Kipchumba beat Rhonex Kipruto at 30th edition of the the Valencia Half Marathon that was that was held on Sunday (24) in Valencia.

Kipchumba led 1-2-3 Kenyan podium finish as crossed the line with the fastest time this year of 58.00 which was also his new personal best.

Kipchumba was closely followed by the World 10km record holder, Kipruto who crossed the line nine seconds later with Daniel Mateiko closing the first three podium finishes in a new personal best of 58:26.

LEADING RESULTS

21KM MEN

  1. Abel Kipchumba     (KEN) 58:00
  2. Rhonex Kipruto       (KEN) 58:09
  3. Daniel Mateiko        (KEN) 58:26

Letesenbet Gidey and Yalemzerf Yehualaw target world half marathon record in Valencia

The Valencia Half Marathon Trinidad Alfonso EDP witnessed a men’s world record last year as Kibiwott Kandie ran a stunning 57:32. This time the women’s world record is the target and organisers have assembled a star-studded line-up for the World Athletics Elite Label road race on Sunday (24).

Ethiopians Letesenbet Gidey and Yalemzerf Yehualaw will clash in a long-awaited showdown. Gidey is the world 5000m and 10,000m record-holder, while Yehualaw ran 1:03:44 in August, and although that time will not be ratified as a world half marathon record the two athletes will now go head-to-head in Valencia as they target the 1:04:02 run by Ruth Chepngetich in Istanbul in April, a mark which is pending world record ratification.

The 23-year-old Gidey has competed sparingly this year but managed to set a world 10,000m record by running 29:01.03 in Hengelo before claiming bronze at the Tokyo Olympics.

While the diminutive Yehualaw is an accomplished half marathon specialist, with nine outings over the last three seasons, Gidey will tackle the distance for the first time but her impressive 44:20 world best for the 15km set in Nijmegen in 2019 suggests she might become the first debutante to set a world record for the distance.

Reportedly, each of the Ethiopian aces will be joined by their respective pacemakers – Mebrahtu Kiros and Genetu Molalign – in a battle which promises to be fierce, while the organisers will provide an official pacemaker for the rest of the elite targeting a 1:05 clocking.

That second group looks set to be led by Ethiopia’s Senbere Teferi, the winner in 2019 thanks to a 1:05:32 time; her compatriot Hawi Feysa, fresh from a 1:05:41 PB in Copenhagen last month; Sheila Chepkirui, runner-up last year in a career best of 1:05:39; and her fellow Kenyan Brenda Jepleting, a 1:06:52 performer.

After last year’s climax, when no fewer than four men ran inside the then world record of 58:01, one of them – Rhonex Kipruto – will be the marquee athlete this time.

The Kenyan star, who clocked a 57:49 debut last year, also excelled in Valencia in January 2020 when he set the world 10km record of 26:24. He couldn’t place higher than ninth at the Tokyo Olympics over 10,000m but proved to be in top form in September when he recorded 26:43 at a 10km road race in Herzogenaurach.

While a men’s world record assault is not planned on this occasion, the pacemakers are set to go through the opening 10km in 27:30 on the hunt for a sub-58:00 finish time. In addition to Kipruto, Sunday’s field includes another four Kenyan athletes with PBs under 59 minutes: Philemon Kiplimo, who was fifth last year in Valencia in a career best of 58:11, plus Kelvin Kiptum (58:42), Abel Kipchumba (58:48) and Felix Kipkoech (58:57). Yet Kipruto’s toughest opposition might come from the two-time world 5000m champion Muktar Edris.

The 27-year-old Ethiopian posted a promising debut over the distance last November by clocking 59:04 in New Delhi and should play a key role on Sunday, while the European challenge will be headed by Norway’s Sondre Moen and Spain’s Carlos Mayo.

Weather forecasters predict an ideal morning for running, with a 13ºC temperature and a very slight breeze. After the four records set in Valencia last year – the men’s 10km, half marathon and 10,000m, plus the women’s 5000m – the city could witness another world best on Sunday.

Rhonex Kipruto to battle Muktar Edris at Valencia Half Marathon

The world 10km record holder  Rhonex Kipruto will battle for honors with  two time world 5,000m champion Muktar Edris at the Valencia Half Marathon that will be held on October 24 in Valencia, Spain.

 After failing to break his own record at the Herzogenaurach, Germany early this month, Kipruto ran his second fastest time in history of the 10km race cutting the tape in 26:43 as season best.

 Ethiopian Edris carries enjoys a personal best of 59:04 won during his debut at the 2020 Airtel Delhi Half Marathon and hopes to run better in his second 21km race.

 The duohave had good track records and will be joined by several sub 59-minute runners over the distance and some world-class debutants from the track.

Marc Roig, manager of the international elite of the race, said that “Olympic years always have a special atmosphere, but the calendar does not stop and the half marathon (non-Olympic distance) has other crowns to share out. And they want them, both those who triumphed in Tokyo and those who fell short. That’s why dreaming about the world record is possible and desired”. 

The Valencia Half Marathon is working with the teams of the top elite athletes so that their training in the weeks leading up to the event will culminate in an unprecedented peak of performance in Valencia.

Last year’s edition was for only Elite athletes in which a new male world record of 57:32 was set by Kibiwott Kandie from Kenya, and four runners ran under 58 minutes, the Valencia Half Marathon has assembled these fast runners to try and lower the world record.

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.

LEADING RESULTS

10KM MEN

  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.

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

World Champ Rhonex Kipruto to Vie for Ndalat top Honours

World under-20 5,000m champion Rhonex Kipruto will be bidding for the Safaricom Isaiah Kiplagat Memmorial Ndalat Gaa cross country in Nandi County on Saturday (October 13).

Kipruto who is also the Africa Cross Country Under-20 is expected to star in the men’s junior race.

On September 8, the Kenyan fast-rising Kipruto came within two seconds of the world record at the at the Birell Prague 10km race an IAAF Gold Label road race. His winning time of 26:46 is the second-fastest 10km performance in history second-fastest 10km performance in history behind Leonard Komon’s 26:44 world record from 2010.

Isaiah Kiplagat Memmorial Ndalat Gaa cross country defending champions Noah Kipkorir and Sandra Chebet will lead 4000 athletes expected as they defend their titles in this year’s Ndalat Gaa Cross country set for Ndalaat Gaa Girls high school.

The organisers have set aside Sh3 million in total prize money will be up for grabs, with the winners in the elite  senior men 10km and  women covering 8 kilometres each receiving Sh50,000 each, runners up Sh45,000 each and third-placed finishers Sh40,000.

According to the organizers the races will feature all the way from school children to veterans with hundreds of runners expected to participate.

The race will feature different categories: Boys and Girls, 2km 4-6 years boys and girls (school teams), 4km 7-10 years boys and girls (school teams), 6km secondary school girls (school teams), 8km secondary school boys (school teams), 4km senior women (elites), 4km senior men (elites), 6km senior women (elites), 10km senior men (elites), 4km senior women (35-45 years), 2km senior women (46 years and above), 4km senior men (40-50 years), 2km senior men (46 years and above).

Event organising committee chief executive officer Kennedy Tanui, said routes will remain unchanged from last year but spectator areas will be enhanced to accommodate the expected larger numbers.

The Ndalat race was founded by the late former AK President Isaiah Kiplagat and has been sponsored by, among others, Safaricom Nandi County Government, Mosop Constituency Development Fund, Amaco Insurance, Skyward, Kenya Pipeline Foundation, Kenya Seed, Paramount Bank, New KCC, Kenya Dairy Board among others.

Rhonex Kipruto threatens Leonard Komon world record at Birell Grand Prix 10K

World U20 10,000m champion, Rhonex Kipruto set the streets of Prague on fire last night, when he blasted move at the Birell Grand Prix 10K.

Kipruto threatened to tear down Leornard Komon’s world record of 26:44 when he fell short of it with two seconds to set the second fastest time over the same distance.
Kipruto, who last April ran a 27:08 USA all-comers record at the UAE Healthy Kidney 10K in New York, blasted from the start when he hit the 5km mark in 13:31.

The 18 year-old took on the last 5km with an astonishing 13:15 to smash the previous course record of 27:10 that was set by his fellow country-mate Benard Kimeli at last year’s edition.

All of the top-10 men last night ran under 28 minutes.

Kipruto lead a 1-2-3 Kenyan podium finish as he was followed by Geoffrey Koech who crossed the line in 27:18 with Mathew Kimeli who is also a training partner of Kipruto with both coached by Bro Colm O’Connell closing the podium three finishes in 27:26.

Kipruto pocketed a cool € 10,000 in prize money and time bonuses, but had he broke the world record he would have received a € 20,000 bonus.
LEADING RESULTS

MEN

  1. Rhonex Kipruto  (KEN) 27:46
  2. Geoffrey Koech   (KEN) 27:18
  3. Mathew Kimeli   (KEN) 27:26

Rhonex Kipruto targets Birell Grand Prix title

The top three men from last year’s Birell Prague Grand Prix will return to challenge for the IAAF Gold Label road race on Saturday (September 8) in the Czech Republic.

Defending champion Benard Kimeli will be up against fellow Kenyans whom he led to a Kenyan sweep of the men’s podium.

It was the first time in history that three men had finished inside 27:20 in the same 10km race.

The top three Kenyans in last year’s race return to Prague in devastating forms and race promises to produce fireworks if their form is anything to go by.

The IAAF World U20 Championships  10,000m gold medalist compatriot Rhonex Kipruto, third in Prague last year in 27:13, has improved on that mark in April with his 27:08 victory in the UAE Healthy Kidney 10km race in New York, recording the fastest performance in the world at that distance for eight years.

Kipruto went ahead and won the 10,000m title at the IAAF World U20 Championships Tampere 2018 with a dominant run.

Kimeli, who won last year’s Birell Grand Prix in 27:10, returned to Prague earlier this year for the half marathon, which he won in a PB of 59:47.

Last year’s runners up, Mathew Kimeli finished second to Kipruto in the UAE Healthy Kidney 10km race in New York in 27:19, just eight seconds shy of the PB he set when finishing in the same position at last year’s Birell Grand Prix when he separated Kimeli and Kipruto is in the fray.

Ethiopia’s Andamlak Belihu threatens to break the Kenyan’s dominance.  He won over 10km in Ottawa in a PB of 27:48, finishing 34 seconds ahead of Benard Kimeli, and went on to take the 10,000m silver medal at the African Championships in Abuja, Nigeria.

Belihu finished 10th in the 10,000m at the IAAF World Championships London 2017 at the age of 18 against formidable and experienced athletes like World and Olympic champion Mo Farah.

Athletes from Europe will be bidding to wrestle the title from Africans. Germany’s European Cup winner Richard Ringer and Belgium’s Soufiane Bouchiki are in contention after having reduced their respective 10,000m PBs to 27:36.52 and 27:41.20 respectively this year.

Britain’s Luke Traynor won against an all-European line-up at the Ceske Budejovice Half Marathon earlier this year, after improving on his 10km PB to 28:3.1.

Kiplimo wins silver for Uganda at World U20 Championships

Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo won a silver medal in the 10,000m final at the on-going World U20 Championship in Tampere, Finland.

Kiplimo finished in a time of 27:40.36 behind Rhonex Kipruto from Kenya of 27:21.08.

“This is a good start for our team as the Championship has just started. We are happy because Kiplimo won bronze in the last World U20 Championship in Poland in 2016,” Dominic Otuchet, President of the Uganda Athletics Federation told the press.

Kiplimo had led from the 1000m mark but lost his lead to Africa junior cross-country champion Kipruto who took over in stunning fashion after 10 laps and did not look back.

Otuchet said that although Kiplimo did not run a personal best time, it was good that he got onto the podium and won the country a medal.

Ethiopia’s Berihu Aregawi and Solomon Kiplimo Boit also from Kenya finished in third and fourth places respectively.