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Kibiwott Kandie beats Rhonex Kipruto 10km Road to Records Race

Former World Half Marathon record holder, Kibiwott Kandie beat the world 10km record holder Rhonex Kipruto at the 10km Road to Records Race that was held on Saturday (30) Herzogenaurach, Germany.

Kandie beat the defending champion in a highly contested race when he broke from the leading group of five with a one kilometer to go as he increased his pace with a lightening speed cutting the tape in a new personal best of 26:51.

The reigning World Athletics Half Marathon silver medallist was followed his compatriot, the reigning Roma Ostia Half Marathon course record holder Sebastian Sawe who crossed the line with the fastest loosing time of 26:54.

Burudi’s Rodrigue Kwizera closed the podium three finishes with a Burudi National Record with a time of 26:56



  1. Kibiwott Kandie   (KEN) 26:51
  2. Sebastian Sawe     (KEN) 26:54
  3. Rodrigue Kwizera   (BUR) 26:56


Rhonex Kipruto reigns at Police Championships

World 10,000m bronze medalist Rhonex Kipruto clinched the 10,000m title at the 10th edition of the National Police Service Track and Field Championships that were held on Thursday (14) at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.

Kipruto who finished in position nine at the Tokyo Olympics and he is hoping to perform better at the World Athletics Championships and the commonwealth games which will be held in July and August this year.

The 22 year-old, hopes that the team that will be selected will work out as a team to achieve the objective of the country which is to finish on the podium. Charles Kamathi won Kenya her last gold medal over the distance at the 2001 World Championships that were held in Edmonton, Canada.

The 10km world record holder clocked 28:38.7  to take the top honors and he was followed by Joseph Kiptum who crossed the line in 29:00.6 with Edward Bett closing the podium three finishes in 29:01.2.

Rhonex Kipruto wins New York City half marathon

World 10km record holder Rhonex Kipruto took the top honors at the New York City half marathon that was held on Sunday (20) in New York.

Kipruto led a 1-2 Kenyan podium finish after taking charge of the race at 15km mark and running for the rest of the race solo and cutting the tape in a time of 1:00.30.

He was followed by Edward Cheserek who crossed the line in second seven seconds later,.

Ethiopia’s Teshome Mekonen closed the first three podium finishes in a time of 1:00.40.

Unites States runners Shadrack Kipchirchir and Conner Mantx came home in fourth and fifth place in a time of 1:01.16 and 1:01.40 respectively.



  1. Rhonex Kipruto         (KEN) 1:00.30
  2. Edward Cheserek       (KEN) 1:00.37
  3. Teshome Mekonen     (ETH) 1:00.40
  4. Shadrack Kipchirchir (USA)  1:01.16
  5. Conner Mantx              (USA) 1:01.40

What’s In A Name? For Rhonex Kipruto Nobody Is Quite Sure

When Kenya’s Rhonex Kipruto first came here for the UAE Healthy Kidney 10-K back in 2018, he was just 18 and had never been to the United States before.

He was warmly welcomed by the race organizers, New York Road Runners (NYRR), who made sure that he and his adidas teammate, Mathew Kimeli, were comfortable in their hotel near Central Park. Both athletes hoped to break the Central Park record of 27:35 and earn a special $30,000 bonus in addition to the first place prize of $10,000.

On his first morning in the hotel, Kipruto had a breakfast of tea (Kenyan style with milk and lots of sugar), and toast the NYRR staff had their first chance to get to know him. He talked a little bit about his family and his training, but when he was asked about his unusual name he demurred. Even when pressed he only smiled and continued to eat. Surely there was a story there, but Kipruto was not going to tell it. He finished his breakfast, and two days later smashed that Central Park record by running 27:08 (the still-standing USA all-comers record), and went home with $40,000 (after passing an in-competition drug test, of course).

A lot has changed for Kipruto since then, who has raced sparingly since the beginning of the pandemic. He won the 2018 World Athletics U20 Championships 10,000m title in 2019, earned a bronze medal at the 2019 World Athletics Championships in the 10,000m, broke the longstanding Peachtree 10-K course record by running 27:01 in 2019 (worth a $50,000 bonus), and set a new 10-K world record of 26:24 in early 2020 before the pandemic shutdown.

Yet, nobody has been able to learn anything more about his name.

“He said he would tell me, but that was six years ago,” said his agent Davor Savija over breakfast today at a midtown diner.

A Google search on the word “rhonex” returns only pages of references to Kipruto himself, except for a coincidental hit for “Rhone-X,” a medical term for diabetic macular edema, and the “Peloton x Rhone” high-performance tank top. Surely neither has any relation to Kipruto’s given name.

Kipruto, who flew into New York last night, runs Sunday’s United Airlines NYC Half on a hilly course from Brooklyn to Manhattan. Savija said his athlete is in good shape and recently completed a strong 20-kilometer time trial in Kenya to get ready for the race. He’ll be facing a quality international field which features American two-time Olympic medalist Galen Rupp, Australian Olympian Brett Robinson, and Kenyan road racing veteran Stephen Sambu who won the race in 2016.

But it is doubtful that any more information about the origin of his name will be forthcoming.

“Nobody knows,” said Savija, as he finished his toasted English muffin and crispy bacon.

Berihu Aregawi – fast times on the track, but slow and steady approach off it

The Kidane Mihret Church in the Kotobe neighbourhood in Addis Ababa is busy most afternoons. Ethiopian Orthodox Christians in the area often come to pray or give money and food to homeless who congregate around the church’s gates. Many wear gabi – a traditional white homemade cotton cloth – draped over their heads and shoulders.

Nearly every afternoon Berihu Aregawi can be seen walking, often in his orange and blue tracksuit, to his afternoon training session.

Kidane Mihret sits neatly at an important crossroads to get to the Yeka Forest in Addis Ababa, a small runner’s oasis reachable by a quick 15-minute walk from a bustling neighbourhood. Between 4-6pm dozens of Ethiopian athletes go to the forest to do their famous zig-zag jogs through eucalyptus trees, a tradition that’s well sedimented in the soil, with clearly-trodden paths.

Over the course of the past eight years, Aregawi has seldom missed one of these sessions. He made this daily journey long before he followed up a fourth-place finish at the Olympics with a Wanda Diamond League victory in Zurich in 2021. It was true leading up to his world 5km record on the final day of 2021 when he ran 12:49 in Barcelona. It was true before running his world indoor lead of 7:26.20 over 3000m in Karlsruhe. And it will continue to be true as the 20-year-old prepares for the World Athletics Indoor Championships Belgrade 22, and competitions moving forward.

Berihu Aregawi wins the 5000m at the Wanda Diamond League final in Zurich (© Matt Quine)

Many Ethiopian athletes pursue long distance running to change their lives, and as soon as they come into some money, they start making investments to accrue more wealth and status. Aregawi is in no rush to do so.

“Not yet, not yet,” he commonly refrains, when asked about buying a home, a car, or even a television. “I don’t do much outside of training besides resting, but I do like to watch training videos and running content on YouTube.”

Aregawi uses his phone and has been inspired, amid a lot of running content, by the well-known Spartan lifestyle Eliud Kipchoge has become famous for. He’s watched many of the short documentaries where understanding English is not a prerequisite for getting a sense of the humility that some of the world’s top athletes share.

He also studies racing tactics by his Ethiopian role models, Kenenisa Bekele, Haile Gebreselassie, and, notably, Hagos Gebrhiwet. Like Aregawi, Gebrhiwet is also from the Tigray region of Ethiopia – the northern most state in Ethiopia that has been embroiled in a civil war since November 2020. Aregawi grew up with five younger sisters and one younger brother in the countryside and began running in local competitions, much to the chagrin of his father, who viewed the pursuit as too risky of an endeavour. Sceptical of the athletic profession, Aregawi’s father wanted him to take a more traditional path and ensure he could help to take care of the family. But once he was offered a club position in Addis, his father’s mind gradually changed.

Berihu Aregawi and Jakob Ingebrigtsen at the Wanda Diamond League meeting in Lausanne (© Matt Quine)

“When I was starting out I really wanted to be like Hagos,” Aregawi said, “He was really the first from my region and it’s easier to identify with someone that comes from the same place you come from.”

Not too long later, he became Gebrhiwet’s training partner, “Training with Hagos on the national team has given me big steps in my training. He’s also been a really good friend to me, and always offered me help when I have adversity.”

After training for two years in Addis Ababa, Aregawi was selected for his first national team in 2018, when he competed at the World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland. Aregawi finished third in the 10,000m, behind Rhonex Kipruto of Kenya and Jacob Kiplimo of Uganda.

“To represent Ethiopia for the first time and come in third was a really big deal,” he remembers of his first international trip. Finland in July could not have been more different to Ethiopia at that time of year. Ethiopia’s geographical position means the sun rises and sets at about the same time throughout the year, and July and August are characterised by heavy, sometimes torrential, rains. Mid-July in Tampere, by contrast, was sunny, temperate, and had only a few hours of darkness each day.

After his first podium finish in Tampere, Aregawi signed his first contract and returned to Ethiopia with the goal of representing the country at the Olympics. His incremental improvement has evidently been working, but until this past year, his progression has been overshadowed by some of his Olympic teammates, like Selemon Barega, who won the Olympic 10,000m title.

While many Olympians began to tire on the Wanda Diamond League circuit, Aregawi appeared to gain steam, culminating in a victory at the final 5000m held for the first time on the track built around Zurich’s city centre.

Since winning the Diamond League title, Aregawi has made some more changes relating to his training, returning to regular training with his club, Ethiopia Electric, and coach Melaku. His training partners are not big names, yet, but he’s enjoying working with Solomon Berihu and Haftam Abadi, two of several members of his club. Other changes in lifestyle can remain on the backburner.

“It’s important to stay humble and patient,” Aregawi said. “I don’t want to rush into the next stage of life because I still have big goals I haven’t accomplished.”

Berihu Aregawi breaks the world 5km record in Barcelona (© Xavi Ballart)

The changes appeared to have worked. In November, he thought he broke Joshua Cheptegei’s world 5km record when it appeared he finished under 12:50 in Lille, France, but the official results showed 12:52. One month later, on New Year’s Eve, he ran 12:49 in Barcelona to claim the record alongside Ejegayehu Taye, another Ethiopian rising distance talent.

Then, in January 2022, Aregawi claimed the world’s top indoor time over 3000m in Karlsruhe, Germany, running the second half of his race completely alone. His time of 7:26.20 puts him fifth on the world indoor all-time list and gives him the top time heading into the World Indoor Championships.

Due to the conflict in Tigray, Aregawi has had minimal conflict with his family members over the past two years. With phone and internet mostly disabled in Tigray, Aregawi has been running, and excelling, looking forward to a time when he can share his success his family.

Until then, when asked about lavish celebrations, Aregawi’s response is one of caution and gradualness. “Not yet, not yet,” he continues to say – an odd refrain beckoning for slowness from one of the world’s fastest runners.

Geoffrey Kamworor the star to watch at Agnes Tirop World Cross Country Tour

Three-time world half marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor will be on startline at the Agnes Tirop World Cross Country Tour that will be held on February 12 at the Lobo village in Kapseret, Uasin Gishu County.

Kamworor carries on his shoulders two senior world cross country titles that he won in 2015 and 2017 after the 2011 World Under 20 title.

The announcement was made during the launch of the World Athletics Cross Country Tour Gold by the event organizer Barnabas Korir who is also the Athletics Kenya Youth and Development chairman.

The meet will attract forty top notch athletes who have been to the event with many Kenyan athletes expected to join the list once they are selected after the AK National Cross Country Championships that will be held in Eldoret on January 22, 2022.

“Kenya will select up to ten athletes for the event. This will be part of the 40 athletes: 20 women and similar number for men that will take part in the competition. Expect a stiff competition since all athletes will be battling for points,” said Korir.

The guests present during the launch included Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Sports Dr. Amina Mohamed, Athletics Kenya President (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei, Uasin Gishu Governor, Jackson Mandago and Eliud Kipchoge, the world marathon record holder. Other top notch athletes included Kamworor, Faith Kipyegon, Jonathan Korir, Alice Aprot and Rhonex Kipruto.

The race category will the 10km senior men and women, 8km junior men, 6km junior women, U18 6km boys, U18 4km girls, 2km boys and 1km for children and masters race.

The winners will pocket $400,000 (Sh43m) prize money and $75,000 (Sh8m) will be set aside for the best male and female runners in the cross country tour.

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.



  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.



  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