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Rodgers Kwemoi breaks the Istanbul Half Marathon course record

The 2018 Commonwealth Games 10,000m bronze medallist, Rodgers Kwemoi broke the race course record at the 44th edition of the Istanbul Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (27) in Istanbul, Turkey.

The 25 year-old led 1-2-3 Kenyan podium finish as he erased the previous record of 59:35 that was set last year by Kibiwott Kandie and set a new personal and course record of 59:15

The 2016 World U20 Champion was followed the ten fastest man in half marathon races,Daniel Mateiko who came to this race with the fastest time on paper of 58:26 but he was forced to seetle in second place in a time of 1:00.05. Emmanuel Bor closed the podium three finishes in a new personal best of 1:00.20.



  1. Rodgers Kwemoi  (KEN) 59:15
  2. Daniel Mateiko     (KEN) 1:00.05
  3. Emmanuel Bor      (KEN) 1:00.20

Rodgers Kwemoi beats Galen Rupp to win Tilburg Ten Miles

Kenya’s Rodgers Kwemoi successfully defended his title at the Tilburg Ten Miles race that was held on Sunday (2) in Tilburg, Netherlands.

Kwemoi who won a gold medal in 10,000m at the World under 20 in the northern Polish city of Bydgoszcz posted a winning time of 45:03 last year, took charge of the race as he battled with Noah Kipkemoi and Peter Kiprotich both from Kenya as they sailed through the 5km mark with a split time of 13:51.

The 21 year-old Mt. Elgon born athlete held on to cut the tape in 42:15 with Noah Kipkemboi crossing the line in second place in 42:37.

Olympic marathon bronze medalist Galen Rupp from America was forced to finish in third place in 43:14.

Berhane Tesfaye from Ethiopia and Abel Chebet from Uganda crossed the line in fourth and fifth place in 43:35 and 43:42 respectively.


  1. Rodgers Kwemoi  (KEN) 42:15
  2. Noah Kipkemboi    (KEN) 42:37
  3. Galen Rupp           (USA) 43:14
  4. Berhane Tesfaye  (ETH) 43:35
  5. Abel Chebet          (UG )  43:44

Rupp Threatens Kwemoi’s CZ Tilburg Title Defence

Commonwealth Games 10,000m bronze medalist Rodgers Kwemoi will put his title on the line as he faces Boston Marathon champion USA’s Galen Rupp in the CZ Tillburg Ten Miles on September 2nd in the Netherlands.

The duo will be running the Tiburg Ten Miles where Haile Gebrselassie ran the world record there in 2005, in the city in the south of The Netherlands clocking 44:24.

Kwemoi who won the event in 2016 and 2017 will eyeing a third consecutive win as he battles the American runner who threatens his stranglehold in the race.

The Kenyan who won a gold medal in 10,000m at the World under 20 in the northern Polish city of Bydgoszcz posted a winning time of 45:03 last year.

Rupp, an Olympic marathon bronze medalist will be competing in the road race a month before he defends the Chicago Marathon title which he can use event as part of his preparations.

Tilburg Ten Miles is just over a month before the Rupp takes to the streets of Chicago to defend his 2017 victory.

So far this year, Rupp Boston marathon silver medalist has competed in four races. He first ran an indoor 5,000 meters at Washington in January.

He then won the Roma-Ostia Half Marathon, running 59:47, in March.

Rupp began the 2018 Boston Marathon on a sour note, when hoping to improve on his runner-up finish from 2017.

However, the cold and wet weather caused him breathing problems and forced him to drop out in the middle of the race.

The CZ Tilburg Ten Miles is the fastest 10 mile race in the world. The course is IAAF certified and there are top times.

The most popular part of the CZ Tilburg Ten Miles is the competition and recreation run over 10 English miles 16,092 meters.


Kenyan trio eager to silence marauding Ugandans in 10,000m race

Kenyan 10,000m trio Jonathan Ndiku, Josephat Bett and Rodgers Kwemoi are plotting revenge against neighbours Uganda, who ran away with the crown at the last Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Uganda won gold through Moses Kipsiro in Glasgow with Bett settling for silver.

“I know what happened during the previous event and I have worked on my weaknesses,” said Bett.

He said this time round, rivals will need to have prepared well to shake him off, especially in the last 400m.

“It was very painful last time losing by the skin of the teeth to Kipsiro and I am looking forward to make amends,” said Bett.

Like Bett, Ndiku is equally beaming with confidence. Ndiku, who won the 3,000m steeplechase in Glasgow four years ago, said he is no pushover despite upgrading 7000m higher. “I have settled in the 10,000m and I know what I want. Since exiting the 3,000m steeplechase, I have featured in a number of 10,000m races and I believe I have what it takes not only to win a medal but gold,” he said.

He said he is in the process of transitioning to marathon and believes his current decision to shift to 10,000m will held him.

“I didn’t get it difficult transitioning from steeplechase to 10,000m because I am basically a long distance runner and I have never quite trained to run steeplechase,” he added. “Even when I was running 3,000m steeplechase I used to train in 5,000 and 10,000m. I am easy and we are hopeful of winning this race.”

Ndiku said his target is to run in the marathon at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. “In 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which is my current base, I will still run the 10,000m race but from 2021, I will focus on marathon and also engage in big city races,” he added.

He urged Kenyans to be patient because they have only tackled a quarter of their races here. “Medals will come and there is no cause for alarm,” he noted.

The three Kenyans will be up against Ugandan trio of Joshua Cheptegei, who won the 5,000m gold earlier this week, Jacob Kiplimo and Timothy Toroitich.

The silver medallist in the 5,000m, Canadian Mohammed Ahmed, will also be seeking more accolades in the race.


Conseslus, Obiri upbeat as they seek to deliver medals

World and Olympic 3,000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto is upbeat that his late arrival for the Commonwealth Games here in Gold Coast will translate into good results.

Kipruto said their delay back home was deliberate because they wanted to train in familiar environment.

“This kind of weather in Gold Coast is always tricky and that is why we preferred to stay back and train a bit longer at home,” he said.

He said they will use the next three days to acclimatise before swinging into action this Friday. “I am ready and as usual, I will be going for gold,” he noted.

He said he decided to honour the Commonwealth Games despite other elite athletes staying away because it was on his schedule from the word go.

“I always plan my schedule early and this time, Commonwealth Games featured prominently because it is a less busy year with no World Championships or Olympic Games,” he added.

He said there is no much this year and that is why he opted for the games. “From here, I am headed for the Diamond League and I intend to do around five meetings starting with Doha next month,” he added.

He said the Africa athletics Championships in Nigeria are also top on his agenda and if everything remains constant, he will honour the event.

As usual, he believes steeplechase will be a Kenyan affair and sees no much opposition here.

Obiri, who also arrived together with Kipruto, echoed the same sentiments.

She said Commonwealth Games hold a special place in her heart and that is why she is here.

Like Kipruto, she said she intends to honor the Diamond League series and the Africa Championships in the coming months.

She also said she is feeling great after delaying back home for the purposes of training.

Obiri and Kipruto arrived alongside Margaret Chelimo, Eva Cherono (5,000m); Amos Kirui, Abraham Kibiwott (3,000m steeplechase) and 10,000m trio of Rodgers Kwemoi, Jonathan Muia and Josphat Bett