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Joyce Tele beats Betty Chepkemoi to lift Roma Ostia Half Marathon title

Kenya’s Joyce Tele ran away with the 46th edition of the Roma Ostia Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (17)

Tele led 1-2-3 podium finish for Kenya but had to put on a fierce fight for the honor as she out sprinted Betty Kibet Chepkemoi to cut the tape in a time of 1.06.35 with Chepkemoi forced to settle on second spot two seconds later.

Gloria Kite closed the first three podium finishes when she crossed the in 1:07.54.

Czech Republic’s Stewartova Moira and Rebecca Lonedo finished in fourth and fifth place in 1:10.16 and 1:11.45 respectively.



  1. Tele Joyce                (KEN) 1:06.35
  2. Betty Chepkemoi  (KEN) 1:06.37
  3. Gloria Kite             (KEN) 1:07.54
  4. Moira Stewartova  (CZE) 1:10.16
  5. Rebecca Lonedo    (ITA) 1:11.45

Galen Rupp to battle Bashir Abdi at Great North Run

The 2012 Olympic Games gold medallist in 10,000m Galen Rupp will be the star to watch at the 40th edition of the Great North Run that will be held on Sunday (12) from Newcastle to South Shields in England.

The 2016 Rio marathon bronze medallist is coming off of an eighth place finish in the Olympic Marathon in Sapporo last month.  A veteran of seven half-marathons, the former Oregon Duck carries on his shoulder a personal best of 59:47 that he got at the 2018 Roma-Ostia half-marathon in Italy.

The 35 year-old American will battle for the top honors as he faces off with the recently crowned bronze medallist in the marathon at the 2020 Summer Olympics,  Somali-born Belgian Bashir Abdi who knows this streets well having participated in this race in 2018 where he finished in third place in 1:01.42. The 32 year-old has a personal best of 1:01.50 that he got in 2017 at the Lille Half Marathon in France.

Other established athletes slated to run are Britain’s Marc Scott who has a personal best of 1:00.35 and Jake Smith of 1:00.31 and Belgium’s Soufiane Bouchikhi of 1:02.59 are also competing on the men’s side, as is Britain’s Charlotte Purdue (1:08:23).

This year’s race has the inclusion of several track athletes making their half-marathon debuts. Those include Stewart McSweyn, the Australian record holder for both the mile (3:48.37) and 10,000m (27:23.80); Eilish McColgan, the British record holder for 5000m (14:28.55); Edward Cheserek, the Kenyan record holder for the indoor mile (3:49.44); and Dominique Scott, the South African record holder for 3000m indoors (8:41.18).

The assembled elite athletes will be fighting to try and lower the race course record of 58:56 that was set in 2011Kenya’s Martin Mathathi.

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.