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Marius Kipserem targets the Rotterdam Marathon course record

Double Rotterdam Marathon winner Marius Kipserem will be the start to watch at the 36th edition of the marathon that will be held on Sunday 24 October in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Kipserem who has participated in this race thrice made a name for himself at the 2016 edition after he stepped out of the shadow of the race favorites as an outsider to take the pole position in a personal best of 2:06.11.

The 33 year-old was not lucky in the 2018 edition as he finished a distant fifth in 2:07.22 in a race won by Kenneth Kipkemoi in 2:05.44. Kipserem came back in 2019 breathing fire smashing the ten years course record of 2:04.27 that had been set by Duncan Kibet and James Kwambai in 2009, both ran the third fastest time ever for the distance. He set a new course record of 2:04.11 which is also his personal best and has now set his sight on lowering it again come October.

\Kipserem will face off with the Tokyo marathon bronze medallist, Bashir Abdi from the Belgium. The 32 year-old took third place in a controversial manner where he was”dragged” to the bronze medal by his friend Abdi Negeeye the Dutch National record holder of 2:06.11. The Dutch National has opted to race at the New York Marathon this fall.

The Belgian top athlete of Somali descent will be chasing for the European record 2:06.16 that is currently held by Kenyan born now Turkey national Kaan Kigen Özbilen. Abdi has a personal best time of 2:04.49, which is also the second fastest European time.

Kipserem has won three marathons in the ten that he has competed in and his worst finish being placed in 10th place at the 2020 London marathon in 2:09.25.

The race organiser, Mario Kadiks, has put together a great team of elite runners with the hope of lowering the course record. “Toppers with such great aspirations as Marius Kipserem and Bashir Abdi will give the event something special. It promises to be an exciting and fast race.”

The 2020 edition of the race was postponed to 2021 due to the covid-19, with all entries automatically remaining valid for 2021, and all registrants given the option of transferring their entry to another runner.

Samuel Kalalei banned for four year for doping

The Athletics Integrity Unit has has banned the reigning Athens Marathon champion Samuel Kalalei for four years after testing positive for blood-booster EPO.

Kalalei’s urine sample, which was collected after the Rotterdam Marathon in April, had returned positive for EPO.

The 23-year-old was provisionally suspended by AIU, the independent agency of world athletics ruling body IAAF, on June 4.

The AIU said that all of Kalalei’s results since that event in the Netherlands would now stand disqualified. Kalalei had set a personal best time of two hours 10 minutes and 44 seconds to finish in seventh place.

Kalalei is the third Kenyan athlete to receive a doping ban this year while four further cases are still pending.

They include former Olympic 1500m gold medallist and three-time world champion Asbel Kiprop, who was found to have traces of EPO after a test in November 2017.

In the same month, Rio 2016 Olympic women’s marathon gold medallist Jemima Sumgong received a four-year ban.

In September, the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) said Kenya had a “serious problem” with doping.

A Wada report said that between 2004 and 2018, more than 138 athletes from the east African nation have tested positive for prohibited substances, 113 of them during competitions.

Marius Kimutai, Mathew Kisorio Face Off In Valencia

Two times Rotterdam marathon champion Marius Kimutai and two time Africa Athletics champion Mathew Kisorio will face off in this year’s Valencia marathon to be staged on 2nd December in Spain.

 Speaking on Saturday after competing at the anti-Rabbis race, second edition of Rabbis Free Kenya 10km Road Run held on Saturday in Nandi County, the duo were optimistic they will be carrying the title back home.

Valencia marathon has been dominated by Kenyans and for the last eight years in a row, Kenyans have been winning the title with Sammy Kitwara holding the course record of 2:05.15 after winning the 2017 title.

The 2017 Amsterdam marathon champion, Kimutai won the race Kimutai in 27:02.02 ousting 2017 Daegu marathon champion Kisorio, who will be competing together in Valencia.

Boosting of his personal best in 42kk at 2:05.47 when he won the 2016 Amsterdam marathon, Kimutai said he competed in the race as part of training ahead of Valencia among other short races in the country.

Today’s race was too competitive and never knew that I will win but winning was not in focus since I have set my focus to compete in Valencia. Today was my training,” said Kimutai.

Kimutai won the Rotterdam marathon in 2016 before defending his title in 2016 as Kenneth Kipkemoi won in 2017.

He added that the route has always been part of his training course daily and understand it better that was great for him to win.

Kisorio, who won the Africa 5,000m and 10,000m junior titles finished second timing 27:07.06 while upstart Edward Kibet completed the podium.

I did not plan to compete in this race but I saw it good, since the race course passes near my home, I decided to run as part of my training. This is a good motivation to young people who can emulate me and take athletics seriously, knowing that event those athletes who compete abroad can also take part in this region,” said Kisorio.

Elsewhere former world half marathon bronze medalist Pascalia Jepkorir is set to compete in one of the races in China.

Jepkorir defeated Joyce Chepkemei to lift the title following her second stab locally arranged road races, ran shoulder to shoulder with Jepkemei after they stepped into the lead at 4km. But experienced Jepkorir sped off to win in 32:12 while Chepkemei was second in 32:22 before Betty Lembus completed the podium clocking 32:42.

I will be going to China for a marathon so this was part of my training. At the same time, this is my home and I had to compete well,” said Jepkorir who was in the Kenya team for the 2018 world half marathon in Valencia.

Source: dailysport.co.ke


Samuel Kalalei suspended for doping

The Athletics Integrity Unit has yet again suspended another Kenyan runner, the reigning Athens Marathon champion Samuel Kalalei.

In a ruling given today, the committee said Kalalei had tested positive for banned substance EPO and as a result was guilty of violating Article 2.1 of their anti-doping rules.

In a list provided on the Athletics Integrity Unit website, the 23 year old Kalalei has been listed as exhibiting prohibited substance in his body. The athlete has been in fine form clocking a time of 2:12:17 in the Greek capital of Athens. His fine form also saw him finish a commendable seventh given his age in Rotterdam in April in a time of 2:10.44

@AIU_Athletics has issued a Notice of Charge against Samuel Kalalei for a violation of Article 2.1 of the Rules. The is Provisionally Suspended from all competition. Find out more https://www.athleticsintegrity.org/disciplinary-process/provisional-suspensions-in-force 


This comes hot on the heels of Lucy Kabuu and Boniface Mweresa who have tested positive for banned substances in  span of two weeks.

We will update you on developing story as soon as we get information from the AIU.