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Hellen Obiri smashes the Manchester Run 10k record

Double World 5,000m Champion Hellen Obiri smashed the  Great Manchester Run 10k record on Sunday (22) in Manchester.

The 31 year-old beat the two-time European medalist Eilish McColgan and the World marathon champion Ruth Chepngetich.

The reigning Commonwealth Games 5000m champion and the world cross-country gold medallist, smashed the old course record of 30:49 that had been set by Tirunesh Dibaba from Ethiopia in 2013 with a new course record of 30.15

Obiri was followed by Eilish McColgan who was on another world as she broke the 19 years record held by Paula Radcliffe of 30:17 with a new European Record, British National Record and a new personal best of 30:15.

The Kenya National Champion in 10,000m race, Chepngetich was forced to settle in third place in a time of 30:29.

The 10-time All-American and 12-time Big 12 champion, Sharon Lokedi from Kenya finished in fourth place in a time of 31:05.



  1. Hellen Obiri             (KEN) 30:15
  2. Eilish McColgan      (BRT) 30:15
  3. Ruth Chepngetich   (KEN) 30:19
  4. Sharon Lokedi          (KEN) 31:05

Ruth Chepngetich takes the women 10,000m finals Race at National Championships

World marathon champion Ruth Chepngetich took the honors in the women’s 10,000m race at the ongoing Athletics Kenya National Championships held on Tuesday (26) at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.

The 28 year-old who was representing Kenya Prisons Service took charge of the race with five laps to go and held on to the finish crossing the line in a time of 31:47.9.

The third-fastest runner over the half marathon. who recently joined the service said she was using the race as part of her build up towards this year’s World Championships where she will be seeking to defend her title in Oregon, USA.

 “This is part of my preparations for the World Championships and I was using this race to work on my speed,” said Chepngetich.

The 2015 African Champion Alice Aprot who is making a comeback from the maternity leave took the second spot in a time of 32:01.2.  Judy Komen from Kenya Defense Force closed the podium finish in 32:32.6.

Kenya Prison’s Brillian Chepkorir and Sandra Chebii from National Police Service finished in fourth and fifth place in a time of 32:46.3 and 33:04.4 respectively.


Ruth Chepngetich beats Eliud Kipchoge to win the Sports Personality of the Month

World Marathon Champion Ruth Chepngetich has been named the LG/Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) Sports personality for the month of March.

The 27-year-old beat stiff competition from other star nominees who included Olympics silver medalist Brigid Kosgei, Eliud Kipchoge, para-athlete Rodgers Kiprop who won the T11 5000m gold, and Nancy Chelagat who won the T11 1500m gold.

Others were World Under-20 bronze medalist Noah Kibet, who raced to silver in 800m at the World Indoor Championships, Kenya Open amateur winner Njoroge Kibugu, Samuel Gathimba who won a bronze medal at the World Race Walking Team Championships and Kabras Sugar’s Jone Kubu who guided his side to clinching the Kenyan Cup title.

Chepngetich was all smiles as she received her award, “It’s such a great feeling being acknowledged for your performance in a very competitive space. I want to become the first ever personality to win this award for the third time,” said Chepngetich.

For her efforts she was awarded with an LG Solardom Oven and a trophy engraved with her name.

Speaking at the event during the presentation ceremony held at Kenya Prisons Headquarters Nairobi, LG Electronics Corporates Marketing Manager Maureen Kemunto said;

“This award allows us as LG Electronics to strengthen sports cohesion among our sports champions and communities across diverse disciplines. Our commitment is to ensure that the desire the dream and vision of our sports personalities do not wither.”

Commissioner General of Prions, Brigadier (Rtd) John Warioba said awarding Chepngetich for the second time in two seasons is good for the service and works to motivate many other athletes to aim higher.

“I wish to take this opportunity to thank SJAK and sponsors LG for highlighting our athletes’ performances across all sports. I hope more athletes from the prisons service will be inspired by this award to do better for the country,” the Commission General underscored.

Marathon legend Catherine Ndereba also thanked the sponsors LG and SJAK for the noble idea to fete athletes.

“This award will help athletes explore their talents and realise their potential in sports, during our days we did not have such incentives. I am happy to have a junior officer win the award, it brings back the memories of my golden days, I appreciate that one of our own Gathimba was in the nomination list,” Ndereba underscored.

This is her second award, having bagged the April 2021 gong following her exploits at the Istanbul Half Marathon in a new World Record of 1:04:02.

Ruth Chepngetich leads Kenyan women marathoners for World Championships

World marathon champion Ruth Chepngetich will be leading Kenyan women marathoners’ at the 18th edition of the World Athletics Championships that will be held from July 15-24 at the newly reconstructed Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

Chepngetich who ran the second fastest time at the Nagoya Women’s Marathon last month has been named alongside the newly crowned Paris marathon champion Judith Jeptum, the 2021 Amsterdam marathon silver medalist Maureen Jepkemoi and Angela Tanui the current Amsterdam Marathon as a reserve.

World championships marathon team


  1. Ruth Chepngetich     2:17.0
  2. Angela Tanui              2:17.57 (reserve)
  3. Judith Jeptum             2:19:48
  4. Maureen Jepkemoi    2:20.18


Hellen Obiri wins the Istanbul Half Marathon

Double world champion, Hellen Obiri won for the second time the 44th edition of the Istanbul Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (27) in Istanbul, Turkey.

The 31 year-old made her half marathon debut here in 2020 where she ran an exceptional time of 1:04.51 that made her the fourth-fastest Kenyan of all-time over the distance.

Obiri has gained experience in half marathon running since her debut. She has put her focus on road races, she won the Great North Run in last September with a time of 1:07.42 and recently she displayed her great form when she finished second at the Ras Al Khaimah half marathon that was held last month, where she also improved on her personal best to 1:04.22.

Obiri lived to her expectations as she beat two Ethiopians when she cut the tape with her third fastest time of 1:04.48.

She was followed by the 2019 African Games 10,000m champion Tsehay Gemechu from Ethiopia who crossed the line in 1:05.52 with her compatriot Bekelech Gudeta closing the first three podium finishes in a time of 1:06.35.

The race course of 1:04.02 which is still the world record that was set in 2021 by Ruth Chepngetich from Kenya remains standing



  1. Hellen Obiri           (KEN) 1:04.48
  2. Tsehay Gemechu   (ETH) 1:05.52
  3. Bekelech Gudeta    (ETH) 1:06.35

Ruth Chepngetich runs the second fastest time in the world in Japan

World Marathon champion Ruth Chepngetich, ran the second fastest time in the Women’s only marathon at the 42nd edition of the Nagoya Women’s Marathon, which is a World Athletics platinum label road race that was held early Sunday (13) morning  in Nagoya, Japan.

The 27 year-old came to this race with a personal best of 2:17.08 that she got when she won the 2019 Dubai Marathon and she was pitted against Kenyan -Israel runner Lonah Chemtai Salpeter who also came to this race with a personal best of 2:17.45 that she got when took the top honors at the 2020 Tokyo Marathon.

Chepngetich took the early lead at the 25km mark but the gap was closed and she waited patiently to break away at the 35km mark, forging ahead to cut the tape with the second fastest time of 2:17.18 behind Mary Keitany’s time of 2:17.01.

Chepngetich also crushed the old race course record of 2:20.29 that was set in 2020 by Mao Ichiyama of Japan.

The Kenyan forced Salpeter to settle in the second place as she crossed the line in 2:18.44 which is also the third fastest time in the world.

Japans Yuka Ando who was the third fastest athlete on paper with a time of 2:21.36 that she got at this race in 2017 where she finished in second place, closed the first three podium finishes in a time of 2:22.22.



  1. Ruth Chepngetich       (KEN) 2:17.18
  2. Lonah Salpeter            (ISR)   2:18.44
  3. Yuka Ando                    (JPN)   2:22.22

Where to Watch Nagoya Women’s Marathon

World Marathon champion Ruth Chepngetich, will make her debut at the 42nd edition of the Nagoya Women’s Marathon, which is a World Athletics platinum label road race that will be held on Sunday(13) in Nagoya, Japan.

The reigning champion of the Chicago Marathon goes to this race carrying a Personal best of 2:17.08 that she got when she won the 2019 Dubai Marathon.

The 27 year-old will not have an easy race as she will face off with Kenyan -Israel runner Lonah Chemtai Salpeter who also comes to this race with a personal best of 2:17:45 that she got when took the top honors at the 2020 Tokyo Marathon.

Chepngetich looks superior to Salpeter both on paper and experience but the only thing they have in common is each has won one marathon major.

The race organisers have put the two together to try and attack the race course record of 2:20.29 that was set in 2020 by Mao Ichiyama of Japan.

The race will be held on Sunday, March 13, 2022 2:45AM Kenyan time.

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Ruth Chepngetich and Ednah lead Nairobi team For National Cross Country

World Half Marathon record holder Ruth Chepngetich and former World U20 1500m champion Ednah Jebitok have been included in the Athletics Kenya, Nairobi Region ahead of Saturday’s (22)  National Cross Country Championships that will be held at the Lobo village in Kapseret, Uasin Gishu County.

The two will add the needed experience in the team as they seek for slots to compete at the Agnes Tirop Memorial World Cross Country Tour that will be held at the same venue on February 12th.

Chepng’etich who holds the World Half record of 1:04.02 that she set in Turkey last year, finished third at the 2021 National Cross Country Championships that were held at the Ngong Racecourse.

Jebitok is fresh from winning the 77th edition of the Egoibar Cross Country championships a fortnight ago where she defeated her fellow country-mate Beatrice Chebet, the 2018 World U20 5000m.

Letesenbet Gidey: First and Only woman to hold 4 World Records simultaneously

She remains a unique women athlete on the globe, breaking all records before her as she holds four world records under her medal cabinet.

Ethiopian Letesenbet Gidey remains a woman of all firsts after shooting into the limelight in 2015 when she won the World Cross Country Junior Championships in Guiyang, China.

Letesenbet Gidey of Ethiopia Wins the World Cross Country junior title in 2015. PHOTO: Getty Images

Born and raised in the troubled Endameskel, aged 17 years, she made her name known across the globe when she won the world cross country junior title for her nation.

She went ahead to win bronze at the 2019 World Cross Country Championships behind the champion Hellen Obiri and her country mate Dera Dida.

At 21, she won silver in 10,000m at the 2019 event with her personal best of 30:21.23 in a race that was won by Sifan Hassan from the Netherlands who also ran a world lead with the late Agnes Jebet Tirop winning bronze.

In the same year Gidey went on produced again one of her fastest time ever in the Outdoor 3000m race that was held in Palo Alto, California where she set a National Record of 8:20.27.

Letesenbet Gidey destroyed women’s 15km World record at the annual Zevenheuvelenloop in Nijmegen, Netherlands. PHOTO: NN Running Team

The Ethiopian went on rampage in November 2019 setting a new world record of 44:20 in the 15K run at the Zevenheuvelenloop road race in Nijmegen, Netherlands, breaking the previous world record held by Joyciline Jepkosgei that she had set in 2017 by more than a minute, and becoming the first woman to run 15K under 45 minutes.

Having four titles as a junior, she went to 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games with a mission to be on the podium and she did with a bronze in the 10,000m behind Sifan Hassan with Bahrain’s Kalkidan Gezahegne (the current 10Km world record holder though not ratified) taking the silver.

Letesenbet Gidey Shatters 5000 World Record Valencia. PHOTO NN RUNNING TEAM

With just six years since 2015, Gidey has written her name in four world record events she smashed her first world 5,000m record during the 2020 in 14:06.62 and this summer she went ahead and shattered the world record in the 10,000 meters in Hengelo, Netherlands. She is the first woman since Ingrid Kristiansen from 1986-1993 to hold them both simultaneously.

Letesenbet Gidey poses for after breaking the world record in women’s 10,000m. PHOTO: COURTESY

Gidey obliterated the women’s half marathon world record in her debut at the distance, winning the Valencia Half Marathon Trinidad Alfonso in 1:02.52. The Ethiopian’s performance improved on the previous world record of 1:04.02 that had been set by Ruth Chepngetich in Istanbul in April—by 70 seconds. This was the third world record the 23-year-old has broken in the last year.

Gidey’s winning time of 1:02.52 marks the first time a woman has ever run faster than the 64 and 63-minute barrier for the half marathon distance.

To put Gidey’s time into perspective, according to World Athletics scoring tables, 62:02 equates to approximately a 13:50 5K, 29-minute 10K and a 2:11 marathon.

Her performance in the half-marathon surpassed both of her previous records. It also indicates that if she moves up to the marathon, she’ll be a strong contender to take down that record as well, which is currently held by Brigid Kosgei at 2:14:04.

This time shows the projections of what someone could run at different distances based on that performance. Her actual splits on that day were no less impressive, however, and she went through 5K in 15:00, sped up over the next 5K to split 29:45 for 10K and went through 15K in 44:29. This 15K time is remarkable, considering it is only nine seconds slower than her own 15K world record.

Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey smashes the World Half Marathon record at the Valencia Half Marathon. PHOTO: Getty Images

World records for Ruth Chepngetich and Francine Niyonsaba Ratified

Kenya’s Ruth Chepngetich Women’s world half marathon record and Francine Niyonsaba from Burudi 2000m record have been ratified by World Athletics.

Chepngetich got the Half marathon record of 1:04.02 at this years Istanbul Half Marathon while Niyonsaba got the 2000m women record of 5:21.56 at the Continental Tour Gold meeting in Zagreb on 14 September.