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Ruth Chepngetich wins back-to-back Nagoya Women’s Marathon

The 2019 world Marathon Champion, Ruth Chepngetich defended her title at the 43rd edition of the Nagoya Women’s Marathon, which is a World Athletics platinum label road race held on Sunday (12) in Nagoya, Japan.

The 28 year-old who was cheered on after the Covid-19 safety measures were relaxed could not match her 2022 winning time of 2:17.18 but managed to retain her title when she cut the tape in a time of 2:18.08.

Chepngetich was followed a distant later by Japan’s Ayuko Suzuki who crossed the line in second in 2:21.52 with Honami Maeda closing the podium three finishes in 2:22.32.

Ruth Chepngetich clinches the Kenya Cross Country title

Former world marathon champion Ruth Chepngteich took the top honors at the Athletics Kenya National Cross country championships held on Saturday (21) at the Ruiru Prisons, Kiambu County.

The Boston marathon champion beat the Commonwealth Games 10,000m bronze medallist Sheila Chepkirui and the 2021 World U20 Championships Silver medallist, Zena Chemutai.

Chenpngetich cut the tape in a time of 32:56.0 with Chepkirui coming second in 32:58.8.

Chemutai closed the podium three finishes in 33:06.0



  1. Ruth Chepngetich 32:56.0
  2. Sheila Chepkurui  32:58.8
  3. Zena Chemutai      33:06.0

Lemlem Hailu beats Ruth Chepngetich in Spain

World Indoor 3000m champion, Lemlem Hailu took the top honors at the 40thh edition of the Nocturna de San Anton 10km held on Sunday (15) in Jaen, Spain.

The 21 year-old, who is also the 2019 African Games 1500m bronze medallist, beat the 2019 World Marathon champion, Ruth Chepngetich near the finish line when she engaged a powerful gear that the latter could not respond to, cutting the tape in 31:37 with the former world half marathon record holder forced to settle in second place two seconds later.

Ruth Chepngetich lifts the Kenya Prisons Cross Country title

Former world marathon champion Ruth Chepngetich took the top honors in the women 10km race at the Kenya Prisons Service Cross Country Championships held on Saturday (17) at the Kenya Prisons Staff Training College in Ruiru.

The 28 year-old who is also the reigning National 10,000m champion beat a strong field that included the 2016 Paris Marathon champion, Visiline Jepkesho, reigning Commonwealth Games 10,000m bronze medallist, Sheila Chepkirui and World U20 3,000m champion Betty Chelangat.

The reigning Chicago Marathon champion gave a powerful kick to beat the 18 year old Chelangat on the final streight and taking the honors in a time of 32:53.6 with the latter coming home in second in 33:02.8. Rebecca Mwangi closing the podium three finishes in 34:10.2.

Chepkirui and Jepkesho Cheboret came home in fourth and fifth place in a time of 34:55.0 and 35:02.3 respectively.



  1. Ruth Chepng’etich   32:53.6
  2. Betty Chelangat       33:02.8
  3. Rebecca Mwangi       34:10.2
  4. Sheila Chepkirui       34:39.7
  5. Visiline Jepkesho     34:55.0

Irene Kamais beats Ruth Chepngetich at Jeddah Half Marathon

Kenya’s Irene Kamais beat the former World Half marathon record holder Ruth Chepngetich at the Jeddah Half Marathon held on Saturday (10) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

The former National 10,000m champion, took the honors in a time of 1:06.47 with reigning Seville Marathon champion, ALemu Megertu from Ethiopia taking silver in 1:07.18.

“I am glad to (have) emerged here at the Jeddah Half Marathon as the winner of (the women’s race) and hope to come here again in Saudi Arabia to participate in (the) Riyadh Marathon next year,” said Kamais.

Chepngetich who narrowly missed the world women marathon record by fourteen seconds at Chicago marathon in October, was forced to settle in third place in 1:07.53.

Ethiopians Tsige G’selama and Buyenu Degefa came home in fourth and fifth in atime of 1:08.59 and 1:10.13 respectively.



  1. Irene Kamais             (KEN)  1:06.47
  2. 2.Alemu Megertu       (ETH) 1:07.18
  3. 3.Ruth Chepngetich  (KEN) 1:07.53
  4. 4.Tsige G’selama        (ETH) 1:08.59
  5. 5.Buyenu Degefa        (ETH) 1:10.13

Peres Jepchirchir withdraws from the world championships

Olympic marathon champion, Peres Jepchirchir has withdrawn from next Monday’s world championships marathon due to a right hip injury, her agent has confirmed.

The 28 year-old became the first person to win the Olympic and New York City Marathons in a career span of three months. She then added the Boston in April, cementing her status as the world’s top marathoner.

According to Nation Media group, Jepchirchir first felt discomfort last week after which Team Kenya’s doctor advised her to rest.

Jepchirchir absence will leave the defending champion Ruth Chepngetich to steer the wheels as she will face Ethiopians Ababel Yeshaneh and Gotytom Gebreslase plus American record holder Keira D’Amato.

Over ten former Kenyans return to haunt Kenyan athletes in Oregon

Siblings Norah Tanui Jeruto, the former Commonwealth Youth Games 2,000m bronze medalist and Daisy Jepkemei, the former world junior 3,000m steeplechase champion are some of the huge athletes’ talents exported to other nations.

The duo will simply be Kenyans versus former Kenyans affair at this year’s World Athletics championships that will be held in Eugene, Oregon, in the United States of America.

With most exports lining up on track and road running where over 1900 athletes from 192 World Athletics (WA) member federations will be battling out for 43 gold medals at the Eugene Hayward Field between July 15th to July 24th.

According to the list released by WA, Jeruto. Who won the World Youth 2,000m steeplechase in 2011 and succeeded by Jepkemei who won the title in 2013 as the race became a family affair will be representing Kazakhstan.

They will fly the Kazakhstan at the world championships and are expected to give a competitive race against fellow Kenyans running for Kenya.

Jeruto is also the 2016 Africa Senior Athletics 3,000m steeplechase champion while Jepkemei is the former Africa Youth 2,000m steeplechase champion.

Another Kenyan born Winfred Mutile Yavi will be running for Bahrain in the same race against Kenyans led by world 3,000m record holder Beatrice Chepkoech, Jackline Chepkoech, Celliphine Chespol Chepteek and Purity Kirui.

In the recent past, Kenyan athletes’ have switched their allegiance has seen their new nations claim a big share of Kenyan glory as they are spread across the world.

Just like in 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Ruth Jebet won gold in the 3,000m steeplechase and Eunice Kirwa won silver in the marathon behind Jemimah Sumgong.

Despite Kenyans switching nationalities, their love is not lost since they can communicate in Swahili and still train in their country of origin.

Eunice Chebichii Chumba will be representing her new found lover Bahrain where she will be competing in a marathon. Just Chebichii, Lonah Chemtai Salpeter will be representing Israel in the marathon.

The two former Kenyans will be chasing the marathon title against reigning champion Ruth Chepngetich, Olympic marathon champion Peres Jepchirchir, Paris marathon champion Judith Jeptum Korir and Vienna City marathon champion Angela Tanui.

In men, Jonah Koech will be representing the hosts in the 800m competing against Kenyans led by reigning world under 20 800m bronze medalist Noah Kibet, reigning Commonwealth Games 800m champion Wycliffe Kinyamal, Olympic 800m champion Emmanuel Korir and world under 20 800m champion Emmanuel Wanyonyi.

In a crowded 10,000m, Belgium’s Isaac Kimeli will be up in arms for his new nation, competing against Commonwealth Games 10,000m bronze medalist Rodgers Kwemoi Chumo, Daniel Mateiko and Stanley Waithaka Mburu.

Two former Kenyan athletes will be flying the American flag in the 3,000m steeplechase. Hillary Bor and Bernard Keter will face former country mates Leonard Bett, Abraham Kibiwot, Benjamin Kigen and reigning champion Conseslas Kipruto.

Others who have switched allegiance include, Bahraini Benson Kiplagat Seurei, the son of 1987 All Africa Games 1,500m champion James Seurei who competes in 1,500m, Mike Ozbilen Kigen in marathon representing Turkey, Abraham Rotich (800m) and Albert Rop (5,000m), Rose Chelimo, Isaac Korir and Abraham Cheroben (10,000m).

Lucy Kimani, Yasemin Can, Tarik Langat Akdag run in 3,000m steeplechase, Ali Kaya, Ilham Tanui, Ozbilen, Meryem Akda, Bernard Lagat, Paul Chelimo, Leonard Korir and Shadrack Kipchirchir, Evans Kiplagat.


Kenya’s marathon to Oregon to train Individually

Athletics Kenya president Gen. (Rtd) Jackson Tuwei, has announced that Kenya’s marathon team will be training individually ahead of the World Athletics Championships set for next month in Eugene, Oregon, USA

Speaking in Eldoret after meeting all selected marathon team, Tuwei said that they short time for the marathoners to train in camps for the biennial championships after missing last year.
“The team is here in preparations for the world championships in Oregon and anything that they wanted to know their needs,” said Tuwei.
He said that the team selection should was perfect and agreed that they will be training from where they are.
“Training in their current camps will give them a good chance to better their performance because change of training area will affect them due to the short period we have ahead of Oregon and we shall support them fully as Athletics Kenya,” assured the president.
He added that he wants them, by the time they go to the championships, they have received support after getting support from all over the quarters of the country.
“Since we selected the team we have not heard any challenges and noise from the public, meaning we have selected the best for this country,” he said as he they plan to name the final team in Nairobi during the track and field trials for the Commonwealth Games and World championships team.
Team captain Lawrence Cherono said that as a team, they are preparing well for the show.
“We are a full team, committed to take the mantle and we are ready for the task. We will do our best as a team following a good discussion with team mates and federation president and have promised we shall work together,” said Cherono.
Women marathon defending champion Ruth Chepng’etich said she was ready to defend her title.
“Am praying that we have good results in Oregon and raedy to defend my title,” said Chepng’etich.
The men’s marathon team is led by Chicago and Boston marathon champion Lawrence Cherono, who will be serving as team captain, two time New York marathon champion Geoffrey kamworor, Barnabas Kiptum and former world marathon champion Geoffrey Kirui as reserve.
Olympic marathon champion Peres Jepchirchir leads women race followed by defending champion Ruth Chepng’etich, Judith Jeptum Korir and Angela Tanui as reserve.

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.