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Senbere Teferi wins New York City half marathon

Ethiopia’s Senbere Teferi won the 21km women race at the New York City half marathon that was held on Sunday (20) in New York.

Teferi took charge of the race withe 1km remaining but Irene Cheptei gave her a hard time as she remained on her sholuder till the 50metre that the ethiopian made a final kick to forge ahead and cut the tape in a time of 1:0735 with Cheptai forced to settle in second place when she crossed the line two seconds later.

the 2016 European 10000m bronze medallist, Karoline Bjerkeli Grøvdal from Norway closed the podium finishes in a time of 1:08.07.

Another kenyan Sharon Lokedi from Kenya   and the 2016 Pan American Games silver medallist Lindsay Flanagan came home in fourth and fifth place in a time of 1:08.14 and 1:09.50 respectively.

The two times World marathon Champion, Edna Kiplagat who now resides in the United States finished in tenth position in a time of 1:10.22.

  1. Senbere Teferi        (ETH) 1:07.35
  2. Irene Cheptai         (KEN) 1:07.37
  3. Karoline Grovdal   (NOR) 1:08.07
  4. Sharon Lokedi        (KEN) 1:08.14
  5. Lindsay Flanagan  (USA) 1:09.50

Stella Chesang,Senbere Teferi lead foreign Athletes At Agnes Tirop Cross Country

Commonwealth Games 10000m champion Stella Chesang will lead the foreign athletes at the star studded Agnes Jebet Memorial cross country championships which is the fifth edition of World Athletics Cross Country Gold Tour that will be held on Saturday (12) at Lobo village in Kapseret, Uasin Gishu County.

Former world cross country silver medalist Senbere Teferi, Ugandan Esther Chebet, Suleiman Anley from Djibouti are among the 70 athletes that will be competing at this event.

The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) chairman Abraham Mutai revealed on Wednesday afternoon that the competition will be high considering that some of these athletes ran with the late Agnes Tirop.

“We are anticipating a big foreign athletes’ contingent and with such a high caliber of athletes, we need to be at the high level of preparations,” said Mutai.

Five times World Cross Country champion, Letesenbet Gidey has dominated world cross country championships starting from her junior cadre, winning gold to the senior level with a bronze.

“If they are going to host these athletes, we must put in place the best measures to meet the international standards in this first race,” added Mutai.

Teferi finished second, winning silver during the 2015 world cross country championships held in Guiyang, China when Jebet won the world cross country title.

“Majority of these athletes competed with the late Agnes and once they compete at her race to remember her, it will be an added advantage in their career. Remembering such a great runner makes the world feel the goodness of the Kenyan runners,” added Mutai.

Ednah Jebitok lifts the Egoibar Cross Country title

Former World U20 1500m champion Ednah Jebitok took the top honors at the 77th edition of the Egoibar Cross Country championships that was held on Sunday (9) in Elgoibar, Gipuzkoa, Spain.

Jebitok battled for the honors with the race favorite and fellow country-mate Beatrice Chebet, the 2018 World U20 5000m champion, whom she overpowered at the final stretch to cut the tape in 26:02 with the latter coming home in 26:22. Uganda’s Priscah Chesang, the 5000m Olympian closed the first three podium finishes in 26:32.

The World 5km women world record Senbere Teferi could not match the pace and was forced to settle in fourth with Turkey’s Emine Mechaal coming home in fifth in 26:42 and 27:02 respectively.



  1. Ednah Jebitok      (KEN) 26:02
  2. Beatrice Chebet   (KEN)  26:22
  3. Prisca Chesang    (UGA)  26:32
  4. Senbere Teferi      (ETH)  26:42
  5. Emine Mechaal     (TUR) 27:02

Jeruto beats Chelimo to lift Cross Internacional de Itálica title

Kenyan born turned Kazakhstan international, Norah Jeruto took the top honors at Cross Internacional de Itálica which is a World Athletics Cross Country Tour which is the fifth Gold meeting of the season that was held on Sunday (21) in Santiponce, Italy.

Jeruto who finished in fourth-place at the Cross de Atapuerca took command of the race at the finishing point to out sprint Margaret Kipkemboi Chelimo from Kenya cutting the tape in 24:22 with Chelimo coming home a second later.

Betrice Chebet closed the first three podium finishes in 24:35.

Ethiopia’s Senbere Teferi, who finished sixth in the 5,000m at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, crossed the line in fourth while Ghebreneyohannes Rahel from Eritrea came home in fifth in 24:38 and 24:58 respectively.


  1. Norah Tanui Jeruto                    (KEN) 24:22
  2. Margaret Kipkemboi Chelimo  (KEN) 24:23
  3. Beatrice CHEBET                         (KEN) 24:35
  4. Senbere Teferi                              (ETH) 24:38
  5. Ghebreneyohannes Rahel           (ETI) 24:58

Letesenbet Gidey and Yalemzerf Yehualaw target world half marathon record in Valencia

The Valencia Half Marathon Trinidad Alfonso EDP witnessed a men’s world record last year as Kibiwott Kandie ran a stunning 57:32. This time the women’s world record is the target and organisers have assembled a star-studded line-up for the World Athletics Elite Label road race on Sunday (24).

Ethiopians Letesenbet Gidey and Yalemzerf Yehualaw will clash in a long-awaited showdown. Gidey is the world 5000m and 10,000m record-holder, while Yehualaw ran 1:03:44 in August, and although that time will not be ratified as a world half marathon record the two athletes will now go head-to-head in Valencia as they target the 1:04:02 run by Ruth Chepngetich in Istanbul in April, a mark which is pending world record ratification.

The 23-year-old Gidey has competed sparingly this year but managed to set a world 10,000m record by running 29:01.03 in Hengelo before claiming bronze at the Tokyo Olympics.

While the diminutive Yehualaw is an accomplished half marathon specialist, with nine outings over the last three seasons, Gidey will tackle the distance for the first time but her impressive 44:20 world best for the 15km set in Nijmegen in 2019 suggests she might become the first debutante to set a world record for the distance.

Reportedly, each of the Ethiopian aces will be joined by their respective pacemakers – Mebrahtu Kiros and Genetu Molalign – in a battle which promises to be fierce, while the organisers will provide an official pacemaker for the rest of the elite targeting a 1:05 clocking.

That second group looks set to be led by Ethiopia’s Senbere Teferi, the winner in 2019 thanks to a 1:05:32 time; her compatriot Hawi Feysa, fresh from a 1:05:41 PB in Copenhagen last month; Sheila Chepkirui, runner-up last year in a career best of 1:05:39; and her fellow Kenyan Brenda Jepleting, a 1:06:52 performer.

After last year’s climax, when no fewer than four men ran inside the then world record of 58:01, one of them – Rhonex Kipruto – will be the marquee athlete this time.

The Kenyan star, who clocked a 57:49 debut last year, also excelled in Valencia in January 2020 when he set the world 10km record of 26:24. He couldn’t place higher than ninth at the Tokyo Olympics over 10,000m but proved to be in top form in September when he recorded 26:43 at a 10km road race in Herzogenaurach.

While a men’s world record assault is not planned on this occasion, the pacemakers are set to go through the opening 10km in 27:30 on the hunt for a sub-58:00 finish time. In addition to Kipruto, Sunday’s field includes another four Kenyan athletes with PBs under 59 minutes: Philemon Kiplimo, who was fifth last year in Valencia in a career best of 58:11, plus Kelvin Kiptum (58:42), Abel Kipchumba (58:48) and Felix Kipkoech (58:57). Yet Kipruto’s toughest opposition might come from the two-time world 5000m champion Muktar Edris.

The 27-year-old Ethiopian posted a promising debut over the distance last November by clocking 59:04 in New Delhi and should play a key role on Sunday, while the European challenge will be headed by Norway’s Sondre Moen and Spain’s Carlos Mayo.

Weather forecasters predict an ideal morning for running, with a 13ºC temperature and a very slight breeze. After the four records set in Valencia last year – the men’s 10km, half marathon and 10,000m, plus the women’s 5000m – the city could witness another world best on Sunday.

Gidey and Dibaba set to attack the world half record in Valencia

Fresh from winning 10,000m bronze medallist at the Concluded Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, Letesenbet Gidey will be facing off with world 1500m record holder Genzebe Dibaba at the Valencia Half Marathon that will be held on October 24 in Valencia, Spain.

 It will be an all Ethiopian battle, who both enjoys good time on the course. The 5,000m record holder with 14:06.62, also holds the 10,000m record set in Hengelo in 29:01.03 as well as the 15km world record in 44:20.

Dibaba on the other hand, the former Olympic Games 1500m Rio silver medallist, won Valencia title last year 1:05.18 while Senbere Teferi took the honors in 2019 with a time of 1:05.32.

Teferi also holds the 5Km record for women with 14:29. Another Ethiopia Yalemzerf Yehualaw comes with a personal best of 1:04.40 that she got when she finished third in the last World Half Marathon in Gdynia, Poland. She took 19 seconds off the world half marathon record, running a remarkable 1:03.44 at the P&O Ferries Antrim Coast Half Marathon.

Senbere Teferi thrashes the 5km women race world record

Ethiopia’s Senbere Teferi thrashed the 5km women world record at the at the Road To Records half marathon that was held on Sunday (12) at the Adidas headquarters in Germany.

The 2015 World 5000m Champion, blew the Sifan Hassan’s previous record of 14:44 to a new world record of 14:29.

Teferi led 1-2-3 Ethiopian podium finish as she was followed by Melknat Wudu who took silver in 14:54 and Nigisti Haftu took bronze in 14:54.

Kenya’s Agnes Ngetich and Dawit Seyaum came in fourth and fifth place in 15:02 and 15:10 respectively.



  1. Senebere teferi   (ETH) 14:29
  2. Melknat Wudu     (ETH) 14:54
  3. Nigisti Haftu         (ETH) 14:54
  4. Agnes Ngetich      (KEN) 15:02
  5. Dawit Seyaum       (ETH) 15:10

Erick Kiptanui and Caroline Kipkirui Lead Strong Delhi Half Marathon Fields

Organisers have announced the elite fields for the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label road race, whose 14th edition is set for 21 October.

Leading the list is this year’s fastest man over the distance, Eric Kiptanui. The Kenyan has already notched up two impressive half marathon victories in 2018, winning the high-quality Lisbon and Berlin races earlier in the year, coming home in the German capital in a world-leading 58:42 to move up to number four on the world all-time list.

Kiptanui will be accompanied on his first trip to India by his training partner Daniel Kipchumba, who paced Kiptanui to 15 kilometres in Berlin. A few weeks later, Kipchumba stood on top of the podium himself after a win at the Verbania half marathon in Italy in 59:06.

Two-time TCS World 10K winner Alex Korio – whose best of 58:51 was set in the 2017 Copenhagen Half Marathon – has been a regular participant in Procam International events in recent years and has run in Delhi twice in the past, last in 2015, but has never faced either of his two compatriots in battle so the tactics between the three Kenyans will be fascinating to watch.

Representing Ethiopia will be two men who are better known as marathon runners but who can still boast of outstanding half marathon credentials.

Leul Gebresilase was second in the Dubai Marathon at the start of the year in 2:04:02 while Feyisa Lilesa won a memorable silver medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, their half marathon bests are 59:18 and 59:22 respectively.

Adding to the considerable global interest in the race, USA’s Leonard Korir and New Zealand’s Zane Robertson are also in the men’s elite field. Korir just missed the North and Central American record of 59:43 when he ran his personal best of 59:52 at this race last year while Robertson holds the Oceania area record with 59:47.

All the runners will have in mind the very good course records in Delhi.

The men’s mark is 59:06 and was set by Ethiopia’s Guye Adola in 2014 while the women’s course record has been standing since 2009 and belongs to Kenya’s Mary Keitany at 1:06:54.

The two fastest women in the ADHM elite field, Kenya’s Caroline Kipkirui and Ethiopia’s 2016 ADHM winner Worknesh Degefa, will go head-to-head again after a memorable duel in the Prague Half Marathon back in April.

Kipkirui – who set a personal best of 1:05:07 in Ras Al Khaimah in January – prevailed by just one second on that occasion to take second place in the Czech capital and it’s certain that Degefa will have that in mind ahead of her fourth ADHM appearance.

Two other highly-rated Ethiopian women will also be on the start line in Delhi: Yeshaneh Ababel and Senbere Teferi.

Ababel was second at the ADHM 2017 and has since been victorious at the Istanbul and Yangzhou half marathons while Teferi, who will be making her half marathon debut, has won world championship medals on the track and at cross country in the past and will arrive in Delhi fresh from setting a 3000m personal best when representing Africa at the recent IAAF Continental Cup.

All the leading runners will also have in their sights first prize cheques of US$27,000 with a total prize money purse (combined men and women) of US$280,000.

Elite fields for the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2018 (with personal bests):

Eric Kiptanui           (KEN) 58:42
Alex Korio                (KEN) 58:51
Daniel Kipchumba (KEN) 59:06
Leul Gebresilase     (ETH) 59:18
Feyisa Lilesa            (ETH) 59:22
Zane Robertson      (NZL) 59:47
Moses Kurong        (UGA) 59:50
Andamlak Belihu   (ETH) 59:51
Leonard Korir         (USA) 59:52
Aron Kifle               (ERI) 1:00:31
Getaneh Molla      (ETH) 1:00:34
Betesfa Getahun  (ETH) 1:00:54

Caroline Kipkirui    (KEN) 1:05:07
Worknesh Degefa   (ETH) 1:06:14
Yeshaneh Ababel    (ETH) 1:06:22
Zeineba Yimer         (ETH) 1:08:07
Shitaye Eshete        (BRN) 1:08:25
Salome Nyirarukundo (RWA) 1:08:48
Stacy Ndiwa            (KEN) 1:09:09
Darya Maslova       (KGZ) 1:11:06
Senbere Teferi        (ETH) debut
Tsehay Gemechu  (ETH) debut

Sifan Hassan on fire as she beats Hellen Obiri to snatch gold at Continental Cup

Sifan Hassan proved that this season she was in the best shape when she beat Africa’s finest Hellen Obiri in the 3000m women race at the 41st edition of the Continental Cup that is being held in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

The World and Olympic 5000m champion could not match the pace of the Dutch lady as she cruised passed her and Ethiopian Senbere Teferi with two laps to go to surge ahead at the 200m mark going ahead to win the race in a course record of 8:27.50.

Hassan was closely followed by Teferi in who pulled a personal best over the distance when she crossed the line in 8:32.49 with the Africa 5000m Champion closing the season in a personal best of 8:36.


This event will bring together the two athletes who produced what was arguably the most dramatic conclusion to any women’s distance event this season, Hellen Obiri of Kenya and Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands.

Obiri defied the efforts of the recently established European 5000m champion to get past her in Zurich last Thursday as she hung on to win the IAAF Diamond League title over 5000m, the distance at which she won world gold in London last summer.

Given that the distance here is closer to what is Hassan’s preferred event, however, the Dutch athlete may be considered a marginal favourite. That said, Obiri won world bronze over 1500m at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow.

The duo’s impressive range and change of gears will mean they’ll be well equipped for the elimination format of the race.

Other top class contenders include Obiri’s Africa teammate Senbere Teferi, the 2015 world 5000m silver medallist, who is fourth on this year’s world list for 5000m with the 14:23.33 she clocked to finish fourth at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rabat.

That race was won by Obiri in 14:21.75, the fastest time run this season, with Hassan second in a European record of 14:22.34 – the second fastest time run this season.

Germany’s Konstanze Klosterhalfen is another talented contender for Europe, with a 2018 best of 15:03.73 set in finishing fourth in last month’s European Championships.