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Sheila Chepkirui to make her marathon debut

The reigning Commonwealth Games 10,000m bronze medalist, Sheila Chepkirui Kiprotich will be making her marathon debut at the 42nd edition of the Valencia Marathon that will be held on December 4, 2022 in Valencia, Spain.

The 31 year-old who is also the 2016 African 5000m champion, will battle for honors with her compatriots Monica Ngige and Fancy Chemutai who have more experience on the roads that the latter.

Ngige who made her marathon debut last year at the Boston marathon, comes to this race with the fastest time on paper of 2:22.13 that she got this year in April at the same race.

The two will also face-off with the most experienced road runner Chemutai who comes to this race with a personal best of 2:24.27 that she got at this event in 2020.

The race organisers have put together a strong deep elite field to try and see if they can lower the course record of 2:17.16 that was set in 2020 by the Olympic marathon champion, Peres Jepchirchir.

Sheila Chepkirui smashes the 10k course record in Romania

Commonwealth Games 10,000m bronze medallist, Sheila Chepkirui smashed the women course record at the Brasov Running Festival 10km Run held on Sunday in Brasov, Romania.

The 31 year-old who came to this race with the fastest time on paper of 29:46 that she got in 2020 at 10K Valencia Ibercaja where she took the honors, scared the women only world record as she missed it with six seconds.

Chepkirui erased the old record of 32:11 that was set last year by Nelly Jepchumba with a new course record of 30:07.

Chepkirui who led a 1-2 Kenyan podium finish was followed by Agnes Ngetich who crossed the line in second in 30:30 with Uganda’s 5000m National Record holder, Sarah Chelangat coming home in third in 30:31. The two also came home under the old course record.

Kenyan born –Romanian athlete Stella Rutto failed in her bid to lower the National Record as she crossed the line four seconds shy of the record with a time of 32:04. She finished in seventh place.

The race was graced by World Women record holder and seven-time World Marathon Majors winner Mary Keitany, who raced in the kids events and was also given the opportunity to reward medals to the winners.

”I really enjoy the city, the weather, the atmosphere, the race, a great course and the excellent conditions for world-class running,” said Keitany,

Agnes Tirop World 10km record ratified

Women’s world 5km record (women only)
14:29 Senbere Teferi (ETH) Herzogenaurach 12 September 2021

Women’s world 10km record (women only)
30:01 Agnes Tirop (KEN) Herzogenaurach 12 September 2021

World records of 30:01 by the late Agnes Tirop over 10km and 14:29 by Senbere Teferi over 5km set last year in Herzogenaurach have been ratified.

Tirop, who died in tragic circumstances just one month later, broke away in the final two kilometres of the race and went on to smash the women-only world record, taking 28 seconds off the mark that had been set by Morocco’s Asmae Leghzaoui in New York on 8 June 2002.

Tirop was part of a five-woman lead pack during the early stages and passed through 4km in 12:07. A couple of minutes later, Tirop and fellow Kenyan Sheila Chepkirui had broken away from the rest of their opponents, reaching the half-way point in 15:00 after coving the fifth kilometre in a swift 2:54.

Chepkirui then moved in front of her compatriot and tried to force the pace but was unsuccessful in making a break. The duo continued to run side by side for the best part of three kilometres, but world 10,000m bronze medallist Tirop started her long run for home with about six minutes to go.

Tirop, who won the senior world cross-country title as a teenager back in 2015, passed through 9km in 27:07 with a comfortable lead and was still comfortably inside world record pace. She didn’t ease back for the final kilometre, though, and covered it in another 2:54 to reach the finish line in 30:01.

“I’m so happy to have broken the world record,” said Tirop. “I felt the pace was good and Sheila assisted me a lot. The course was very good too.”

Tirop went on to compete over 10km in Geneva in early October 2021. It was to be her last ever race; she was stabbed to death in her home just 10 days later.

Following Tirop’s tragic death, the World Athletics Cross Country Tour event in Eldoret was named in her memory. A foundation against domestic violence has also been established in her honour.

Just moments after the 10km race in Herzogenaurach, 2015 world 5000m silver medallist Teferi ran away from her opponents after the first kilometre with an incredible solo effort, winning the 5km by 25 seconds in 14:29.

The Ethiopian ran with the pack for the first kilometre, covered just inside three minutes. Then, sensing that the pace wasn’t quite fast enough to challenge the world record, set off on her own and covered the second kilometre in 2:49.

By 3km, which she reached in about 8:43, Teferi had an eight-second lead over the chase pack. She continued to forge ahead, passing 4km in 12:07 and then ended with a 2:52 final kilometre to cross the finish line in 14:29, breaking the women-only world record of 14:44 set by Sifan Hassan in Monaco on 17 February 2019.

“I’m so happy,” said Teferi. “After the Olympics, I knew I was ready to go after this world record.”

Fantaye Azale sets a new Ethiopian 10km National Record

Ethiopia’s Fantaye Belayneh Azale wrote her name in the history books in the Women 10km Road to Records Race that was held on Saturday (30) Herzogenaurach, Germany.

The 21 year-old who is a 5,000m specialist with zero experience on the road race gave her all to beat a strong field that included the Kenya reigning National Cross Country champion, Joyce Tele and Sheila Chepkirui the African Champion.

Azale came to this race with a personal best of 14:44.51 that she got at the 2021 Ethiopian National trials in the 5,000m race where she finished in position six. She waited patiently until the one kilometer mark to make her move with a super lightening speed and held on to set a new Ethiopian National Record and New personal best of 30:25.

Azale was followed by Tele who came to this race with the fastest time on paper of 30:59.01 that she got at the 2021 FBK Games, in Netherlands when she came home in second place in a time of 30:33 with Chepkirui closing the podium three finishes in 30:35.



  1. Fentaye Azale      (ETH) 30:25
  2. Joyce Tele              (KEN) 30:33
  3. Sheila Chepkirui  (KEN) 30:35

Joyce Tele to battle Sheila Chepkirui,Yasemin Can as they chase the 10k world record

The reigning National Cross Country champion, Joyce Chepkemoi Tele will lead a strong elite field as they attempt to break the Women 10km Road to Records Race that will be held on Saturday (30) Herzogenaurach, Germany.

The 26 year-old who holds a life time best of 30:59.01 that she got at the 2021 FBK Games, Blankers-Koen Stadion in Netherlands took the honors last week at the Kenya Defence Force Track and Field Championships, where she trounced a strong field in the 25 lap race that included the reigning Roma Ostia Half Marathon champion, Irene Kimais when she crossed the finish line in a time of 31:55.09.

Tele comes to this race with a life time best 31:38 that she got at the 2019 10K Valencia Ibercaja where she finished in seventh place.

Tele will battle for honors with the African Champion, Sheila Chepkirui and European two time champion Yasmin Can.

Chepkirui has an added advantage as she raced here last year where she finished second behind the late Agnes Tirop who smashed the then World 10km Record in a time of 30:01 with the latter coming home sixteen seconds later.

Kenyan born Vivian Jemutai now trading for Turkey under Yasemin Can, will be a thorn in the flesh for Tele and Chepkirui as she comes carrying on her shoulder a personal best of 30:26.41 in 10,000m race that she got at the Rio Olympics where she finished in seventh place.

Can is a four time European Cross Country Champion, a silver medallist in European Indoor games and a two time European U23 Champion.

The 25 year-old has never competed for Kenya in professional races. She became officially eligible to represent Turkey at international competitions in 2016.

Hellen Obiri beaten to second as Girmawit Gebrzihair lifts Rak Half title

Double World 5000m Champion, Hellen Obiri was beaten to second place by the World U20 5000m bronze medallists Girmawit Gebrzihair from Ethiopia at the 15th edition of the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon that was held on Saturday (19) in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates.

Gebrzihair took on a rich field that included Obiri, the two times Olympic 5000m silver medalist and two times 5000m World Champion and Genzebe Dibaba, the 2016 Olympic silver medallist and three times world indoor champion.

The 20 year-old faced a fierce competition from start to finish as Obiri stayed with her the entire race but she managed to increase her pace as they reached towards the finish to beat Obiri by eight seconds when she crossed the line in a new personal best of 1:04.14. Obiri came home in second place crossing the line also in a new personal best of 1:04.22.

”What an incredible morning. The course was wonderful to race on and I was able to make excellent time with 01:04:14. I am very proud of what I achieved today, especially as the competition was so fierce. I want to thank Ras Al Khaimah for welcoming me here this week and inviting me to compete in such an amazing race. I look forward to defending my title next year,” said Gebrzihair.

Former African 5000m champion, Sheila Chepkirui closed the podium finishes in a new personal best of 1:04.36.



  1. Girmawit Gebrzihair      (ETH) 1:04.14
  2. Hellen Obiri                     (KEN) 1:04.22
  3. Sheila Chepkirui              (KEN) 1:04.36

Hellen Obiri defends her Kenya Defense Forces Cross Country title

Double Olympic champion, Hellen Obiri defended her 10km Kenya Defense Forces Cross Country title at the 42nd edition that was on Friday (7) at the Moi Air Base in Nairobi.

The Laikipia Air Base athlete was too good to her opponents as they could not her vast experience in muddy terrains as she cut the tape in 32:49.50 with her closest challenger Joyce Chepkemoi Tele the 2021 15K Nocturna Valencia Banco Mediolanum race winner came home in second in 33:12.04 with the 2016 African 5000m Champion, Sheila Chepkirui closing the first three podium finishes in 33:24.01.



  1. Hellen Obiri             32:49.50
  2. Joyce Chepkemoi    33:12.04
  3. Sheila Chepkirui      33:24.01

Letesenbet Gidey smashes the World Half Marathon Record at Valencia Half Marathon

Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey smashed the World Half Marathon record at the Valencia Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (24) in Valencia.

Gidey smashed the previous record of world record of 1:04.02 set by Ruth Chepngetich from Kenya early this year at the Istanbul Half Marathon when she cut the tape in a world record of 1:02.52.

She 1-2 Ethiopian podium finish as she was followed by Yalemzerf Yehualaw who also crossed the line below the previous World record with a 1:03.51.

Kenya’s Sheila Chepkirui closed the first three podium finishes in a time of  1:04.54.

The Valencia Half Marathon becomes the only race that currently holds the world record for women and men for the same distance, since Kibiwott Kandie’s mark, 57:32 that he set in the 2020 Edition still intact

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.

Agnes Tirop smashes the 10km women world Record

The 2019 World bronze medallist champion, Agnes Tirop smashed the 10km women world record at the Road To Records half marathon that was held on Sunday (12) at the Adidas headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany.

Tirop surged ahead of African gold medallist Champion Sheila Chepkirui with the 2km remaining to cut the tape in a new women’s only 10k world record in a time of 30:01.

Tirop who led 1-2-3 Kenyan podium finish was closely followed by Chepkirui who crossed the line in 30:17 and Nancy Jelagat closed the first three podium finishes in 30:50.

Betty Chepkemoi and Dorcas Kimeli finished in fourth and fifth place in 31:09 and 31:22 respectively.



  1. Agnes Tirop           (KEN) 30:01
  2. Sheila Chepkirui   (KEN) 30:17
  3. Nancy Jelagat        (KEN) 30:50
  4. Betty Chepkemoi (KEN) 31:09
  5. Dorcas Kimeli       (KEN) 31:22