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Albert Korir to defend his New York City Marathon title

Kenya’s Albert Korir will be heading back to New York City to defend his NYCC marathon title at the 50th edition of the race that will be held on November 06, 2022 in New York.

The 27 year-old last year thrashed a strong deep elite field that included Kenenisa Bekele, Abdi Nageeye and the defending champion Geoffrey Kamworor, two years after finishing second.

“I’m very happy to return to New York after my victory last year, but I also feel a great responsibility to defend my title,” Korir said in a statement. “It was surprising to me that the list of athletes who have returned to defend their title has very few names on it, but I am training very hard to join them. It is never easy, but I have the benefit of experience.”

The race organisers have assembled a deep field that include the 2021 runner-up Mohamed El Aaraby of Morocco, along with 2020 London Marathon winner Shura Kitata of Ethiopia and Evans Chebet from Kenya.


Eliud Kipchoge to debut at Tokyo Marathon

World Marathon record-holder Eliud Kipchoge will make his debut at the 16th edition of the Tokyo Marathon which is a World Athletics Elite Platinum Label road race that will be held on March, 6, 2022.

Kipchoge’s goes to this race with the World’s leading time of 2:01.39 and will be facing a strong rich field including eight men with personal bests of under 2:05 barrier.

They include the defending champion, Ethiopia’s Birhanu Legese who is seeking to win his third Tokyo marathon title. Legese is third on the world marathon all-time list and his compatriot World sillver medallist, Mosinet Geremew.

Also in the race World bronze medallist, Kenya’s Amos Kipruto, the 2017 world marathon silver medallist, Ethiopia’s Tamirat Tola and their fellow sub-2:05 runners Shura Kitata, the 2020 world marathon majors champion, Kenya’s Jonathan Korir.

Home boy Japanese record-holder Kengo Suzuki, who ran 2:04.56 at the Lake Biwa Marathon in 2020 is also in contention as he tries to break the Africans footholds in marathon running.

“I would like to thank the organisers of the Tokyo Marathon to make it possible for me and my colleague athletes to race in Tokyo,” said Kipchoge. “My focus has been on Tokyo from the beginning of my training cycle, and I can say I am ready to race there. I am very excited to run in a country where running is a crucial part of the sport culture and am looking forward to experiencing the Japanese excitement for running the marathon in particular.”

Sisay Lemma lifts the 2021 London Marathon title

Ethiopia’s Sisay Lemma gave one of the finest performance at the 2021 London Marathon that was held on Sunday (3) in the London streets.

Lemma goes to history books as the sixth fastest runner at the London marathon when he cut the tape in 2:04.01.

Lemma who finished on the podium last year was followed by Vincent Kipchumba who took silver in 2:04.28.

Another Ethiopian Mosinet Geremew closed the podium three finishes in 2:04.41

The defending champion Shura Kitata came sixth after suffering a hamstring injury.


Where to watch the LONDON MARATHON

The 2021 London Marathon takes place on Sunday, October 3. The elite women start at 4:00 a.m. EDT, and the elite men start at 4:30 a.m. EDT.

The women’s field is led by defending champion and world record-holder Brigid Kosgei. The men’s field is led by defending champion Shura Kitata, who will be joined by three athletes with sub-2:03 personal bests.

The 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon will be broadcast live in 198+ countries with worldwide news access.

Please see table below for details of which broadcaster or channel is showing coverage in your region.

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Broadcaster Territory
Flotrack Australia, Canada & USA
SportTV 2 Brazil
Great Sports Channel China
Olympic Channel China, Japan & MENA*
EBU Europe
ZDF Germany
Sport 1 Israel
NTV Kenya
Sky Sport 6 New Zealand
NRK 1 Norway
SuperSport Variety 3 and 4 Pan Africa
Eurosport 2 Pan Asia & Pan Europe*
Eurosport Player Pan Asia & Pan Europe*
Discovery+ Pan Asia & Pan Europe*
ESPN Play Pan Latin America*
Star+ Pan Latin America*
Teledeporte Spain
SRG-SSR Switzerland
ZBC2 Tanzania
NTV Uganda
Reuters Worldwide (excluding UK)
SNTV Worldwide (excluding UK)

Shura Kitata to defend his London Marathon title despite hamstring injury

Ethiopia’s Shura Kitata who is the reigning London Marathon champion has insisted he is ready to defend his crown on Sunday (3) despite being troubled by a hamstring injury.

Last year in October, Kitata edged a sprint finish in the elite men’s race to topple the great Eliud Kipchoge, who had won the annual event in England’s capital on four occasions.

The Ethiopian could not follow up a maiden London Marathon title with success at the Olympics this summer and pulled out in hot and humid conditions in Sapporo.

“I have some slight problems but still I am preparing to win and looking forward to it,” the 25-year-old said via a translator during Wednesday’s press conference.

“I was prepared very well before the Olympics and just two weeks before I had a hamstring injury, that was a big pressure for me. Otherwise I have prepared well and I am feeling confident to run on Sunday.

“The hamstring and the pain is not really easy and when it is a very fast speed, there might be some problem but I am looking forward to doing what I did before.”

Another sprint finish this year would raise doubts over the Ethiopian’s ability to clinch the event for a second time but he reflected on the life-changing experience of triumphing over Kipchoge, who bounced back to defend his Olympic title in August.

“I was very happy with the win last year and it had great meaning because Eliud is a very famous runner and a very strong runner so winning meant a lot,” Kitata added.

Kitata will battle for the honors with Evans Chebet from Kenya who will be making his debut and Birhanu Legese from Ethiopia who is the fastest man in the field following his winning run of 2:02.48 at the 2019 Berlin Marathon.

Vincent Kipchumba to battle Shura Kitata at London Marathon

Ethiopia’s Shura Kitata will have an uphill task at the 41st edition of the Virgin London Marathon that will be held on Sunday (3) in the streets of London.

Kitata who just edged a sprint finish to the line beating his main rival Vincent Kipchumba from Chumba whom he forced to cross the line in second.

The Ethiopian ended Eliud Kipchoge’s dominance last year will be looking to bounce back after he succumbed to the heat and humidity of Sapporo, failing to finish the Olympic marathon. He tends to do well in London, having come second in 2018 and fourth in 2019.

Kitata will once again battle his main challenger Kipchumba at the same race as they seek to dethrone each other. Kipchumba came incredibly close to winning in London, a run which followed up winning performances in Vienna and Amsterdam in 2019. The 31 years-old comes to this race with a personal best of 2:05.09 that he got in Amsterdam in 2019.

The third-fastest marathon runner of all time, Birhanu Legese will also be on the start line and he will be out to continue his winning habit after victories in the Tokyo Marathon both in 2019 and last year. Legese comes to this race with the fastest time on paper of 2:02.48 that he got in 2019 at the Berlin Marathon.

The reigning Valencia Marathon champion Evans Chebet will also be battling for thye honors as he comes to this race with a personal best of 2:03.00 that he got last year in Valencia.

Selected others:

  1. Mosinet GEREMEW    (ETH) 2:02.55 PB
  2. Titus EKIRU                  (KEN) 2:02.57 PB
  3. Mule WASIHUN            (ETH) 2:03.16 PB
  4. Sisay LEMMA                (ETH) 2:03.36 PB
  5. Kinde ATANAW             (ETH) 2:03.51 PB
  6. Tristan WOODFINE      (CAN) 2:10.51 PB

2020 Results


  1. Shura Kitata                (ETH) 2:05.41
  2. Vincent Kipchumba   (KEN) 2:05.42
  3. Sisay Lemma                (ETH)  2:05.45

Shura Kitata faces a tough battle as he defends his London Marathon title

Ethiopia’s Shura Kitata will be the star to watch at the 41st edition of the London Marathon that will be held on 3rd October in London.

Kitata who pulled out of the Olympic Games marathon last weekend after suffering in the hot and humid conditions in Sapporo – will line up with the other men who joined by Vincent Kipchumba from Kenya and Sisay Lemma from Ethiopia, who also struggled in the heat of the Olympic Games marathon.

Shura beat Eliud Kipchoge in the 2020 London Marathon to secure his first London Marathon title, just a second ahead of Vincent Kipchumba.

The two will be joined by the 2020 Valencia Marathon champion, Evans Chebet who was the fastest man in the world last year with his personal best of 2:03.00.Another title contender is the two-time Tokyo Marathon champion Birhanu Legese from Ethiopia, who is the third-fastest marathoner of all time with a time of 2:02.48 that he got at the 2019 Berlin Marathon.

Kitata will also face-off with Mosinet Geremew and  Mule Wasihun both coming to the race with a personal best of 2:02.55 and 2:03.16) respectively. This two also finished on the podium at the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon, also return.

Kitata was quoted by race organisers saying,“I was disappointed to have to pull out of the Olympic Games marathon but I just did not adapt to the weather well. It was very cold in Ethiopia prior to leaving for Tokyo and when we got there the weather took its toll on my body and made my breathing very hard. But I’m healthy and looking forward to racing in the Virgin Money London Marathon again. I am preparing very well and my coach has me very ready to defend my title in London.

 “Winning last year was an unforgettable memory and it gave me huge excitement to bring back such a big victory to my country and to make my family and coaches proud. I have set my mind on how I can run fast and better than last year and I’m looking forward to seeing if I can repeat the victory and make history in the race.”

Virgin Money London Narathon event director, Hugh Brasher, said: “We are delighted to welcome our reigning champions back to defend their titles at the 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon and, as always, they will be challenged by a stellar field of the world’s best marathon runners. Sunday 3 October is set to be an extraordinary day in our history as these great athletes lead the way as tens of thousands of mass runners take on their 26.2 mile challenge from Greenwich to Westminster and around the world in the virtual event.”

The organisers have allowed a limit of up to 50,000 runners in the mass race and up to 50,000 around the world to take on the virtual event, completing the 26.2 miles on the route of their choice any time between 00:00 and 23:59:59 BST.



Name Country PB
Birhanu LEGESE ETH 2:02:48
Mosinet GEREMEW ETH 2:02:55
Titus EKIRU KEN 2:02.57
Evans CHEBET KEN 2:03.00
Mule WASIHUN ETH 2:03.16
Sisay LEMMA ETH 2:03.36
Kinde ATANAW ETH 2:03.51
Shura KITATA ETH 2:04.49
Vincent KIPCHUMBA KEN 2:05.09
Tristan WOODFINE CAN 2:10.51

Daniel Wanjiru joins the star-studded line-up for New York Marathon

Kenya’s Daniel Wanjiru has been added to the 48th edition of the New York City Marathon that will be held on Sunday (4) November in New York, United States.

The 2017 London Marathon champion has been added to star-studded field that includes five-time world champion Bernard Lagat of the United States who will also be making make his highly anticipated marathon debut.

Lagat retired from track racing after placing fifth in the Rio Olympic 5000m, where he was briefly a bronze medalist before two disqualifications were overturned. Lagat previously earned Olympic 1500m silver and bronze competing for Kenya in 2000 and 2004.

If Lagat continues racing marathons through 2020, he could try to tie Angolan João N’Tyamba‘s record for Olympic participation’s by a male runner at six and become the fourth-oldest Olympic male runner.

“My mind isn’t going that far yet,” Lagat said, according to SI.com. “I’m just going to take this one at a time. My training partners have asked me, ‘If you are successful in New York, will you run the marathon for 2020?’ and I say, ‘I don’t know.’

“I want to get ready for New York City first, and whatever happens there will determine 2020.”

Lagat finished 31st in the world half marathon championships on March 24.

Wanjiru goes to the race with a personal best of 2:05.21 that he got at the 2016 Amsterdam Marathon, will face defending champion Geoffrey Kamworor, Ethhiopia’s 2013 and 2015 Boston Marathon champion Lelisa Desisa, 2018 London Marathon runner-up Shura Kitata and four-time U.S. Olympian Abdi Abdirahman.

Others on the start list include Mexico’s two-time Olympian Juan Luis Barrios, Rio 2016 Olympian Jared Ward and 2018 Boston Marathon third-place finisher Shadrack Biwott.