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Almaz Ayana and Genzebe Dibaba to make their Marathon Debut

The 2016 Olympic 10,000m champion Almaz Ayana and the world 1500m record holder Genzebe Dibaba will be making their historical move to marathon at the 47th edition of the Amsterdam Marathon that will be held on October 16, 2022.

The 30 year-old smashed the 10,000m record at the Rio Olympics Games in a time of 29:17.45 erasing the old record of the 23 year-old record by 14 seconds that had been set by Wang Junxia from China. The record lasted for five years and was broken by Dutch superstar Sifan Hassan to 29:06.82 which lasted for only two days as it was lowered by her compatriot Letensebet Gidey at the Ethiopian trials on the same track with a time of 29:01.03.

The two times world 5000m and 10,000m champion, Ayana returned to the game after taking a sabbatical leave of nearly three years and made a huge announcement at the Great North Run where she finished in third place behind the double world 5000m champion, Hellen Obiri who will also be making her marathon debut in New York this year.

The 31 year-old, Dibaba, will follow her older sisters and fellow Olympic medalists Tirunesh and Ejegayehu into the marathon. Dibaba still holds 1500m world record of 3:50.07 that she set in 2015, though Faith Kipyegon threaten the record this year when she fell short of the record with 31 seconds as she set the second-fastest time in history of 3:50.37 last month in  Monaco.

Dibaba who missed the 2019 World Championships with a right foot injury and Tokyo Olympics, ran the then-fastest debut half marathon for a woman of 1:05.18 in Valencia in 2020. The five time world Indoor champion ran the Dubai half marathon early this year but she dropped out due to fatigue.

Beatrice Chebet stuns 5000m world class field in Zurich

World 5000m silver medallist and Commonwealth Games champion Beatrice Chebet saw off a world class field at the Zurich Diamond League Meeting held on Thursday (08) in Zurich, Switzerland.

The 22 year-old faced a stellar field that included the world Indoor 1500m champion, Gudaf Tsegay from Ethiopia, world indoor 3000m bronze medallist and world 5 km record holder on the road, Ejgayehu Taye, Olympic 5000m and 10000m champion, Sifan Hassan and her compatriot World 10000m bronze medallist Margaret Chelimo Kipkemboi.

Chebet and Tsegay stuck together at the 4k mark and were closely followed Taye and Kipkemboi with Hassan trailing the leading pack as the five women tried to outdo each other with a kilometer remaining.

Chebet and Taye broke away from the lead group but Kipkemboi stayed along with them.

Chebet produced a lethal kick that no one could respond to at the final stage, surging ahead with zeal and power to cut the tape in14:31.03 with Kipkemboi coming home in second in 14:31.52. Tsegay who was targeting her first Diamond Trophy was left with no option but to settle in third place in 14:32.11.
“I am very happy with my p[erfomance today and winning the trophy is the best way to close the season,” said Chebet.

The Dutch track super star who is contemplating to switch to marathon finished in a disappointing fifth place in 14:37.05

Sifan Hassan to switch to marathon

Double Olympic gold medallist in the 5,000 and 10,000m races Sifan Hassan is contemplating to switching to marathon soon.

The 29 year-old said on Tuesday that he will be steeping up to marathon and might appear at the 2024 Paris Marathon.

“I’m really planning to run marathon,” said the 5km world record holder. “I don’t know when, but I’m thinking about it, I’m thinking about it every night and every day, whenever I run.”

When asked whether she might have a tilt at the marathon at the 2024 Paris Olympics, she replied with a laugh: “Why not?”

The Ethiopian-born Dutch middle- and long-distance runner also won bronze in the 1,500 in Tokyo in a remarkable bid for three titles.

the 2016 World Indoor 1500m champion, fell painstakingly short of an audacious golden treble in Tokyo 2020 but made history by becoming the first person to win three medals over 1500m, 5000m, and 10,000m.

“In Tokyo I did amazing, but it affected me a lot. This year for me is like a break of a year,” Hassan said ahead of Wednesday’s 5,000-meter race, part of the Diamond League finals in Zurich.

“I have to have a very big goal and very big challenge to go forward,” she added, describing herself as “curious” to see if she can push her limits for challenges as much mental as physical.

“I’ve lost a couple of races, which gave me a boost,” she said of this season. “I’m in great shape, I’m peaking now.”

The two time world champion in 1500m and 10,000m perform dismally at the world championships in Oregon, as she finish sixth in the 5,000 and fourth in the 10,000.

The Dutch star record-breaking started started way back in 2019 when she set the women’s-only 5km World Record of 14:44 in Monaco before lowering the mile world record of 4:12.33 at a Diamond League meeting in the same country.

The following year Hassan set a new one-hour world record at the Brussels Diamond League meeting with a final distance of 18.930km, over a lap further than the previous record of 18.517km that had been set Dire Tune in 2008.

During the Tokyo Olympic games she went on to attack the 10,000m record of 29:17.45 that had been set by Almaz Ayana from Ethiopia at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. She further lowered the mark Hengelo, Netherlands slashing off 10.63 seconds from the previous mark of 29:06.82.

Hassan’s 10,000m World record lasted only for two days as it was lowered down by Olympic 10,000m bronze medallist, Letesenbet Gidey from Ethiopia with a new world record time of 29:01.03 at the same venue in 2021.

Sifan Hassan beats Taye and Chelimo in Silesia

Reigning Olympic 5000m and 10000m champion Sifan Hassan bounced back from the disappointment at the World Championships in Eugene, where she finished fourth in the 10000m and sixth in the 5000m, with a win in the women 3000m race at the Silesia Diamond League held at Silesian Stadium in Chorzow, Poland.

Hassan took on this year’s world 10000m bronze medallist and 2019 world 5000m silver medallist Margaret Chelimo Kipkemboi from Kenya and Ethiopia’s Ejgayehu Taye, who  set the world seasonal best time in the 5000m with her lifetime best of 14:12.98 at the Prefontaine Classic.

Hassan seemed to be on a mission as she engaged her gear at the 100m final straight to announce her comeback with a deserved victory as she crossed the line with a season best of 8:39.27 with latter coming home in second and Kipkemboi finishing in third place.

Caster Semenya on world track and field championships entry list

Caster Semenya, the two-time Olympic 800m champion who now races longer distances due to a rule capping testosterone levels in middle-distance events, is on the 5000m entry list for the world championships that start next week in Eugene, Oregon.

Neither Semenya’s team nor South Africa’s track and field federation has responded to a request for confirmation that she will race at worlds. The federation announced a roster last week that did not include Semenya.

Semenya’s last global meet was the 2017 World Championships, where she won a third world title in the 800m and took bronze in the 1500m.

In 2019, a World Athletics rule went into effect that capped athlete testosterone levels in women’s events from the 400m through the mile for athletes with differences of sexual development (DSD). World Athletics said that no female athletes would have a level above the cap — five nanomoles per liter — unless they had a DSD or a tumor.

Semenya made multiple unsuccessful appeals. Her latest, and perhaps last, to the European Court of Human Rights last year, has not been adjudicated.

Over the last three years, Semenya joined a soccer club, then returned to the track and moved down to the 200m and finally up to the 5000m.

She did not qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. Nor did she qualify outright for these world championships based on her best time this season and world ranking, missing the initial 42-runner cutoff by two spots in the world rankings (and by three ranking points out of more than 1,100).

Semenya moved up the qualifiers list when other higher-ranked runners did not enter worlds. That list included reigning world champion Hellen Obiri of Kenya, who is entered solely in the 10,000m.

Elsewhere, Dutchwoman Sifan Hassan entered the 1500m, 5000m and 10,000m but is expected to drop at least one of the events. Hassan won gold in the 5000m and 10,000m and bronze in the 1500m in Tokyo.

Bahamian Shaunae Miller-Uibo, the two-time Olympic 400m champion, is entered in both the 200m and 400m, which overlap. Her agency said Friday that she plans to contest solely the 400m.

Many top Cuban athletes are not entered at worlds after reports of athletes leaving the national team.

Cubans not on the entry list include Juan Miguel Echevarria, the Olympic long jump silver medalist, the world’s top two men’s triple jumpers this year in Jordan Diaz Fortun and Andy Diaz and Reynier Mena, who on Sunday ran the world’s third-fastest 200m this year, bringing his personal best down from to 20.04 to 19.63.

Source: olympics.nbcsports.com

Sifan Hassan to make her season debut at Stumptown Meet

Double Olympic champion Sifan Hassan will make her season debut at the Stumptown Twilight Meet that will be held on Friday in Portland, Oregon.

The 29 year-old who is the Olympic 5,000m and 10,000m Champion has not run in a single race since September 9 last year. Hassan will use this race for preparation for next week’s World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon, where she will contest in the 1500m, 5,000m, and 10,000m.

At the Tokyo Olympics last year, Hassan won the 5,000m and 10,000m and took the 1500m bronze. She became the first women to complete the long-distance track double.

Hassan began the year with training stints in Namibia and Ethiopia which according to her according to her coach Tim Rowberry, they were not as productive as usual.

“Fasting during Ramadan this year also interrupted training more than usual, so I felt it was necessary to postpone her races leading into Prefontaine rather than interrupt the slow training buildup,” said Rowberry.

First match of the season for Sifan Hassan is the World Cup

Sifan Hassan has not yet run any competition this year, but she will be at the start of the World Athletics Championships in Eugene in just three weeks’ time.

The Global Sports Communication which manages her has confirmed that this would be her first race of the season

The Royal Dutch Athletics Federation (RDAF) Union will announce the team for the global title fight that will be held from July 15-24 in Oregon.

As reigning world champion in the 1500 and 10,000 meters, Hassan has automatic starting tickets for these distances. She won the titles at the 2019 World Cup in Doha. It is not yet known whether she will run both distances in Eugene or opt for one of the two.

The 29-year-old athlete took a long break after last year’s Olympics in Tokyo, where she won gold in the 5000 and 10,000 meters and also took bronze in the 1500 meters. She started training later and it has not come to competitions yet.

Hassan initially wanted to open her season at the FBK Games at the beginning of this month, but declined. She also skipped the Diamond League in Eugene to put extra energy into the training sessions. She is now fully prepared in the United States.

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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.”

Eilish McColgan smashes her mother’s 31 year record

The 2018 European 5,000m silver medallist, Eilish McColgan smashed her mums 31 year record at the Fanny Blankers-Koen Games held on Monday (06) in Hengelo, Netherland.

The 31 year-old had set her eyes on the Paula Radcliffe’s long-standing British National Record of 30:01.09 that was set in 2002 in Munich. She slipped off the record pace in the second half but managed to smash the old Scottish record of 30:57.07 that was set by her mother Liz McColgan in 1991 in Hengelo. This time made Liz, the third woman to run under 31 minutes, moving to second on the world all-time list behind Ingrid Kristiansen and narrowly ahead of Olga Bondarenko.

Eilish crossed the finish line in a new Scottish Record of 30:19.09 which makes her the fifth fastest European in history behind Sifan Hassan (29:06.82), Radcliffe (30:01.09), Lornah Kiplagat (30:12.53) and Kristiansen (30:13.74), all of whom won global titles in their careers.

“Still, it’s a personal best and a Scottish record – my mum’s record, which she set here. She’ll be happy for me. She’s my coach,” said Eilish.

Letesenbet Gidey, whose world-leading time of 29:01.03 also came at Hengelo last year, finished second in a time of 30:44.27 with her compatriot Ejgayehu Taye coming home in third in 30:44.68.


Eilish McColgan defeats Letesenbet Gidey as she runs solo in Hengelo

The 2018 European 5,000m silver medallist, Eilish McColgan became the fifth European all-time 10,000m runner as she ran from the gun-to-tape at the Fanny Blankers-Koen Games held on Monday (06) in Hengelo, Netherland.

The 31 year-old set her eyes on the Paula Radcliffe’s long-standing British National Record of 30:01.09 that was set in 2002 in Munich as she slipped off record pace in the second half, erasing the old Scottish record set by her mother Liz of 30:57.07 with a new record of 30:19.09. This time makes her the fifth fastest European in history behind Sifan Hassan of 29:06.82, Radcliffe of 30:01.09, Lornah Kiplagat (30:12.53) and Ingrid Kristiansen (30:13.74), all of whom won global titles in their careers.

The 2017 European Indoor bronze medallist defeated the world record holder for the 5000m and 10,000m Letesenbet Gidey from Ethiopia who came home a distant second in 30:44.27 with her compatriot reigning World Indoor bronze medallist Ejgayehu Taye coming in third in 30:44.68