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Kiprop beats Kipyego to lift Mattoni Usti nad Labem Half Marathon

Kenya’s Stephen Kiprop became the talk of the town when he denied the defending champion Barselius Kipyego a chance to write history when he thrashed him at the 8th edition of the Mattoni Usti nad Labem Half Marathon that was held on Saturday in Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic.

The 19 year-old took control of the race at the 12km mark and he never looked back as he was chased by Kipyego who could not march his pace denying him the chance for the third title as he cut the tape in a new personal best of 59:41.

The defending champion and race course recorder of 59:15 that he set in last year’s edition crossed the line in second in 1:00.25 with Abel Kipchumba closing a Kenyan podium finish in 1:00.39.

LEADING RESULTS

MEN

  1. Stephen Kiprop      (KEN) 59:41
  2. Barselius Kipyego  (KEN) 1:00.25
  3. Abel Kipchumba    (KEN) 1:00.39
  4. Hicham Amghar     (MAR)1:01.15
  5. Amos Kurgat          (KEN) 1:01:28

Kipchoge, Vivian targets to lower their personal bests this year

The 2018 London Marathon champions —Eliud Kipchoge and Vivian Cheruiyot—are determined to re-write their personal bests this year.

Kipchoge said his push to lower his marathon running time begins in September during the Berlin Marathon.

“I may not smash the world record but I am preparing to run my personal best in Berlin,” Kipchoge said in Kabarak on Saturday. He and Vivian were the 2018 ambassadors of the second Kabarak University Equator run. “I have enjoyed the season from last year and I hope to make it even better,” said Kipchoge.

He timed 2:04:17 to win his third London Marathon in April, having taken a break from the race last year to try to run a sub-two-hour marathon in Italy.

Kipchoge returned to add to his 2015 and 2016 titles with ease, finishing ahead of Ethiopia’s Tola Shura Kitata in two minutes 20 seconds off Dennis Kimmetto’s world record. In the same London race, Vivian, 34, crossed the finish line in a personal best of 2:18:3, three minutes off the 2:15:25 ran by four-time British Olympian Radcliffe ran in 2003.

Vivian said she hopes to run at least one marathon before end of the year. “ I will run a marathon before end of the year but I don’t know which one,” Vivian said.

Kiprop smashes Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon record

Kenya’s Stephen Kiprop took top honors at the 9th edition of the Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon that was held on Saturday (23) in Olomouc, Czech Republic.

The 19 year-old who came to this race with a personal best of 59:44, beat a strong and experienced field that included Jemal Yimer, who was second in Ras Al-Khaimah in United Arab Emirates in February in a time of 59:00 which was the fastest of four sub-60 runners in the men’s field.

He also had to contend with Kenyans Gilbert Masai (59:31), Justus Kangogo (59:31), and Abel Kipchumba (60:05).

With less experience against the best Kiprop pulled away late in the race to build a strong gap that could not be matched with rest, smashing off the course record of 1:00.17 that was set in 2014 by Geoffrey Ronoh, with a new course record of 1:00.15.

“The wind wasn’t as bad as it seemed at the start, though if it hadn’t been there at all, I could easily have run 30 seconds faster. Even so, I really enjoyed the race.”

Kiprop was followed closely by Ethiopian

Kiprop was followed closely by Ethiopian Yimer who crossed the line twenty two seconds later and Kipchumba closing the podium three finishes in 1:00.57.

Cheruiyot and Kangongo had to settle on fourth and fifth place in 1:01.00 and 1:01.34 respectively.

LEADING RESULTS

MEN

  1. Stephen Kiprop     (KEN) 1:00.15
  2. Jemal Yimer          (ETH) 1:00.37
  3. Abel Kipchumba   (KEN) 1:00.57
  4. Evans Cheruiyot    (KEN) 1:01.00
  5. Justus Kangogo     (KEN) 1:01.34

Chepkirui targets Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon course record

Former Commonwealth and African 10,000m champion Joyce Chepkirui of Kenya will face a stiff challenge as she returns to the Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon in the Czech Republic on Saturday.

The Prague Half Marathon champion leads a horde of eight Kenyans at the race. The team departed Nairobi on Wednesday for the Czech capital.

Ethiopia’s world half marathon champion Netsanet Gudeta is fastest on the entry list but Chepkirui is banking on her endurance and speed to turn the tables and claim the title.

“I have had very good training and will be happy to see who the opposition lining up against me is. I want to run a fast time and look at making the Kenya team for the World Championships in 2019 in Qatar,” she said Wednesday in Nairobi.

Chepkirui said she will not be seeking a slot in the Kenya team at the Africa Athletics Championships in Asaba, Nigeria, but will be keen to improve her performance on the road.

“I have no plans to compete on the track this season. My focus is on the road race and hopefully, I will string together good results and put my name up for selection to the marathon team for the World Championships next year,” she added.

Gudeta of Ethiopia is the leading athlete, based on time. She was second at the Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon last year, running 27 seconds quicker than the 66:38 course record of Mary Keitany from 2015.

But Chepkirui, who ran 66:19 to win the Prague Half Marathon in 2014, will be the athlete to watch.

Alongside Chepkirui, Kenya will also have Antonina Kwambai (68:07) and Linet Masai (69:33) who are returning from maternity leave and are keen to restart their road racing careers.

Other athletes to watch out for will be Ethiopia’s Aselefech Mergia (67:21), and Trihas Gebre of Spain (69:57), who is the top European along with in-form Frenchwoman Clemence Calvin.

Eva Vrabcova-Nyvltova leads the domestic entries. Organizers have invited seven athletes who have previously run under the 70-minute mark.

Ethiopia’s Jemal Yimer, who was second in Ras Al-Khaimah in United Arab Emirates in February in a time of 59:00 is the fastest of four sub-60 runners in the men’s field.

He will have to contend with Kenyans Gilbert Masai (59:31), Justus Kangogo (59:31), Stephen Kiprop (59:44) and Abel Kipchumba (60:05), while Jiri Homolac (63:23) is the top domestic entrant.

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