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Abel Kirui, the long serving marathon runner

Two time world marathon Abel Kirui’s journeys to stardom was not easy but hard work and dedicating his time perfecting running skills.

The former Olympic marathon silver medalist is one runner who has maintained his running status for the last 16 years in marathon and other road running championships across the world.

Abel Kirui wins the 2011 World marathon. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

The athlete, who started running while in primary school, was a coward runner especially competing against his seniors but managed to reach Distract level. The same continued in secondary school.

“But my talent started growing in 2004 when I joined training camp that shaped my running skills. In 2005, I ran well in many road races, winning almost all. In 2006, I joined marathon and paced for Haile Gebreslasie but I decided to finish the race because my mind was reading far and finished in 9th,” said Kirui.

In 2009, he won his first world marathon title and defended in 2011 and in 2012 he won silver at the Olympic Games in London in a marathon won by Ugandan Stephen Kiprotich. With such results, Kirui says he was so happy considering how far he had come from.

“From 2012, I did not run after picking an injury and came back in 2016 winning Chicago marathon after winning Vienna marathon with a course record. That is a good history and I have medals but the most valuable are world champion and Olympic silver medals but once you come to my home, I have a sack full of medals from cities across the world,” said Kirui.

In high school, Kirui served as games captain as well as school head boy due to self-discipline that has been his driving force.

However he said that Athletics Kenya should have athletes’ cover so that when they get an injury, they can be treated.

“Upcoming athletes suffer most when they are injured because they lack funds to treat themselves. Those are additional things AK should to do. They should have medical cover and insurance so that when some of us retire, we don’t become the topic of the day of running poor in their lives,” added Kirui.

He added that if one is disciplined, concerned, training and focused, they can run for many years.

“My first outing in Europe was in 2005 and now it’s about 15 years and I still have energy to and aim to run in the Olympics. Am telling young athletes to use their time well. They should start from track, move slowly to small road races before heading into the marathon,” advised Kirui.

But young athletes are now rushing to marathon running in search of big money but that is not good at all. That means they lack history in running. They should do it gradually to grow.

He said that his greatest moment was when he won the Chicago marathon.

“I hope you saw how I danced. I wanted to do something on the American soil. That was the greatest point in my career,” concluded Kirui.

Abel Kirui’s arrival at the finish line of the Chicago Marathon will be remembered by all, not only for his intense career, but also because he started dancing seconds after crossing the finish line. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES.

Peruth Chemutai writes history in Tokyo

Uganda’s Peruth Chemutai wrote history by becoming Uganda’s first woman to win an Olympic gold in the 3,000m steeplechase at the ongoing Tokyo games.

Chemutai led at the 1000mark and held onto it to cross the line in a time of 9:01.45 which is a national record over that distance.

The Ugandan was closely United States Courtney Frerichs who took silver while Hyving Kiyeng was forced to settle on bronze.

The 22-year-old said “I am feeling great. Today I made it. It is the first time Uganda gets the gold medal in 3,000m steeplechase. I am so happy to be an Olympic champion”.

All of Uganda’s 10 medals at the Olympic Games have come from men. The nation’s two Olympic gold’s before tonight had come from John Akii-Bua at Munich 1972 and marathon runner Stephen Kiprotich at London 2012.

Kirui targets to reclaim Chicago Marathon title

Abel Kirui was at risk of being the forgotten man of elite marathon running until he won the 2016 Chicago Marathon title.

The Kenyan, who made his name when he won the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Berlin, had risen to be a force over the ultimate distance, defending his crown at the 2011 worlds in Daegu before winning silver at the London 2012 Olympics.

However, injury and loss of form combined to push him off the radar of elite marathon running until Oct. 9, 2016 when in brutal duel with compatriot and title-holder over the final kilometers, Dickson Chumba, Kirui prevailed in Chicago in 2:11:13.

That epic victory saw him fulfil a long held desire to finally crack America with the added bonus of winning his first world marathon majors title.

Last year, the 36-year-old to lose his title to American distance running star, Galen Rupp (2:09:20), with Kirui finishing second 30 seconds in arrears and ahead of the 2018 edition on Oct. 7, the Kenyan expressed his eagerness to reclaim his Chicago crown.

“I’d been to New York and had no luck and that’s when I said to my then coach (Renato Canova) I want to try my luck in Chicago.

“I remember it was a great fight between me and Dickson. The last 2km was not easy but I remember crossing the line in front and dancing beautifully. It was fun. That day brings back many happy memories,” he recalled.

In his third appearance at the “Windy City” Kirui is confident he will be right in the mix for the men’s title.

“I never feel any pressure in Chicago and I have so many friends here. I have had no injuries, which was totally different to last year, and I am very much hoping to be in the fight,” he added.

Since he was a young boy growing up in Nandi County in the North Rift of Kenya, the USA has always held a fascination for Kirui – one of more idiosyncratic and charismatic members of the NN Running Team.

Making his marathon debut some 12 years ago in Berlin – when he placed ninth in 2:17:47 – the gregarious athlete has since chiselled out an outstanding career over the 42.2km distance.

Claiming second in the 2007 Berlin Marathon and a winner of the 2008 Vienna Marathon he quickly established a proud marathon reputation.

Yet his breakthrough performance came at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin when he destroyed the field to win in a championship record 2:06:54 and marked the moment by breaking into his trademark celebratory post-race jig of joy.

In 2010 he traveled to the New York City Marathon to make his competitive debut in the US but the tall, slender Kenyan had to settle for a distant eighth – almost five minutes down on race winner Gebregziabher Gebremariam of Ethiopia.

More success followed for Kirui. In 2011 he retained his world marathon title in Daegu by a record victory margin of 2:28 from compatriot and NN Running Team colleague Vincent Kipruto.

In 2012 Kirui added the Olympic silver medal to his collection behind the NN Running Team’s Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda but the stone in his shoe was his lack of success and profile in the US – in 2016 he set about rectifying this fact.

In 2016, Abel, who was hunting his first marathon victory since his second world title five years earlier, finally delivered his American dream.

Source: xinhuanet.com

Stephen Kiprotich to battle Philemon Rono at Toronto Marathon

Olympic marathon Champion, Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda will be targeting fast times at the 19th edition of the Toronto Marathon that will be held on October 21, 2018 in Toronto, Canada.

The 2012 Olympic marathon champion will face off with the race course record holder and two-time Toronto champion Philemon Rono from Kenya in which it will culminate to be an intense battle between the two accomplished marathon runners.

The duos are both friends and training partners and both are based in Iten.

“I am really happy and training hard and looking forward to competing in this big race in Toronto,” says Kiprotich, who also won the marathon title at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow, joining Ethiopia’s Gezehegne Abera as the only men to ever win both major competitions.

“I was speaking with Rono and I asked him what the course like is”. Rono said the course is good and nice. I was telling him if we go fast and run the first half in 1:03 minutes, we can push at the end to 2:05. He told me it is possible.”

Kiprotich’s major championship success is outstanding and all the more remarkable since he chose to make Global Sport Communications which is based in Iten as his training base. The camp hosts some of the finest road runners that include Eliud Kipchoge and Geoffrey Kamworor who are both coached by 1992 Olympic steeplechase silver medallist Patrick Sang.

Kiprotich goes to Toronto with a personal best of 2:06.33 that he got in 2015 at the Tokyo Marathon and will be looking to lower this time when he competes in Toronto.

“I have the two medals but also I want to run a faster time than 2:05,” he says. “Most of the people they look at my times and they ask me how did you win these two medals in poor times? So it is my hope to run a good time before I retire.”

Kiprotich and Rono can expect some stiff competition from New Zealand’s Jake Robertson who will be running his second marathon after debuting at the Lake Biwa Marathon where he set his personal best and National record of 2:06.26.

Geoffrey Ronoh beats Stephen Kiprotich to at the Worthersee Half Marathon

Kenya’s Geoffrey Ronoh brazed the bad weather conditions to beat 2012 Olympic marathon champion at 17th edition of the Wörthersee Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (26) in Worthersee, Netherlands.

Ronoh and Kiprotich could not allow the bad weather to hinder their quest for victory as they ran side by side as they further pulled away from the crowd at the 17km mark.

Ronoh who is the course record holder with 59:45 that he set in 2014 produced a powerful kick near the finish line to cut the tape in 1:01.31 with the Ugandan crossing the line a second later.

Laban Korir the winner of the 2015 edition was forced to settle in third place as he crossed the line in 1:02.20.

Hillary Kiprotich and Hillary Kimaiyoboth from Kenya took fourth and fifth place in 1:03.10 and 1:03.25 respectively.

Kenya again prevailed in the women race as Agnes Chebet took the first position in 1:12.40.

LEADING RESULTS

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  1. Geofrey Ronoh       (KEN) 1:01.31
  2. Stephen Kiprotich (UG)  1:01.32
  3. Laban Korir             (KEN) 1:02.20
  4. Hilary Kipsambu    (KEN) 1:03.10
  5. Hilary Kimaiyo       (KEN) 1:03.25

Kiprotich graduates in sports management course

A group of 279 people graduated in sports management courses conducted by the Uganda Olympic committee on Friday, earning diplomas and certificates.

Notable among the graduants were Ambrose Tashobya president Fuba, London 2012 gold medalist Stephen Kiprotich, Hamza Kawa from UOC, prisons officials, journalists, among others.
The above join a group of over 1000 sports administrators who have gone through the same in the last three years.
For the first time, these courses were organized inside prisons and refugee camps of Kiryandongo.

“Sports management courses are aimed at creating a pool of capable people to run sports,” said Lawrence Kavuma the programs director at Uoc. He added, Uganda is making great strides in sports because of trained leaders who run sports federations professionally.
Kavuma also hinted at introducing anti-doping in the curriculum to train athletes and sports administrators on the dangers of cheating in sports.
While, William Blick the president of Uoc said Uganda is increasingly becoming innovative in terms of sports and that’s the reason for the recent successes in the concluded commonwealth games.

Blick also noted that Uganda became the first country to take such courses inside prisons and refugee camps. “We are also going introduce sac and other technical courses for inmates as a tool for rehabilitation.”
Brian Rugyendo the association president of Fuba coaches who graduated top of his class said, the course is important developing sports and streamlining the activities of sports.

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Desisa wins Hamburg Marathon as Kenya and Uganda flops

Ethiopia’s Solomon Desisa took top honors at the 33rd edition of the Hamburg Marathon that was held on Sunday (29) in Germany.

Uganda’s Stephen Kiprotich was among the two East African runners to hold onto the three Ethiopians but he lost the lead and dropped back. At 35 k he is around half a minute behind the leaders. A group of four pass this point in 1:44:56. Ethiopians Ayele Abshero, Tadu Abate and Solomon Deksisa as well as Kenya’s Solomon Yego are in the lead.

Solomon Deksisa wins the 2018 Hamburg Marathon.Photo: Organisers

A thrilling duel develops: Abate briefly took the lead at around 39 k, however he missed a bottle and then Deksisa attacked again surging ahead to cut the tape in 2:.06.34 leading a 1-2-3 Ethiopian clean sweep.

He was closely followed by Abate 20 seconds later with Abshero closing the top three podium finish in 2:07.19.

The first Kenyan to cross the line was Solomon Kirwa Yego who finished fourth in 2:07.37 with Uganda’s finest distance runner Kiprotich coming home fifth in 2:07.57

LEADING RESULTS
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1.Solomon Deksisa   (ETH)  2:06.34
2.Abate Tadu            (ETH)  2:06.34
3.Ayele Abshero       (ETH) 2:07.19
4. Kirwa Yego           (KEN) 2:07.37
5.Stephen Kiprotich  (UG)  2:07.57
6. Vincent Kipruto     (KEN) 2:10.31

7.Stephen Chebogut   (KEN) 2:10.33
8.Aychew Bantie       (ETH)2:11.16
9.Emmanuel Mutai    (KEN) 2:11.57
10.Ezekiel Chepkorom (UG) 2:1312

Kimutai to battle Kiprotich at Hamburg Marathon

Veteran marathon runner Emmanuel Mutai of Kenya believes he is ready to run at the top level as he heads to the 32nd edition of the Hamburg Marathon that will be held on April 29 in Hamburg, Germany.

The organizers have confirmed that a strong elite field is prepared for the Hamburg Marathon and believes the course record will be up for grabs.

Olympic Champion Eliud Kipchoge holds the Hamburg Marathon course record at 2:05:30, set in 2013.

“I have run a faster time before in marathon and I will be hoping to gain similar success in Hamburg. I know there will be a lot of athletes eyeing the title, but I have the ability to challenge anyone for the gold,” Mutai said on Monday in Eldoret.

Mutai will be the fastest runner in the field having clocked in at 2:03:13. However, he faces a spirited challenge from former Olympic winner Stephen Kiprotich from Uganda.

There will also be Sammy Kitwara with more Kenyans, (Vincent Kipruto and Stephen Chebogut) lined up eyeing a share of the pie.

The Ethiopian group leader is Ayele Abshero with 2:04:23 best, Solomon Deksisa and 2014 winner Shumi Dechasa with 2:06:43.

In the women’s field, there are six runners with sub 2:30 bests. On top of the list is Sweden’s Isabellah Andersson with 2:23:41, a national record, and she plans to qualify for Berlin Marathon with posting fast time in Hamburg.

But she will be up for a strong contest from Kenya’s track star Sylvia Kibet, who has a strong and fast time in marathon of 2:26:16. Shitaye Eshete from Bahrain has 2:25:36, and Namibia’s Beata Naigambo boasts 2:26:57. Rounding out the field, from Portugal, Filomena Costa comes in at 2:28:00.

Uganda drops Moses Kipsiro from Commonwealth Games

Uganda have dropped triple Commonwealth Games gold medallist Moses Kipsiro from their Gold Coast 2018 team as he only wanted to race in the marathon.

The 31-year-old won 5,000 metres and 10,000m gold at Delhi 2010 and then defended his title over the longer distance at Glasgow 2014.

He was due to again race over 10,000m in the Australian city in April but according to ESPN the marathon was his only focus.

This has led to him being left out of the squad as the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) believes it has better options over 26.2 miles.

“We decided that since we already had athletes with better times than Kipsiro in marathon, we had to drop him,” UAF President Dominic Otuchet said.

“Since Kipsiro gave us a condition to be on the marathon team and not to defend his 10,000m gold medal, we decided to drop him and include Thomas Ayeko instead.”

Kipsiro also won bronze over 5,000m at the 2007 World Championships in Japanese city Osaka.

He will not be the only high-profile name missing from the Ugandan athletics team.

Stephen Kiprotich, who won Olympic marathon gold at London 2012, has opted to run in the Hamburg Marathon on April 29 instead.

Gold Coast 2018 begins on April 4, with the men’s marathon scheduled for April 15.

soucr: insidethegames.biz

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