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Kibiwott Kandie wins the Valencia Half Marathon

Former World Half Marathon record holder, Kibiwott Kandie won the Spanish half marathon for the second time in his career at the 16th edition of the Valencia Half Marathon held on Sunday (23) in Valencia, Spain.

The reigning Commonwealth Games 10,000m bronze medallist, who came to this race with a personal best of 57:32 that he got in 2020 when setting the then world half record fought for honors with the 2019 World 10,00m silver medallist, Yomif Kejelcha, former world U20 3000m champion, Tadese Worku both from Ethiopia and the 2018 Commonwealth Games 10,000m bronze medallist, Rodgers Kwemoi.

The 26 year-old was among the leading group of Sebastiean Kimaru Sawe,  Danield Mateiko, Kwemoi, Kejelcha and Worku,that went through the 5k mark in13:56 and passing sailing through the in 27:51.

Kandie broke away at 13 km mark and opened up a big gap over Mateiko, Kejelcha and Worku. The 2020 world half marathon silver medallist reached the 15 km in 41:17 after a fast split in 2:39 in the 14 km. Kandie covered the 5 km section between 10 and 15 km in 13:26 as he surged ahead to win in the third fastest time on Spanish soil of 58:10 and followed by Kejelcha who crossed the finish line in second in an Ethiopian record time of 58:32.

“I have been preparing so hard for this race over the last two months and that effort has paid off today. Despite the humidity, I felt great throughout and decided to increase the pace after midway. I am quite satisfied with my performance,” said Kandie.

Mateiko closed the podium three finishes in a time of 58:40.

Worku and Kennedy Kimuati finished in fourth and fifth place in a time of 58:47 and 59:04 respectively.

The race course record of 58:07 that was set last year by Abel Kipchumba from Kenya remains standing



  1. Kandie Kibiwott    (KEN) 58:10
  2. Yomif Kejelcha      (ETH) 58:32
  3. Daniel Mateiko      (KEN)  58:40
  4. Tadese Worku         (ETH) 58:47
  5. Kennedy Kimuati   (KEN) 59:04

Selemon Barega tops in 10,000m race at Ethiopian Trials

Olympic 10,000m champion Selemon Barega defeated a strong deep elite field in the 10,000m race at the Ethiopian Trials held on Monday (06) in Hengelo, Netherland.

The 21 year-old who moved to third place on the world indoor all-time list with his performance in Lievin last year, was too swift as he took on a more experienced field that included the 2019 World silver medallist Yomif Kejelcha, who was the fastest athlete on paper with a time of 26:49.34 that he got in Doha, the current world record holder in the 5km road race, Berihu Aregawi and the World U20 3000m Champion Tadese Worku.

Barega who is the fifth fastest runner in the 5000m race (behind Joshua Cheptegei, Kenenisa Bekele, Haile Gebrselassie, and Daniel Komen) in history with a time of 12:43.02 managed to hold the four top notch athletes from his country to cross the line a new personal best of 26:44.73 with Worku coming home in second also in a personal best of 26:45.91.

The 2018 World Junior bronze medallist, came home in third in a personal best of 26:46.13.

Kejelcha, who is a two time world Indoor champion, was forced to finish outside the podium in a season best of 26:49.39 with Milkesa Mengesha finishing in fifth place in a personal best of 27:00.24.


10,000M MEN

  1. Selemon Barega     (ETH) 26:44.73 PB
  2. Tadese Worku         (ETH) 26:45.91 PB
  3. Berihu Aregawi       (ETH) 26:46.13 PB
  4. Yomif Kejelcha       (ETH) 26:49.39 SB
  5. Milkesa Mengesha  (ETH) 27:00.24 PB

Nicholas Kimeli breaks the World 10K Bengaluru course record

Former Africa cross country champion Nicholas Kipkorir Kimeli broke the race course record at the World 10K Bengaluru Road Race that was held on Sunday (15) in Bengaluru, India.

The Tokyo 5000m fourth finisher took the lead at the 9km mark and pulled away from Ethiopia’s reigning world U20 10,000m champion Tadese Worku to erase the men’s previous record of 27:44 that was set by his compatriot Geoffrey Kamworor in 2014.

The race started off in an unusual manner with Reynold Kipkorir from Kenya who was to eventually finish ninth – out on his own for much of the first 5km, passing the halfway point in 14:00 with the rest of the elite field staying around 70m in arrears.

But shortly after going through 5km, Worku took charge of the race and engaged the gear to tow the leading men back to Kipkorir before going past him just before the 6km point and then increasing the pace further.

Kimeli stayed calmed behind Worku for the next 3km, letting him to do all the hard work as the pair gradually got back onto course record pace as they also put a daylight between themselves and the rest of the men’s field.

Worku who looked fresh as they reached the final kilometre could not respond when Kimeli took the lead, with the latter almost sprinting like a middle-distance runner over the final 300m as he cut the tape in a new course record of 27:38.

“Honestly, I was not expecting to get the course record. When we reached 5K, we didn’t think we will get the course record, in fact, even when we crossed the 7K-mark, I didn’t think we will make the record. But only when Worku pushed ahead, I picked up pace towards the end,” said Kimeli.

Worku was forced to settle in second place inside the old record with a time of 27:43.

The race favorite and former world half-marathon record holder, Kibiwott Kandie closed the first three podium finishes in a time of 27:57.

Two-time reigning world champion 5000m Muktar Edris crossed the line in a disappointing seventh place.

Kimeli pocketed a cool USD 26,000 for his victory and course record bonuses of USD 8000.



  1. Nicholas Kimeli     (KEN) 27:38
  2. Tadese Worku         (ETH) 27:43
  3. Kibiwott Kandie     (KEN) 27:57

Levy Kibet beaten by Nibret Melak at the Cinque Mulini Cross Country

Ethiopian Nibret Melak defended his title at the 90th edition of the Cinque Mulini a World Athletics Cross Country Tour Gold meeting that was held on Sunday (30) in San Vittore, Italy.

Melak slipped during the last lap but he managed to pull up and regained his composure to set up a sensational final sprint for the tape, cutting it in a time of 28:33. He was followed by World U20 3000m bronze medallist Levy Kibet from Kenya who pulled a time of 28:35 with World U20 3000m champion Tadese Worku closing the first three podium finishes in 28:36.

Bikila Tadese Takele from Ethiopia and Habtom Samuel from Eritrea finished in fourth and fifth place in a time of 28:36 and 28:43 respectively.



  1. Nibret Melak       (ETH) 28:33
  2. Levy Kibet           (ETH) 28:35
  3. Tadese Worku     (ETH) 28:36
  4. Bikila Takele       (ETH) 28:36
  5. Habtom Samuel   (ERI) 28:43

Emmanuel Wanyonyi to Battle Worku and Zhoya at World Athletics Rising Stars Award

World U20 800m champion Emmanuel Wanyonyi has been nominated by World Athletics for Male Rising Stars Award.

The form two students at Kosirai High school won the 800m title during the world under 20 championships that was held at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani.

Wanyonyi was recognized as the world under 20 leading time and Kenyan national record holder in the junior category in 800m

He will be joining other four junior athletes led USA’s Sean Burrell, the world under 20 400m hurdles record holder, compatriot Erriyon Knighton, the Olympic Games runner, world under 20 200m record holder and world under 18 800m best.

Others include world under 20 3,000m champion Tadese Worku, who also won silver in 5,000m at the world under 20 and the Ethiopian Senior 10km record holder. Finally is Sasha Zhoya, the French international who holds the world under 20 110m hurdles title, European under 20 110m hurdles and world under 20 110m record.

Tadese Worku to face off with Weldon Langat at 10k Valencia Ibercaja

World U20 3000m Champion Tadese Worku from Ethiopia will battle for the top honors at the 10k Valencia Ibercaja that will be held on Sunday (3) in Paseo de la Alameda, Valencia.

Worku comes to this race with the second fastest time this year of 26:56 that he got at the Adizero Road to Records and will be yearning for the glory after finishing second behind Rhonex Kipruto the world 10km record holder.

The Ethiopian teenager will not have an easy race as he has been named alongside Kenyan Olympian in 5000m, Weldon Kipkirui Langat who also comes with the personal best of 27:40 that he got at the same race as Worku.

Worku has had a good season as he also piped Olympic 3000m steeplechase champion Soufiane El-Bakkali from Morocco  in the 3000m race at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial, which is a World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting

The two have been lined up against Collins Kipkorir Koros who also carries a pb of 27:27 that he got when he finished sixth at the Adizero Road to Records.

Others include Spain’s Juan Antonio Chiki, Ronald Kiprotich from Kenya and Uganda’s Maxwell Kortek Rotich

Rhonex Kipruto runs away with 10km Road to Records title

Rhonex Kipruto the 10km world record holder was on target once again as he took the top honors at the 10km Road to Records race which was held on Sunday (12) at the Adidas headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany.

Kipruto failed to lower his own record but managed to run the second fastest time in history of the 10km race when he cut the tape in 26:43 which is also his season best.

Kipruto was followed by Tadese Worku from Ethiopia who crossed the line in 26:56 with Kennedy Kimutai taking the third spot in 27:09.

Nicholas Kimeli from Kenay and Ethiopia’s Bayelign Teshager came home in fourth and fifth place in 27:22 and 27:24 respectively.



  1. Rhonex Kipruto      (KEN) 26:43
  2. Tasede Worku         (ETH) 26:56
  3. Kennedy Kimutai   (KEN) 27:09
  4. Nicholas Kimeli      (KEN) 27:22
  5. Bayelign Teshager  (ETH) 27:24

Tadese Worku beats Soufiane El-Bakkali at World Continental Tour

World Athletics U20 3000m Champion Tadese Worku continued with his great shape in the 3000m at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial that was held on Sunday (5) in Silesia, Poland, a World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting.

Worku piped 3000m steeplechase gold medallist Soufiane El-Bakkali from Morocco who could not match the kicks of the young teenager.

The Ethiopian sensation took the race title when he crossed the line in a new Meet Record of 7:36.47 with El-Bakkali coming home in second in 7:37.18.

The 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games champion, Mohammed Tindouft closed the first three podium finishes in a new personal best of 7:38.92.

Ethiopia’s Haftu Teklu and Elzan Bibic from Serbia took fourth and fifth place in 7:39.62 (pb) and 7:39.95 respectively.

Kenya’s Mark Lomuket finished in a distant ninth place in 8:01.11.

3000m MEN

  1. Tadese Worku                 (ETH) 7:36.47 MR
  2. Soufiane El-Bakkali       (MOR) 7:37.18
  3. Mohammed Tindoufti  (MOR) 7:38.92 PB
  4. Haftu Teklu                     (ETH) 7:39.62   PB
  5. Elzan Bibic                      (SER)  7:39.95

Selemon Barega to battle Soufiane El Bakkali at World Continental Tour

Olympic 10,000m champion Selemon Barega will battle for honors with Soufiane El Bakkali from Morocco in the 3000m race at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial that will be held on Sunday (5) in Silesia, Poland, a World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting.

Barega who was beaten last week in Lausanne Diamond League by the Olympic 1500m champion Jacob Ingebrigtsen will come face to face with the Tokyo 3000m steeplechase champion El Bakkali, who in his last engagement at the Diamond league meet got injured when he hit the first water barrier.

The 25 year-old ended Kenya’s rules over the water barrier race when he beat them at the just concluded Tokyo 2020.

The two will be squaring off over 3000m in a field that includes rising star Tadese Worku of Ethiopia, the world U20 champion, and Abel Kipsang from Kenya, who finished fourth in the Olympic 1500m final.

Benson Kiplagat gifts Kenya her first gold medal

Benson Kiplagat gave Kenya her first medal when he set up a sweet revenge against Ethiopians by winning the first gold medal for the country on the second day of world U20 chmapionships that are being held at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani in Nairobi.

Kplagat, fought off his fierce opponent Tadese Worku from Ethiopia, who took gold in 3000m on Wednesday to deny him another gold by putting on a fine kick to the much anticipated party winning gold in a personal best of 13.20.37.

Worku was forced to settle in second position coming home in 13:20.65. Levy Kibet took off with the bronze medal in 13:26.01.

The win ensured that Kenya retains the 5,000m title last won by Edward Zakayo Pingua during the 2018 championships in Tampere, Finland.

The champion said that he was exited with the win that he never expected.

“I didn’t know that I will win the race but it has just come as a surprise. I told my compatriot to pray before competing and God has really worked for us,” said Kiplagat.

Third placed Kibet said that he was satisfied with the bronze.

“Winning bronze medal was not and this is a good start for my career. I wanted to be in the podium and we had planned to push the pace in turns and it worked. We saw yesterday what they did in the 3,000m race and we couldn’t allow that today. It’s great to bag a gold medal,” Kibet.