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Amos Kipruto to battle Edris Muktar and Crippa in Italy

Reigning London marathon champion Amos Kipruto will headline the 41st edition of the Silvesterlauf BOclassic Alto Adige 10K Race that will be held on Saturday (31) in Seiser Alm, Italy.

The 2019 World Marathon bronze medallist is not new to this course as he took the third position at the 2019 edition where he set his life time best of 28:37.

The 30 year-old, who has had a successful 2022 and wants the achievementto flow to 2023 and get a chance to represent the country at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, will not have an easy ride as he will face-off with the double World 5000m champion Edris Muktar from Ethiopia. The 28 year-old who is familiar to this course and also the 2020 winner, comes to this race with the fastest time on paper of 27:57 that he got in 2019 in Switzerland. Muktar who is also the 2012 World U20 champion has won this event three times and he would be looking for the fourth title to become the second individual with more wins after Sergey Lebid from Ukrain who holds the record of five with four consecutively.

The two will also have to get past the reigning European 10,000m champion, Yemaneberhan Crippa from Italy. The 26 year-old who is also a two time European Championships Bronze medallist, comes to this race with the third fastest time of 28:34 that he got in 2018 in his home town.

Another title contender is the new kid on the block, the 22 year-old Maxime Chaumeton from South Africa who comes to this race with a life time best of 27:58 that he got early this year at the ABSA RYC Durban 10k where he finished in fourth place.

The race orgabnisers have put together the strong elite filed to chase the course record time of 28:18 that was set last year by Worku Tadese Gebresilase from Ethiopia.

Kelvin Kiptum runs second fastest time in world in Valencia Marathon

Kenya’s Kelvin Kiptum made his debut memorable when he ran the second fastest time this year in the world at 42nd edition of the Valencia Marathon held on Sunday (04) in Valencia, Spain.

The 23 year-old destroyed the entire field when he cut the tape in a new course record time of 2:01 54 destroying the previous course record time of 2:03.00 that was set in 2020 by Evans Kibet from Kenya.

The sixth fastest Tanzanian, Gabriel Geay also took the suprise second when he he crossed the line with a life time best of 2:03.29 with ALexander Mutiso from Kenya who was also making his debut closing the podium three finishes in a personal best of 2:03.40.

Reigning world marathon champion Tamirat Tola found going too tough as the new kids on the block punished him severly as he came home in fourth in 2:04.36 with former Kenyan now Turkeys citizen  Kaan Kigen Özbilen (Mike Kipruto Kigen) crossing the finish line in fifth in 2:04.36


Cyprian Kotut to battle Lemi Berhanu in Amsterdam

The reigning Hamburg Marathon champion, Cyprian Kimurgor Kotut will fight for the top podium finish as he engages a selected deep elite field at the 47th edition of the Amsterdam Marathon that will be held on Sunday (16) in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The 30 year-old who broke the fastest man on the planet over distance, Eliud Kipchoge’s course record in Germany twenty four weeks ago with a time of 2:04.47 which is also his personal best will battle for honors with Ethiopia’s Lemi Berhanu Hayle who comes to this race with the fastest time on paper of 2:04.33 that he got at the 2016 Dubai Marathon where he finished in second place. The 28 year-old who has won five marathons out of nine he has taken part in according to World Athletics statistics, will be a torn in the flesh for the Kenyan though the current performance by Kotut places him at a better position to lift the title.

The two will not have an easy ride to the trophy as they will face-off with seven athletes who carry sub 2:05 performance.

Reigning Milano Marathon champion, Titus Kipruto from Kenya leads the seven athletes as he comes to this race with third fastest time on paper of 2:05.05 that he got this April with the reigning Riyadh Marathon champion Tsegaye Getachew from Ethiopia also being in the mix as they seek to fight for the title.

Two other Kenyans, Norbert Kigen and Laban Korir will also be on the start line up as they fight for the top podium place. Kigen who is familiar with this course, carries a personal best of 2:05.13 that he got at the 2017 edition of this event while Korir who serves as the president of the Global Communications training camp that houses the man who holds the two fastest time in the world over the distance, Kipchoge, comes with a personal best time of 2:05.54 that he got at the 2016 edition of this race where he finished in fourth place.

Ethiopia’s Adeladlew Mamo and Afewerki Berhane both will be running their second marathons as they hold personal bests of 2:05.12 and 2:05.13 respectively.

The 2015All-Africa Games bronze medallist in 10,000m Adugna Takele, who is also the oldest in the line will also be on the battle front as he seeks to unseat the young stars. The 33 year-old comes with a personal best of 2:05.52 that he got in February at the Zurich marathon where he finished in fourth place.

The race organisers have put together these deep field to try and lower the race course record of 2:03.38 that was set last year by Tamirat Tola from Ethiopia



  1. Lemi Berhanu          (ETH) 2:04.33
  2. Cyprian Kotut          (KEN) 2:04.47
  3. Titus Kipruto           (KEN) 2:05.05
  4. Tsegaye Getachew  (ETH) 2:05.11
  5. Adeladlew Mamo    (ETH) 2:05.12
  6. Norbert Kigen         (KEN) 2:05.13
  7. Afewerki Berhane   (ETH) 2:05.22
  8. Adugna Takele        (ETH) 2:05.52
  9. Laban Korir              (KEN) 2:05.54

World Marathon champion, Tamirat Tola withdraws from the London Marathon

World Marathon champion, Tamirat Tola has withdrawn from the London Marathon that will be held on October 02, 2022 in London.

Tola has not fully recovered from his victory in Oregon where he set a new championship record of 2:05.36 and went one better than the silver medal he won at the 2017 World Championships in London.

“It is with great regret that I am unable to run this year’s London Marathon. Unfortunately, since the World Championships I have had problems with muscle fatigue and have not yet been able to resume training,” said Tola.

The 31 year-old is unable to run at this year’s London Marathon, but  the silver and bronze medallists from the 2022 World Championships, Mosinet Geremew from Ethiopia and Belgium’s Bashir Abdi will still be on the Start Line along with home favorite Sir Mo Farah, defending champion Sisay Lemm and Kenenisa Bekele both from Ethiopia.

Japanese marathon record holder Kengo Suzuki has been added to the Start List as the replacement for Tola. Suzuki set his national record of 2:04:56 in Otsu, Japan, last February. He placed fourth at both this year’s Tokyo Marathon and last year’s Boston Marathon.

Abel Kirui: Kenya must bring the championships marathon record back home

Two-time World Athletics championships marathon champion Abel Kirui has urged Kenyan marathoners not to sleep but work hard to reclaim the championships record that was taken by Ethiopian Tamirat Tola.

Tola broke the championships record set by Kirui during the 2009 World championships in Berlin when he clocked 2:06.54 but it was lowered to 2:05.36.

“My world marathon championships record has been broken after thirteen years, but I was not bothered so much but we need to bring the record back. The record has been broken, gone to Ethiopia but as Kenyans we must not sleep, we need this record back,” he said.

The former Olympic Games marathon silver medalist missed to represent Kenya because he was not selected in the team to represent the country.

“All in all, the championships were good and I was pleased by the results in Oregon being number four in the world is not easy thing. Having competed and won two times, it is not an easy task because
each athlete prepares 100% for the championships,” he said.

However, he addressed some technicalities that Athletics Kenya should handle to avoid future challenges for athletes like early preparations, psychology, moral support, visa challenges so that they are composed for their minds to be ready “For an athlete to produce good results, we need to have six months of preparations. I wish we could have early selection and early preparations. These two months’ selections to the world event can’t have good results. If you talk to Eliud Kipchoge on how he started his preparations, it took him longer than expected,” said the former Chicago marathon champion.

At the Commonwealth Games, Kirui was full of praise for marathon team captain by his training mate at the Global Sports Communication Jonathan Korir.
“The team is still young and Korir is good, ready to run for medals. He is too close to Eliud for many programmes and am sure he will give up something good and the projection will be positive,” he said.

“Being a captain is an opportunity for leadership which is a gift. Imagine getting the Kenyan flag from the president is a big honour, making history. One has to motivate the team to lead, you are an example in discipline and you need to show it to the world,” he added.

With many athletes switching allegiance to other nations, he commented that they are all Kenyans and their earnings come to develop in Kenya, not their new found lover.

“Kenya has a lot of talents. There is no challenge that Kenyans are going out there and competing against Kenyans. This is a sign that the country is a factory producing more raw materials that they can export to
other countries. I have no problem with them changing nationalities.
Imagine they miss a chance to compete for Kenya and then they get it elsewhere, then they come and compete, it is exciting,” he said.

“In these other nations, they are given good money unlike Kenyan and they will come and invest in Kenya. Our country should also motivate athletes so that they don’t change their nationalities.”

At the World under 20 championships in Cali, Colombia, Kirui said that they should go and retain their overall title they had won at the two championships, starting from the 2018 in Tampere and 2021 in Nairobi.

“If you have been following the junior athletes, they are fine, disciplined, most of the time they produce good results and are not afraid of that. They should retain their title. I want them to be number one in the world just as they did last year and 2018.”

Eliud Kipchoge smashes the Tokyo Marathon course record

World Marathon record holder lived to the expectations as he smashed the course record of the 16th edition of the Tokyo Marathon which is a World Athletics Elite Platinum Label road race that was held on Sunday (6) in Tokyo, Japan.

Kipchoge who was making his marathon debut started pulling away from his only competitor, Amos Kipruto from Kenya at the 36km mark as he went on a solo mission to crush the previous course record of 2:03.58 that had been set by Wilson Kipsang in 2017.

Kipchoge ran the fastest time ever on Japanese soil which is also the fourth fastest time in the world when he registered a new course record of 2:02.40.

Kipruto the 2019 World Athletics bronze medallist,  came home under the old course record as he crossed the line in second with a life time best of 2:03.13.

The 2016 Olympic bronze medallist, Tamirat Tola from Ethiopia, remained with the lead group of three then slowly started drifting back from the 30km mark, was forced to settle in third place as he  to closed the first three podium finishes in a time of 2:04.14.

Japan’s Kengo Suzuki was on another world as he ran the second Japanese fastest time ever when he crossed the line in fourth place in a personal best of 2:05.28.

Laban Korir also from Kenya found the going too tough as slipped back crossing the finish line in a distant eight place in a time of 2:06.37.

Changes to the course enabled runners to finish earlier than previous editions of the event.

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.”

Laban Korir, Tamirat Tola to attack Lawrence Cherono’s record at the Amsterdam Marathon

Kenya’s Laban Korir will have a tough task as he faces the 2016 Rio Olympic 10,000m bronze medallist Tamirat Tola at the 44th edition of the Amsterdam Marathon that will be held on Sunday October 17 in Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Korir debuted here in 2011 and took the second spot in 2:06.05 and has since raced here four times. The 35 years- old who is the leader of the NN Running Team training camp in Kaptagat is also a training partner with the world marathon record holder and first man to run under two hours, Eliud Kipchoge.

Korir carries a personal best of 2:05.54 that he got in 2016 in Amsterdam.

Kenyan will have to brace for a fierce fight as he faces Tola who comes to this race with a personal best of 2:04.06. Tola is a silver medallist from the 2017 world championship marathon that was held in London.

The 30 years-old won the 2017 marathon of Dubai in a time of 2.04.11. The following year Tola finished third at the Dubai Marathon when he clocked a personal best of 2:04.06. This is the same time as the race course record that was set by Lawrence Cherono from Kenya in 2018.

The race organizers have added another fastest athlete on paper; Leul Gebresilase from Ethiopia who holds a time of 2:04.02. The 29 year old got this time at the 2018 Dubai Marathon.

Another Kenyan looking for the top podium finish is Jonatan Korir who carries a personal best of 2:06.40 that he got in April this year at the marathon of Enschede.

The TCS Amsterdam Marathon is a Platinum Label race a\with the course record set in 2018 by Cherono and the organizers have put together the best fastest athlete to attack the course record.


Kirui and Rupp renew Boston Marathon duel

U.S. Olympic bronze medallist Galen Rupp lost to Kirui by 21 seconds in the 2017 race and is back while New York City Marathon champion – and home state favourite – Shalane Flanagan headlines a group of four top U.S. women’s contenders.

Rain and temperatures in the 50s (13 C) after an icy weekend are forecast, making for a messy race day.

That could be a factor, especially for the African athletes.

No American man has won in Boston since 1983, and Kirui, former champions Lelisa Desisa and Lemi Berhanu of Ethiopia, Ethiopian Tamirat Tola, the fastest in the field at 2:04.06, and Kenyan dark horse Nobert Kigen are aiming to keep it that way.

Yet many believe Chicago Marathon winner Rupp will have a say.

“Galen will definitely be much harder to beat than last year, regardless of how the race plays out,” Alberto Salazar, his coach and a former Boston champion, told reporters.

“But Kirui or the others may also be in better shape than last year, so it’s impossible to predict.”

The final few miles proved costly in 2017 to Rupp, who admitted afterwards: “I just did not have it over those last three or four miles.”

Kirui, 25, backed up his Boston win, his first victory in a marathon, by taking the 2017 world championship title. He carries a personal best of 2:06:27 to Rupp’s 2:09:20.

The U.S. women’s drought at Boston stretches back to 1985.

Flanagan, Jordan Hasay, Molly Huddle and Desi Linden will try to change that against an international field that may not be as strong as in past years.

Flanagan, 36, who grew up in Massachusetts, is the sentimental favourite, with Hasay holding the best Boston finish.

The 26-year-old made it to the podium in 2017, finishing third at both Boston and Chicago. The Boston race was her marathon debut.

Linden and Huddle are both experienced marathoners with Linden fourth in Boston in 2017 and Huddle third in the 2016 New York City Marathon.

Kiplagat, the Kenyan mother of five who is now 38, returns to defend her title after finishing second in the world championships and fourth in New York City in 2017.

Aselefech Mergia, a former London winner, and fellow Ethiopian Mamitu Daska, who was third in New York last year, could be Kiplagat’s biggest international challengers along with former Boston winners Buzunesh Deba (Ethiopia) and Caroline Rotich (Kenya).