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Brigid Kosgei to defend her London marathon title

World marathon record holder Brigid Kosgei will defend her London Marathon title that will be held on 3rd October in London.

The 27-year-old who won a silver Medal behind Peres Jepchirchir at the just concluded Tokyo Olympic Games will be aiming for her third consecutive London Marathon victory.

“Last year’s win was very special, particularly given what the whole world was going through – it was fantastic just to have the London Marathon organised and even more so to be the winner,” Kosgei was quoted saying in a statement from the race organisers.

The Elgeyo-Marakwet County born beat the previous world record set 16 years by Paula Radcliffe by 1 minute 24 seconds in Chicago in 2019.

Kosgei will be, racing again just eight weeks after the very testing conditions of the Olympic Games marathon in Sapporo, will be challenged by reigning TCS New York City Marathon champion Joyciline Jepkosgei and six other women who have run under two hours and 20 minutes.

The elite women’s field includes Ethiopians Roza Dereje (ETH), whose PB of 2:18.30 makes her the tenth-fastest female marathoner of all time, and Birhane Dibaba of a PB of 2:18.35, who won the Tokyo Marathon in 2018 and 2015 and finished second in the same race on three other occasions (2020, 2017 and 2014).

Valary Jemeli also from Kenya has been included in the star studded list carrying on her shoulder a personal best of 2:19.10, that she got at the 2019 Frankfurt Marathon. Ethiopia’s Zeineba Yimer  and Tigist Girma who have 2:19.28 and 2:19.50 are also lined up for the top honors battle.

Also included is Australia’s Sinead Diver, who has had two top 10 Virgin Money London Marathon finishes in the past two years and was tenth at the Tokyo Olympics.


Jemeli wins the Safaricom Iten 10km women road race

Former Barcelona Marathon champion Valary Aiyabei Jemeli took top honors at the 8th edition of Safaricom Iten 10km road race that was held on Saturday (25) in Elgeyo Marakwet County.

The 27 year-old defeated a host of runners to emerge victorious in women’s race that started at Bugar Centre before ending at Iten town.

Running on home ground, receiving cheers from fans lining up on the course, the 2015 Kass marathon champion stepped in the lead with just 100m and enjoyed the lead until the finish line, though she had difficulties in uphill with Lucy Cheruiyot the 2016 Madoka half marathon taking advantage to close the gap.

Jemeli held on to cut the tape in 33:18.8 and was followed by Cheruiyot who crossed the line in 33:27.2 before Lydia Njeri closing the podium three finishes in 33:34.8.

“I came here for speed work ahead of my Beijing marathon. Coming from the same area, I know the route and utilized it very well” said Jemeli who cut the tape in 33:18.0.

She added that as a marathoner, she did not expect to win because 10km is a faster race.

“I am surprised by the win because, as a marathoner, my speed is slow though I managed to beat them all,” said Jemeli, who has dominated local races like cross country and road races.

Leading results


  1. Valary Jemeli     33:18.8
  2. Lucy Cheruiyot  33:27.2
  3. Lydia Njeri         33:34.8
  4. Joyce Jepkemoi  33:52.5
  5. Sharon Jelimo    34:30.7
  6. Gladys Yator     34:32.6

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.

Assefa beats Aiyabei as she crushes the Nagoya Women’s course record

Ethiopia’s Two-time 1500 m Olympian Meskerem Assefa 37th edition of the Nagoya Women’s marathon that was held early Sunday (11) morning in Nagoya, Japan.

Assefa beat the race favourite a Sub-2:22 runner Valary Jemeli Aiyabei from Kenya with 4km to go when she launched a powerful kick and never looked back to cut the tape in a new course record of 2:21.45 crushing the current record of 2:22.08 that was set in 2015 by Eunice Kirwa of Bahrain.

Aiyabei who was the fastest athlete on paper with 2:20.53 that she got at the Berlin Marathon last September crossed the line in second position with 2:22.45 and was followed by Hanami Sekine of Japan who was running her first marathon with 2:23.07.

Reia Iwade and Keiko Nogami also from Japan took fourth and fifth place crossing the line in 2:26.28 and 2:26.33 respectively.

Flomena Cheyech Daniel from Kenya who has a PB of 2:21.22 that she got at the 2017 Paris marathon and was posed to battle for the top honors finished a distant position nineteen in 2:33.01


1. Meskerem Assefa (ETH)   2:21:45

2. Valary Jemeli         (KEN)  2:22:48

3. Hanami Sekine     (JPN)     2:23:07

4. Reia Iwade           (JPN      2:26:28

5. Keiko Nogami     (JPN       2:26:33