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Irene Cheptai quits track

Commonwealth Games 10,000m silver medalist Irene Chepet Cheptai has called it quit on track as she now shifts her focus on the running and marathons.

The 30 year-old is optimistic that after her track success, she will replicate the same on the road running and marathons as she aims to compete at the World marathon majors come next year.

The 2017 World Cross Country Champion said come September 3rd, she will be running in her third 10km race in Czech Republic following her silver medal in Birmingham.

“In 2019, I finished fourth but I want to improve on my position and timing when I compete at the Prague race,” said Cheptai.

In May this year Cheptai smashed the Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) World 10K Bengaluru course record of 31:19 that was set by the late Agnes Tirop in 2018, with a new course record and personal best of 30:35. In this race she beat double World 5000m champion, Hellen Obiri and the reigning Agnes Tirop Cross Country champion, Joyce Chepkemoi Tele.

Irene Cheptai smashes World 10K Bengaluru course record. Photo: Race Organisers.

“I have had good days on track and it is high time I venture into road running and marathons in future. Commonwealth Games was my last track event where I signed off on a high note with a silver medal at a global stage,” said Cheptai.

Cheptai finished in second place in July at the New York City Half marathon where finished second behind Ethiopia’s Senbere Teferi in a time of 1:07.37.

The 2008 world cross country junior silver medalist had improved in her medal following her seventh place finish at the Olympic Games in 10,000m.

“This race marks my official entry to the marathon now that my focus will be competing for podium positions in the distance. I have competed in many road races including the half marathons, 10km and 5km but I have never run a marathon. I want to start the marathon on a high note,” she concluded.

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.

LEADING RESULTS

10KM MEN

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

Irene Cheptai smashes World 10K Bengaluru course record

The 2017 world cross country champion, Irene Cheptai smashed the race course record at the Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) World 10K Bengaluru that was held on SUnday (15) in Bengaluru, India

The race unfolded in a very different fashion as Cheptai took on the race favorite, double World 5000m champion, Hellen Obiri and the reigning Agnes Tirop Cross Country champion, Joyce Chepkemoi Tele.

The race was a super-fast opening as Cheptai, Obiri and Joyce Tele went through the first 2km in 3:04.

Tele pulled away from the two at the 5km mark before Obriri, pushing the pace with Cheptai running in her slipstream as they passed the halfway point in 15:15.

Obiri took charge of the race for the next two kilometres, going through 6km in 18:23 and 7km in 21:32, before Cheptai took her turn to push at the front for a kilometre as Obiri briefly went through a bad patch. Obiri and Cheptai went for an enthralling head-to-head battle but with just 250m to go, Cheptai increased her pace leaving Obiri gasping for air as she surged ahead to erase the old course record of 31:19 that was set by the late Agnes Tirop in 2018, with a new course record and personal best of 30:35.

“When we raced through the 7km mark, I felt like Hellen’s pace had reduced, that’s when I tried harder to take lead. But even when I entered the stadium for the final lap, I was afraid of Hellen and I kept pushing my speed until I cut the tape,” said Cheptai.

Obiri came home in second place in a time of 30:44, also inside the old course record with Tele finished a distant third in 31:47 to complete an all-Kenyan podium finish.

Cheptai took home first place cheque of USD 26,000 for her victory and course record bonuses of USD 8000.

LEADING RESULTS

10KM WOMEN

  1. Irene Cheptai    (KEN) 30:35
  2. HEllen Obiri     (KEN) 30:44
  3. Joyce Tele          (KEN) 31:47

Hellen Obiri makes her debut In India

Double World 5000m champion, Hellen Obiri will be the star highlight at the Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) World 10K Bengaluru that will be held on May 15, 2022 in Bengaluru, India.

The 31 year-old will be making her Indian racing debut next month with her eyes set on the course record of 31:19 that was set by the late Agnes Tirop in 2018. Tirop became the first woman athlete to defend her title at World 10K Bengaluru in 2019.

The two time Olympic silver medallist will face off with the reigning Agnes Tirop Cross Country champion, Joyce Chepkemoi Tele. This was a memorial race in honour of the late Tirop, after her tragic death in October 2021 which brought the world to a standstill. Tele comes to this race with a life time best of 31:38 that she got in 2019 at the 10K Valencia Ibercaja where she finished in seventh place. The 26 year-old also a personal best of 1:05.50 that she got at the Berlin Half Marathon earlier this month, where she took the silver medal.

Another title contender is the 2017 world cross country champion, Irene Cheptai, who also took the honors at the 2017 TCS World 10K. Cheptai has been in good shape recently with two strong second-place finishes at New York and Prague half marathons in the last six weeks.

The race organisers, Procam International have pulled out the stops to bring the very best athletes in the world to India’s technology capital after a three-year hiatus enforced by the pandemic, with the last edition of the World Athletics Elite Label Race taking place in 2019.

The TCS World 10K Bengaluru 2022 has a total prize money of US$210,000, with the winner taking home a cool US$26,000.

“It’s a true pleasure to be able to bring some of the world’s leading distance running stars to Bengaluru. The pandemic has meant this race has not happened since 2019 but we were always determined that, when conditions allowed, we would once again stage world-class races for elite runners and amateurs,” said Vivek Singh, joint managing director of race promoters Procam International. “Our commitment to getting India running again and helping people pursue a healthy lifestyle has never wavered and now we are back with a bang in Bengaluru,” he concluded.

World 10K Bengaluru Race is BACK

After two years of postponement of the World 10K Bengaluru due to COVID-19, the race organisers on Thursday announced its return and it will be held on May 15, 2022 in Bengaluru, India.

The event will be conducted in two formats: one will be physical and the other one via app-based run.

The open 10K category will have some of the world’s elite athletes, Majja Run (5km), Senior Citizen Run (4.2km) and Champions with Disability (4.2km) will see the participation of amateur runners from across the country.

The virtual app-based run will be held via the specialized event app for two race categories – Open 10K and 5K.

Registrations for the World 10K Bengaluru 2022 begin on March 25 and close on May 11.

The last edition, which was held in 2019, saw the late Agnes Tirop of Kenya become the first women’s athlete to defend her title at World 10K Bengaluru. Ethiopia’s Andamlak Belihu took his first win in the men’s race.

The women course record of 31:19 was set by Tirop in 2019 while the Men’s record of 27:44 that was set in 2014 is held Geoffrey Kipsang.