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Selemon Barega to battle title holder Berihu Aregawi In Rome

Olympic 10,000m champion Selemon Barega will take on Diamond Trophy holder Berihu Aregawi in a deep elite field in the 5000m race at the fifth leg of Diamond League meeting that will be on 9th June 2022 in Rome, Italy.

Barega who is the fifth fastest runner (behind Joshua Cheptegei, Kenenisa Bekele, Haile Gebrselassie, and Daniel Komen) in history with a time of 12:43.02 that he got when winning the 2018 Diamond Trophy in Brussels four years ago.

The 22 year-old is a two-time 3000m World Indoor Championship medallist, taking a silver in 2018, and a gold in 2022 in Belgrade, will take on his compatriot, Aregawi who is reigning Diamond League champion.

Aregawi is the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics 3000m silver medallist and he is also the bronze medalist in the 10000m race at the 2018 World Athletics U20 Champion.

The 21 year-old set the fifth fastest time of 7:26.20 in 3000m history at the Indoor Meeting Karlsruhe which was the first of this season’s seven World Indoor Tour Gold meetings.

Barega and Aregawi will be joined by the double World 5000m Champiom, Muktar Edris and Yomif Kejelcha, who claimed the Diamond League title in 2015 and set a 3000m Diamond League record of 7:26.25 in Oslo last year.

That time bettered the previous series record of 7:26.64 that had been set by Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo a year earlier in the same city.

Abel Kipsang beats Timothy Cheruiyot in Doha

World Indoor 1500m bronze medallist, Abel Kipsang continued his dominance in the three-and-three-quarter laps race, as he defeated the Olympic 1500m silver medallist Timothy Cheruiyot for the second time at the Doha Diamond League Meeting that is being held this evening (Friday 13) in Doha, Qatar.

The Olympic record holder over the distance was too good for the deep elite field that included the 2019 World 10,000m silver medallist, Yomif Kejelcha, World Cross country champion Tadese Lemi and Kamar Etiang.

Kipsang who came to this race with the fastest time on paper of 3:29.56 crossed the finish line ahead of Cheruiyot in a time of 3:35.70 with the latter coming home in in 3:36.16.

Lemi finished in third place in 3:37.06.

Ethiopia’s Kejelcha and Etiang finished in fourth and fifth place in 3:37.85 and 3:38.83 respectively.


1500M MEN

  1. Abel Kipsang              (KEN) 3:35.70
  2. Timothy Cheruiyot   (KEN) 3:36.16
  3. Tadese Lemi               (ETH) 3:37.06
  4. Yomif Kejelcha           (ETH) 3:37.85
  5. Kamar Etiyang            (KEN) 3:38.83

Nicholas Kimeli smashes the 22 year National Record

The 2021 Tokyo 5000m fourth finisher, Nicholas Kipkorir Kimeli smashed the 22 years 5k record at the Road to Records Race that was held on Saturday (30) Herzogenaurach, Germany.

The 23 year-old who ran 5,000m in Hengelo setting a sub 13 life time best, fought for honors with the 2019 World silver medallist, Yomif Kejelcha, who was too good with his lightening speed that forced Kimeli to settle in second place with a time of 0.12.55 which made him to be the fastest Kenyan in the 5km history, erasing the 22 years history of 12:59.5, that had been set by Sammy Kipketer in 2000 in Carlsbad, United States.

Kejelcha won the race with a world-leading time and personal best of 0:12.53.

Bahrain’s Birhanu Balew also set a New Bahrain National Record when he finished in third place in a time of 0:13.07.

Yomif Kejecha runs the World third fastest time at Road to Records

The 2019 World silver medallist, Yomif Kejecha took the honors in men’s’ 5km race with the third fastest time ever at the Road to Records Race that was held on Saturday (30) Herzogenaurach, Germany.

The 24 year-old who came to this race with a World mile record of 3:31.51 that he set in 2019 in Boston was on another level after a series of injury that have kept him out for sometime but proved that he is back in shape as he thrashed a strong field that included Olympic fourth finisher in 5000m, Nicholas Kimeli.

The 2016 World Indoor 3000m champion was too good for the Kenyan as he accelerated his speed with 300m remaining to cut the tape in a World leading time and a new personal best of 0.12:53 with the latter coming home in second three seconds later.

Only the World record holder Berihu Aregawi and Joshua Cheptegei have gone faster over 5km than Kejelcha.

Bahrain’s Birhanu Balew wrote history as he finished third with a new National Record of 0:13:07.


Yomif Kejelcha Gets Married (PHOTOS)

World silver medallist champion, Yomif Kejelcha left the singlehood face as he tied the knot with his long time sweat heart Yadu Biranu in an event that was held on Sunday (30) at the Sharatan hotel in Ethiopia.

Yomif Kejelcha Gets Married to Yadu Biranu at the Sharatan hotel in Ethiopia. Photo: Terefa Debela

Kejecha had been rumored to be dating Sifan Hassan whom in 2019 before they split with their banned coach, Alberto Salazar, The two used to share the same training group, same coach and even shared the same flat.

Their bond even bore fruits as they both broke the world mile record the same year.

The newly wed couple, Yomif Kejelcha with his wife, Yadu Biranu. Photo: Terefa Debela


Jacob Krop finishes in third place as Berihu Aregawi lifts the 5000m title in Zurich

Kenya’s Jacob Krop finished in third place at the Weltklasse Zürich Diamond League that was held on Wednesday night at Letzigrund Stadium in Zurich.

The race was won by silver medallist at the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics 3000 metres Berihu Aregawi from Ethiopia who cut the tape in 12:58.65 taking his home his first Diamond League victory and first Diamond League title.

The second place went to Bahrain’s Birhanu Balew who took silver in a time of 13:01.27 with Krop closing the podium three finishes in 13:01.81.

Nicholas Kimeli from Kenya who was poised as a threat in this race could only manage to finish in fourth place in 13:02.43 with 2019 World silver medallist Champion Yomif Kejelcha from Ethiopia finishing a distant fifth in13:04.29

Daniel Kipchumba wins the Copenhagen Half Marathon

Kenya’s Daniel Kipchumba took the top honors at the 4th edition of the Copenhagen Half Marathon that was held on Sunday in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The hopes for a world record was high before the race, however, they do not come easy. The first 10km proved to be too slow with a large leading group splitting in 28:10, with the 21 year-old battling for the top honors with Abraham Kiptum the 2018 Daegu course record holder, Ethiopia’s Jemal Yimer Mekonnen and double world champion on 3000m indoor, Ethiopian Yomif Kejelcha for the top honors.

Kipchumba managed to hold the pace and broke away from the crowd at the 15km mark and he never looked back to cut the tape in 59:06 which is the second fastest time.

“I am very happy. I wanted to push the pace at 15K, but I found conditions to be too windy, and so I stayed in the group,” said the 21-year-old Kenyan, who fought a close battle with his countryman Abraham Kiptum, eventually beating him with three seconds.

Kiptum crossed the line in second place in 59:09 with Mekonnen closing the podium three finishes in 59:14.

Kejecha came home in fourth with Felix Kibitok from Kenya finishing in fifth place in 59:17 and 59:21.

Rio Olympics marathon silver meadallist Lelisa Desisa finished a distant seventh in 59:52.

Kipchumba told afterwards that he will be attempting a new fast half marathon time in New Delhi on October 21st.

Eight men dipped under the magic 60 minutes, once again proving the race to be one of fastest half marathon races in the world.


  1. Daniel Kipchumba (KEN) 59:06
  2. Abraham Kiptum    (KEN) 59:09
  3. Jemal Mekonnen     (ETH) 59:14
  4. Yomif Kejelcha        (ETH) 59:17
  5. Felix Kibitok            (KEN) 59:21


Bahrain’s Birhanu Balew, representing Asia-Pacific, and US runner Paul Chelimo, representing the Americas, look the two likely leaders here.

Both men chased home Ethiopia’s Yomif Kejelcha in the hottest 3000m race of the season so far at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rabat, with Balew finishing second in 7:34.26 – the second fastest time run this year – and Chelimo fourth, both in the race and the list, with 7:34.83.

Chelimo may not be the fastest on paper, but he is the tried and tested man for the big occasion, having won 5000m silver behind Mo Farah at the 2016 Olympics and bronze at last year’s IAAF World Championships in London.

Chelimo finished sixth in the superfast 5000m at last Friday’s IAAF Diamond League final in Brussels in 12:57.55, two places ahead of Ethiopia’s Getaneh Molla, representing Africa here, who clocked 12:59.58.

Chances are there also for Balew’s teammate, Stewart McSweyn of Australia. It’s been a long season for him, but he was also in the Rabat race and finished between Balew and Chelimo in 7:34.79.

Chelimo’s teammate Mohammed Ahmed of Canada ran a 7:52.06 3000m at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Eugene, Oregon and finished ninth in Brussels in 13:03.08.

At 16, Kenya’s Edward Zakayo has already amassed a formidable record on the track, having won 5000m bronze at this year’s Commonwealth Games and gold at the African Championships in Asaba and the IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere.

For Europe, Norway’s Henrik Ingebrigtsen was European 1500m champion in 2012 and took European 5000m silver in Berlin last month behind his 17-year-old brother Jakob.

Selemon Barega stuns the world as he lifts 5000m race in style

Ethiopia’s Selemon Barega’s was on another class when he set the world U20 record at the Brussels Diamond League that was held on Friday night at the at the Memorial Van Damme in Brussels.

The 18 year-old broke away from compatriots Hagos Gebrhiwet and Yomif Kejelcha with 250 metres to go, surging ahead to cross the line in 12:43.02 to become the fourth fastest ever over the distance, trailing just Kenenisa Bekele, Haile Gebrselassie and Daniel Komen whose performances were all world records. For his part, Barega knocked more than four seconds from the previous world U20 mark of 12:47.53 that was set in 2012 by his fellow country-mate Gebrhiwet in Paris.

“I came for the win and was not at all thinking about a time, but in some way everything came together,” said Barega, whose previous best was 12:55.58.

New generation of rising stars hoping to emerge at IAAF World Under-20 Championships

Athletics will continue its hunt for a fresh megastar when the World Under-20 Championships begin tomorrow in the Finnish city of Tampere.

A total of 1,466 athletes – 782 men and 684 women – are entered spanning 158 federations plus an Athlete Refugee Team and an Authorized Neutral Athletes team of eligible Russians.

This means it is the third largest edition of the showpiece International Association of Athletics Federations-organised junior event.

Only the 2012 edition in Barcelona and the 2016 event in Bydgoszcz have involved more athletes.

Competition is due to take place over six days at the Ratina Stadium.

Major contenders include Ethiopian distance runner Selemon Barega, who finished second over 5,000 metres at the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne on Thursday (July 5) despite his fellow countryman Yomif Kejelcha grabbing him by his shorts and attempting to pull him into lane three with a lap to go.

He will start as 5,000m favourite after winning the 3,000m at last year’s World Under-18 Championships in Nairobi.

Other reigning world youth champions including Jamaica’s 400m rising star Christopher Taylor and South Africa’s 400m hurdles hope Sokwakhana Zazini are being billed as other big hopes to make the step up.

Swedish pole vaulter Armand Duplantis, who has already cleared 5.93 metres, and Cuban triple jumper Jordan Diaz are other headline entries.

Samantha Watson is among top US contenders in the 800m while Kenya’s Celliphine Chepteek Chespol will be the favourite in the women’s 3,000m steeplechase.

Sweden will target more pole vault success courtesy of Lisa Gunnarsson while Moldova’s discus star Alexandra Emilianov is a big throwing hope.