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Peres Jepchirchir sets Record at the RAK Half Marathon

Peres Jepchirchir
Ras al-Khaimah, UAE – The RAK Half marathon yet again produced a world record, Kenya’s Peres Jepchirchir set a new world record* today,with a time of 1:05:06. [Read more…]

Eliud Kipchoge wins Delhi Half Marathon

Eliud Kipchoge - Delhi Half Marathon

Rio 2016 Olympic Games marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge triumphs at the 2016 Airtel Delhi Half Marathon in 59:44 [Read more…]

Anti-doping : IAAF and UCI Comparisons are Misleading

antidoping

Antidoping – In response to a number of media inquiries into comparisons between the annual expenditure of the IAAF and the world governing body of cycling UCI, we would like to underline a number of facts for the record. [Read more…]

Mary Keitany smashes Olomouc course record

Olomouc - Mary Keitany

Mary Keitany emerged triumphant from the sixth edition of the Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon, running the world class time of 66:38 for victory. The Kenyan improved the course record by over two minutes and achieved the fourth fastest time in the world this year for the half marathon. Her compatriots Rose Chelimo and Angela Tanui finished second and third with 68:33 and 68:41 respectively. [Read more…]

World Records Ratified

Yohann Diniz

The Race Walk world records by Yohann Diniz and Yusuke Suzuki have been ratified, as well as Genzebe Dibaba’s World Indoor 5000m record. [Read more…]

Kebede sets Ethiopian 25k record in Berlin

Kebede - Berlin 25k

Ethiopia’s newcomer Sutume Asefa Kebede produced a stunning performance in the BIG 25 Berlin on Sunday. The 21 year-old stormed away after the start of the traditional 25 k race and kept going right to finish line in the historic Berlin Olympic Stadium, smashing the Ethiopian record with a time of 1:21:55. Despite very windy conditions she was 19 seconds faster than Ejegayehu Dibaba in Chicago in 2011. Kebede’s time is a world lead and the fifth fastest ever run at this distance. The Ethiopian was more than four minutes faster than second placed Kenyan Winny Jepkorir who clocked 1:25:59. Elizeba Cherono of Kenya was third with 1:26:59.

Kebede breaks Ethiopian record, Cheroben defends with world lead

Abraham Cheroben defended his title with a world lead of 1:12:31. The Kenyan was almost a minute ahead of Temesgen Daba Ejerssa. The Ethiopian took second in 1:13:28 while Kenya’s Kenneth Kipkemoi was third with 1:14:18.

11,480 runners registered for the 35th edition of the BIG 25 Berlin, which back in 1981 was Germany’s first major city road race.

As expected the men’s races started very fast. This is partly because the course is slightly downwards during the first five kilometres. But today the wind was also a major factor. During the first 10 k it was mostly a tailwind, which led to split times of 14:06 and 28:30 at 5 and 10 k respectively. Led by a pacemaker the four leaders – besides Cheroben, Ejerssa and Kipkemoi there was also Kenya’s Frederick Ngeny in this group – were running at world record pace. This mark of 1:11:18 was established by Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto, when he won the BIG 25 Berlin in 2012.

However once the leaders passed the 11 k point, where the pacemaker dropped back, they faced a strong headwind. With forecasted wind gusts of up to 60 kilometres per hour corresponding to 7 on the Beaufort scale there was no chance of keeping this sort of pace during the remaining distance. Kilometre splits dropped by almost ten seconds from 2:51 to slightly over three minutes during some sections.

Shortly before the 15 k mark, which was then passed in 43:04, Ngeny was the first one who dropped back from the leading group. The Kenyan finally finished fourth in 1:14:49. When Ejerssa worked hard in the lead he managed to drop Kipkemoi after 17 k. But the Ethiopian could not run away from Cheroben. The defending champion, who ran a world-class time of 1:11:47 a year ago, then started to attack with around six kilometres to go. On a slightly uphill stretch Cherono build a decisive lead.

“I intended to attack the world record today. But with such strong headwinds during the second half of the race it was not possible,” said the 22 year-old. “I will have to come back next year and try again.” Cherono will now prepare for the Kenyan 10,000 m trials for the World Championships. “It would be great if I could snatch a place for Beijing.” But whatever happens he will not run a marathon this year. “This is for the future, I will continue running shorter events on the roads first.”

In the women’s race Sutume Asefa Kebede ran at her own pace right from the start, leaving the other elite women well behind. Following a pacemaker she passed the 10 k point in a breathtaking 31:05, well inside world record pace. Kenya’s Mary Keitany had run 1:19:53 in the BIG 25 in 2010.

But Kebede, who now has won all of her seven road races this spring, also slowed in the wind. However she still achieved a world-class time of 1:21:55. Passing the half marathon point before, which has an official timing, she was clocked with 68:23. This is by far the fastest half marathon time of a woman on German territory since spring 2013.

“I am very happy to have broken the Ethiopian record. I did not expect this to happen today,” said Kebede, who now intends to run the 5,000 m on track in Ethiopia. “In the autumn I will run road races again.”

Behind Kenyans Jepkorir (1:25:59) and Cherono (1:26:59) two Ethiopians followed in fourth and fifth: Helen Bekele Tola and Zewdnesh Ayele Belachew clocked sub 1:30 times with 1:27:39 and 1:28:55 respectively.
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Ben True sets US 5k Record

ben true - US 5K road record

At the seventh annual B.A.A. 5K, New England native Ben True ran his way into the record books, clocking a national record time of 13:22 to win his third B.A.A. 5K title. True, 13:24, became the first athlete in race history to claim three titles, a testament to his fast finishing kick and determination. [Read more…]

Wanjiru wins in Prague, three run sub one hour

Daniel Wanjiru - Prague

Daniel Wanjiru stormed to a first major career win, when he took the Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon. The 22 year-old Kenyan clocked a personal best of 59:51 with two other runners achieving times inside the hour mark. [Read more…]

Komon targets world leading time

Komon - Ronoh

Leonard Komon is ready to produce something special at the Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon. The Kenyan, who is the world record holder at 10 and 15 k, will run only his second race at the distance on Saturday. [Read more…]

Mary Keitany shines at 2015 RAK 21k

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Mary Keitany the star at the RAK 2015, while the men dither

Ultimately it was a day of near misses at the 9th edition of the RAK Half Marathon on friday, for despite the usual cool, calm weather at the 7am start, not to mention the enhanced course routing to reduce the number of corners, the men’s field chose to watch each other and ran strategically, while the women set off perhaps too fast and paid the price.

In terms of legs against the clock, it was ladies’ day, as New York Marathon Champion Mary Keitany pulverised a high quality field, posting yet another astonishing time on the way to her third RAK title. Her run to 66:02, appeared early on to be a definite assault on Florence Kiplagat’s astonishing 65:12 world record of this time last year, and for well past half way, things were going to plan. The diminutive 32 year old passed 10k in 31:07 (Kiplagat 31:08), held the requisite tempo (3:05/km) till the 14th kilometre and at 15km (46:42), she was only 7 seconds down on Kiplagat’s mark from Barcelona.

But while the Mary Keitany of late 2014 might have maintained the challenge, this 2015 version, very much focused on the London Marathon ten weeks away, had to give ground, covering the second 10km in 31:28 (Kiplagat 30:48). Two kilometres later it became apparent that the target was now her course record (and then world record) of 65:50 set in 2011. But while that slipped by too, the reason could well have been the need to focus on the race at hand, for 22 year old Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia, proved a stubborn challenger when others had receded, and only lost ground on the would-be champion at around 17km.

Once clear of Daska, who herself had a breakthrough season of road racing at shorter distances in 2014, the two-time London Marathon champion opened a significant gap, but even her 2011 mark had slipped away, all be it only by 12 seconds. Her winning time of 66:02 has none the less only been bettered by herself and Kiplagat in the history of the event. For one who runs so positively – Keitany has never been afraid to front-run – it was a surprise that it was her first 10km that disappointed. In her record run, she reached 10k in 30:45, but this year it was 31:07.

For Daska, the frustration of losing by 26 seconds was softened by setting a new Ethiopian Record, her 66:28 lopping a full 28 seconds from Meseret Hailu’s  national mark set at RAK in 2013. And behind her, huge progress was made by both Cynthia Limo (68:24 > 67:02) and Josephine Chepkoech (68:53 > 67:32).

The men’s race didn’t unfold according to script from the off. A dawdling first 5km of 14:33 was many seconds off the mark, but it did contribute to the sense of anticipation, as the tempo remained awkwardly slow. With 10k reached in 28:56, it was natural to expect a surge, but when it did manifest itself, it was not decisive enough and the pack was still nine strong at 15km. At this point, with any chance of a fast time gone, the athletes started watching each other and it became apparent that even breaking one hour was unlikely.

Sure enough, while the packing through the finish line was impressive, the overall winning mark was not as fast as the organisers had hoped. Mosinet Geremew’s 60:05 was only six seconds ahead of Edwin Kiptoo’s fourth place and pre-race favourite Kipchoge, had to settle for 6th place (60:50). Perhaps the biggest surprise of the day, was the relatively poor performance of Eliud Kipchoge, who seemed such a strong challenger after his 2014 exploits, but who dropped back at around 16km and struggled from there on.

For some RAK 2015 was a day to rejoice and maintain their course, but for others it was useful feedback at a time when there is still an opportunity to tweak things and get their running back on an even keel, or perhaps to plough on in the knowledge that hard times now, lay the foundation for fresh legs and great racing later in the year.
Men                 Women
1     Mosinet Geremew (ETH)     60:05         1     Mary Keitany (KEN)     66:02
2     Daniel Wanjiru (KEN)     60:06         2     Mamitu Daska (ETH)     66:28
3     Jonathan Maiyo (KEN)     60:08         3     Cynthia Limo (KEN)     67:02
4     Edwin Kiptoo (KEN)     60:11         4     Josephine Chepkoech (KEN)     67:32
5     Mike Kigen (KEN)     60:14         5     Worknesh Degefa (ETH)     70:45
6     Eliud Kipchoge (KEN)     60:50         6     Meseret Hailu (ETH)     70:58
7     Tsegaye Mekonnen (ETH)     61:05         7     Philes Ongori (KEN)     72:15
8     Abera Kuma (ETH)     61:07
9     Demessew Tsega (ETH)     61:36
10     Peter Kirui (KEN)     63:32