Faith Kipyegon Wins Gold In Women’s 1500M!

Faith Kipyegon Chepngetich has won Kenya’s third Gold medal in the women’s 1500 in the ongoing Olympic Games.

Kipyegon won in a time of four minutes and eight seconds, finishing ahead of world champion Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia and American Jennifer Simpson.

“I knew it would be a fast race, I really had to kick on the last lap,” said the 22-year-old Kipyegon. “I was well prepared for the race. I’m proud to win for my country.” Said an elated Kipyegon.

Kipyegon’s gold makes it six medals for team Kenya, with three gold and three silver medals.

Congratulations to Faith Kipyegon Chepngetich.

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Japan’s ‘Golden Bolt’ sets 100m world record in centenarian race

A fleet-footed Japanese centenarian raced into the Guinness World Records reference book on Wednesday and declared himself a “medical marvel” as he continues to stalk sprint king Usain Bolt.

Hidekichi Miyazaki, dubbed “Golden Bolt” after the fastest man on the planet, clocked 42.22 seconds in Kyoto to set a 100 metres world record in the over-105 age category — one for which no mark previously existed — a day after reaching the milestone age.

“I’m not happy with the time,” the pint-sized Miyazaki told AFP in an interview after recovering his wind. “I started shedding tears during the race because I was going so slowly. Perhaps I’m getting old!”

Indeed, so leisurely was his pace that Bolt could have run his world record of 9.58 four times, or practically completed a 400 metres race — a fact not lost on Miyazaki.

“I’m still a beginner, you know,” he said, grinning from ear to ear. “I’ll have to train harder. Training was going splendidly, so I had set myself a target of 35 seconds. I can still go faster.”

“I will say this: I’m proud of my health,” added Miyazaki, the poster boy for Japan’s turbo-charged geriatrics in a country with one of the world’s highest life expectancies.

“The doctors gave me a medical examination a couple of days ago and I’m fit as a fiddle.

“My brain might not be the sharpest but physically I’m tip-top. I’ve never had any health problems. The doctors are amazed by me. I can definitely keep on running for another two or three years.”

Dressed in his trademark red, tight shorts hiked alarmingly high, Miyazaki got off to a wobbly start before finding a gentle rhythm and trotting across the finish line to loud cheers, greeted by his great-grandchildren carrying bouquets.

Cheekily, he celebrated by striking Bolt’s famous “lightning” pose before being presented with a certificate from Guinness officials.

– Dream race –

Asked about Bolt’s latest heroics at last month’s athletics world championships in Beijing, Miyazaki screwed up his nose and said with a chuckle: “He hasn’t raced me yet!”

The twinkle-toed Miyazaki, who holds the 100 metres world record for centenarians at 29.83 seconds, insisted there was still time for a dream race against the giant Jamaican.

“I would still love to compete against him,” said Miyazaki, who loses valuable seconds because he cannot hear the starter’s gun go off.

“Two or three years ago Bolt came to Japan and said he wanted to meet me. There was a call about it but I was out and he left without meeting me. I felt deeply sorry.”

Miyazaki, who was born in 1910 — the year Japan annexed Korea and when the Titanic was still being built — only took up running in his early 90s and prepares for races by taking a sneaky catnap.

He stands just 1.53 metres (five feet) tall and weighs in at 42 kilograms (92 pounds).

He trains religiously by popping a kilogram weight into a rucksack and going for daily walks around his local park in Kyoto, where he now lives.

“It’s all about willpower,” Miyazaki said of his need for speed. “You have to keep going.”

Japanese television crews jostled as Miyazaki, a native of tea-growing Shizuoka prefecture, arrived for his record tilt sporting dapper white slacks and a Panama hat.

Job done on the track, the Japanese iron man proved he was a dab hand at the shot put, tossing a best effort of 3.25 metres before calling it a day.

“I can’t think about retiring,” said Miyazaki, whose next competition is next month’s Japanese Masters Championships. “I have to continue for a few more years, to show my gratitude to my fans.”

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Kenya athletics hits stumbling block with doping cases

Kenya’s runaway success at the world athletics championships has been punctured by awkward questions after two of their athletes became the tournament’s first to fail drugs tests.

The African nation has opened up a sizeable lead on the medals table but celebrations will be muted after the two suspensions were announced late on Tuesday.

Joyce Zakary’s Kenyan record of 50.71sec in the women’s 400m heats now carries a big question mark after she failed a pre-competition test, along with hurdler Koki Manunga.

The championships’ first doping cases follow a build-up dominated by lurid drugs allegations, with Kenya one of the countries in the firing line.

Leaked results cited by German broadcaster ARD and Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper claimed that more than 800 athletes, including 18 Kenyans, had “suspicious blood test results” between 2001 and 2012.

Kenyan officials were already investigating an alarming spike in doping cases in the country after more than 30 athletes failed tests in the past two years.

“It is not good for the Kenyan team because leading into these championships there were a lot of allegations in the situation around blood doping — and a lot of fingers pointed at Kenya,” said former athlete and BBC commentator Steve Cram.

Kenya was rocked this year when marathon star Rita Jeptoo was banned for two years after being caught doping with the banned blood-boosting hormone EPO.

Jeptoo is the biggest name in Kenyan sports to have been caught, and the bust has been a major trauma for a country that idolises its medal-winning runners.

– ‘Bad apples’ –

Kenyan performances have lit up Beijing, including world record-holder David Rudisha’s superb 800m win after he battled back from two years of injury problems.

Late on Tuesday, Julius Yego hurled his javelin a massive 92.72 metres — the longest throw in 14 years — to become Kenya’s first javelin world champion.

“It’s a shame for them,” said Yego, when asked about Zakary and Manunga. “In sport you win clean so it’s a shame for them. I can’t make any more comment on that.”

Hyvin Kiyeng Jepkemoi, who won the women’s 3000m steeplechase title shortly after Yego’s monster throw, said she was shocked at the failed doping tests.

“I think that’s an individual thing, it’s not everybody,” Jepkemoi said. “I’m totally shocked.

“I know I’m clean but I’m not happy about it.”

Kenyan journalist Evelyn Watta told the Guardian that Kenyan authorities were taking doping seriously after previously dismissing the problem.

“Initially when our athletes were first linked with doping in 2011 and 2012 the initial reaction was no, it’s a lie — there is no doping in Kenya,” she said.

“But now we are more mature. And there’s a sense of if there’s something wrong, Athletics Kenya and the Kenyan government need to make sure the bad apples are removed. It is not denial, denial, denial.”

Athletics Kenya has said it was investigating the cases of Zakary and Manunga and promised “follow-up action” against the two offenders.

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MCM: Olympic Champion David Rudisha

Olympic champion and world record holder in 800 metres David Rudisha is recognized the world over for his expertise on the track and field. Rudisha who earned the nickname ‘Pride of Africa’ for his fluid running style and long strides shattered a 13-year-old record in the 800m held by Dane Wilson Kipketer.

The 26-year-old athlete holds the record of what is considered ‘The Greatest 800 Metre Race Ever’ after his stunning performance in 2012 at the London Olympics where he led the race from start to finish clinching the gold.

Despite his battle with injury, Rudisha is currently back on track preparing for the World Championships in Beijing later this month. Rudisha has surely put Kenya on the map and for that reason he is our Man Crush Monday. Check him out below

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Kenya hits back at new doping allegations

Kenya’s athletics federation on Sunday hit back at renewed doping allegations levelled by a German broadcaster against its fabled distance runners, calling the claims “libellous”.

On Saturday ARD alleged doping was ongoing in Kenya, and claimed there was “massive corruption” within the Kenyan set-up and “a desire to cover-up doping…to the summit of the Kenyan athletics federation”.

“We have watched with grave concern the German TV ARD documentary,” Athletics Kenya said in a statement, calling the broadcast, which coincided with the national trials for the upcoming world championships in Beijing, “extremely suspect and ill motivated”.

“The documentary not only makes serious and sweeping allegations on doping but also makes serious allegations on the integrity of our current and former leaders, including our sponsor without giving them an opportunity to respond to the allegations,” Athletics Kenya said.

It also said the documentary was “largely based on private and confidential data as well as forged documents ostensibly from AK which are now a subject of investigations.”

“The Federation always welcomes any information which would help fight the vice of doping. But we cannot fail to point out that the documentary is an attempt to smear our runners with unwarranted suspicion as they prepare to undertake duty for their country in Beijing,” it added.

Athletics Kenya also insisted it has been “at the forefront of identifying doping as a problem and in the past two years we have devoted a lot of time and resources to combat the vice.”

“On claims of financial impropriety on our top leadership, past and present, we have instructed our legal team to study the documentary with a view of bringing legal action against the TV Station and the author,” it said.

Kenya was rocked this year when marathon star Rita Jeptoo was banned for two years after being caught doping with the banned blood-boosting hormone EPO.

Jeptoo is the biggest name in Kenyan sports ever to have been caught, and the bust has been a major trauma for a country that idolises its medal-winning and record-breaking runners.

Photo Credits : AFP

Prize money and timetable for IAAF World Relays

Prize money and timetable of the second edition of the IAAF World Relays in Nassau on May 2-3:

A total prize purse of $1.4 million will be on offer for the men’s and women’s races

Team prize money for each race (all amounts are in US$)

1st – 50,000

2nd – 30,000

3rd – 20,000

4th – 12,000

5th – 10,000

6th – 8000

7th – 6000

8th – 4000

Note: Any team that breaks a world record in Nassau will receive a $50,000 bonus from the IAAF. The payment of all prize money is dependent upon athletes undergoing and clearing the usual anti-doping procedures.

Timetable (all times GMT)

Saturday, May 2

2300 Men’s 4x400m heats

2329 Women’s 4x200m heats

2346 Men’s 4x100m heats

0009 Men’s 4x800m final

0032 Women’s 4x400m heats

0102 Women’s distance medley final

0129 Men’s 4x100m final B

0136 Women’s 4x200m final

0152 Men’s 4x100m final

Sunday, May 3

2300 Men’s 4x200m heats

2320 Women’s 4x100m heats

2340 Women’s 4x800m final

0002 Women’s 4x400m final B

0012 Women’s 4x400m final

0031 Men’s distance medley final

0057 Men’s 4x400m final B

0106 Men’s 4x200m final

0123 Women’s 4x100m final B

0130 Women’s 4x100m final

0146 Women’s 4x400m final

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Kenya’s Kipchoge adds London title to marathon collection

Eliud Kipchoge led a Kenyan clean sweep of the podium places as he won the men’s London Marathon on Sunday in an unofficial time of two hours, four minutes and 41 seconds.

The final mile saw Kipchoge sprint clear of defending London champion Wilson Kipsang, with world record-holder Dennis Kimetto finishing in third place.

Victory saw Kicphoge add the London title to his wins in last year’s Rotterdam and Chicago marathons.

His winning time on Sunday was well outside Kipsang’s London record of 2hrs 04 mins and 29 secs set last year but as he smiled and waved to the crowd down the finishing straight, it was clear that victory meant more to Kipchoge than a fast time.

Kipsang’s unofficial time of 2:04:47 would, if confirmed, make him the quickest-ever London runner-up, surpassing Stanley Biwott’s 2:04:55 last year.

Kimetto came in third this year in an unofficial time of 2:05:50, with Biwott in fourth place.

Ethiopia’s Tigist Tufa upset the formbook to win the women’s race and end a four-year run of Kenyan success in the event.

Tufa, 28, broke clear from the pack and even had time to wave to the crowd down the finishing straight as she won in an unofficial time of two hours, 23 minutes and 22 seconds.

Mary Keitany, the winner of the race in 2011 and 2012, just did enough to hold off Tufa’s compatriot, Tirfi Tsegaye, in the battle for second place.

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Mutai eyes missing London Marathon title, Radcliffe says farewell

Kenya’s Geoffrey Mutai has vowed to finally add the London Marathon title to his honours on Sunday, while three-time winner Paula Radcliffe prepares to bid a tearful farewell to the event.

Radcliffe’s last appearance in the race that established her as one of the finest female marathon runners of all time will be the main focus for British fans.

But the battle for supremacy in the men’s competition will provide a high-quality distraction from Radcliffe’s emotional send-off.

Mutai has crossed the finish line in first place in the Boston, Berlin and New York Marathons, but he has been unable to emulate those triumphs on the streets of London.

In 2013 he dropped out with a hamstring problem at the 30-kilometre mark, while last year he was short of form and had to settle for sixth place.

To end his frustrating wait for a London victory, the 33-year-old will have to see off a star-studded field, including compatriots Wilson Kipsang, the defending London champion, and world record holder Dennis Kimetto.

“I have won in Boston, Berlin and New York, but the win I still want is this one,” Mutai said.

“The fact that I have not done well here before is my main motivation now. It is what keeps me running and makes me want to come back.

“The London Marathon is more important to me now than the Olympics because it is more challenging. I will fight until my day comes.”

With 2011 champion Emmanuel Mutai, 2014 runner-up Stanley Biwott, and 2014 Rotterdam and Chicago Marathon winner Eliud Kipchoge also on the start line, the race will feature the three quickest men in history and five of the all-time top 10.

Kipsang and Kimetto have never raced head-to-head before, and defending champion Kipsang, who set the London course record in two hours four minutes and 29 seconds last year, said: “I’m expecting a big challenge from Dennis.

“I’ve beaten him once and he’s beaten me once. I have more experience in marathons but he has done very well in the few he’s done.”

– Emotional reactions –

Meanwhile, there won’t be many dry eyes among Radcliffe’s friends and family once her race is finally run over the same 26.1-mile route on which she set a world record of two hours 15 minutes 25 seconds in April 2003 — a mark which still stands.

The 41-year-old Englishwoman will compete not as part of the elite field, but among the mass ranks after battling a series of injuries in recent years.

Radcliffe’s husband Gary, her parents and children Isla and Raphael will all line the course to watch the 2005 World Championship gold medallist bow out.

“I would love to have taken part in the London Olympics in 2012 as my last competitive race at the front but we don’t get to choose that,” said Radcliffe, who plans to continue running only in a non-competitive environment.

“I’m very lucky to have the long career that I’ve had. It’s such a magical special race. It’s something that’s hard to put into words how important it is.”

Radcliffe’s record could come under threat from a quartet of Kenyan stars — Mary Keitany, the London champion in 2011 and 2012, defending champion Edna Kiplagat, Priscah Jeptoo, the 2013 winner, and Florence Kiplagat.

“Paula has been a great athlete and a great inspiration to women marathon runners,” Edna Kiplagat said.

“We look up to what Paula has done, especially her solo world record, and that is what we are trying to go for on Sunday.”

Also on Sunday the London course will play host to Switzerland’s paralympic world marathon champion Manuela Schar, who aims to retain the global title she won two years ago in France.

Photo Credits : AFP

Kenya’s marathon queen Jeptoo handed two-year doping ban

Kenyan Rita Jeptoo, winner of the Boston and Chicago marathons for the last two years, has been banned from the sport for two years after failing a drugs test, Athletics Kenya (AK) said on Friday.

“AK followed due process in Rita Jeptoo’s matter and it was appropriate that she serves a two-year ban,” AK chief executive Isaac Kamande told Reuters.

Jeptoo has denied doping, telling reporters last year that the accusations against her were “lies”

Kenya’s ‘Fantastic Four’ head London Marathon women’s field

Edna Kiplagat will face two former London Marathon champions and the fastest half marathon runner in history when she defends her Virgin Money London Marathon women’s title on Sunday 26 April, organisers of the IAAF Gold Label Road Race announced on Wednesday (14).

The double world champion sprinted to victory on The Mall last year, beating her namesake and half marathon world record holder Florence Kiplagat by just three seconds, in the closest women’s race for 17 years.

The two Kiplagats will meet again in April when they face the 2013 London Marathon champion, Priscah Jeptoo, and also Mary Keitany, who topped the London Marathon podium in 2011 and 2012.

The women’s elite field for the 2014 London Marathon contains seven runners who have completed the classic distance in less than 2:22 and no fewer than 10 who have run quicker than 2:25.

“Winning my first London Marathon title on my fourth attempt last year was a special moment for me,” said Edna Kiplagat, now 35, who was third on her London debut in 2011 and twice a runner-up before her 2014 triumph.

“Now I have tasted success in London, I am determined to win again, but I know it will be tougher than ever in 2015. Florence will be hungry to win after getting so close last year, and both Priscah and Mary will be doing their best to regain the number one spot.

“We have all had some great races in London in the past and I am sure it will be even better this year.”

The return of Mary Keitany to the London Marathon will be keenly anticipated by marathon fans after she won her second title three years ago in 2:18:37, a time only world record holder Paula Radcliffe has ever beaten on the London course.

The fastest of all-time go head-to-head at the London Marathon

Defending champion Wilson Kipsang and world record holder Dennis Kimetto will go head-to-head in the 2015 London Marathon on 26 April.

Kenya’s Kipsang is seeking a third title after winning in 2012 and 2014. Compatriot Kimetto clocked two hours, two minutes 57 seconds in September’s Berlin Marathon to shave 26 seconds off Kipsang’s 2013 world record.

“I broke Wilson’s world record in Berlin last year and now I want the London title,” said Kimetto. Kipsang and Kimetto, 30, are training partners in the Kenyan town of Iten but have never faced each other over the marathon distance.

There are 10 runners in the men’s field who have gone under two hours six minutes, including multiple track Olympic and world 10,000 and 5,000m champion and world record holder Kenenisa Bekele.

Emmanuel Mutai, the 2011 London winner, is also competing.


Kenyan athletics drugs cheat Jeptoo urged to tell all on doping

Kenya’s athletics boss has urged top female marathoner and drugs cheat Rita Jeptoo to spill the beans on her secret doping network when she appears before a disciplinary panel.

Jeptoo, winner of the last two consecutive Boston and Chicago marathons, will attend a disciplinary hearing next week as part of deliberations on what punishment she should face for taking the banned blood-boosting drug EPO.

“We are hoping the hearing will shed light on who is behind this doping scam, and Jeptoo should be able to spill the beans,” Athletics Kenya chairman Isaiah Kiplagat told AFP.

Kenya’s sports bosses have been accused of inaction on the doping issue, which has cast a shadow over the record-breaking and medal-winning achievements of its fabled distance runners.

They have also cast the current crisis as being a result of what they insist are dishonest foreign agents and managers who are “corrupting” Kenyan runners.

“We are in the process of forming the anti-doping commission to hear Jeptoo’s case. Since this is a delicate matter, which could decide the fate of the athlete and the country’s future, we will allow Jeptoo, her agent and even her own relatives to appear before the panel,” Kiplagat said.

Jeptoo, 33, is expected to face a two-year ban and be stripped of her recent titles.

Jeptoo tested positive for EPO, which can massively increase endurance, in an out-of-competition test in Kenya last September.

A test of her “B” sample, conducted at the World Anti-Doping Agency laboratory in Lausanne in December, confirmed the presence of the drug.

“Jeptoo is the highest-profile of the Kenyan athletes to have tested positive for the banned drugs which should send a big alarm to us,” Kiplagat said.

Athletics Kenya and the Government form anti-doping committee

Athletics Kenya has entered into a memorandum with the Kenyan government to form an anti-doping control committee.

AK President Isaiah Kiplagat said the committee which will be in place in the next one week will work hand in hand with the IAAF anti doping team in the country to eliminate athletes and agents engaging in doping.

“Athletes in the country from now will have to declare their whereabouts to the anti doping team who will be visiting them frequently to do assessments on our athletes,” said Kiplagat.

The AK president added that through the memorandum, the government will provide officers and the Athletics Kenyan will provide the technical know how of controlling doping in the country.

Among the measures put in place, Kiplagat said is the requirements by all agents in the country to provide Blood passport for every athlete under their management which will be used to monitor the blood values of all the athletes.

“All agents in the country will from now be required to register with athletics Kenya their athletes and provide their blood passports which will be used to monitor their blood values frequent and those who will be found to have changing blood values will have questions to answer,” he remarked.

He said agents managing athletes who will be found to have engaged in doping will be blacklisted and their athletes banned for four years.

The AK boss said once these measures is in place, it would help to curb the menace which is threatening to ruin the country’s athletics name.

Kiplagat said the athletics body is not targeting individual athletes but was only out to stop doping incidents.

Kiplagat warned the leaders against politicizing of the war against doping menace among athletes in the country.

Wilson Kipsang misses drug test

Kenyan distance runner Wilson Kipsang missed an out-of-competition drugs test in November, Athletics Kenya (AK) said on Tuesday.

AK said that according to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) rules, a missed test would be recorded against the winner of this year’s London and New York marathons, but there would be no sanction.

He can request for an administrative review of the decision. Athletes are deemed to have breached doping rules if they commit a total of three “whereabouts failures”, within any 18-month period.

Kipsang, a bronze medallist in the marathon at the 2012 Olympics, was not immediately available to comment.

AK said that Kipsang missed the test on November 13, and the athlete was requested by the IAAF to provide an explanation, which he did on November 23.

Dozens of Kenyan athletes have failed dope tests in the past two years. Kenyan government officials have blamed the growing doping cases on foreign agents and Athletics Kenya’s failure to educate its athletes properly.

AK said on Monday that Kenyan distance runners Viola Chelangat Kimetto and Joyce Jemutai Kiplimo failed drugs tests and will be banned for two years, adding that tests from five other Kenyan athletes have aroused suspicion.

In October, Kenya’s Rita Jeptoo, winner of the Boston and Chicago Marathons for the last two years, failed an out-of-competition doping test, and was suspended from competition pending testing of a B sample to be done this week.


Two Kenyan runners banned for doping

Kenyan marathon runners Viola Kimetto and Joyce Kiplimo have been banned for two years for doping, Athletics Kenya (AK) said Tuesday.

The bans follow the shock revelation in October that Rita Jeptoo, the world’s current top female marathon runner, had also tested positive for banned drugs.

The 33-year-old Kimetto’s urine sample tested positive for the banned steroid norandrosterone during a race in Macau on December 1, 2013.

“Following the hearings and upon evaluating the details of the case, in consultation with the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), Kimetto… has been banned for two years,” AK said in a statement.

Kiplimo, 26, also tested positive for the same substance at the Yangzhou half-marathon in China in April.

Jeptoo is expected to find out this week results of her B sample analysis, which if positive could also she her banned.

The three-time winner of the Boston marathon and a two-time winner in Chicago is currently suspended after her A sample, taken in an out-of-competition test in Kenya in September, tested positive for the blood-boosting drug EPO.

Five other athletes will also appear before the AK’s Medical and Anti-Doping Commission on Thursday for a disciplinary hearing for alleged doping.

The doping offences have stunned Kenya, whose distance runners are national heroes.

Dennis Kimetto’s world record ratified- IAAF

IAAF Monday ratified Dennis Kimetto’s world record in men’s marathon of two hours, two minutes and fifteen seconds (2:02:15).

Kimetto broke the previous record of two hours, three minutes and twenty three seconds (2:03:23) previously held by fellow Kenyan Wilson Kipsang.

IAAF also ratified Emmanuel Mutai’s record of 30km of one hour, twenty seven minutes and thirty eight seconds (1:27:38). The record was previously held by another Kenyan Makau Mutua.

Kimetto eyes glory at the 2014 world athletics gala

World’s marathon record holder Dennis Kimetto is confident to win male athlete of the year at the 2014 Athletics gala in Monaco to held on Friday. If he takes the prize home he will be the 2nd Kenyan to win the award after David Rudisha bagged the accolade in 2010.

Jamaican Usain Bolt who has won the award in five of the last six years is not among the contenders but Kimetto will still expect tough competition from high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar and pole volter Renaud Lavillenie for France.

Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba will be up against Valerie Adams of New Zealand and Dafne Schippers in the women’s category.

Dennis Kimetto became the first man to run under 2:03. after clocking 2:02:57 at the Berlin marathon on September 28.

Kenyans sweep Athens marathon

Kenya’s Felix Kipchirchir Kandie won the Athens classic marathon in a course record of two hours, 10 minutes and 37 seconds on Sunday.

The 37-year-old shaved 18 seconds off the course record set during the Athens 2004 Olympics by Italian Stefano Baldini.

Kandie was followed across the finish line by three Kenyans Raymond Kimutai Bett (2:12.34), Josphat Kiptanui Too Chobei (2:15.38) and Julius Kiplagat Korir (2:15.51).

The women’s race was won by Kenya’s Naomi Jepkogei Maiyo, 25, who clocked 2:41.06 and was 20th overall. Nancy Joan Rotich of Kenya came second clocking 2:41.29 and Linah Jerop Chirchir also of Kenya came third clocking 2:42.41.