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Cheptegei second fastest ever
NIJMEGEN (NED, Nov 19): Uganda's Joshua Cheptegei claimed back-to-back titles at the Zevenheuvelenloop but on a windy afternoon in Nijmegen, he missed Leonard Komon's world 15km record of 41:13 by just four seconds. Cheptegei stopped the clock at 41:17, the second fastest ever. He finished more than one minute ahead of Ethiopia's Amdework Welelegn (42:40) and Kenya's Noah Kipkemboi (42:43). In a close finish in the women's race, little-known Ethiopia's Birke Debele clocked 48:52 ahead of Kenya's Evaline Chirchir (48:54) and Uganda's Mercyline Chelangat (48:55). World marathon champion Rose Chelimo from Bahrain was fifth in 49:07.
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Cheptegei wants fast race
NIJMEGEN (NED): Uganda's Joshua Cheptegei headlines the elite field for the Zevenheuvelenloop (Seven Hills Run) where he is aiming to attack the world 15km record of 41:13. The world record stands to Kenya's Leonard Komon who is also in the line-up. Other standout names include Brit Callum Hawkins and Ethiopians Yenew Alamirew and Mekonnen Gebremedhin. The elite women's field is headed by world marathon champion Rose Chelimo from Bahrain. From Alberto Stretti.
RunBlogRun opines: Joshua Cheptegai battled Mo Farah in the amazing 10,000 meters in the London World Championships this past summer. Many consider it the finest 10,000 meters in many years, if not, ever. Joshua has a huge heart and great drive. He will be fun to watch over the next decade. Cheptegai is one to watch.

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JOHANNESBURG (RSA): World 400m record-holder Wayde van Niekerk's coach Ans Botha hasn't given any sort of timeline on when he is likely to return to competition after undergoing knee surgery, informs the Independent Online. Van Niekerk is currently in undergoing a rehabilitation stint in Qatar and will definitely miss the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. "We have to wait and see after he returns from Qatar after he has completed his rehab. We have to work day by day and listen carefully to his body, adjust and work like we have the past five years," she said.

RunBlogRun opines: My few chats with Ans Botha in London left me totally impressed. A coach who gets it, who understands that each athlete is an different challenge, Botha is perfect for Wayde as he returns from surgery and rehab. Botha knows that shoe can not push Wayde Van Niekerk back. His knee will need rehab and she will have to observe how his body recovers, and how he can handle the workouts and speed work. This is a coach who understands her athlete does.

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Van Niekerk home and heading to Doha
BLOEMFONTEIN (RSA): World record holder Wayde Van Niekerk is back from Vail (USA) after surgery. His next trip will be to Qatar for rehabilitation at the Aspetar Clinic in Doha until Christmas. He will be there treated by Dr. Louis Holtzhausen who is his former doctor from Bloemfontein, currently in Doha. His agent Peet Van Zyl said the progress in past two weeks since the surgery is very good.

Success is not final. Focus on the future. This is only the beginning. #Adizero #AdidasParley #TakeChargeLDN #ThePulseOf #ZNE

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Semenya to double in Gold Coast
JOHANNESBURG (RSA): World and Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya is targeting another 800/1500m double at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast next April, informs Reuters. "I will again be going for the double but I need to improve on my tactics (for the 1500m). "The 1500m is a race that excites me. I look forward to racing it," she said. Her coach Jean Verster also believes the world record of 1:53.28 might be within her grasp next year as well. "I believe a time of 1:52 is possible. It is just a matter of getting in the right race with the right pacemaker," he said.

#I AM 1 🔥🔥🔥 #loveyourself 📷@koketsomogapilj

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