Recently by Justin Lagat

Justin Lagat

Justin Lagat

Bio: Since 2013, Justin Lagat has written for RunBlogRun. His weekly column is called A view from Kenya. Justin writes about the world of Kenyan athletics on a weekly basis and during championships, provides us additional insights into the sport.

Website: http://www.kenyanathlete.com

Twitter: @kenyanathlete

The 2016 Cross Country season began in Kenya in late October. This is a column previewing the season from Justin Lagat. Who will be the great cross country runners to come out of Kenya to race in Uganda at World Cross in 2017?

DSCN8057.JPGThe start of Senior men's race at Ndalat Gaa cross country, photo by Justin Lagat

Keitany_MaryFL-NYCMar16.jpgMary Keitany Wins her Third Victory, NYC Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

The 2016 TCS NYC Marathon was a remarkable race on several levels. Mary Keitany won her third consecutive race with a race so dominating, three and one half minutes separated her and second place. Ghirmay Ghebrselassie won the men's race, now the youngest winner in NYC marathon history and the first winner for his company, Eritrea.

Here is Justin Lagat's column on the NYC Marathon and the six lessons he learnt from that marathon.

Justin Lagat has been writing for RunBlogRun for several years now. His weekly column provides our readers insights into running in Kenya. This column is a fun one, as Daniel Wanjiru surprised many with his win at the TCS Amsterdam marathon.

Wanjiru_DanielFV-PragueH15.jpgDaniel Wanjiru, photo by PhotoRun.net

Justin Lagat wrote this piece last month about the need for support of young Kenyan athletes by local Kenyan companies. This piece makes a lot of sense for companies and athletes around the world.

Yator-Longosiwa-KenyaOT12.jpgKenyan Olympic Trials, 2012, photo by PhotoRun.net

IMG_6342.JPGAbel Kirui, Florence Kiplagat, Renato Canova, photo by The Shoe Addicts/Mike Deering

The Chicago marathon had two amazingly different races, both very satisfying to observe. The women's race showed the amazing fitness and joy in running of Florence Kiplagat. The men's race showed how much pace making has permeated men's races, so that, in many cases, they become a time trial for most of the race. In Chicago, the men's race has surges and reactions, ebb and flows, and a fine marathoner, winless since 2011, won his first big marathon in the US. That marathoner was Abel Kirui.

Justin Lagat wrote this fine piece, and provided us, as our friend does, another view from Kenya.

Watching the 2016 Berlin Marathon was an example of what marathons should be! They should be battles between fine athletes, where the tension builds over 90 minutes as the lead group is whittled down to a final three, then two, and the real race begins.

Bekele-KipsangH-Berlin16.JPGKenenisa Bekele and Wilson Kipsang, BMW Berlin 2016, the race is on! photo by PhotoRun.net

Kenenisa Bekele and Wilson Kipsang dueled from 34 kilometers to the finish. On two separate occassions, Wilson Kipsang built some real estate between himself and Mr. Bekele. By 37 kilometers, though, the race was down to Kipsang and Bekele, running next to each other. The final two kilometers were run fast and furiously, as Kenenisa Bekele called on the muscle memory of fast 5000 meter and 10,000 meter races and ran 6:08 for the final 2.2 kilometers. Wilson Kipsang broke, but held on enough to show that he is back, and will be a force to reckon with in future races.

Here is Justin Lagat's view, from Kenya, of the fine BMW Berlin Marathon.

Bekele_Kenenisa1b-Dubai15.jpgKenenisa Bekele, photo by PhotoRun.net

Kipsang_Wilson1a-RAK16.jpgWilson Kipsang, photo by PhotoRun.net

Wilson Kipsang and Kenenisa Bekele will duel in Berlin on September 25. Many athletic fans and athletic media are considering this a run for the world record. Kipsang is a former WR holder at the marathon and Kenenisa, WR holder at 5000m and 10,000m, is on the learning curve in the marathon wars.

Bekele had his best strategic marathon in London last summer, but was not picked for the Ethiopian team for Rio, much to his regret. Bekele told RBR in Manchester, last May, after his 10k victory over Kipsang, that, if he was not picked for the Olympic team, there would be a fall marathon.

That marathon is Berlin next weekend.

Here's Justin Lagat's piece on the battles to watch in Berlin, probably the fastest marathon course in the world.

Ayana_AlmazFV-Brussells16.jpgAlmaz Ayana, Brussels DL, September 9, 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

Justin Lagat wrote this piece on the final Diamond League meeting in Brussels. I enjoy Justin's columns on athletes from Kenya and his thoughts on the sport. Justin reminds us that, while great athletes may make their efforts look easy, there is huge effort needed in our sport to succeed and that World Records can not always happen. Real fans look for great efforts, close races and heroic efforts.

The Memorial Van Damme meeting is one of the finest meets on the circuit. I have been fortunate to visit the meeting on two occasions. The meet honors one of the finest athletes of his era, Ivo Van Damme, silver medalist at 800 meters and 1,500 meters in 1976.

The meet is the final event of the Diamond League series and there will be some battles. Here are some of the key battles over the middle distances, as Justin Lagat, our Kenyan correspondent, sees them!

Kipchoge-Lilesa-Rupp1a-OlyGame16.jpgEliud Kipchoge, Galen Rupp, Feyisa Lelisa, Olympic marathon, August 22, 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

Eliud Kipchoge, right after his masterful win in London in April 2016, noted that he hoped he would be on the Olympic team. He wanted an Olympic win, and he did just that! Eliud Kipchoge is the finest marathoner in the world in 2016. Here's the story by Justin Lagat on the the Olympic marathon, with a Kenyan point of view!

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