Recently in Kenyan Athletics Category

b1abda3b-127c-4a71-bec8-88371bbb4ac9.jpgAbraham Kiptum makes history, photo by Valerncia Half Marathonr

The WR flash came in while I was covering the Frankfurt Marathon. I remember hoping that Justin Lagat would do a piece on the race to give us some perspective and the view from Kenya. Here is Justin Lagat's column.

This is a most curious column. We ask Justin Lagat to provide us a view from Kenya each and every week. I missed this one and really think it gives us something to consider. Thanks again to our friend, Justin Lagat.

DSC_1461.jpgJocyline Jepkosgei, photo by Brian Eder/RunBlogRun

Joshua Cheptugai, the London 2017 silver medalist at 10,000m and the 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medalist at 10,000m and 5,000m, is back to fitness and he showed it this morning with his 27:16 NR for 10k. Here's Justin Lagat's view of the successful races in South Africa by Uganda's top athletes.

Cheptegei_Joshua-WorC17.jpgJoshua Cheptegai, photo by

Mo vs Mosinet .pngMo Farah and Mosinet Gebremew, the upcoming battle, photo by Sean Hartnett/ The Bank of America Chicago Marathon

In a major marathon, there is a point when the alpha athlete, well, the most alpha athlete of the race, smells the weakness and begins to put in the proverbial screws, the race comes to its climax. That Mo Farah did not know who Gebremew was is a statement of fact. That Mo Farah, one of the two most alpha athletes in the marathon, lives for that moment, may be open to conjecture. None the less, Mo Farah won his first marathon and Gary Lough, his coach, showed his worth.

This is Justin Lagat's fine piece on the race, done in front of terrrestial TV in Kenya.

HlU67kqx_400x400.jpgJames Templeton, photo courtesy of James Templeton

James Templeton has been, for much of my career, one of the most visible, powerful and communicative of athletic managers. James managed Bernard Lagat and Augustine Choge for their entire careers. James Templeton was the athletics manager for WR holder, 2 time Olympic gold medalist David Rudisha until the end of 2017.

James Templeton is in the US for the Chicago Marathons and NYC Marathons, where he will view the racing of Augustine Choge and Bernard Lagat in their marathon debuts. We thank James on his thoughtful comments on his career and his fine athletes.

85e33c70d2ab0eaf46a93c189460705117752e0a.jpgAugustine Choge, James Templeton, Bernard Lagat, photo courtesy of (Copyright with Runners Tribe)

Kemboi_EzekielM-World15.jpgEzekiel Kemboi, Beijing 2015, photo by
E. Kemboi plans marathon debutr
NAIROBI (KEN): Twice Olympic winrner and four time World champion in steeple Ezekiel Kemboi plans to make his debut in the marathon next year, reports. "I was motivated by [Eliud] Kipchoge with whom we were together in 2003 during the World Championships. I will be venturing into the 42km race, where I want to perform well just like in the track. My first marathon race will be in Europe and I'm yet to confirm it," said Kemboi, who ran a 66:52 half-marathon this year before three steeplechase races culminated with a sixth at the Kenyan Championships (8:34.90).
Kemboi_Ezekiel-ParisDL15.jpgEzekiel Kemboi, 2015 Meeting Areva de Paris, photo by
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Choge_AugustinePC-RAK18.jpgAugustine Choge, RAK2018, photo by

Augustine Choge is one of the most versatile distance runners on the planet. With PBs that are world class fom 800 meters to the Half Marathon, Augustine Choge will debut over 26.2 miles at 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

Fast 2:05:21 by Kipkemboi
BUENOS AIRES (ARG, Sep 23): The unknown Kenyan Emmanuel Saina Kipkemboi won the Buenos Aires Marathon on his debut in a South American all-comers' record of 2:05:21 (62:53/62:28), breaking the course record of 2:09:46. He had before only half best 62:03. Teammate Barnabas Kiptum was second in 2:09:19 with Peru's Cristhian Pacheco third in 2:11:19 to win the South American title. Vivian Kiplagat made it a Kenyan double in the women's race in 2:29:04 ahead of teammate Leah Jerotich (2:32:58) and Ethiopia's Amelework Bosho (2:34:56). Ecuador's Rosa Chacha was fifth in 2:35:29 to win the South American title.

BerlinRaceday18-010.jpgEliud Kipchoge embraces Patrick Sang, photo by NN running team

Eliud Kipchoge ran the race of his life in Berlin on September 16, 2018, with his World record of 2:01:39. Steve Landells put this piece together on 12 good reasons for the success of Eliud Kipchoge.

Justin Lagat wrote this piece on the 2018 Great North Run, and how Mo Farah and Vivan Cheruiyot will use their victories to prepare for fall marathons. Here's his observations on the 38th race.

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