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On Sunday evening at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Kenya’s Mary Moraa dethroned reigning world champion Athing Mu in the women’s 800m, storming past the Olympic and world champ in the final 200m to win gold in a dazzling personal best time of 1:56.03.
Great Britain’s Keely Hodginson snuck in behind Moraa for her second consecutive silver-medal finish at a world championships, in 1:56:34, and Mu was forced to settle for bronze in 1:56:61. This race marked Mu’s first 800-meter loss since 2021.
Mu swept ahead unchallenged through the start of the race to take the lead, with a deep field of fast athletes staying close behind her. She led a phenomenally fast first lap, Moraa and Hodgkinson both not far behind, with everyone seemingly eager to get on the podium. A few weeks ago it was up in the air as to whether Mu would appear in Budapest to defend her title, with her coach, Bobby Kersee, sharing that she was considering training through the rest of the season to focus on the 2024 Paris Olympics.
Mu tried to hold the lead into the final lap, eager to leave her competitors behind, but Hodgkinson and Moraa took over on the outside with 200m to go and into the home stretch. Mu, who had been edging over to the outside of lane one, was passed by Hodgkinson on the inside.
“I came here for the win,” shared second-place Hodgkinson. “But, three silvers now, that’s consistency.” Hodgkinson didn’t feel she could have done anything differently: “It was quick, that first half,” she said of the 56-flat first 400 meters led by Mu. “The quickest I’ve ever gone.”
Moraa finished her race with a triumphant leap over the finish line, and will head into next year’s Paris Olympics with added confidence. As for Mu, she’s looking forward to a vacation. “I’m OK with where I’m at,” she told media post-race.(08/29/2023) Views: 147 ⚡AMP
From August 19-27, 2023, Budapest will host the world's third largest sporting event, the World Athletics Championships. It is the largest sporting event in the history of Hungary, attended by athletes from more than 200 countries, whose news will reach more than one billion people. Athletics is the foundation of all sports. It represents strength, speed, dexterity and endurance, the...more...
A gold medal in hand is worth a lot to Jakob Ingebrigtsen who secured a fitting end to his World Athletics Championships Budapest 23 campaign with a successive defense of his 5000m title on the final day of competition.
The 22-year-old was left heartbroken after the 1500m, in which he was beaten by Great Britian’s Josh Kerr. But the Norwegian picked himself up to advance through his 5000m heat – his first race of the year at that distance – and book his place in the final.
With four of the eight fastest men in history as part of the line-up – six of whom had broken 12:45 this year – it was an open and highly competitive field.
But Ingebrigtsen’s race plan was simple: conserve his energy until the final lap and then make a dash for the finish line.
When the gun went off, Canada’s Olympic silver medalist Mohammed Ahmed took the lead, setting the pace on the first two laps while the defending champion started out in the middle of the pack.
World U20 cross-country champion Ishmael Kipkurui soon grew impatient with the pace and sped past his rivals, quickly opening up 40-meter lead, which he maintained for the next few laps.
Uganda’s Oscar Chelimo, the bronze medalist last year, made his way to the front of the chase pack, trying to bridge the gap to the young Kenyan. Ingebrigtsen, meanwhile, was near the back, showing no interest in making a move.
World leader Berihu Aregawi and his fellow Ethiopian Hagos Gebrhiwet, a two-time world medalist, took over at the lead, while the third Ethiopian in the line-up, two-time world indoor champion Yomif Kejelch, also moved towards the front. Guatemala’s Luis Grijalva also tried to tuck himself into the race, but the Ethiopians were reluctant to let him play much of a part.
With about one lap to go, European record-holder Mohamed Katir overtook the Ethiopians, who were unable to respond to the Spaniard’s speed. Ingebrigtsen also launched out, moving on to Katir’s shoulder as the bell sounded.
The pair tore away from the rest of the field with the Spaniard leading, but the determined Norwegian out-kicked him just before the line to claim back-to-back golds in the event, crossing the line in a season’s best of 13:11.30.
It was also an evening of redemption to for Katir, who failed to qualify for the 1500m final earlier in the championships, having earned bronze at the distance in Oregon. He was glad to make amends in the 5000m, crossing the line in 13:11.44 for silver.
Kenya’s Jacob Krop, the silver medalist in Oregon, came through for bronze in 13:12.28 ahead of Grijalva who settled for fourth (13:12.50) for the second successive championships. Ethiopia’s Kejelcha (13:12.51) and Gebrhiwet (13:12.65) placed fifth and sixth respectively, and Aregawi eighth, his third World Championships final without a medal.
“To win another world title is great of course, but I was very tired,” said Ingebrigtsen. “I tried to save my energy to win at the end because that was the only way tonight. I knew that if my tactics were better than my competitors, I would have a chance to win. And that's what happened. It worked out absolutely perfectly. It was a very hard run, especially in the last 40-50 meters. It was great racing.
“This title means a lot to me after losing again in the 1500m. I haven't been at my best but I had the motivation and I had great support.
“My body is just getting over a virus so it's not been a very good situation to be in. At the same time, I wanted to do my best, I had to try. I had to be very patient but I really did not know what to expect from this race. This week was a bit bittersweet overall, but this is a good way to end.”
Katir was frustrated to miss out on gold but still content with silver, earning Spain’s only in-stadium medal of the championships.
“I gave it all that I had today,” he said. “But Jakob is Jakob – he is the best in the world nowadays. In the 1500m I could not get him, but in the 5000m I was really close to beating him. Every year, I am getting closer and closer.
Krop was delighted to make it on to another global podium.
“I am still only 22 so to get two medals from the World Championships is a big honor,” he said. “I don’t think this bronze after the silver in Eugene is a step down; I am still among the top runners over 5000m.”(08/28/2023) Views: 114 ⚡AMP
Sometimes a country’s depth in a particular event doesn’t necessarily translate to a strong relay performance.
But other times – like for tonight’s men’s 4x400m final – it leads to pure domination.
The USA went in as the favourites and duly delivered their fourth relay gold of the championships, winning in a world-leading 2:57.31.
French athletics fans breathed a huge sigh of relief as their quartet came through to take silver – their first and only medal of the championships – in a national record of 2:58.45, holding off Great Britain (2:58.71).
As far as the race went, it was USA all the way. Quincy Hall, the 400m bronze medallist earlier in the week, gave them an early lead, handing over to Vernon Norwood, the fourth-place finisher in the 400m final.
By the half-way point, they already had a comfortable lead over the rest of the field, all of whom were battling for the front of the chasing pack.
Justin Robinson, who was part of the victorious mixed 4x400m quartet on the first day of the championships, maintained USA’s led on leg three. By this point, France had moved into second place from Great Britain with Jamaica and Botswana in close pursuit.
Rai Benjamin, the 400m hurdles bronze medallist, extended USA’s lead on the last leg and went on to cross the line first in 2:57.31, earning USA’s ninth gold medal in the men’s 4x400m from the past 10 editions of the championships.
France’s anchor leg runner Teo Andant ran a strong lap to maintain his country’s standing in the race, taking silver in 2:58.45.
At one point it looked as though Antonio Watson, the individual 400m champion, would move Jamaica into a medal position, but Britain’s Rio Mitcham held on to third place, crossing the line in 2:58.71. Watson brought Jamaica home fourth in 2:59.34.
India, who had challenged USA in the heats, didn’t quite feature in the medal hunt and placed sixth in 2:59.92.
“I felt like I wasn't moving that fast but I'm happy these guys got me in a position to bring it home,” said Benjamin. “After the 400m hurdles, I wanted to come back and anchor this relay. It means a lot that the guys have faith in me and trust me. Quincy had an amazing start and the rest of the boys finished strong. I just had to finish the race. It was team work.”(08/28/2023) Views: 141 ⚡AMP
From August 19-27, 2023, Budapest will host the world's third largest sporting event, the World Athletics Championships. It is the largest sporting event in the history of Hungary, attended by athletes from more than 200 countries, whose news will reach more than one billion people. Athletics is the foundation of all sports. It represents strength, speed, dexterity and endurance, the...more...
In the end, as he approached the finishing curve in the sunbathed Heroes’ Square, Victor Kiplangat could afford to snatch his national flag and savour his golden moment at the end of the men’s marathon on the morning of the final day of action at the World Athletics Championships Budapest 23.
For the second time in Budapest, Uganda had a world-beating hero to acclaim, Joshua Cheptegei having claimed the men’s 10,000m crown on the track on day two. Add in Jacob Kiplimo’s victory at the World Cross Country Championships in Bathurst in February, and the former third force of East African distance running could celebrate a hattrick of global successes in 2023.
Kiplangat hit the gold standard on the international scene at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham last year. Twelve months on, inspired by Kiplimo, the 23-year-old proved a class apart from the rest of the world, breaking clear from Ethiopia’s Leul Gebresilase with 3km to go and crossing the line in 2:08:53.The winning margin was 26 seconds and it was Israel’s Maru Teferi who claimed the silver, overtaking the tiring Gebresilase on the finishing curve to finish runner up in 2:09:12. In doing so, the 31-year-old – who was outsprinted for European gold by Germany’s Richard Ringer in Munich last year – was rewarded for a turbo-charged recovery after suffering a spectacular fall with 10km to go.
Gebresilase had to settle for bronze in 2:09:19, a disappointment for Ethiopia, who finished first and second in Doha in 2019 and in Oregon last year. His teammate Tamarit Tola, the decisive winner on the Oregon trail, was in the hunt until fading at 33km and eventually dropping out.
After Gebresilase came Lesotho's Tebello Ramakongoana, fourth in a PB 2:09:57, and then Kiplangat’s Ugandan teammate Stephen Kissa, who recovered from a fall of his own to finish fifth in 2:10:22.
“This has been my dream and it has come true at last,” said Kiplangat, the second Ugandan to take the title, following Stephen Kiprotich’s success in Moscow in 2013.
“Last year I was Commonwealth Games champion and that made me think this year I must become world champion. Now my prayers have been answered and hopefully next year in Paris I will become Olympic champion too.
“It was hard today because it was so hot but I felt comfortable because I prepared well for this weather. I knew it was possible because I had trained well. It was a dream and a mission and I did it today.
“When I reached 30km I knew I felt strong and decided to push. I had great energy and that allowed me to go. Then at 35km I could surge again. That was always my plan and I managed to do it.
“I need to thank Jacob Kiplimo. He has given me a lot of motivation and inspired me with his performances. I am so grateful as well for his advice and guidance. Without that, I couldn't have won today.”Without picking himself up so smartly, and moving directly into overdrive, the terrific Teferi would not have claimed a silver medal lining.
“I am glad I managed to fulfil my dream,” he said. “I fell down and tore my vest but I tried to move on to finish the race in the best possible condition.”
At the start of the race, Ser-Od Bat-Ochir set out like a bat out of hell. The 41-year-old Mongolian powered through the opening 1km in 2:57 and hit 3km in 8:55, 2:05 pace, building up a lead of 27 seconds.
The most experienced campaigner in the 83-man field, Bat-Ochir was competing in his 11th straight World Championships marathon, his debut having come in Paris when he was a sprightly 21-year-old back in 2003.
With a highest placing of 19th, in Daegu in 2011, and having finished 26th in Oregon a year ago, Bat-Ochir was never going to maintain his punishing early pace. His lifetime best of 2:08:50 dates back to 2014, his best this year being a more modest 2:24:46.
His determination could not be doubted. To acclimatise to cooler conditions for the Olympic marathon in London in 2012, he moved his family to the north-east of England for a year, training at Morpeth Harriers with some guidance from the great Jim Alder, winner of the Commonwealth Games marathon in 1966 and holder of the world track best for two hours since 1964.
Bat-Ochir kept his foot on the gas for a little while yet, passing 5km in 14:59, 35 seconds clear of Tola. Thereafter, however, the pace started to take its toll.
By 8km, his lead was down to 15 seconds and just past 9km he was swallowed by the pack of major players, with Kenya’s Timothy Kiplagat in the vanguard. Second in Rotterdam in April, the Kenyan led through 10km with a three-second advantage, but chose not to push on.Bat-Ochir started to pay the price for his bold effort. After passing 10km, he ground to a halt, clutching his right hamstring, stretching it out and starting again. Not that he was going to do a Sifan Hassan. After another couple of stops and re-starts, he hobbled off the course for good at 12km.
Meanwhile, back at the sharp end, Kenya’s Joshua Belet led through 15km in 46:09, upping the pace to match Bat-Ochir’s opening kilometre split of 2:57.
There were 30 men still in the lead pack at halfway, with Rwanda’s John Hakizimana at the front in 1:05:02. A surge from Kiplangat at a drinks station, however, succeeded in splintering the group.
Approaching 30km, Kiplangat injected a 2:54 split, drawing Tola towards the front for the first time.
The pack was down to six approaching Heroes’ Square for the penultimate time, then five when Kissa tripped and fell after clipping Kiplangat’s heels.
Then it was down to three: Kiplangat, Tola and Gebresilase. The Ugandan kept his foot down and just after 33km Tola started to drop.
After a split of 2:49, the fastest of the race, it was Kiplangat vs Gebresilase, Tola fading out of contention.
Kiplangat hammered away at the front, Gebresilase in his immediate slipstream, until the pressure finally told with 3km remaining. The Commonwealth Games champion opened a gap that swiftly grew into an unassailable one and Teferi also passed Gebresilase in the closing stages to secure the silver.
Uganda’s global distance running hattrick was securely in the bag.(08/27/2023) Views: 147 ⚡AMP
Budapest is a true capital of sports, which is one of the reasons why the World Athletics Championships Budapest 2023 is in the right place here. Here are some of the most important world athletics events and venues where we have witnessed moments of sporting history. Throughout the 125-year history of Hungarian athletics, the country and Budapest have hosted numerous...more...
The third-fastest marathoner in history, Ethiopia’s Amane Beriso, claimed her first world title on Saturday morning in Budapest at the 2023 World Athletics Championships. Beriso broke away from the field in the final 10K to win in 2:24:23 on a warm morning in the Hungarian capital.
The race started as a tactical affair, with nearly 20 women passing the halfway point on a 2:29 marathon pace in 1:14:30. As the final lap of four began, Ethiopia had four women in the lead group of seven athletes until Tsehay Gemechu dropped out as Beriso started to surge. It seemed like there would be an Ethiopian podium sweep with three kilometres to go, but 10K world record holder Yalemzerf Yehualaw faded from third to fifth, losing nearly two minutes to her competition in the final kilometers.
Morocco’s Fatima Gardadi took advantage of Yehualaw’s faltering, having the race of her life to win bronze in 2:25:17, behind 2022 world champion Gotytom Gebreslase, who won silver in 2:24:34.
Beriso has had quite a track record in her last three marathons. Last December, Beriso pulled off an upset over her compatriot Letesenbet Gidey at the 2022 Valencia Marathon to win and become the third-fastest woman in history in 2:14:58. Beriso was also the runner-up at the 2023 Boston Marathon, finishing behind Kenya’s Hellen Obiri.
Wodak: “I ran as hard as I could.”
Vancouver’s Natasha Wodak was in the mix with the lead group in Budapest as she started her third lap but started to feel nauseous and fell back to the chase pack at 27km. She finished 15th overall in 2:30:09. “I ran as hard as I could,” Wodak told Canadian Running post-race. “It was tough, and I am a little disappointed.”
Wodak, 41, said her goal was to finish inside the top 10, and even though she positioned herself to achieve that, she admitted she didn’t have the legs in the final 10K. “To be 15th in the world is still a good day,” said Wodak.
Toronto’s Sasha Gollish made her return to the marathon at the world championships and savoured every minute of it. In 2019, she experienced heartbreak after failing to finish the marathon at the World Athletics Championships on a hot morning in Doha, Qatar. Today, Gollish achieved redemption, finishing 61st overall in 2:45:09 and bringing her energy for every second.
“I hope my journey inspires everyone who has not run a marathon to go out and test themselves,” said Gollish to Canadian Running. “Cause anything is possible.”
Gollish received an invitation to represent Team Canada in this marathon only a month ago after Canada’s Kinsey Middleton and Elissa Legault withdrew due to injury. Gollish was the third Canadian finisher at the 2022 TCS Toronto Waterfront Marathon, where she ran a personal best of 2:31:40.
For full results from the women’s marathon at the 2023 World Athletics Championships, check here. The men’s marathon will take place tomorrow morning in Budapest at 7 a.m. C.E.T. and 1 a.m. E.T. Ben Preisner, Justin Kent and Rory Linkletter will represent Team Canada in the event.(08/26/2023) Views: 169 ⚡AMP
From August 19-27, 2023, Budapest will host the world's third largest sporting event, the World Athletics Championships. It is the largest sporting event in the history of Hungary, attended by athletes from more than 200 countries, whose news will reach more than one billion people. Athletics is the foundation of all sports. It represents strength, speed, dexterity and endurance, the...more...
Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei, a three-time world champion in the 10,000m as of Sunday, has announced he will be pulling out of the 5,000 meter race. Cheptegei addressed fans on social media: “I am proud and happy to have won another gold medal on the 10,000m,” he wrote. “I would have loved to compete in the 5000m as well, but unfortunately I had to decide not to start.”
Cheptegei has opted to rest a foot injury, alluded to by his coach Addy Ruiter after Cheptegei’s 10,000m victory. “He is having little injury under his foot. It was already there the past couple of weeks,” Ruiter said to the media, explaining that Cheptegei would have to see how his body felt before toeing the line at Thursday’s prelims. The 5,000m final will be held on Sunday, the last day of championship competition.
Cheptegei is the reigning Olympic champ in the 5,000m and holds the world record in the distance (12:35.36, set in 2020) as well as the world record in the 10,000m event. He is only the 10th man in history to hold both those records concurrently. At the 2022 Worlds in Eugene, Cheptegei attempted the double and finished ninth in the 5,000m after sustaining a hamstring injury, while his compatriot Oscar Chelimo ran to third. Fans will be looking to 21-year-old Chelimo to make it through to the final round while keeping an eye on Cheptegei in the future–the athlete is set to make his marathon debut on Dec. 3 in Valencia.
Joining Chelimo on the start line will be Canada’s Ben Flanagan in his first world championship race. Flanagan has shifted his focus to the 5,000m this season, and his efforts have paid off, breaking the 13:20 mark on three occasions. He took gold at the Canadian championships in 13:39.36, and shared on Instagram that he was “ready to capitalize” upon arrival in Budapest earlier this week, after wrapping up a solid training camp in Spain.
Canada’s Moh Ahmed will be hoping for redemption in the 5,000m event after what he felt was a disappointing repeat sixth-place finish in the 10,000 on Tuesday. It was Ahmed’s fourth consecutive sixth-place finish in the men’s 10,000m at a major championship, after finishing sixth at the 2022 Worlds in Eugene, sixth at the Tokyo Olympics and sixth at the 2019 Worlds in Doha, Qatar.
“I had high aspirations this year, and I’m very disappointed to be sixth, again,” Ahmed shared after the race. The athlete has previously won a silver and bronze over 5,000m, finishing fifth last year behind Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigsten.
The 2023 World Athletics Championships are taking place from August 19-27 at the National Stadium in Budapest, Hungary. All the action will be brought to you by Canadian Running and Asics Canada. Follow us on Twitter on Instagram for all things Team Canada and up-to-date exclusive news and content.(08/24/2023) Views: 118 ⚡AMP
If competing in three distance events in nine days at the 2023 World Athletics Championships wasn’t hard enough, Dutch athlete Sifan Hassan completed 400m repeats after Tuesday night’s 1,500m final, where she won bronze in 3:56.00.
Hassan told the media in Budapest after her 5,000m heat on Wednesday evening that she did a speed workout of five 400m reps in around 65 seconds with 40 seconds of rest, even though she had the 5,000m heats less than 24 hours later.
“I was just doing some easy making kilometers, some 400s,” says Hassan. “It’s not really a big deal. They (the media) make it a big deal.”
The 30-year-old reigning London marathon champion said her reasoning behind the workout was to continue to prepare for the 2023 Chicago Marathon on Oct. 8. “In six weeks, I have to run the Chicago Marathon,” says Hassan. “I am trying to prepare for that.”
Her triple at worlds got off to a rough start, falling in the final 50 meters of the women’s 10,000m on Day 1, finishing 11th. She won her first medal of the championships on Tuesday evening in the 1,500m, but faltered in the final 50 meters, conceding silver to Ethiopia’s Diribe Welteji, while Faith Kipyegon defended her world title.
On Wednesday night, she squared up against Kipyegon again in the heats of the women’s 5,000m. Hassan won the heat in 14:32.29 over Kipyegon, both qualifying for Saturday’s final, which will be Hassan’s last race at the 2023 World Athletics Championships.(08/24/2023) Views: 134 ⚡AMP
Great Britain’s Josh Kerr won 1500m gold at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest
Great Britain’s Joshua Kerr stunned hot favourite Jakob Ingebrigtsen to take 1500m gold at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest.
The Scot clocked 3:29.38 to win a massive battle with silver medallist Ingebrigtsen over the final 300m as Ingebrigtsen’s fellow Norwegian Narve Gilje Nordas took bronze in 3:29.68.
Kerr’s victory, achieved via his season’s best, saw Britain scoop men’s 1500m gold for the second World Championships running, after Jake Wightman triumphed in Eugene, Oregon last year by finishing ahead of Ingebrigtsen in similar style.
The medal is Kerr’s second on the global stage after he won bronze in the 1500m at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics – a race won by Ingebrigtsen.
Kerr’s medal is Britain’s fourth of the Budapest event, with Katarina Johnson-Thompson securing heptathlon gold; Lewis Davey, Laviai Nelson, Rio Mitcham and Yemi Mary John claiming silver in the mixed 4x400m relay; and Zharnel Hughes sprinting to bronze in the men’s 100m.
Kerr: I broke Ingebrigtsen with 50m to go
The 25-year-old told the BBC: « It’s been a long time coming. It’s an overwhelming experience, but I’m so proud of myself, of my team and my family.
« I threw my whole 16 years at that last 200m. I stayed calm, I just wanted to execute a race I would be proud of. I’m very glad to add to that medal count.
« I was battling with Jakob very hard, you can see by my face I’m throwing everything at this guy, I was hurting. I’ve wanted this my whole life. I’m so happy.
Kerr beat hot favourite Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway as Britain won the men’s 1500m for the second World Championships running
« At about 50m to go I kind of broke him, and it was holding on from that point. I’ve had the [Olympic] bronze [at Tokyo 2020] and the gold is much sweeter. »
Wightman: Kerr is like the Terminator
Wightman added: « Our little club in Edinburgh has had two back-to-back world champions. That’s hard to believe. Jakob Ingebrigtsen is going to start hating us Brits ain’t he?
« He showed so much promise for so long, that medal in Tokyo was just the start of this. When Josh Kerr gets it right and when he’s running well, he absolutely flies. I think Ingebrigtsen underestimated how well he was running at the moment.
« I’m so happy for him. Josh is like the Terminator. His internal confidence is crazy. »(08/23/2023) Views: 125 ⚡AMP
It was her race to lose–Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon, who is indisputably the greatest 1,500m runner the world has ever seen, would have had to make a serious mistake (or suffer a freak injury) to avoid winning the women’s 1,500m in Budapest on Tuesday. Neither happened, and the double Olympic champion and now three-time world champion and world record holder takes home another gold medal, with a finishing time of 3:54.87.
Former world junior champion Diribe Welteji of Ethiopia ran a smart race, positioning herself just behind Kipyegon near the start, and took home silver, in 3:55.69. And Olympic bronze medalist Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands, after a disastrous 10,000m race on Sunday in which she fell in the final meters of the race she was leading, came from behind with her trademark finishing kick to take home bronze in 3:56.00.
Ciara Mageean of Ireland, the 2022 European silver medalist, ran an excellent race also, finishing fourth with a national record in 3:56.61. Nelly Chepchirchir of Kenya, who finished fifth, ran a personal best (3:57.90).
2022 bronze medalist Laura Muir of Team Great Britain ran 3:56 in the semi-final and was in the race for the first couple of laps, but ultimately faded to sixth (3:58.58).
After a fast first 100m, the race became very slow and tactical, but surprisingly, no one attempted to challenge Kipyegon’s lead, and allowed her to control the pace; the leaders went through 800m in 2:11 and were at 2:58 at the bell. And of course she closed lightning fast, with a 56.5-second final lap, completely unchallenged.
It was also Kenya’s first gold medal of the games. When asked in a post-race interview how it felt to bring home her country’s first gold medal of the games, the humble Kipyegon responded, “I’m so grateful,” and she repeated this when asked whether she felt that this third world title cemented her legacy as the greatest-ever 1,500m runner, adding that nothing in particular had changed in her training with coach Patrick Sang (who is coach also to marathon world record holder Eliud Kipchoge) to get her the extraordinary results she has seen so far this year.
Kipyegon set the world record at the distance at the Florence Diamond League earlier this season, becoming the first woman in the world to go sub-3:50. She, along with Hassan, will also race the 5,000m, which has been rescheduled from Wednesday morning to Wednesday evening, due to the extreme heat and humidity in Budapest.
You can watch the World Athletics Championships live in Budapest at cbcsports.ca. For full results, click here.
The 2023 World Athletics Championships are taking place from August 19-27 at the National Stadium in Budapest, Hungary. All the action will be brought to you by Canadian Running and Asics Canada. Follow us on Twitter on Instagram for all things Team Canada and up-to-date exclusive news and content.(08/23/2023) Views: 140 ⚡AMP
It has been a challenging two years for U.S. sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson, and after narrowly missing the 100m final at the 2023 World Athletics Championships, she found her redemption in Lane 9 on Monday evening in Budapest, emerging victorious in the women’s 100m and clocking a championship record of 10.65 seconds.
As all eyes in the National Stadium were on the powerful Jamaican duo of reigning world 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Olympic bronze medallist Shericka Jackson, Richardson charged out of the outside lane to beat the Jamaican duo and become the fifth-fastest woman in history.
Richardson earned the title of world’s fastest woman two years after having her Olympic Trials 100m win disqualified for a positive marijuana test and bowing out of the 100m heats at the 2022 U.S. World Trials in Eugene, Ore. This is Richardson’s first global championship.
The 23-year-old sprinter fell to the track in disbelief after seeing she had edged out Jackson at the line. “I came to win, and I’m here,” she said in a post-race interview.
Jackson took silver in 10.72 seconds, while Fraser-Pryce won her 15th career world championship medal, taking bronze in 10.77.
Savannah Sutherland advances to hurdles semifinal
In a stunning debut at the World Athletics Championships, Borden, Sask.’s Savannah Sutherland secured a spot in the 400m hurdles semifinal with an impressive time of 55.85 seconds in her heat.
Reflecting on her performance, Sutherland acknowledged that while it might not have been her smoothest race, her determination to keep pace with her fellow competitors paid off, leading to a satisfying outcome. “I stuck with the runners next to me, and [I’m] happy to get the big Q,” she added.
Looking ahead to Tuesday’s semifinals, Sutherland has her sights set on maintaining her competitive edge and has her eyes on an ambitious goal—breaking her personal best of 54.45 seconds. The Canadian record for the 400m hurdles is 54.32.(08/22/2023) Views: 131 ⚡AMP
Rudisha has already spotted some of his favorite athletes who he believes are the future of the track.
World 800m record holder David Rudisha is currently in Budapest for the World Championships, this time around not as an athlete but as an ambassador.
So far in his stay there, the two-time Olympic 800m champion has already spotted some of his favorite athletes who he believes are the future of the track.
Speaking to Citius Mag, Rudisha disclosed that Botswana’s wonder kid Letsile Tebogo and Jamaica’s Oblique Seville. Tebogo on Sunday night, August 20 made history to become the first African to win a medal in the 100m at the World Championships.
In the men’s 100m final, Seville finished fourth behind Great Britain’s Zharnel Hughes. World 200m champion Noah Lyles reigned supreme in the race. Apart from finishing fourth in the final, Seville also equaled his Personal Best time of 9.86 during the Heats of the event.
“We have very strong young athletes who are taking over the stage…every day is full of surprises. Letsile Tebogo was just coming from the junior category and he is doing so well at the moment.
We also have Seville from Jamaica who is very impressive. He has run fast times here and I’m impressed. These ones are now the future of the sport,” Rudisha said.
He added that it is also amazing to see Africa doing well in the sprints and he singled out Africa’s fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala.
Even though he failed to impress at the World Championships after finishing seventh, Rudisha lauded him for placing Kenya on the world map.
“He is really doing well and these are some of the athletes we admire since they are the future,” Rudisha said.(08/21/2023) Views: 140 ⚡AMP
As in Oregon last year, and as in Doha in 2019, there was no stopping Joshua Cheptegei when it came to the crunch in a World Championships 10,000m final.
The fastest man in history over 5000m and 10,000m might have been outfought by Selemon Barega on the final lap of the Olympic final in Tokyo two years ago, but when the bell sounded in Budapest Uganda’s golden boy found his Midas touch to land the decisive blow in a gripping East African slugfest.
Cheptegei had already made what proved to be the decisive move by then, overtaking the Ethiopian wind-up merchant Berihu Aregawi with 600 metres to go.
Aregawi, who finished one place ahead of him as the silver medallist at the World Athletics Cross Country Championships in Bathurst in February, had upped the pace with a succession of 64-second laps from six laps out but was burned off when Cheptegei launched his pre-emptive strike.
In Oregon he struck at the bell and stayed there, resisting a challenge from Barega, who ultimately faded to fifth. This time the Olympic champion was his prime chaser again, closing down the back straight and cutting the gap to a metre with 200 metres left.
Gritting his teeth as he rounded the final turn, the Ethiopian prepared to launch a grandstand finish but Cheptegei pulled clear up the home straight, crossing the line a clear winner in 27:51.42.
Such was Barega’s sense of deflation, the wind evacuated his sails. Easing down as the line approached, he was pipped for second place by Daniel Ebenyo, the Kenyan claiming a silver to match his Commonwealth runners-up prize of last year in 27:52.60.
Barega took bronze in 27:52.72, followed home by compatriot Aregawi, fourth in 27:55.71, and Kenyan Benard Kibet, fifth in 27:56.27. Canada’s Mo Ahmed came next in 27:56.43, a lifetime best.
For Cheptegei, who closed with a 53.46-second final lap – near identical to his Eugene split of 53.42 – it was as momentous as any of his growing number of victories. At the age of 26, he entered the record books as the fourth man to claim a hat-trick of world 10,000m titles, following in the spikemarks of the Ethiopian greats Haile Gebrselassie and Kenenisa Bekele, who both won four, and Britain’s supreme championship performer, Mo Farah.
“I am very excited and proud that I have succeed in winning my third world title in a row, “said Cheptegei, who has had to contend with injury since his Oregon victory. “This was the best possible way to end the season.
“This might be my last championships on the track. That's why this gold medal means even more.”
With a marathon debut to come in December in Valencia, the city where he set his 10,000m world record three years ago, who knows what the future might hold for the man who has broken the traditional East African distance running stranglehold of the Ethiopians and Kenyans?
For the time being, he can content himself on a job well done in a curious race that was clearly dictated by clammy, humid conditions reminiscent of Osaka in 2007.
Cheptegei and the rest of the leading lights kept their powder dry as his Ugandan teammate Joel Ayeko set off on his lonesome in the phoney war of the opening 3km.
Passing 400m in 62.86 and 1km in 2:46.69, the 30-year-old was more than five seconds clear at one stage before Cheptegei steadily whittled it down, with Ebenyo and Kibet in his slipstream.
Kibet and Aregawi traded places at the front before 5km was reached in a pedestrian 14:21.75. The cat-and-mouse continued, Kibet also taking a turn in pole position.
All the while, Cheptegei kept his cool, literally and metaphorically. Having run out of gas at the end of the World Athletics Cross Country Championships on home ground in the humidity of Kampala back in 2017, he veered out to collect a sponge at a water station – then bided his time when Aregawi started injecting some meaningful pace.
In the end, it was his class that told. Once again. In three seasons, he has run just three 10,00m races. He has won Olympic silver and two more world golds.(08/21/2023) Views: 197 ⚡AMP
The World Athletics Championships is the most important meet of the year for most elite track and field athletes. From August 19 to August 27, the best from across the globe will compete for medals and titles during a thrilling nine days in Budapest, Hungary.
Sifan Hassan had gold in her sights. Hours after winning her heat in the 1500 meters, she’d moved from eighth place to the lead in the final two laps of the women’s 10,000 meters—the first final of the meet.
It was a head-to-head battle that many may have predicted, but the closing drama came as a shock.
Gudaf Tsegay and Sifan Hassan – shoulder to shoulder with their arms pumping and their eyes fixed on the finish – both chasing 10,000m gold in a thrilling first track final of the World Athletics Championships Budapest 23.
Two of the fastest ever women over 25 laps of the track, locked in a fierce fight. Until suddenly, they weren’t. Just metres from the finish line, after both had used their 1500m speed to superb effect, Hassan fell – the Olympic champion's dreams of another global medal treble crashing down with her.
As Hassan stumbled, Tsegay remained resolute. The world 5000m champion from Oregon last year gritted her teeth and ended up adding a maiden 10,000m title to her burgeoning global medal haul, clocking 31:27.18 to lead an Ethiopian medal sweep ahead of world record-holder and defending champion Letesenbet Gidey, and world indoor medallist Ejgayehu Taye.
At first, Hassan played it safe. Sticking to the back of the pack as the race set out at a conservative pace, she covered the first 400m in 87 seconds, four seconds back at the end of a line of athletes snaking around the track.
As they ticked the laps off, the Dutch star moved up a few places – still sitting back off the leaders but close enough to cover any moves, if necessary. Tsegay and then Gidey took a turn at the front, as the race continued to build.
Then Hassan pounced. Gidey led at the bell – a stride ahead of Tsegay, with USA’s Alicia Monson just behind them. Hassan was fourth at that stage, having passed Taye plus Kenya’s Grace Loibach Nawowuna and Agnes Jebet Ngetich.
Unleashing the sort of pace that helped her to the world 1500m title in 2019, the 30-year-old blazed past her rivals along the back straight and led into the final bend. She was holding off a chasing Tsegay and seemed strong.
But Tsegay – the world indoor 1500m record-holder – wasn’t giving up. She drew level with Hassan on the home straight and they jostled for position. As Hassan stretched, she lost her rhythm and fell to the track, only able to watch as gold ran away.
So did silver, and bronze. After crossing the finish line in 31:28.16 to add 10,000m silver to the gold she won in Oregon, Gidey went back to help Hassan.
Taye ran 31:28.31 to complete the third medal sweep for her nation in the event at the World Championships, while Kenya’s Irine Jepchumba Kimais finished fourth, Monson fifth and Ngetich sixth.
Hassan wound up finishing in 11th place in a time of 31:53.35.
American Alicia Monson ran a strong race, looking as if she was in position to contend for a medal before Hassan’s last surge. She finished fifth in 31:32.29. Elise Cranny was 12th in 31:57.51, her best time this season, and Natosha Rogers was 14th in 32:08.05.(08/19/2023) Views: 200 ⚡AMP
The 2022 World Under 20 silver medalist Brenda Chebet has pledged to storm the final of the 1500m race at World Athletics Championships in Budapest on her debut in the senior ranks.
Chebet, 19, was enlisted on the Kenyan continent for the premier annual global showpiece at the eleventh hour to replace Purity Chepkirui Thursday who withdrew from the team last week.
Speaking before departing for the championships, Chebet thanked Athletics Kenya for allowing her to compete for the nation in the Hungarian capital, saying she will not disappoint.
"I feel great having graduated to the senior's stage and received an invitation to compete in the World Championships," Chebet said.
She predicted abrasive competition from a rich field of rivals including her compatriots.
"It won't be easy because we have some very gifted runners in the race such as Faith Kipyegon and the Ethiopians, who are known to pose a great challenge. I'll do my best in the race and wait to see how things will turn out," she said.
The diminutive runner said she feels privileged to be on the same team as Kenyan track queen Kipyegon, who boasts a world record over the distance.
"Competing against Kipyegon means a lot to me because this will be the first time we shall be competing in the same event. She is a celebrated runner and any athlete would be proud to be in the same race with her," said Chebet.
"Let's hope I'll make it to the final and then we can see what to do next."
She heads into the race buoyed by a sterling performance in Bathurst, Australia in February, where she and teammates Emmanuel Wanyonyi, Miriam Cherop, and Kyumbe Munguti delivered a gold medal in the mixed relay at the World Cross Country Championships.
The four wrapped up the race in 23:14 minutes ahead of bitter rivals Ethiopia's Adehera Kasaye, Hawi Abera, Getnet Wale, and Birke Haylom (23:21).
Chebet also won the silver medal in the 1500m at the 2022 World Athletics U20 Championships in Cali, Colombia, running a personal best time of 4:04.64, behind Haylom.
In June 2022 Chebet finished fourth in her specialty at the African Championship in Saint Pierre, Mauritius. She followed that with a sixth place finish in the women's 800m final.
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2019 1500m World Champion Timothy Cheruiyot says he is ready to reclaim his title at the World Championships set for Budapest, Hungary from August 19-27.
The 19th edition of the biennial championships will last for eight days.
The 27-year-old will lead a team of former Olympian Abel Kipsang and reigning World junior champion Reynold Cheruiyot.
“Together with Reynold and Kipsang we have to plan well how we will execute the final. We know the competition will be very tough but we are ready. Similarly, we are also a threat to our competitors and if our plan goes on well, we will bring medals home,” he said.
The men’s 1500m heat will be the main event of the championships on the first day and will begin at 13:15 pm August 19.
Cheruiyot will be seeking to emulate his Doha heroics that saw him cross the finish line in a time of 3:29:26.
“My preparation for the World Championships has been good. We have executed the training well and I can say that I am now ready.
"We will be competing on the first day of the championships and thus my strategy is to run well in the heats and semifinals and then plan for the finals. I am very hungry to reclaim my title,” Cheruiyot said.
Cheruiyot won a silver medal at the 2017 edition of the competition in London after clocking 3:33:99.
Cheruiyot has won the Diamond League meet four times (2017, 2018, 2019, 2021).
He is the 2020 Tokyo Olympics silver medalist.(08/16/2023) Views: 138 ⚡AMP
In Oregon last year, Tamirat Tola ran his way into the World Championships history books with the fastest ever winning time in the men’s marathon: 2:05:36. Thirteen months on, the 31-year-old Ethiopian has the chance to add his name to the select band of marathon men to manage a successful title defence.
Only three have achieved the feat thus far: Spain’s Abel Anton (1997, 1999), Jaouad Gharib of Morocco (2003, 2005) and the Kenyan whose championship record Tola broke in Oregon, Abel Kirui (2009, 2011).
Tola was a class apart in 2022, the 2016 Olympic 10,000m bronze medallist showing his track pedigree as he blitzed the final 10km circuit in 28:31 to finish a decisive 1:08 clear of compatriot Mosinet Gerenew, also the silver medallist in Doha in 2019.
Tola, who was the marathon runner-up at the 2017 World Championships, has maintained his form this year, finishing third at the London Marathon in April in 2:04:59, behind Kelvin Kuptum (2:01:25) and Geoffrey Kamworor (2:04:23).
Neither of those two Kenyans will be on the start line in Budapest, but the defending champion will face two rivals from Kenya who have run faster than him in 2023. Timothy Kiplagat stands third on the world list with the 2:03:50 he clocked as runner-up to Belgium’s Bashir Abdi in Rotterdam in April. Abdi, the bronze medallist in Eugene, will be absent in Budapest but Kiplagat will be joined on the Kenyan team by Joshua Belet, runner-up at the Hamburg Marathon in April in 2:04:33. The third Kenyan in the field is Titus Kipruto, fourth at this year’s Tokyo Marathon in 2:05:32, who set a PB of 2:04:54 as runner-up in Amsterdam last year.
Ethiopians have finished first and second at the last two World Championships and Tola will have notable support in Budapest. Milkesa Mengesha, the 2019 world U20 cross-country champion, won the Daegu Marathon in April and clocked a best of 2:05:29 in Valencia last December. Chalu Deso won in Tokyo in March in 2:05:22. Leul Gebresilasie finished second and fourth at the last two London Marathons and has a best of 2:05:12. Tsegaye Getachew placed third in Tokyo in April in 2:05:25.
Not that the race looks like being an exclusive battle between the two established East African giants of distance running.
Abdi Nageeye of the Netherlands was runner-up to Eliud Kipchoge in the 2021 Olympic marathon in Sapporo. The 34-year-old finished third in New York last November and in Rotterdam in April.
Tanzania’s Alphonce Felix Simbu is a seasoned major championship marathon campaigner. The 31-year-old earned world bronze in London in 2017 and Commonwealth silver in Birmingham last year. He also finished fifth and seventh in the last two Olympic marathons.
Commonwealth champion Victor Kaplangat is joined on the Ugandan team by Stephen Kissa, who set a national record of 2:04:48 in Hamburg last year. Morocco’s Mohamed Reda El Aarby placed second in New York in 2021 and fourth last year.
There are a host of other sub-2:06 performers in the field: Israel’s European bronze medallist Gashu Ayale, Kaan Kigen Ozbilen of Turkey, Eritreans Goitom Kifle and Oqbe Kibrom, plus the Japanese duo Kenya Sonota and Ichitaka Yamashita.
Ayale’s Israeli teammate Marum Terifi is the second-highest placed runner from last year’s race on the entry list. He finished 11th in Oregon and then took silver at the European Championships in Munich.
Veteran Spaniard Ayam Lamdassem was sixth in Munich but fifth at global level in the Olympic marathon in 2021. Another 41-year-old on the start line will be the remarkable Ser-od Bat-Ochir. The Mongolian is unlikely to be troubling the medal contenders but will be contesting his 11th successive World Championships marathon – his 16th successive global championship marathon, having also contested the past five Olympic marathons.
In Oregon last year Gotytom Gebreslase won in the fastest ever time in a women’s championship marathon, 2:18:11, but the Ethiopian will have to beat two of the six fastest women of all time if she is to successfully defend her title in Budapest.
The 2011 world U18 3000m champion was unable to keep up with one of them on the rolling hills of Boston in April, finishing 10th in her only marathon of the year in 2:24:34 – eight places and 2:44 behind compatriot Amane Beriso Shankule, who was runner-up to two-time world champion Hellen Obiri.
At 31, the formerly injury-plagued Beriso produced a stunning performance in Valencia in December last year, upsetting world 10,000m champion Letesenbet Gidey’s world record attempt with a victory in 2:14:58, putting her third on the world all-time list behind Kenyans Brigid Kosgei (2:14:04) and Ruth Chepngetich (2:14:18).
Gebreslase will also have to contend with Rosemary Wanjiru, who moved above Gidey to sixth on the world all-time list with a winning time of 2:16:28 in Tokyo in March. The 28-year-old Kenyan, fourth in the world 10,000m final in Doha in 2019, clocked one of the fastest marathon debuts in history, 2:18:00, as runner-up to Ethiopia’s Tigist Assefa in Berlin last year.
In addition to Gebreslase, five other finishers from the top 10 in Oregon last year will be on the start line: bronze medallist Lonah Salpeter from Israel and fourth-placed Nazret Weldu of Eritrea, plus Keira D’Amato of the US (eighth), Japan’s Mizuki Matsuda (ninth) and Mexico’s Citiali Moscote (10th).
The loaded field also includes the second-fastest woman of 2023, Ethiopia’s Tsehay Gemechu, the runner-up to Wanjiru in Tokyo in 2:16:56, who finished fourth in the 5000m in Doha in 2019, and Bahrain’s 2017 marathon world champion Rose Chelimo.
The Ethiopian challenge will be strengthened by world 10km record-holder Yalemzerf Yehualaw, who ran 2:17:23 on her marathon debut last year then won in London later in 2022 before finishing fifth at this year’s edition of the race. Wanjiru, meanwhile, is joined on the Kenyan team by 2014 world half marathon bronze medallist Selly Kaptich, who was third in Berlin in 2019, and Shyline Jepkorir, a winner in Enschede in April in 2:22:45.
At 36, the veteran Kaptich is four years younger than Australia’s two-time Commonwealth medallist Lisa Weightman, who showed her enduring class with 2:23:15 for fourth place in Osaka in February.
Another notable entrant is Poland’s Aleksandra Lisowska, who broke away in the final 2km to win the European title in Munich 12 months ago.
Bat-Ochir made his world debut in Paris back in 2003 and boasts a highest placing of 19th in Daegu in 2011. He finished 26th in Oregon last year, his second-best global performance. His appearance in Budapest will match Portuguese race walker Joao Viera’s tally of 11 – two shy of Spanish race walker Jesus Angel Garcia’s record.(08/14/2023) Views: 135 ⚡AMP
National team head coach Julius Kirwa has exuded confidence in Ishmael Kipkurui's potential to effectively step into the shoes of Kibiwott Kandie at the upcoming 2023 World Athletics Championships.
Kandie, who had punched a ticket to fly the country's flag in the 5000m, withdrew from the team owing to a nagging hamstring injury.
"We made the changes last week. Ishmael is in good form and he has proved himself as a junior athlete. I'm confident he'll live up to expectations," Kirwa said in an exclusive interview on Thursday.
The Commonwealth Games 10,000 metres bronze medallist will miss the World Championships for the second time in a row after staying out of Oregon 22.
Last year, the World Half Marathon silver medallist, almost sealed a slot on the Kenyan plane to Oregon after clinching the national trials but failed to crack the qualifying time.
He last held forte for the nation at the 44th World Athletics Cross Country Championships in Bathurst, Australia where he finished fifth. His most recent race was in Germany in April during the Adizero Road to Records 10km race, where he finished second in 26:53.
He secured a berth in the men’s 10,000m team despite finishing fourth during the national trials.
“I was in camp for a week when the team reported and training was going on well. I tried to persevere for some days while training but there was no change hence the break to avoid worsening it," said Kandie.
While regretting the unfortunate turn of events, Kandie vowed to bounce back stronger at the World Half Marathon Championships that will be held in Riga, Latvia on October 1.
“I know a lot of people are disappointed I'll not be traveling with the rest of the team to Budapest, especially after I experienced a similar fate last year when I also failed to make it to Oregon," Kandie stated.
Meanwhile, Kirwa has said he is satisfied with the amount of effort expended in practice even as the team continues to put the final touches ahead of their departure to the Hungarian capital.
"We have trained well enough and all the athletes are in good shape. We are expecting a good performance in Budapest later in the month," Kirwa said.
The seasoned gaffer also tipped Kenyan sprint sensation Ferdinand Omanyala to steer the country to unprecedented glory.
"He is in his peak this season and I have no doubt in my mind he'll be pulling off a major surprise at the World Championships," Kirwa said.(08/14/2023) Views: 139 ⚡AMP
National 800m champion Kipngetich Ngeno cannot wait to wear the Kenyan colors once again during the World Athletics Championships that starts on August 19 in Budapest, Hungary.
Ngeno is making a return to Team Kenya for the first time since competing at the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar.
Ngeno clinched victory at the national championships before finishing second at the national trials two weeks later to seal his spot in the Kenyan team.
“I have been out for quite some time. I missed the Tokyo Olympics and last year’s Worlds in Oregon. I am of course happy to be back in the national team. It has not been easy in recent years,” Ngeno told Citizen Digital.
“I secured employment with the Prisons Service after which I had to work so hard to reduce weight and come back to my fitness levels. I am happy I am now fully fit.”
Despite failing to advance past the semis stage in Doha, Ngeno says he drew valuable lessons ahead of this year’s event.
“It was my first World Championship with the senior team. I learned a lot especially on how to control the race in the heats and semis. I am now experienced enough to handle pressure in such an event,” he said.
The 2018 world junior silver medalist believes Kenyans can sweep the podium in the two-lap race where he will team up with defending champion Emmanuel Korir, Olympic silver medalist Ferguson Rotich and the fast-rising Emmanuel Wanyonyi.
“I think it is a very strong team. We need to just manage ourselves in the heats and semis and if we all make it to the finals it will be very difficult to beat us,” said Ngeno who trains at the Kericho Athletics Camp.(08/11/2023) Views: 146 ⚡AMP
Over 2,000 athletes from around 200 countries-including Kenya are set to benefit from the world record programme during this month's World Athletics Championships in Budapest.
During the nine-day global extravaganza, World Athletics will once again run its world record programme that rewards record breakers.
Athletes who will set a world record will be eligible for a special award of US$100,000 offered by TDK and World Athletics’ new Inside Track platform.
The performance must be an improvement on the existing World Athletics world record. Performances that equal the existing world record will not be eligible for a world record award.
During last year's World Athletics Championships in Oregon, Eugene, USA’s Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone and Sweden’s Mondo Duplantis were rewarded for their performances.
McLaughlin-Levrone clocked 50.68 setting a new 400m hurdles world record bettering her previous time of 51.41.
Duplantis took the pole vault to another level again by clearing the 6.21m mark also bettering his previous jump of 6.20 set during the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Serbia in March.
The Japanese electronics company TDK will offer the awards for men's events while the women’s world record programme will be supported by Inside Track.
For the mixed 4x400m relay, the programme will be supported by both TDK and Inside Track. Aside from the world record programme, a total of US$8,498,000 in prize money will be on offer in Budapest.
Individual winners will get US$70,000, US$35,000 for second-placed and US$22,000 for bronze. Positions four to eight will receive between US$16,000 and US$5000.
Relays winners will get US$80,000 with second and third placed receiving US$40,000 and US$20,000 respectively. Positions four to eight will get between US$16,000 and US$4000.(08/10/2023) Views: 160 ⚡AMP
The medals of the World Athletics Championships Budapest 23 have been unveiled, with 11 days to go until the competition begins. The event's organizers, who have already incorporated several distinctive features into the organizational work, aimed to ensure the medals were truly one-of-a-kind.
The design of the medals was driven by a focus on uniqueness and originality. Deviating from traditional medal designs, the emphasis was placed on representing the host country and capturing the essence of a sporting nation.
On one side of the medals, the central figure is the logo of the WCH Budapest 23: the Statue of Liberty atop Gellért Hill, a prominent and recognizable landmark in Budapest. Standing at a towering height of 14 meters, this charismatic female figure can be seen from various corners of the city, leaving a lasting impression on visitors. The palm branch grasped in the statue's hand has long been a symbol of glory, victory and enlightenment, dating back to ancient times. It serves as a tribute to past athletes and their remarkable achievements.
The reverse side of the medals carries a dual meaning. At the forefront, the brand new National Athletics Center, resembling a crown-like structure, stands as the venue for the World Championships. In the background, the race track serves as the backdrop, where athletics superheroes will etch their names into history.
"It was imperative that our medals connect sports, heroism and national identity. Moreover, all three coaches of the podium finishers will also receive medals," said Balázs Németh, CEO of the LOC.
The craftsmanship behind these medals reveals meticulous attention to detail. Crafted from a unique brass alloy, each medal is plated in gold, silver or bronze. The medals’ total composition consists of a staggering 140kg of precious metal and a ribbon spanning 450 meters. The comprehensive process, from initial design to the final touch of tape sewing, culminates in more than 3000 hours of combined effort.
Naturally, sustainability was also a significant factor during the planning phase: the medal packaging comprises responsibly sourced forestry raw materials, weighing a total of 146kg. The distinctive medal case makes the World Championships medals truly exceptional. The designers utilized excess material from the race track at the National Athletics Center to line the box.
Adding to the allure of the World Athletics Championships Budapest 23 is the innovative Medal Plaza, where the medal ceremonies will take place before the sessions each day. This is the first time that the athletes are celebrated outside of the stadium.
The Medal Plaza also serves as a vibrant hub of entertainment. With daily live music, captivating performances and a range of engaging activities, it stands as a dynamic showcase of the World Championships’ festive spirit.
For the cost of a single ticket, visitors can enjoy a three-in-one entertainment package: a sporting spectacle, a fan zone, and a concert experience.
The World Athletics Championships Budapest 23, set to commence on 19 August, promises to show the world a true celebration of sport on a unique stage and welcomes everybody who wishes to witness the wonder.(08/08/2023) Views: 150 ⚡AMP
Two-time defending 20km race walk champion Toshikazu Yamanishi and world javelin bronze medalist Haruka Kitaguchi feature on Japan’s team for the World Athletics Championships Budapest 23.
Yamanishi won his first world gold in Doha in 2019 and retained his title in Oregon. He will be joined by Koki Ikeda, Eiki Takahashi and Yuta Koga in the men’s 20km race walk, which is the opening event of the championships on the morning of 19 August.
Kitaguchi finished third behind Kelsey-Lee Barber and Kara Winger in Oregon last year and goes into this year’s event as the women's world javelin leader thanks to the 67.04m national record she achieved in Silesia last month.
Other athletes on the team include national record-holders Shunsuke Izumiya in the 110m hurdles and Nozomi Tanaka in the 1500m and 5000m, plus Sumire Hata and Hiromichi Yoshida in the long jump.
After Budapest, Japan will host the next edition of the World Championships, in Tokyo in 2025.
Japanese team for Budapest
100m: Arisu Kimishima
200m: Remi Tsuruta
1500m: Yume Goto, Nozomi Tanaka
5000m: Ririka Hironaka, Nozomi Tanaka, Yuma Yamamoto
10,000m: Rino Goshima, Ririka Hironaka
Marathon: Rika Kaseda, Mizuki Matsuda, Sayaka Sato
100m hurdles: Masumi Aoki, Yumi Tanaka, Asuka Terada
400m hurdles: Eri Utsunomiya, Ami Yamamoto
Long jump: Sumire Hata
Triple jump: Mariko Morimoto, Naoko Takashima
Discus: Maki Saito
Javelin: Haruka Kitaguchi, Marina Saito, Momone Ueda
20km race walk: Nanako Fujii, Ayane Yanai, Yukiko Umeno
35km race walk: Masumi Fuchise, Kumiko Okada, Serena Sonoda
100m: Ryuichiro Sakai, Abdul Hakim Sani Brown, Hiroki Yanagita
200m: Shota Iizuka, Koki Ueyama, Towa Uzawa
400m: Yuki Joseph Nakajima, Fuga Sato, Kentaro Sato
5000m: Hyuga Endo, Kazuya Shiojiri
10,000m: Ren Tazawa
Marathon: Kazuya Nishiyama, Kenya Sonota, Ichitaka Yamashita
3000m steeplechase: Ryoma Aoki, Ryuji Miura, Seiya Sunada
Decathlon: Yuma Maruyama
110m hurdles: Shunsuke Izumiya, Shunya Takayama, Taiga Yokochi
400m hurdles: Takayuki Kishimoto, Yusaku Kodama, Kazuki Kurokawa
High jump: Ryoichi Akamatsu, Naoto Hasegawa, Tomohiro Shinno
Pole vault: Tomoya Karasawa
Long jump: Yuki Hashioka, Shotaro Shiroyama, Hiromichi Yoshida
Triple jump: Hikaru Ikehata
Javelin: Roderick Genki Dean, Kenji Ogura, Yuta Sakiyama
20km race walk: Koki Ikeda, Yuta Koga, Eiki Takahashi, Toshikazu Yamanishi
35km race walk: Masatora Kawano, Satoshi Maruo, Tomohiro Noda
4x100m: Shota Iizuka, Yuki Koike, Soshi Mizukubo, Ryuichiro Sakai, Abdul Hakim Sani Brown, Hiroki Yanagita
4x400m: Kenki Imaizumi, Ryuki Iwasaki, Naohiro Jinushi, Yuki Joseph Nakajima, Fuga Sato, Kentaro Sato(08/08/2023) Views: 186 ⚡AMP
Korir has failed to impress since the start of the 2023 season due to his injury.
Despite an injury setback that has seen him struggle to make an impact since the 2023 season started, reigning World and Olympic 800m champion Emmanuel Korir is ready to fight as he seeks to defend his title at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
The US-based athlete insisted that he cannot just sit and watch the title being snatched from him and he has promised to bring back something better.
“I’m going there for it (the title) …I’m very hungry. I am not going to let it go to someone else. We shall fight and definitely bring something better back home…that’s for sure,” Korir told Nation Sport.
Korir started off his outdoor season with an eight-place finish at the Diamond League Meeting in Rabat, Morocco where he fizzled out to finish eighth.
He then proceeded to the Diamond League Meeting in Paris, France where he also failed to impress by finishing 10th. Korir’s most recent race was at the Diamond League Meeting in Stockholm, Sweden, where he also finished a distant eighth.
As he heads to Budapest, he is bound to face a stern test from the upcoming duo of Djamel Sedjati and Slimane Moula who have done pretty well in the Diamond League Meetings this season.
Canada’s Marco Arop will also be in the mix seeking to improve on his third-place finish during last year’s World Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
Korir will enjoy the company of youngsters Emmanuel Wanyonyi and Kipng’etich Ngeno who will also be seeking to make a statement on the global stage.(08/07/2023) Views: 172 ⚡AMP
Double Olympic champion Sifan Hassan and triple European champion Femke Bol will represent the Netherlands in multiple disciplines at the World Athletics Championships Budapest 23.
Hassan has been entered in the 1500m, 5000m and 10,000m – the same three disciplines she contested at the Tokyo Olympic Games, where she landed two gold medals and a bronze.
Bol, meanwhile, will have her sights set on gold in the 400m hurdles, having recently reduced her own European record to 51.45. As was the case at the past two global championships, she is also in the pools for the women’s and mixed 4x400m events.
Dutch team for Budapest
WOMEN 100m: N’Ketia Seedo
200m: Tasa Jiya
400m: Lieke Klaver
1500m: Sifan Hassan
5000m: Sifan Hassan, Maureen Koster
10,000m: Sifan Hassan, Diane van Es
100m hurdles: Maayke Tijn A-Lim, Nadine Visser
400m hurdles: Femke Bol, Cathelijn Peeters
Long jump: Pauline Hondema
Shot put: Jessica Schilder, Alida van Daalen, Jorinde van Klinken
Discus: Jorinde van Klinken
Heptathlon: Sofie Dokter, Emma Oosterwegel, Anouk Vetter
4x100m: Tasa Jiya, Lieke Klaver, Jamile Samuel, N’Ketia Seedo, Marije van Hunenstijn, Nadine Visser
4x400m: Femke Bol, Lisanne de Witte, Lieke Klaver, Cathelijn Peeters, Eveline Saalberg, Zoe Sedney
MEN 100m: Raphael Bouju
200m: Taymir Burnet
400m: Liemarvin Bonevacia
1500m: Niels Laros
5000m: Mike Foppen
Marathon: Abdi Nageeye
High jump: Douwe Amels
Pole vault: Menno Vloon
Hammer: Denzel Comenentia
Decathlon: Rik Taam
4x100m: Raphael Bouju, Taymir Burnet, Nsikak Ekpo, Churandy Martina, Xavi Mo-Ajok, Hensley Paulina
4x400m: Terrence Agard, Ramsey Angela, Isayah Boers, Liemarvin Bonevacia, Isaya Klein Ikkink, Nick Smidt
Mixed 4x400m: athletes drawn from men’s and women’s 4x400m pools.(08/05/2023) Views: 151 ⚡AMP
Defending 800m champion Athing Mu is contemplating the possibility of forgoing the 2023 World Athletics Championships to concentrate her training efforts on preparing for the Paris 2024 Olympics.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic gold medalist finished second in the 1,500m at the U.S. National Trials last July, behind Nikki Hiltz. Despite this, she declared her intention to focus on the 800m in Budapest.
However, on Wednesday (2 August) her coach Bobby Kersee said Mu’s participation in the Worlds is still a decision they are mulling over.
“It’s in our control if we decide we’re just going to go ahead and train through this year and focus on next year, then that’s what we’re going to do,” he told LA Times.
“The training is going well but our thought process, openly, is that we’re going to just train here in L.A. for the next two weeks and the next time she gets on the plane it’ll either be on vacation or to Budapest.”
The 21-year-old, who won the 800m gold in Oregon last year, has even withdrawn from a build-up race at the Ed Murphey Classic in Memphis, Tennessee. Mu was initially scheduled to compete in the 400m this weekend.
Throughout this season, she has only participated in three races: the 800m race she triumphed in at the NYC Grand Prix in June, as well as the 1,500m qualifying race and final at the U.S. Championships.
Should she decide not to compete in Budapest, Team USA, which has the opportunity to field four runners, will feature Nia Akins, the Trials winner, along with Raevyn Rogers and Kaela Edwards, who secured second and third positions, respectively.
Mu's absence will elevate Olympic and world silver medalist Keely Hodgkinson of Team GB, as well as Kenya'sMary Moraa, the reigning Commonwealth Games champion and third-place finisher at the 2022 Worlds, as the favorites for the gold in Budapest.(08/04/2023) Views: 176 ⚡AMP
Sprinters Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson, the defending champions at 100m and 200m respectively, feature on Jamaica’s team for the World Athletics Championships Budapest 23 on August 19-27.
The duo filled the top two places in the 100m and 200m in Oregon last year, with Jackson taking silver in the 100m and Fraser-Pryce finishing runner-up in the 200m. Fraser-Pryce, who has competed sparingly this season due to a slight injury earlier in the year, will be vying for a historic sixth world 100m title.
World leader Rasheed Broadbell and Olympic champion Hansle Parchment have both been named in the men’s 110m hurdles, while world leader and world U20 record-holder Jaydon Hibbert will contest the triple jump.
Jamaican team for Budapest
100m: Shashalee Forbes, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Shericka Jackson
200m: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Shericka Jackson, Natalliah Whyte
400m: Candice McLeod, Nickisha Pryce, Charokee Young
800m: Natoya Goule-Toppin, Adelle Tracey1500m: Adelle Tracey
100m hurdles: Ackera Nugent, Megan Tapper, Danielle Williams
400m hurdles: Rushell Clayton, Andrenette Knight, Janieve Russell
High jump: Lamara Distin, Kimberly Williamson
Long jump: Tissana Hickling, Ackelia Smith
Triple jump: Shanieka Ricketts, Ackelia Smith, Kimberly Williams
Shot put: Danniel Thomas-Dodd
Discus: Samantha Hall
Hammer: Nyoka Clunis
4x100m: Shashalee Forbes, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Shericka Jackson, Natasha Morrison, Elaine Thompson-Herah, Natalliah Whyte, Briana Williams
4x400m: Candice McLeod, Nickisha Pryce, Janieve Russell, Ronda Whyte, Shiann Salmon, Charokee Young
100m: Ryiem Ford, Oblique Seville, Rohan Watson
200m: Rasheed Dwyer, Andrew Hudson
400m: Sean Bailey, Zandrion Barnes, Antonio Watson
800m: Navasky Anderson
110m hurdles: Orlando Bennett, Rasheed Broadbell, Hansle Parchment
400m hurdles: Roshawn Clarke, Jaheel Hyde, Assinie Wilson
High jump: Romaine Beckford
Long jump: Tajay Gayle, Carey McLeod, Wayne PinnockTriple jump: Jaydon Hibbert
Shot put: Rajindra Campbell
Discus: Fedrick Dacres, Traves Smikle, Roje Stona
4x100m: Ackeem Blake, Michael Campbell, Ryiem Ford, Oblique Seville, Tyquendo Tracey
4x400m: Sean Bailey, Zandrion Barnes, Demish Gaye, Malik James-King, Jevaughn Powell, Antonio Watson
Mixed 4x400m: D’Andre Anderson, Rusheen McDonald, Joanne Reid, Stacy-Ann Williams.(08/03/2023) Views: 167 ⚡AMP
The Ukrainian athletics team will gather in Slovakia this week for a final training camp before travelling to Hungary for the World Athletics Championships Budapest 23, starting in less than three weeks (August 19).
World Athletics’ Ukraine Fund and the International Olympic Committee’s Solidarity Fund have combined to provide training camp accommodation for 40 athletes and officials in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia, which will allow Ukraine’s top athletes to complete their final preparations for their most important competition of the year.
World Athletics has provided additional accommodation for three athletes and their families for an extended period in Bankska Bystrica, from 1 June to 30 September.
World Athletics President Sebastian Coe said: “We understand how important and inspirational Ukraine’s athletes are to their country at this terrible time and we want to give them every opportunity to compete and excel, despite the great hardship being visited on them and their communities by this horrific war. They have lost so much and the least we can do is help them to keep their athletics dreams alive. I am full of admiration for their fortitude and resilience and I am looking forward to welcoming the Ukrainian team to the National Athletics Centre in Budapest in the coming weeks.”
The general secretary of the Ukrainian Athletic Association Iolanta Khropach offered her “heartfelt thanks” for the “important financial assistance provided during this terrible war in our country”.
“Your unwavering belief in us has made a profound impact on the life of our team and the opportunities to prepare for world-class competitions,” she said. “Thanks to your support, we have been able to provide the best athletes of the Ukrainian team with the necessary conditions on the final stage of the preparation to the World Athletic Championships in Budapest to achieve their sports goals. We are happy to see your willingness to lend a helping hand in difficult times for us during the war.”
World Athletics and the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee funded a similar programme to help the Ukrainian team prepare for the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 last year, where two athletes emerged as medallists. World indoor champion Yaroslava Mahuchikh won the silver medal in the women’s high jump and Andriy Protsenko won bronze in the men’s high jump.
The IOC contributed an additional US$20,000 to support the Ukrainian team at the World Athletics U20 Championships in Cali last year.
Through its Ukraine Fund, World Athletics distributed more than US$220,000 last year to support Ukrainian athletes preparing for the World Championships and the World Athletics U20 Championships in response to the crisis caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and is distributing a further US$190,000 this year to support Ukrainian athletes preparing for Budapest.
This fund was launched by World Athletics, the Member Meetings of Diamond League Association and the International Athletics Foundation in April 2022 with the purpose of assisting professional athletes, immediate family members and their support personnel affected by Russia’s invasion of their home country.
This is in addition to the Solidarity Fund of US$7.5 million established by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in February 2022 to support Ukrainian athletes and the Ukrainian Olympic community.(08/02/2023) Views: 164 ⚡AMP
Her main focus at the moment is to successfully defend her world title when she heads to Budapest later this month.
Triple world record Faith Kipyegon might be targeting the 40-year-old 800m world record if a chance presents itself.
Kipyegon has a personal best time of 1:57.68, which she ran to win the Diamond League Meeting in Doha, Qatar in 2020. The last time she ran the two-lap race was last year during the Trials for the Commonwealth Games and World Championships where she finished.
After three world records, will Kipyegon consider lowering Czechia’s Jarmila Kratochvílova world record time of 1:53.48?
“I don’t know…800m is not easy…but anything is possible. For now, I leave that one for Mary Moraa, she is capable…or Athing Mu and Keely Hodgkinson.
They are all capable of breaking that barrier in the 800m. But if a chance comes whereby I am able to try, I’ll appreciate it,” Kipyegon told Olympics.com.
Her main focus at the moment is to successfully defend her world title when she heads to Budapest later this month.
She admitted to pressure ahead of the event since she will be doubling in the 1500m and 5000m. Her performance at the World Championships will determine greatly whether she will also be doubling at the Paris Olympics.
“I can’t go there like just an athlete, now I have three world records, they expect a lot from me. But going to Budapest, I have to just be myself and run my races and see what will happen at the finish line.
Having fun, enjoying sports and even life is amazing… it has been the drive of our success. It helps mentally (by distracting) you from thinking of races every day and upcoming races and what you want to achieve or what will be the outcome,” she said.(08/01/2023) Views: 148 ⚡AMP
Sha'Carri Richardson took to social media to announce that she was all set to compete in her next race at the 2023 World Athletics Championships, to be held in Budapest next month.
"My first real season and I'm loving the process of learning myself, pushing myself as well as knowing when to be still", she wrote.
"Budapest UP NEXT", she added.
The 23-year-old won at the Silesia Diamond League in Poland on July 16, where she ran a thrilling dash of 100m in 10.76 seconds. This came after her splendid win at the USATF Outdoor Championships at the Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, on July 7, where Richardson completed the race in 10.71 seconds.
The 2023 World Athletics Championships to be held in Budapest will have a star-studded line-up. Along with Sherika Jackson, Sha'Carri Richardson will also be competing with the top Jamaican sprinter, Elaine Thompson, who has won the Olympic gold medal five times, and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who has three Olympic gold medals to her name so far.
The face-off between the American and the Jamaican athletes would hence be a show to watch for in Budapest, Hungary.(07/26/2023) Views: 174 ⚡AMP
USA’s 400 meters hurdler, Rai Benjamin, has his eyes set on the world record heading into next month’s World Athletics Championships from August 19-27 in Budapest, Hungary.
The record, 45.94 seconds, is currently held by Norwegian sprinter, Karsten Warholm.
The son of former West Indies and Antigua and Barbuda fast bowler, Winston Benjamin, Rai stopped short of revealing what targets he has set for the championships but said he believes it will take a record-breaking performance to beat Warholm in Budapest.
“Am not going to put it out there but I am looking for a sub world record mark because that’s what it’s going to take to win in all honesty because Warholm is in shape and I am in shape so it’s just about getting sharp now these next couple of days and fine-tuning a couple of things to get ready to go and do that,” he said.
Benjamin, who represented Antigua and Barbuda as a youth athlete, won a fourth straight US title in his signature event on July 9 at the 2023 US Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon. In the final, he sped to his season’s best, a 46.62, to take the crown.
The athlete, who was speaking on the Good Morning Jojo sports show at the time, however revealed that he had struggled with an injury leading into the US event.
“I’ve been battling with a quad injury for the past three or four months so it’s been an interesting one because I was in great shape coming into the year where I opened up my season very well in the 400 and just preparing to do some big things this year.
“I had a quad injury after the first meet and then I had to go to Germany to get that [sorted]. After that we had USA’s [US trials] and I ran pretty fast there, so now it’s just about maintaining feeling good and training well,” he said.
Hoping to break the world record and become an Olympic champion in the near future, Benjamin said one of his goals is to fulfill his father’s dream of seeing him compete in the 200 meters.
“This was my initial plan, break the world record, win at the Olympics and then run the 200 the following World Championships but unfortunately nothing ever goes to plan.
“I am still trying to break the world record and then after I get done with that I’ll run the 200 and then I’ll run the 400 and go for that world record. I think I’ll run the 400 hurdles the last Olympics or the last two Olympic cycles,” he said.
In August 2021, Warholm broke the 400 meters hurdles record with a time of 45.94 seconds with Benjamin clocking 46.17 for the silver medal.(07/24/2023) Views: 181 ⚡AMP
Sprints coach Stephen Mwaniki believes Kenya's 4x 400m (men) and 4x400 mixed relay teams can shoot to between positions 10 and 12 in the world rankings when they compete in Gaborone, Botswana, on Thursday.
The Kenyan teams are currently placed 16th on the World Athletics rankings. The mixed relay team has a time of 3:14.64 while the men's 4x400m team boosts of a 3:02.02 mark. Both times were set at Nyayo Stadium on June 24.
The contingent in Gaborone has Wiseman Were, Bonface Mweresa, Kennedy Kimeu and Zablon Ekwam in the 4x400m race while the mixed relays trialists include Ekwam, Kevin Tauta, Mercy Oketch, Maureen Thomas and Millicent Ndoro.
Mwaniki said the individual athletes are the best the country has to offer over the distances and expressed confidence they will deliver in Botswana.
"These are our best athletes and we hope they will do the country proud by cementing their place at the World Championships in Hungary," said Mwaniki.
The Kenya Prisons coach said the window for qualification closes on July 30 and the Botswana event presents a good opportunity for the team.
"We have a very good opportunity to improve our time before the deadline," he said.
The top 16 teams in the world by July 30 will head to Budapest.
He added that Kenya stands a good chance of medaling in the mixed relays.
"We won a bronze medal at the World Relays in Yokohama, Japan, four years ago and I believe our chances are very good in that regard," he said.
Mwaniki added that should Kenya make it to the 4x400m and mixed relay finals in Budapest, they will have qualified for next year's Olympic Games in Paris.
"This is a big incentive for us as a federation and team. They know what's at stake and if we attain better times in Gaberone, we will work very hard to ensure we make it to the final in Budapest," he noted.
Commonwealth Games 800m champion Mary Moraa is a probable member of the mixed relay team if they make it to Budapest.
"She is a strong athlete, especially over 400, and will be an asset to the side if we do qualify," he said.(07/20/2023) Views: 200 ⚡AMP
In the last few years, Ferdinand Omanyala has become one of the best sprinters in the world and is looking to cement that in August at the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Hungary.
He comfortably qualified for the event and will face stern competition from the Americans as he seeks to win one of the most important titles in his career.
The 27-year-old is Africa's fastest man but has yet to win a Diamond League race so far this season. He will take part in the Monaco Meet later this month. He recently clocked 9.85 seconds to win the national trials. Unfortunately, he will be the only man to represent Kenya in the 100m race.
The Commonwealth Games champion has a personal best of 9.77 seconds and wants to run 9.60 seconds. Only three men in history have run under 9.70 seconds, Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, and Tyson Gay, per World Athletics. Therefore, it will be an uphill task for the Kenyan star.
Omanyala's mindset heading to Budapest
Kenya is known for their middle and long-distance running, producing world-beaters for decades. Omanyala will make history if he beats defending world and Olympic champion Fred Kerley to win gold in Budapest.
He is confident going to the showpiece.
Kenya has never won a medal in the 100m race, and Omanyala will be the first if he wins it.
Omanyala leads Diamond League standings
Sports Brief previously reported on Omanyala being on course to qualify for the Diamond League finals, with the Commonwealth champion leading the standings after five legs.
He raced in his second-ever Diamond League race against an elite field in Rabat on May 28. He then followed it up with back-to-back races in Florence, Italy, and in Paris, France.
Omanyala - Africa's fastest man - took podium places in all three races. He came in third in Morocco before claiming two consecutive second-place finishes in Italy and France.(07/18/2023) Views: 186 ⚡AMP
There will be a new 400m hurdles world champion crowned at the 2023 World Championships in Budapest. The reigning world and Olympic champion, Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone, revealed she will only run the 400m flat at next month’s championships, despite an automatic 400m hurdles qualifying spot from winning the world title last year.
McLaughlin-Levrone’s coach, Bobby Kersee, confirmed her plan to the LA Times on Wednesday. Kersee said in May that McLaughlin-Levrone’s race plans for worlds in Budapest would be decided after the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships; McLaughlin-Levrone won the women’s 400m at the U.S. trials in a personal best and world-leading time of 48.74 seconds, her first time breaking the 49-second mark for one lap of the track.
Kersee told the LA Times that the world championships schedule was not conducive to running both the 400m and 400m hurdles. The heats of the 400m hurdles start two hours and 20 minutes before the 400m semi-finals on Monday, Aug. 21. Otherwise, the two events do not overlap.
McLaughlin-Levrone’s rival, Femke Bol, of the Netherlands, who is also the 400m indoor world record holder, is planning to double in the 400m and 400m hurdles. Bol finished as runner-up to McLaughlin-Levrone’s world record of 50.68 in the 400m hurdles in Eugene last year, and has never won gold at Worlds or the Olympics in the discipline.
No man or woman has medalled in both the flat 400m and the 400m hurdles at the same world championships.
McLaughlin-Levrone said last fall that she wanted to add the flat 400m to her program to see what she could do. All five of her races this season have been in the 400m; most recently, she ran the second-fastest time ever by an American to win the national title. She has not raced the 400m hurdles since Aug. 8 of last year.
The 23-year-old had a wild card spot into the 400m hurdles at worlds as defending champion, so with McLaughlin-Levrone dropping it from her schedule, this will allow another American onto the team.
Kersee also said that no decision has been made on which event(s) McLaughlin-Levrone will pursue for the 2024 Paris Olympics.(07/13/2023) Views: 197 ⚡AMP
Two new races have been announced for fans and running enthusiasts on the final day of the World Athletics Championships in Budapest.
Scheduled to be held on August 27, a distance of 2,023 meters has been planned for one while the other spans 10 kilometers.
The race begins and ends at Heroes' Square - the start and finish of the official marathon events - with participants having the opportunity to run along Andrássy Avenue and other landmarks such as the Opera House and Budapest's UNESCO World Heritage sites.
An entry fee of HUF 2,000 (£4.52/$5.84/€5.30) is needed to register for the shorter distance while the 10km race requires a fee of HUF 5,000 (£11.30/$14.60/€ 13.25).
Registration for the race will open shortly, with all participants set to receive a medal, an ASICS t-shirt and a competition package when they cross the finish line.
The Budapest 10k Mass Race, as it is officially named, will start at 10.30AM followed by the 2,023m race at 12.30PM.
The National Athletics Center, the main venue for the World Championships, held a test event last weekend with over 5,000 fans attending.
Budapest 2023 chief executive Balázs Németh said athletes and competitors were "amazed by the venue".
"This is a wonder! The athletics center was finally full of life, we got a taste of the World Championships atmosphere, and I think the competitors and spectators were amazed by the venue," Németh said, as reported by Athletics Weekly.
"We now have six weeks - even more hard work than before - of organizing the event before we start on August 19, just 41 days from now.
"The last two days have only reinforced my conviction that this is not something anyone should miss."
The World Championships is scheduled to start on August 19.(07/12/2023) Views: 190 ⚡AMP
World and Olympic 800m champion Emmanuel Korir will be hoping to hit form at the Gyulai Istvan Memorial Hungarian Grand Prix on July 18.
Korir has been in poor form, finishing eighth at the Rabat Diamond League in May in a time of 1:48.42; 10th in Paris in June in 1:47.71 and eighth in Stockholm after clocking 1:48.96.
He will use the event in Hungary to test his speed ahead of the Monaco Diamond League three days later on July 21.
"I have not had a good season so far but I hope to find a form with the upcoming race. If all goes well with the events in Hungary and Monaco, then I can hit good form and defend my world title in Budapest in August," he noted.
The race organisers have already announced a host of World and Olympic champions for the event.
Three winners of global titles will clash in the women’s 100m hurdles as world champion and record-holder Tobi Amusan lines up against Olympic champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn and 2019 world champion Nia Ali.
USA’s Alaysha Johnson and Poland’s European champion Pia Skrzyszowska are also in the high-quality field.
The men’s discus is similarly stacked. World champion Kristjan Ceh takes on Olympic champion Daniel Stahl, 2017 world champion Andrius Gudzius, his fellow Lithuanian Mykolas Alekna, and Olympic silver medallist Simon Pettersson.
The three men who filled the hammer podium at the 2022 World Championships and Tokyo Olympics—Wojciech Nowicki, Pawel Fajdek, and Eivind Henriksen— will face Hungary’s 2019 world bronze medallist Bence Halasz.
Three other global champions will be in action on the track. World 200m champion Shericka Jackson will contest her specialist distance, while Olympic 400m champion Steven Gardiner will line up against Hungarian record-holder Attila Molnar over one lap of the track.
In the jumps, Olympic champion Miltiadis Tentoglou will clash with 2019 world champion Tajay Gayle in the men’s long jump. Commonwealth champion Ese Brume, meanwhile, headlines the women’s event.
Other confirmed athletes include Marie-Josee Ta Lou and Marvin Bracy-Williams, who will both compete over 100m.(07/11/2023) Views: 206 ⚡AMP
Commonwealth Games 5,000m silver medalist Nicholas Kimeli and Commonwealth Games 10,000m silver medalist Daniel Simiu have secured their tickets to the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary after taking the 1-2 positions during the ongoing National Trials at the Nyayo National Stadium.
A pack of more than 10 athletes braved through the chilly afternoon with the hope of making the cut to the national team but only the duo managed to be selected successfully.
Among the pack were some of the top 10,000m stars, including Kibiwott Kandie, Simiu and Bernard Kibet. After five laps, Kibet of Central Rift was looking comfortable leading the pack which was still intact.
Kimeli and Simiu overtook Kibet to take third place but after 4,000m, Kandie took the mantle as he crossed the mark in 11:08.00. At this point, the pack had started dropping off and Weldon Langat and Hillary Kipkoech were trailing.
The unpredictable race saw Kimeli take the mantle after 6,000m and he was now looking comfortable with Simiu following closely behind him. Shortly after, Simiu overtook Kipkorir after 16 laps but his reign was short-lived as Kipkorir took over again.
After 17 laps, the leading pack now consisted of six athletes both looking poised and ready for title contention. The race would become a battle between Kandie, Simiu and Kimeli with Kibet following closely.
With one lap to go, Kimeli was still leading the trio and with the finish line in sight, he unleashed a finishing kick to outshine Simiu and Kibet. He crossed the line in 27:20.84, unofficial time.
In a post-race interview, he expressed excitement to have won the race and noted that he might opt to double in both the 10,000m and 5,000m since he had a wild card in the 12.5 lap-race.
He said: "We urge Kenyans not to lose hope in us because something good will come home. They should keep us in their prayers. We are okay in endurance and we have to improve on our speed."(07/07/2023) Views: 193 ⚡AMP
South African sprinter Luxolo Adams has said he will be leaning on the 'overwhelming' experience at last year's World Championships in Oregon ahead of this year's showpiece in Budapest.
Adams has been working on his 'mental fitness' after making a maiden appearance at the global show in 2022 where he reached the semifinals of the 200m.
Speaking to the BBC Sports The Warm-Up Track podcast, the 26-year-old said: "Now I know how the world class meet operates."
"I know how to execute my races. Now, when I'm standing in the lane with with a Noah Lyles, I know how to manage my stress levels, I know how to manage all the influences around me. I've got enough experience in store," Adams said.
Adams was the fifth fastest man in the world last year after winning the Paris Diamond League meet. The sprinter has already qualified for Paris Olympic Games.
"Mentally, it was challenging, because it was my first World Champs," he said. "Two or three weeks before, there was a visa issue. Days went by and then we got closer to the meet and we [still] don't have visas.
"We managed to get waivers but when I got there, it was a different type of environment for me. I couldn't know how to interact, I didn't know how to, to move around, and also how to behave because now it's a different type of meet. It's a world class.
"It was overwhelming. I don't know what I was going through but one thing was in my mind: God is not going to place me in a sport whereby I don't have the power or the strength to go through.(07/07/2023) Views: 203 ⚡AMP
Double world record holder Faith Kipyegon is contemplating whether to compete in both the 1500m and 5000m at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, in August.
Kipyegon who holds the world records for the two distances said she is consulting widely before making a decision.
Speaking when she was named the LG/Sports Journalists Association of Kenya player of the month for June, Kipyegon said: "I will start my journey of defending my world title at the national trials this weekend."
"However, I am still consulting on whether I should double at the World Championships."
Kipyegon, a two-time Olympic champion over 1500m, said since she is qualified for Budapest after winning the world title in Oregon last year, she will compete in the 5000m race at the Athletics Kenya trials set for Friday and Saturday at the Nyayo Stadium.
This, she said, will also form part of her preaparations for the July 21 Monaco Diamond League.
At her training base at Global Sports Communication in Kaptagat, Uasin Gishu county, Kipyegon was crowned by the scribes after running two consecutive world records over 1500m and 5000m last month.
In Florence, Italy, on June 2, Kipyegon tore Genzebe Dibaba's record over 1500m with a new world mark of 3:49.11 over 1500m.
She was at it again in Paris a week later as she timed a new world record of 14:05.20 over 5000m.
“I’m so happy to be among the few athletes to win this award more than twice,” Kipyegon said.
“It's always good to see corporate entities acknowledge the good work of athletes. I am thankful to LG for their efforts to whip up the enthusiasm of sportsmen and women in this country. The win in Florence boosted my confidence levels and I feel I have to continue pushing for better track limits.”
She becomes the second athlete, after Angela Okutoyi, to win the SJAK award thrice. Kipyegon beat five other nominees among them Commonwealth Games champion Beatrice Chebet who produced a scintillating run to clinch the 3,000m title at the Oslo Diamond League in eight minutes, 25.01 seconds, which also counted as the latter's new personal best and world leading time.
Others were Carl Tundo and McRae Kimathi for their WRC2 and WRC3 finishes on the Safari Rally, Moses Shumah for scoring Harambee Stars solitary goal at the Four Nations Tournament, Emma Wangila Nekesa for being the only African wrestler and Kenyan to have qualified for the World Beach Games in Indonesia.
Maureen Kemunto, LG East Africa Corporate Marketing and communication manager, said: “LG has been actively supporting the identification and recognition of sporting talent in Kenya through a partnership with SJAK."
"The purpose of this award is to recognise exceptional Kenyan sportsmen and women for their achievements across diverse disciplines each month and also to signify our commitment to contribute to the development of sport in the country."
SJAK President James Waindi congratulated Kipyegon and thanked LG for their continued support over the past eight years.
“With the monthly award, we are seeing a growing number of upcoming and talented sports personalities among them Angela Okutoyi who won the Wimbledon Open Junior category and won this award for a record three times, "said Waindi.
" Rewarding sportsmen and women is an important step towards whipping up the enthusiasm of sports personalities across all disciplines.”(07/06/2023) Views: 199 ⚡AMP
After sustaining a freak injury to his foot in January during a gym session in South Africa, Jake Wightman’s recovery has not been straightforward and the 28-year-old says he has “run out of time” and is out for the summer.
This means he will be unable to defend his world 1500m title in Budapest in August just 12 months after claiming gold ahead of Jakob Ingebrigtsen at the World Championships in Eugene.
Wightman sustained the injury to the right foot when landing awkwardly doing plyometrics. He spent five weeks in a protective boot and missed the indoor season, but kept fit cross-training and then eased back into running in the spring.
But further injury-related complications have hindered his progress and he has been forced to withdraw from a number of races in recent weeks. He did not have to battle for World Championships qualification by running the UK Championships in Manchester this weekend because he already has a “wild card” entry to Budapest as a reigning champion.
But nevertheless he feels time has run out for him to get fit for the biggest event of the year and he is now looking at a return to running in late August with his sights set on 2024 instead.
“As a result of my injury, I’ve had to deal with several more set backs as I prepared to race this Summer,” he said on Instagram.
“I’ve always felt as though time has been on my side to overcome my problems fully, however it has finally run out. This means I’m sadly going to be unable to compete at Worlds which has been really gutting to come to terms with.”
Wightman, who was also one of the biggest attractions due to compete at the Diamond League in London on July 23, has had to watch in frustration this season as ten men from eight different countries have run inside 3:30 for 1500m so far this summer, led by Ingebrigtsen’s European record of 3:27.95 at the Bislett Games.
He added: “Although I’m very disappointed not be able to try and defend my title, my focus has to be on getting my body rested and ready for 2024, to ensure I’ll be back performing at my best. The are some risks I could’ve taken to be on that Budapest start line, however the potential to jeopardise my Olympic year makes this the obvious decision.
“I’m currently taking some down time before starting my rehab, ready to be back running safely and pain free by the end of August. Big thanks to all my team and British Athletics who have worked really hard to try and give me every chance of competing. I’ll see you back on the start line soon.”(07/05/2023) Views: 171 ⚡AMP
The world cross country champion Beatrice Chebet has her eyes trained at setting a personal best and a podium finish in the 5000m race in world championships in Budapest, Hungary next month.
Chebet's sentiments come on the back of winning the Diamond League meet in Stockholm on Sunday where she cut the tape in a time of 14:36.52.
"My main goal now is the new PB at 5000m, so maybe in London, if the conditions are good, I can try to do it. My body is in perfect shape so anything is possible,” said Chebet in a post-race interview.
The world silver medalist turned up the heat in the final lap beating the Ethiopian duo of world indoor 3000m champion Lemlem Hailu (14:38.06) and 18-year-old Medina Eisa (14:40.02) to second and third respectively.
This was the second consecutive Diamond League victory for Chebet following her 3000m triumph in Oslo, Norway on June 15.
The 23-year-old said she was undeterred by the wet weather conditions at the Olympic Stadium.
‘The first thing was to get the win. The second was to fight the tough conditions. Yes, the weather was not really good but you need to run in any conditions. It was not easy to finish the race,” she added.
On the World Championships she said: "I am already thinking about Budapest where my main target is to get on the podium in my specialty."
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Fast-rising Kelvin Koech Kimutai is looking to emulate former world under-20 800m champion Emmanuel Wanyonyi in the two-lap race. Kimutai, who also won the East Africa 800m title, has set his focus to represent Kenya at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest Hungary, in August.
To realize his dream, Kimutai is hoping to finish on the podium when he lines up at the national athletics championships next week at the Nyayo Stadium in search of the qualifying time for Budapest.
Last Saturday, he finished second in both the 400m and 800m during the AK Central Rift Championships at the Kipchoge Keino stadium in Eldoret. “I managed to double in the 400m and 800m finishing second but I want to run well and be in position one at the national championships next week,” he noted.
The 17-year-old says he wants to run well so that he can qualify for world championships come August. He said he is motivated by the consistency he has displayed in his past assignments.
“I won my first medal at East Africa Championships in Tanzania and went on to win in Lusaka during Africa U-18/20 Championships. These wins have motivated me to look for more accolades,” said Kimutai.
Koech is a Form Four student at the Kosirai Secondary School in Nandi County. Wanyonyi, who has now won two back-to-back Diamond League series titles—Rabat and Paris—also attended the same school.
“My dream is to keep winning on the international stage and fly the country’s flag high. Wanyonyi, who is my role model and a former schoolmate inspires me with his performance,” he revealed.(06/17/2023) Views: 302 ⚡AMP
“With the introduction of the super-fast Mondo track of the National Athletics Center, the stage is set for exhilarating battles and historic performances at the upcoming World Athletics Championships in Budapest,” said World Athletics President Sebastian Coe after running the first lap on the new track, accompanied by local young athletes.
The build up through the one-day meetings of the Wanda Diamond League and the Continental Tour have seen some thrills and spills already.
And you don’t need to wait long for finals. They have been set throughout the Championships from the first day, Saturday 19 August. All athletes are looking for a loud crowd to keep them focused on medals and records. But a passionate home crowd is super important to Hungarian athletes and their performances.
On day one, the men’s shot put is the first final in the stadium – defending champion Ryan Crouser (USA) broke the world record recently and will duel with two-time world champion Joe Kovacs (who may be in a USA vest but has family ties much closer to here – his grandfather is from the village of Szentpéterfa in Hungary).
For those who want a weekend of watching the strongest men in athletics, Sunday 20 August features the men’s hammer throw.
“I don’t need to tell the people of Hungary that there is a huge national tradition in this event. Five of Hungary’s 10 Olympic athletics gold medals are for the hammer. And Hungary’s very own Bence Halász, who won the European Athletics silver medal in Munich last year and bronze at the World Championships in Doha in 2019 will be wanting his home crowd to give him a little extra muscle,” added President Coe.
The National Athletics Center in Budapest, a brand new, purpose-built facility, is emerging as the Central European region's athletics stronghold.
“As Budapest and the whole country prepares to welcome athletes from more than 200 countries; for Central European fans this is a unique opportunity to see the world’s best athletes compete in their own region. My message to all of you is don’t miss out. Book your tickets and your place in history now,” – added the World Athletics President
This historic occasion marks the first time in the 40-year history of the World Athletics Championships that a Central European country has been granted the opportunity to host the world's third-largest sporting event.
"We are organizing the biggest sporting event of the year, and the level of interest we have already witnessed is extraordinary. With tens of thousands of international fans and our very own passionate Hungarian supporters, we have already sold over 190,000 tickets.
The World Championships will be broadcast to an estimated one billion viewers worldwide, bringing immeasurable value and pride to Hungary," stated Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky, Minister of Defence and responsible for Sport and the World Athletics Championships Budapest 23 organization.
The Minister encouraged fellow sports enthusiasts to witness the remarkable performances of Hungarian athletes firsthand, cheering them on throughout the thrilling opening weekend and celebrating their potential podium finishes.
On Saturday, the track that witnessed Sebastian Coe's inaugural lap will be open for everyone to experience, ahead of the world's top athletes competing in August. The National Athletics Centre's family opening day on June 17 invites participants to enjoy the track and engage in races, free of charge. Additionally, participants can seize the opportunity to purchase tickets for the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, from August 19 to 27, at an exclusive 50% discount. Secure your tickets now at tickets.wabudapest23.com.(06/16/2023) Views: 273 ⚡AMP
Kenya has been forced to make changes to its marathon squad for the World Athletics championships in Budapest in August after the biggest names bowed out of the team.
Last Friday Athletics Kenya (AK) picked Kelvin Kiptum, the world's second fastest marathon runner, and the women's world marathon record holder Brigid Kosgei for the August 19 to 27 championships.
But the pair, along with 2023 London marathon silver medalist Geoffrey Kamworor, withdrew in quick succession, forcing Athletics Kenya to name new replacements on Wednesday.
"We selected the best runners we have for the marathon, but we cannot force them to compete in Budapest," Paul Mutwii, the AK director of competitions, told AFP on Thursday.
However Kiptum, who was expected to make his international debut for Kenya, told AFP he had not reached a conclusive agreement with AK over his availability for Budapest.
Titus Kipruto, the 2022 Milan marathon champion, will lead the men's team, alongside Timothy Rono and Joshua Belet.
Reigning Tokyo marathon champion Rosemary Wanjiru is retained in the women's team that also includes former world half marathon bronze medalist Selly Chepyego Kaptich and Shyline Jepkorir Toroitich.(06/15/2023) Views: 236 ⚡AMP
Former world under 20 5,000m champion Edward Zakayo has shifted from the 5,000m to the 10,000m as he seeks qualifying time for the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
The former Commonwealth Games 5,000m bronze medalist Zakayo, who is returning to competition battling injury, said he is targeting both Budapest and Paris but feels the world championships have come too soon.
“For now, my coach and I have bigger plans of competing at the Olympic Games. Missing the World Championships will not a big deal. But we have to do what is possible to make the Olympics team. That is our target. We have a project in the camp for the Olympics,” said Zakayo.
Speaking in Kitale after winning the 10,000m title during the Athletics Kenya North Rift region championships at the Ndura Sports Complex, Zakayo added: “Right now, I am focusing on the 10,000m race. I feel great to run the 10,000m since it is long and enjoyable."
"When I run 10,000m, I enjoy it unlike the 5,000m race, which ends as soon as I start enjoying it,” he said.
Zakayo said the season started badly for him since he was still in pain and had lost form. However, he said he has recuperated successfully and even returned to training camp in Kapsait under coach Erick Kimaiyo.
“I haven't qualified for the World Championships and so I don't see if I will make Team Kenya. I have been missing the World Championships and I don’t know why. I train, gets in good shape but I still miss out at the trials, even if I have the qualifying time," he said.
He says it will need a quality field and race at the national championships for him to hit the WA standards.
“If I get quality athletes at the national championships, it will push me to qualify. I feel I have not been challenged enough,” he said.(06/12/2023) Views: 253 ⚡AMP
The Ethiopian Athletics Federation has selected 12 athletes to compete in the marathon events at the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, from August 19–27.
Leading the Ethiopian marathon squad are defending champions Tamirat Tola and Gotytom Gebreslase, who won the men’s marathon gold at the 2022 World Championships.
Following their world rankings and personal best times last year, the EAF selected 12 marathon competitors (six men and six women) to compete in the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest. Reigning world champions Tamirat Tola and Gotytom Gebreslase, who won the gold medal in the marathon at the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Oregon, are among them.
Tsegaye Getachew, Chalu Deso, Leul Gebresillassie, Seifu Tura, and Amhed Essa will represent the Ethiopian men’s squad, while Worknish Edessa, Megertu Alemu, Yalemzerf Yehualaw, Tsehaye Gemechu, and Amane Beriso will represent the women’s team.
The EAF has announced that all selected athletes will attend a training camp starting June 14, 2023, to begin their usual two-month preparation. The EAF has also appointed two national team coaches to oversee the athletes as they prepare for the competition.
The EAF stated that after the two months of training camps, three athletes will be chosen to join the two defending champions to represent Ethiopia at the World Championships.
EAF Technical Director Asfaw Dagne told The Reporter, “The two months of training will be followed by the selection of the top three athletes. Their health condition and performance after their training in those two months will determine the final selections.”
World Athletics published the qualification standards for the championships, including lists of courses and competitions that comply with the standards. According to the qualification standards, athletes must achieve qualifying performances on a course measured by World Athletics and graded by the Association of International Marathon and Distance Races (AIMS).
Athletes must meet a minimum time of 2:09:40 for men and 2:28:00 for women.(06/10/2023) Views: 394 ⚡AMP
Kenyan marathon runner, Sheila Chepkirui, has expressed her delight at being selected for the 2023 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
Chepkirui, 33, comprises the stellar list of headliners unveiled by Athletics Kenya (AK) last week to hold forte for the country in the flagship global extravaganza set for August.
The Commonwealth Games 10,000m bronze medalist said she has already begun her preparations in anticipation of a monumental conquest in the central European nation.
"I'm overjoyed to have made the team. It is always a wonderful honour to be given the rare opportunity to represent the country on such a stage. "I'm hoping to do well," Chepkirui said.
She said she plans to participate in the Boston 10k race on June 25 as part of her training program."Right now my focus is to prepare adequately for the World Championships. I'll be traveling to the US to battle out in the Boston 10k race to evaluate my speed," Chepkirui remarked. "I don't intend to compete in any major marathon events until then," Chepkirui said.
Budapest will be her third marathon attempt after she clocked 2:17:29 to wrap up sixth on her debut over the distance in Valencia last year.
She heads into the championships buoyed by her impressive show at the 2023 London Marathon on April 23, where she placed fourth behind Holland's Sifa Hassan, Ethiopian Alemu Megertu, and compatriot Peres Jepchirchir respectively.
The Kenya Defence Forces officer said she is currently on vacation in Kericho county, where she is perfecting her act for the herculean task. I am currently on leave, so I am training alone at home in Kericho. I usually work out with the KDF team in Ngong," she stated.
Chepkirui will be heading to Budapest strengthened by a recent heartwarming report that ranked her fourth in the 10 km road race on the world all-time list.
A natural trailblazer, Chepkirui defeated Japan's Yuriko Kobayashi over 1500m at the 2005 World Youth Championships to storm her maiden global title after posting a championship record of 4:12.29.
After enrolling with Kenya Defence Forces around 2012, she secured a spot on the plane to the 2016 African Cross Country Championships, where she bagged the silver in a Kenyan podium sweep alongside compatriots Alice Aprot and Beatrice Mutai.
Chepkirui will, however, first have to fend off a stiff challenge from 2020 Tokyo Olympics silver medals Brigid Kosgei who won the 2018 and 2019 Chicago Marathons, the 2019 and 2020 London Marathons, and the 2021 Tokyo Marathon.
She won the Paris Half Marathon title in France after clocking 66.00 minutes ahead of Ethiopian Betelihem Yemer (66.45) and Kenyan Marion Kibor (66.45). Unforeseen visa gremlins saw her painfully miss out on this year's Boston Marathon as well as the Oregon22 World Athletics Championships.
She nonetheless secured a place in Team Kenya for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games last year, where she blazed to the 10,000m bronze podium behind Scot Eilish McColgan and compatriot Irene Cheptai.(06/08/2023) Views: 269 ⚡AMP
The second fastest man in marathon history, Kelvin Kiptum and women's world marathon record holder Brigid Kosgei will lead the Kenyan marathon team at the World Athletics Championship in Budapest, Hungary, scheduled for August 19-27.
Kiptum, the 2023 London Marathon champion will team up with Geoffrey Kamworor and Titus Kipruto.
The 2023 Rotterdam Marathon silver medalist Timothy Kiplagat and the 2022 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Michael Githae are the reserve runners.
Double Chicago and London Marathon champion Kosgei will have company from the 2023 Tokyo Marathon winner Rosemary Wanjiru and the 2016 5,000m African champion Sheila Chepkirui.
The 2022 Commonwealth Games silver medalist Margaret Wangari and the 2014 World Half Marathon bronze medalist Selly Chepyego will be the reserve runners for the women's cadre.
The men's team will be targeting reclaiming the world title that Kenya last won in 2017 through Geoffrey Kirui.
Kenya was last victorious in the women's category in 2019 when Ruth Chepngetich was crowned in Doha. Kosgei and Co will be on a mission to recapture Kenya's lost glory.
The team was named after Athletics Kenya held a meeting with a panel of coaches in Eldoret on June 1.
The panel consisted of Patrick Sang, Richard Metto, David Leting, Julius Kirwa, Joseph Cheromei and Peter Bii.
Athletics Kenya director for competitions, Paul Mutwii disclosed that the line-up was based on the willingness and availability of the athletes.(06/03/2023) Views: 240 ⚡AMP
Junior sensational race walker Margaret Gati will be the star attraction at Friday’s Athletics Kenya (AK) Nandi County track and field meeting at the Eliud Kipchoge Sports Complex in Kapsabet.
Gati said she will use the event to gauge her readiness after suffering a knee injury during the Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA) games last April in Eldoret.
Ambitious Gati said the end game for her is to make Team Kenya to the World Championships in Budapest Hungary in August.
The Form3 student at Cheptononi Secondary School in Nandi County will be competing in the senior category, in search of a ticket to the Central Rift and National Championships.
“I left school on Monday to treat my leg ahead of the championships. I managed to get a good massage and medication and I feel much better. Initially, I could not fold my leg but now I am fine, and come Friday, I will be good to go,” said Gati, who trains under coach Robert Ngisirei.
The youthful athlete, who convincingly won the KSSSA 5,000m race walk, said she has been out of the competition because race walking is not popular in Kenya.
She, however, hopes to represent the country at the East Africa Schools Championships set for August in Bujumbura, Burundi.
After representing the country at both the 2021 and 2022 World U-20 Championships in Nairobi and Cali, Colombia, respectively, Gati said she has been trying to switch to track. She, however, said she will focus on race walking for now.(06/02/2023) Views: 265 ⚡AMP
While winning a global gold medal might be the pinnacle of the year – if not career – for many athletes, Beatrice Chebet remains motivated for another title to add to her ever-expanding CV.
The world 5000m silver medallist became the world cross country champion in February, winning the senior women’s race and leading the Kenyan squad to the team title at the World Athletics Cross Country Championships Bathurst 23. Now the 23-year-old has turned her attention back to the track as she plots her path to the World Athletics Championships Budapest 23 in August.
Chebet started her season on a high note, winning the 5000m at the Kip Keino Classic, a World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting, in Nairobi, Kenya, on 13 May.
Her victory in front of a home crowd at the Moi International Sports Centre in Kasarani was a good indication that her training is going well, and on the right course, for her next big goal: to win the world 5000m title in Budapest.
“I will be happy if I place on the podium this year in Budapest, although my main aim – which I know should be the same for all the runners who will be running at the World Championships – is the gold medal,” Chebet says. “However, I will be thankful for any medal I get there.”
On the morning of 23 August, Chebet – who already has a wild card place to run in Budapest after winning the 2022 Wanda Diamond League title, subject to selection by her national federation – will be standing at the start line for the heats of the women’s 5000m at the National Athletics Centre to begin her quest for the world title. But, with all the best runners in the world yearning for gold, she knows it won’t be easy.
From her experiences during past battles on the world stage, Chebet believes that the Ethiopian runners and some of her Kenyan compatriots are likely to be her main rivals. The defending champion, who won the 5000m title in a close race ahead of Chebet in Oregon, for example, is Ethiopia’s Gudaf Tsegay. Another Ethiopian athlete, Letesenbet Gidey, is the world record-holder who had looked on course to beat Chebet to the world cross country title in Bathurst before she fell in the closing stages.
Chebet had similar encounters when winning her world U20 5000m title and world U20 cross country gold in 2019. In the latter, she won in a photo finish ahead of Ethiopia’s Alemitu Tariku and Tsigie Gebreselama as they all clocked 20:50 for the 6km race.
“I talked with Gidey some time after the incident in Bathurst, and she was doing well, health wise, and looking forward to coming back strong,” Chebet says.
Their rivalry is a friendly one. When asked whether she thinks Gidey will be looking forward to revenge in their next competition, Chebet replies: “We didn’t talk about competing against each other. It was to check up on her.”
While the rest of her 2023 racing calendar is yet to be confirmed, Chebet – who has a 5000m PB of 14:34.55 that she ran at the Oslo Diamond League in 2021 – will be hoping to remain a strong presence in the 12-and-a-half lap discipline this year.
“My training is going on well,” she says. “I am working hard and praying to God for good health and that everything else goes well. In my races this year, I will watch and hope to see continuous progress. I know all will go well with good training.”
Chebet currently trains in Kericho, on the undulating and beautiful landscapes of Kenyan tea plantations, under coach Gabriel Kiptanui as part of the Kericho Athletics Club.
Being part of the same training group and working with the same coach that guided her during her great 2022 season seems to be a good forecast of what Chebet’s season could look like this year.
“I hope I have another good year, like last year,” she adds.
So far, her career highlight was when, at the age of 18, she won her first gold medal at the World Athletics U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland. It was a tough battle in the final 400m of the race between Chebet and Ethiopia’s Ejgayehu Taye, who Chebet edged at the finish line by a mere 0.10. Taye’s compatriot, Girmawit Gebrzihair, completed the podium.
“Of all the medals and titles that I have ever won, the one that I cherish the most is the world U20 gold medal that I won at the Ratina Stadium in Tampere in 2018,” Chebet says of the 5000m victory that ended a 10-year winning streak by Ethiopian athletes. “It was my first big victory, so I will not forget it.”
Since then, Chebet has remained a force to be reckoned with in the women’s 5000m event. She won the African U20 title in 2019 and the African senior title last year in Mauritius, before she claimed her silver medal at the World Championships in Oregon and gold at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Can she emulate her 2022 success this year? It looks good so far, and a world title in Budapest would be the icing on the cake.(05/31/2023) Views: 249 ⚡AMP
Eilish McColgan says winning gold at this summer's World Championships is a "pipe dream" and she is instead focusing on breaking the 30-minute barrier in the 10,000m.
The 32-year-old Scot is recovering from the knee injury that forced her to pull out of the London Marathon last month.
She returned to light training at the weekend and thinks gold in Budapest in August is now less likely.
"That would exceed my goals right now because of the setbacks," she said.
"I think it would be a pipe dream right now, but I am not going to set myself any real limits.
"To be in Budapest and be at the start and healthy would be a big achievement to be honest.
McColgan won 10,000m gold in the European Championships in 2021 and then at the Commonwealth Games 12 months later, before creating history in March of this year by setting a new British record of 30:00.86.
"My big thing this year would be to break the 30 minutes in the 10k," she added.
"I think there are only 12 women in the world who have done that - it would be a big achievement for me.
"Earlier in the year, I had no doubt I could break 30 minutes. Now there is a little bit of a doubt because I haven't been able to train for the last so many weeks."
The one bonus for McColgan is that her knee problem did not require surgery and now she can concentrate on completing her rehab and improving her best ever time.
"To be in the top six fastest women in the world - that would be a great achievement," she said.(05/29/2023) Views: 268 ⚡AMP
Wiseman Were has reaffirmed his intention to lead the country to unparalleled success at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
Were stated in an exclusive interview on Monday that he had stepped up training to place on the podium in the premier yearly global spectacle scheduled for August.
"August isn't that far away, so I want to keep putting forth my best effort in the meanwhile. I regret not being able to go to Oregon last year," Were said.
However, first things first and must work tirelessly to earn the qualification mark that will secure him a spot on the plane to Budapest.
"The entry standard for the 400m hurdles at the 2023 World Athletics Championships is 48.70s, and I'm still 1.09 seconds off the mark."
Already boasting an impressive personal best of 49.09, Were's best time this season is the 49.23 seconds he posted in Pretoria on April 12 on his way to victory during the Athletics South Africa (ASA) Grand Prix.
He ran 49.29 seconds to wrap up in third place at the Botswana Grand Prix and finished third in Johannesburg with a time of 49.78.
His most recent performance was at the Kip Keino Classic on May 13 where he clocked a meet record of 49.59 seconds to bag the men’s 400m hurdles race in yet another mesmerising on-track show of dexterity.
"That was a sweet victory. Winning at home is such a good thing. I'm happy with the outcome I recorded at the Kip Keino Classic," Were said.
Were stated that he will continue to compete in more races in the coming days to meet the championship threshold.
"I'm still waiting to hear from my manager which races I'll be running in the coming days as I eye the qualification mark for Budapest," Were said.
The 25-year-old effervescent sprinter underlined the necessity of tight collaboration between all parties, stating that achieving the ideal heights in sprints necessitates a concerted effort from everyone associated with the sport.
"It's not just about how hard an athlete works. To lead us to such heights, we need every bit of assistance from our coaches, the physios, the local athletics governing body, government, and supporters," Were stated.
Were believes he has set the platform for a slew of legendary performances after kicking off his season with spectacular victories in South Africa and Kenya.
He believes the results gave him the confidence he needs to advance his career.
"I had a commendable performance; my speed and skill were superb. I intend to replicate my performance and bring about the desired results," Were said.
"The ASA Grand Prix and Kip Keino Classic races offered me some crucial lessons. Competing against some of the best sprinters in the world and winning while posting good times boosted my self-belief."(05/24/2023) Views: 255 ⚡AMP