Shanghai Diamond League start lists for the middle distance track events

Beatrice Chepkoech in the women's 1500m race at the Gold Coast Games

The Shanghai Diamond League meeting will happen tomorrow, the 12th of May. Beatrice Chepkoech willl be moving back into the women's 3000m steeplechase event after spending some time on the 1500m event. Conseslus Kipruto will try out the men's 5000m. Wycliffe Kinyamal will feature in the men's 800m, this time as a pre-race favorite. And, Timothy Cheruiyot should win the men's 1500m in the absence of Manangoi.

Below are the entry lists:

Men 5,000m:
1.       ABADÍA BECI, Antonio   ESP   13:12.68
2.       AYEKO Joel  UGA
3.       BALEW  Birhanu  BRN   13:09.26
4.       BOUQANTAR Soufiyan   MAR  13:14.06
5.       CHELIMO  Paul  USA   13:03.90
6.       EDRIS, Muktar  ETH   12:54.83
7.       GEBREMESKEL  Dejen  ETH   12:46.81
8.       GEBRHIWET   Hagos  ETH   12:47.53
9.       HADIS Abadi   ETH   13:16.78
10.   KANGOGO  Cornelius  KEN   13:10.80
11.   KAZI, Tamás   HUN
12.   KIPLANGAT  Davis  KEN  13:16.35
13.   KIPRUTO   Conseslus   KEN   13:47.5h
14.   KISSA   Stephen  UGA   13:13.00
15.   LETTING, Vincent  KEN   13:49.04
16.   LIU, Hongliang   CHN   13:59.95
17.   MCSWEYN, Stewart   AUS   13:19.96
18.   MELAK, Nibret   ETH
19.   ROP, Albert   BRN   12:51.96
20.   RUTTO  Cyrus   KEN    13:03.44

It has been a VERY long time for Desiree Linden hunting down the Boston Marathon victory. Here is the first time I met her in Kenya

Desiree Linden at the Eldoret Sports Club, Eldoret, Kenya.

I met with Desiree Davila by chance at Eldoret International Airport on 8th January 2014 as she arrived to train in Kenya. Living very close to the airport, I usually go there to do some money transactions instead of going all the way to Eldoret town, and this was one of such incidences. 
She was awaiting a vehicle from Lornah Kiplagat's camp in Iten to pick her up and I got lucky to have some time to chat with her before the vehicle could arrive.
We promised to meet again, and indeed met at Eldoret Sports Club during the Nike Discovery Kenya XC. I didn't know she would recognize me, but she did! We chatted a little about her training as we watched the cross country races. 
I also wanted to know if she would do a local race here in Kenya before leaving the country of which she said she would have liked to, but her time to train here is limited and so she would rather focus only on her training this time round. We did not have plenty of time to talk and she requested to complete my interview by email, and I am grateful she was able to do that in the course of the day.
I was touched by her personality.

Below is the interview I had with her:

Conseslus Kipruto surprisingly moves up to the 5,000m event after winning all the major gold medals in the 3,000m steeplechase

Conseslus Kipruto winning gold at the London 2017 world championships

While many believe that the only major feat remaining for Kipruto now is to break the world record, he has made a surprising decision to open his diamond league season in the men’s 5000m race at the Shanghai Diamond League this weekend, the 12th of May.
Kipruto ran a spectacular men's 3000m steeplechase final at the Gold Coast Games in the Carrara Stadium while talking to his team mates and urging them on despite being in such a fast pace that was inside the Games' record. He was able to ensure that Kenyans continued their domince of this event at the Commonwealth Games since 1990 with 1-2-3 clean sweeps of the podium in 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014. This was his third major gold medal after winning the Olympic gold medal in Rio 2016 and the world gold medal in London 2017.

2018 Volkswagen Prague Marathon elite start lists for Sunday, the 6th of May

After failing to finish the Boston Marathon in April, Galen Rupp is not letting his training go to waste and will be toeing the start line again this weekend in Prague for the 2018 Volkswagen Prague Marathon.
Sisay Lemma winning a past edition of Frankfurt Marathon
2:05:39 is the marathon’s course record being held by Eliud Kiptanui of Kenya.  That record will be on the eyes of the assembled elites on that day, led by Sisay Lemma of Ethiopia who already has a personal best time of 2:04:08 recorded in Dubai marathon in January. The top Kenyan in the start list will be Stephen Chemlany with a personal best time of 2:06:24 which he recorded in 2014.
Amane Beriso 2:20:48 and Amane Gobena 2:21:51 are the favorites in the women’s race given their personal best times that are more than 3 minutes ahead of the rest. But, again many surprises have been witnessed in the recent marathon races and anything could happen here.


1. Sisay Lemma ETH (2:04:08, Dubai 2018)
2. Stephen Kwelio Chemlany KEN (2:06:24, Seoul 2014)
3. Bazu Worku ETH (2:05:25, Berlin 2010)
4. Mekuant Ayenew ETH (2:09:00, Prague 2017)
5. Galen Rupp USA (2:09:20, Chicago 2017)

Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) reply to Asbel Kiprop's statement

Athletics Integrity Unit Press Release
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Below is the full statement by the Athletics Integrity Unit as it is: 


4 May 2018: The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) notes the public statement made yesterday by
Mr Asbel Kiprop in relation to a matter that is currently pending under the IAAF Anti-Doping
In response to Mr Kiprop's public statement, the AIU confirms that recombinant erythropoietin
(“EPO”) was detected in a urine sample collected from Mr Kiprop on 27 November 2017. On
3 February 2018, Mr Kiprop was notified of the Adverse Analytical Finding and on 20
February 2018, Mr Kiprop was informed that the ‘B’ sample analysis had confirmed the
Adverse Analytical Finding. On 16 March 2018, Mr Kiprop was charged with violations of the
IAAF Anti-Doping Rules and the matter is currently proceeding before the independent IAAF
Disciplinary Tribunal.
In the course of these proceedings, Mr Kiprop has made a number of public allegations in
relation to the sample collection process. These allegations have been investigated by the
AIU. The AIU is satisfied that there has been no mix up or tampering with the Sample and
that the Sample collected from the Athlete on 27 November 2017 was the same Sample
analysed by the Laboratory and reported as an Adverse Analytical Finding.

How important is a Physiotherapist to a long distance runner? Interview with Jeroen Deen.

In January of 2015 alone, there was one common interesting fact about almost all the international athletes who performed brilliantly at the start of the year: Zane Robertson who ran 59.47 in half marathon to become the third fastest non African of all time, Arne Gabius who set the German national record and a WL in the 5000m, all the top five women and top four men at the Dubai Marathon, among others, were all clients of one physiotherapist before heading for these races; Jeroen Deen.
Deen has been shifting his working bases since 2006 between Kenya and Ethiopia, working with the best athletes from these regions and also with foreigners who travel here to train. In this interview with him last year, I had sought to know why his services were so important to these athletes. Here is how it all went.

The joy of running and finishing the 2018 Eldoret City Marathon together with my wife on the 22nd of April 2018

As I waited for my wife at the end of the finish chute where the officials had pushed me to, so that I would not cause more jam at the f...