Kicks of the week - 8/07/2019

Obiri comes up top 

Current 5000m record holder Hellen Obiri flew back from the Prefontaine Classic competition last week to fight off World Half Marathon record holder Joyceline Jepkosgei on the final day of the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) athletics Championships at Moi Stadium, Kasarani. 

Obiri clocked 31:43.0 to win the 10000m race ahead of Jepkosgei, who placed second in 31:43.8. Irene Kimais completed the podium in 32:04.6. Her motivation to run the 10,000m race was to improve her endurance in preparation for Doha where she will be defending her 5,000m title in September.

Kenya’s the Star with more on this duelling race between two champions.


What can’t he do? 

At the age of 44, we think someone must have long retired from competitive running, five-time Olympic Champion Bernard Lagat is just getting started on his marathon game. On his second marathon, which he did on July 7th in the Gold Coast Marathon, Australia, Lagat set a new American record after finishing in 2:12:10 which was 10 seconds faster than the mark Meb Keflezighi set during the 2016 Olympic Marathon trials in LA.

Runner’s world carries the story of Bernard’s continuing legacy of record-setting.

In the life of an elite distance runner

“When I used to see people cry out of happiness, I always got confused.”, were the opening words of first-time father Paul Chelimo. It was always a mystery to him why people shed tears of joy. But that changed this year January when he received his daughter.

Chelimo shares his story of joy, struggle and finding the balance between caring for a new-born baby and keeping up with his career as an elite runner with IAAF.

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