Prolific Maiyo retains Minsk Half Marathon title after a grinding battle with the Ethiopian Duo,Bekele and Alem

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Kenya’s Hillary Kiptum Maiyo successfully defended his title at the Minsk Half Marathon, winning the IAAF Bronze Label road race by more than a minute in the Belarusian capital on Sunday (10).

He finished in 1:03:19, just 19 seconds shy of the course record he set last year. Meanwhile, Lyudmyla Liakhovich ensured the women’s title stayed in Belarus, winning in 1:13:53 to lead a domestic 1-2-3.

Maiyo was joined in the early stages by Ukraine’s Mykola Lukhimchyk and Ethiopian duo Jima Bekele and Alem Bereket as the quartet passed through five kilometres in 14:11, sub-60-minute pace.

The pace settled down, though, and Maiyo and Bekele managed to open a gap of 16 seconds on Lukhimchyk by the time they reached the half-way point in 31:49. They continued to pull away from the Ukrainian throughout the second half and were still level at the 15-kilometre point, reached in 45:02.

But prolific half-marathon racer Maiyo proved to have the stronger finish and he went on to open up a 64-second gap on Bekele over the closing stages, winning in 1:03:19. Bekele finished second in 1:04:23 with Lukhimchyk taking third in 1:06:13.

Like Maiyo, Liakhovich similarly bided her time before making her move.

The 2012 European 5000m silver medallist, who formerly represented Ukraine under her maiden name of Kovalenko, was part of an eight-woman pack during the early stages along with compatriots Maryna Damantsevich, Nina Savina and Nastassia Ivanova, as well as Ethiopia’s Adawork Sadura, Christine Oigo of Kenya, Latvia’s Ilona Marhele and Uzbekistan’s Sitora Khamidova.

Their five-kilometre split of 16:49 suggested a finishing time comfortably inside the course record of 1:11:44, but they were unable to maintain the required pace.

Olympians Marhele and Ivanova were the first to detach from the lead group as the remaining leaders got to the half-way point in 37:04. The Belarusian trio of Liakhovich, Savina and Damantsevich – the 2014 Minsk Half Marathon winner – had broken away from the rest of the field by 15 kilometres, reached in 52:24.

But Liakhovich shook off the challenge of her compatriots in the closing stages to win in 1:13:53. Savina finished second in 1:14:44 with Damantsevich a further eight seconds in arrears.

Kenyan Women take Top five spots,Keitany and Farah make history at Great North Run Marathon,South Shields

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Mo Farah became the first athlete to win four consecutive titles at the Simplyhealth Great North Run, while Mary Keitany became the event’s third three-time winner of the women’s race in South Shields on Sunday (10).

Keitany led from the front, dropping first Kipkirui as the leaders cruised through five kilometres in 16:01, then Olympic 5000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot beyond halfway. Keitany then produced a masterclass in front-running to win in 1:05:59, finishing almost two minutes ahead of defending champion Cheruiyot (1:07:44) with Kipkirui hanging on to finish third in 1:09:52.

Keitany has been in the form of her life this year. The Kenyan started 2017 with a half-marathon PB of 1:05:13 and went on to win the London Marathon in a women-only world record of 2:17:01. She warmed up for the Great North Run by setting a 10km PB of 30:41 in Maine, USA, last month.

Kenyan women filled the top five places with Magdalyne Masai taking fourth in 1:10:39 and Betsy Saina finishing fifth in 1:11:25. Gemma Steel was the top British finisher, placing sixth in 1:11:32.

While Keitany’s winning time was the fourth fastest across the event’s 37 editions, Farah’s victory drew the biggest response from the crowds.

The four-time Olympic gold medallist completed a quartet of victories to match the record set by the late Benson Masya in the 1990s. Farah, though, is the first athlete to win in four consecutive years.

The early stages saw Farah joined by last year’s runner-up Dathan Ritzenhein along with Bernard Lagat, Olympic marathon silver medallist Feyisa Lilesa and twin brothers Zane and Jake Robertson of New Zealand, passing through five kilometres in 14:31 and 10 kilometres in 29:19.

While Ritzenhein took his share of leading, Jake Robertson and Farah broke clear of the rest of the field soon after passing 15 kilometres in 43:19, with Jake leading through the final four kilometres heading on to the South Shields coast.

Farah stayed on Robertson’s shoulder though, and with 400 metres to go he showed his trademark kick to ease home. Farah won in 1:00:06, six seconds ahead of Jake Robertson. It’s the first time since 2011 that Jake had beaten his twin brother Zane, who finished fourth in 1:01:42.

Lilesa finished in between the Robertson brothers in third in 1:01:32. Japan’s Hiroyuki Yamamoto placed fifth in 1:02:03.

Bolt unable to earn the final 100m gold as seasoned rivals Gatlin and Coleman win Gold and Silver respectively,100M final

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The 30-year-old Usain Bolt, seeking to add a final global 100m gold to his unrivalled collection, had to settle for bronze when his perennial rival Justin Gatlin, five years his senior at 35, came through to win.This is Bolt's first bronze at a championships where he has amassed 11 golds and two silvers – in 9.95.

The Silverware also went to the 22-year-old US sprinter who still leads this year’s world list, Christian Coleman, who finished in 9.94.

But, just as he had at last month’s US Championships, Gatlin – who has served two doping bans – came through over the final 15 metres to beat his young rival, finishing in a season’s best of 9.92 to reclaim a title he last won in 2005.

Although Bolt will finish his career by running the 4x100m for his country here, this was a farewell to an individual sporting legend whose charisma rivals that of the late Muhammad Ali.

As Gatlin kneeled on the track in tearful disbelief, offering at the same time a salute to the beaten champion, Bolt – as big in defeat as he has always been in victory – strolled over and gave him a warm hug, exchanging a few words.

“Usain said to me ‘congratulations, you deserve it’. He knows how hard I work,” Gatlin said later.

Bolt’s finale continued with an unhurried lap of honour, as he bent to kiss the lane he had run in before obliging with the ‘To The World’ stance before bowing to the adoring supporters who had remained behind to wave their green and yellow flags and scarves at him. Never has a 100m bronze medallist been so feted.

Last to be introduced a rapturous crowd before the final, he had sauntered through the entrance with the confident smile of a talkshow host. But for once, the confidence was misplaced.

Kenyan Born Rose Chelimo earns Bahrain its first ever Gold in Women's Marathon,IAAF world Chapionship 2017

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Rose Chelimo made history for Bahrain as she earned her country its first ever gold in the women’s marathon at the World Championships in a slow-burning race that flared into dramatic life over the final seven kilometres as she won a personal duel with Kenya’s 2011 and 2013 winner Edna Kiplagat, who in turn secured silver by a stride from the fast-finishing US runner Amy Cragg.

In what was only her fourth marathon, the 28-year-old Chelimo finished in 2:27:11 after resisting what looked like a decisive break from her 37-year-old Kenyan rival inside the final mile and regaining a lead she would not relinquish.

As the leaders vied for gold, Cragg was engaged in a struggle for bronze with a second Kenyan, Flomena Cheyech Daniel, finding the energy to sprint clear as she reached the final stretch before the finish line on Tower Bridge.

Indeed, Cragg, her face set with effort, came within a metre of silver as she all but caught the flagging Kiplagat, who had been seeking an unprecedented third world marathon title, with both women clocking 2:27.18.

For the first two hours of the race, the pack from which the medallists came tracked behind two unlikely leaders. The first, 23-year-old Catarina Ribeiro, led the field through 10km in 35:35 before being supplanted by 38-year-old home runner Alyson Dixon, who was 32 seconds ahead at the halfway point, reached in 1:14:20, and still 14 seconds up as she passed 25km in 1:28:03.

The Briton was caught shortly before the 30km mark, with Kiplagat leading at that point, although she remained stubbornly in the lead group for another five kilometres before drifting back to 18th place in 2:31:36.

Australia's Jessica Trengove led the field through 35km in 2:03:47 at which point, suddenly, the race proper began.

Chelimo surged. Her teammate Eunice Kirwa, who had taken bronze two years earlier and who finished in silver position at last year’s Olympics, could not respond, nor could Ethiopia’s defending champion, Mare Dibaba. But Kiplagat could. And so could Cragg. And so could Daniel.

After two hours and 20 minutes of racing, Kiplagat made what looked like the decisive move. Not so. That came as Chelimo responded to the challenge and moved away effectively unchallenged.

The 33-year-old Cragg, meanwhile, appeared to be having to work harder than Daniel to stay in contention for bronze. But she too found an extra surge of energy that earned her a reward that prompted tears of joy at the finish line.

Shure Demise was the first Ethiopian home, fifth in 2:27:58, with Kirwa sixth in 2:28:17, one place ahead of Kenya’s 2015 silver medallist Helah Kiprop, who recorded 2:28:19. Dibaba was eighth in 2:28:49.

Women's 5000m Final: Hellen Obiri beats Ethoipia's Almaz Ayana to claim the 5000m title.IAAF World Championship

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Hellen Obiri produced an irresistible burst of speed on the last lap to deny the reigning 10,000m champion Almaz Ayana a much vaunted long distance double.

Ayana ground the field into submission in the 10,000m on the second day of the championships and she made her intent clear in the 5000m final with a fourth lap of 65.57, followed by 66.21 for the fifth lap. These lap times represented world record pace for the distance but Obiri was more than content - and confident enough - to sit in her slipstream while the field splintered behind the leaders.

After a season blighted by a leg injury and illness, Ayana looked back at her imperious best in the 10,000m but it soon became clear these exertions were catching up with the reigning champion. Two very fast laps were followed by a succession of laps in the 68-second range through three kilometres in 8:58.05 and four kilometres in 11:49.95 and while the pace was still quick by anyone's standards, it was not fast enough to draw any of the sting out of Obiri, a sub-four minute 1500m performer in seasons gone by.

Despite possessing the superior finishing speed, Obiri made her first challenge down the back straight on the penultimate lap. Ayana successfully fended Obiri off but when the Kenyan surged again at the same point on the bell lap, Ayana had nothing in response to Obiri’s vicious kick. With a last lap of 60.11, Obiri crossed the finish line in 14:34.87 to secure her first global outdoor title, punching the air in delight.

Ayana was being chased down by the fast-finishing Sifan Hassan on the last lap but the Ethiopian had enough of a buffer to hang onto silver medal position in 14:40.36. Ayana's championships ended with her relinquishing her 5000m title but she was still more than pleased with her achievements given her chequered build-up to the championships.

"Compared to Rio this is a bigger achievement,” she said. “I’ve had many injuries this year so I am very happy with two medals. I have been injured for the whole season and haven't been able to get over it. The pain came back after the 10,000m. I did my best today but Hellen was too good at finishing.”

Ayana also missed out on the 5000m title at the Olympic Games last summer when a stomach ailment left her weakened but she is still keen to attempt the same demanding double in future global championships. "But I won't give up going for 5000m and 10,000m. I won gold and bronze in Rio and now gold and silver, so this is a step up," she said.

Cheruiyot and Manangoi Battle it out to book top two positions in Men's 1500M final,IAAF World Championship 2017

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It’s not often that team tactics are used at major championships. It’s even rarer that they work whether it was by luck or design, the Kenyan trio in tonight’s 1500m final at the IAAF World Championships London 2017 ran together for much of the race and were rewarded with two out of a possible three medals.

The winner, however, was not the man who had won the past three titles. Instead, Asbel Kiprop could only look on as his teammates Elijah Manangoi and Timothy Cheruiyot battled it out for top honours.

Cheruiyot was the early leader. He was joined by Manangoi as they covered the first lap in 1:01.63 with Great Britain and Northern Ireland’s Chris O’Hare and Czech Republic’s Jakub Holusa following close behind.

Kiprop moved up into third place just before the half-way mark, ensuring Kenya filled the top three spots with just two laps to go. At the 800-metre mark, the Kenyan trio had a lead of about five metres on the rest of the field but it didn’t last long as Norway’s Filip Ingebrigtsen detached himself from the chase pack in a bid to join the leaders.

As the bell sounded for the final lap, Spain’s Adel Mechaal and Bahrain’s Sadik Mikhou had joined Ingebrigtsen on the heels of the Kenyan leaders. Cheruiyot and Manangoi were moving through the gears in their drive for the line, but Kiprop started to struggle.

Ingebrigtsen moved into third place with half a lap to go, but couldn’t quite get on terms with Cheruiyot and Manangoi. The Kenyan duo entered the home straight side by side, but Manangoi proved the stronger of the two, kicking on to win in 3:33.61.

“It was such a good race and I’m so pleased to be a world champion,” said Manangoi, whose younger brother George won the world U18 title over the same distance last month. “I had a difficult race as Timothy raced very well, but I had that extra strength.”

Cheruiyot took silver in 3:33.99 while Ingebrigtsen held on for third, clocking 3:34.53. Mechaal crossed the line in fourth, just about holding off a fast-finishing Holusa, who had overtaken Mikhou further up the home straight.

Marcin Lewandowski and Nick Willis rounded out the top eight as Kiprop placed a distant ninth.

It was the third time in the past four World Championships that Kenyan athletes had filled the top two spots in the men’s 1500m.

Men's 3000M steeplechase:Conseslus Kipruto Ensures Another Kenyan victory in a hotly contested race

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It may have been the first IAAF World Championships men's 3000m steeplechase since 2003 when three countries have been represented on the podium, but Kenya's Olympic champion Conseslus Kipruto ensured it was another victory in this event for his east African nation.

Kipruto took victory in 8:14.12 from Morocco's Soufiane Elbakkali (8:14.49) and USA's Olympic silver medallist Evan Jager (8:15.53).

Kenya has won the men's steeplechase at 11 of the 15 past editions of the IAAF World Championships and enjoyed a clean sweep of the medals in 2015.

Kipruto and his Kenyan teammate – two-time Diamond Trophy winner Jairus Birech – led the field out, with US champion Jager tracking every move in third.

At the 1000m mark – reached in 2:51.81 – the Ethiopian trio of Tesfaye Deriba, Tefase Seboka and Getnet Wale took over at the front ahead of Kipruto and Jager, with 17-year-old Ugandan Albert Chemutai close behind. Meanwhile, Kenya's defending champion Ezekiel Kemboi – running for his fifth consecutive world title – was moving up through the field, along with Chemutai's Ugandan teammate Jacob Araptany, who subsequently stopped to re-attach his shoe and dropped back to 14th and last in 8:49.18.

When world leader Jager took up the running four laps out with the Kenyan trio and Elbakkali – who has two 8:05 clockings to his name in 2017 – lined up behind him, it was clear it was going to be something of a USA v the might of Africa showdown.

After passing 2000m in 5:35.46, Birech was the first to crumble, as Kemboi also became detached 700m from the finish, leaving Jager, Kipruto and Elbakkali – the fastest three in the world this year – to battle it out for the medals.

Kipruto made his move on the back straight of the final lap. Although he was caught on the water jump, the Kenyan proved too strong for his rivals, breaking clear on the home straight.

The 22-year-old made sure he enjoyed his first IAAF World Championships triumph too, having taken silver in 2013 and again in 2015 when he broke his shoe on the final lap, gesturing to the crowd as he approached the finish line.

"I used my plans well and last night for morale I told myself: 'I am Olympic champion and that others must break me',” explained the winner. “There are others who are strong, but I knew if the race was around 8:10 that I was going to win."

After placing fourth at the Olympic Games last year, 21-year-old Elbakkali took his first global championships medal, while Jager became the first US man to collect a World Championships steeplechase medal in third.

“I ran it the way I thought would give me the best opportunity at winning, by taking it out,” said Jager. “After silver last year in Rio, I wanted that upgrade to the gold this time around, but I'm really happy to be on the podium.”

Three-time Olympic medallist and twice world medallist Mahiedine Mekhissi of France finished strongly for fourth in 8:15.80, ultimately less than three tenths behind a fading Jager. Some distance behind, Jager's US teammate Stanley Kebenei (8:21.09) pipped Canada's Matthew Hughes, who recorded a season's best of 8:21.84 in sixth.

The Ethiopian trio placed seventh to ninth, with Chemutai 10th and Kemboi and Birech fading to 11th and 12th respectively. 2014 European champion Yoann Kowal finished 13th, having lost ground due to a fall.

Mo Farah silenced by Fellow Ethiopian Rival, Muktar Edris is a devastating 5000m race.IAAF World Championship 2017

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Following a pulsating 5000m race in front of a vocal and passionate crowd at the IAAF World Championships London 2017, 10 gold medals over 5000m and 10,000m are now neatly sandwiched by two silvers, both secured in races where the 34-year-old Mo Farah was defeated by an Ethiopian rival Muktar Edris.

The 23-year-old showed a devastating turn of pace in the final 300m, to which Farah was unable to respond, the winning time of 13:32.79 a far cry from the 12:55.23 that the Ethiopian had set in Lausanne in July.

In the 10,000m in Daegu in 2011 it was Ibrahim Jeilan who outkicked Farah on the final lap. Here it was Muktar Edris, the 2012 world U20 champion and the 2017 world leader.

It had looked like being another tactical masterclass from the quadruple Olympic champion, with Farah rarely straying from second place throughout the 12 and a half laps. Occasionally he pushed to the front, but he otherwise stayed out of trouble, content to let first Kenya’s Cyrus Rutto, then USA’s Olympic silver medalist Paul Chelimo take the lead.

Farah’s British teammate Andrew Butchart hit the front through the first kilometre, moving through in 2:48.20, with Farah third and Edris back in sixth, although the pace was comfortable for all 14 athletes.

Edris led momentarily after 1600 metres, but soon settled back into the pack, almost Farah-like in his insistence on not getting involved with too many unnecessary surges.

Another pace injection came after 3000 metres, with Australia’s Patrick Tiernan deciding to chance his arm, opening up a 10 metre lead that lasted until the final 700 metres.

Throughout the 22-year-old’s adventure, Chelimo, Farah, Edris and his Ethiopian colleagues Yomif Kejelcha and Selemon Barega bunched and jostled for position.

And so to the finish.

With 600 metres to go, Farah and Butchart hit the front in what was possibly a planned move, looking to run the legs out of the Ethiopians, all of whom were now to the fore.

With the volume levels set at maximum, the bell rang for the final lap with Farah, Kejelcha, Edris and Barega all in contention. With 250 metres remaining Kejelcha and Edris made their decisive act, opening up a two-metre lead as Farah gave chase.

Into the home straight, Edris showed superior sprinting speed, holding off the Briton, who picked off Kejelcha by charging down the inside. Chelimo, who himself had lost position a lap earlier, also swept past, securing bronze.

Edris’s performance was almost vintage Farah, even down to the Mo-Bot he performed ten metres beyond the finish line.

Farah, though, was left to rue the opportunity missed to close out his championship career on top of the podium.

An Ethiopian victory may have been a surprise to some, but not to the gold medallist.

Tanui Comes in third,Uganda's Cheptegei realises The london Dream.10,000m Men IAAF World Championship London 2017

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Moments after taking the silver medal over 10,000m at the IAAF World Championships London 2017, Joshua Cheptegei smiled in the mixed zone and asked the assembled media: “you remember what happened in Kampala?”

As if we could ever forget.

Back in March, the Ugandan 20-year-old hit the highest point imaginable for an athlete, leading a global championship on home turf, having built an almost unassailable advantage in the men’s race at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Kampala. With one lap to run, Cheptegei had a 12-second advantage over Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworor, with bedlam breaking out in the packed stands as Ugandans heralded their champion-in-waiting. Even with one kilometre to run, he was slowing but still held a seven-second lead.

But then it all went wrong, fatigue taking a vice-like grip of the youngster’s body, his stride eventually shortening to a drunken stutter over the final half mile. He crossed the line delirious and dejected in 30th place, having lost almost two minutes to his rivals in the final kilometre.

The days after were no easier.

“It took me some weeks to get over,” says Cheptegei. “When I met people they felt sorry for me, but when they asked me I would feel bad because they made me remember what happened. I had to just stay at home, not go around because I didn’t want to meet people. My wife was there, my family, my manager, and they were encouraging me, saying: ‘you can make it.’”

Unstoppable Mofarah retains championship yet again.10,000m Men IAAF World Championship London 2017

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The Kenyans and Ugandans threw everything at Mo Farah over the first nine kilometres of the 10,000m final but the reigning champion still found himself in the position where he is at his most dangerous and virtually unbeatable: at the front with 800m remaining.

While the Kenyans made it a hard race from the gun two years ago in Beijing, a different gameplan was put into fruition on the opening night of the IAAF World Championships London 2017 on Friday (4) in a bid to spoil Farah’s swansong.

Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei and the Kenyan trio headed by his training partner Geoffrey Kamworor staked out their claim with an opening lap of 61.02 and while surging was the tactic of the day, there was still a moment of deja vu as Farah nearly fell on the last lap for the second World Championships in a row.

But the sapping variances in pace – and another stumble on the last lap – didn’t sufficiently blunt Farah’s legendary speed as the reigning champion secured his tenth successive major track title, a streak which started all the way back to the 5000m at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, with another irresistible last lap timed at 55.63.

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