Genzebe Dibaba is nominee for 2015 Laureus Sportswoman of the Year Award

Doule World Indoor champions genzebe Dibaba is a nominee for th Lureus Womns Sports award

Multiple World Indoor champion Genzebe Dibaba (Ethiopia) is a nominee for the 2015 Laureus Sportswoman of the Year Award

ETHIOPIAN double World Indoor Champion Genzebe Dibaba is a nominee for the 2015 Laureus Sportswoman of the Year Award.
Dibaba enjoyed an unprecedented rich vein of form during the 2014 indoor season. In a space of a fortnight (1-15 February), she established new world indoor record in 1500m (3:55.17) in Karlsruhr Germany, 3000m (8:16.60) in Stockholm Sweden, and a world best in the rarely run two miles (9:00.48) in Birmingham Britain.
The 1936 Berlin Olympic legend Jesse Owen (USA) and Jamaican Usain Bolt are the only other athletes to ever set three world records or world bests in a space of 14 days.
Dibaba clinched gold medals in 1500m and 3000m at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot Poland. She crowned the year by winning the 3000m at the IAAF Continental Cup in Marrakech Morocco.
There are six nominee for the 2015 Laureus Sportswoman of the Year Award. Besides Dibaba fellow athlete New Zealand’s shot putter and reigning IAAF World Female Athlete of the Year Valarie Adams is a nominee. Then there are skiers Marit Bjorgen (Norway) and Tina Maze (Slovenia) along with tennis players Li Na (China) and Serena William (USA). The award winner will be named in Shanghai China on 14 April.

Kipyeko, Cheptegei triumph in Jinja-Uganda Cross country champs

World Mountain Running Champions Phillip Kipyeko carried the day in men's 12km at the Uganda cross country Championships in Jinja on Saturday (14 February)

World Mountain Running Champions Phillip Kipyeko carried the day in men’s 12km at the Uganda Cross country Championships in Jinja on Saturday (14 February)

The World Junior Mountain running Champions Phillip Kipyeko edged defending champion Moses Kipsiro in the sprint for the finish line to win the senior men’s 12km at the Uganda Cross Country Championships in Jinja some 80 km east of the capital Kampala on Saturday (14 February). Back in action after a layoff through injury, Juilet Chekwel was the surprised winner of the claimed the senior women’s 8km title.

World Junior 10,000m champions Joshua Cheptegei won the junior men's 8 km at the Uganda cross country Championships

World Junior 10,000m champions Joshua Cheptegei won the junior men’s 8 km at the Uganda cross country Championships


World junior 10,000m champion Joshua Cheptegi retained his junior men’s 8km crown, while World Junior Mountain Running champion Stella Chesang won the junior girl’s 6km. Uganda Athletics Federations used the event to choose their team for the IAAF World Cross country Championships due in China next month.
Leading results
SENIOR MEN (12 km)
1 Phillip Kipyeko 35:01; 2 Moses Kipsiro 35:03; 3 Goeffrey Kusuro 35:17; 4 Moses Kibet 35:22; 5 Monday Abdalla 35:27; 6 Moses Kurong 35:35
SENIOR WOMEN (8km)
1 Juliet Chekwel 26:58; 2 Adero Nyakisi 27:25; 3 Nancy Cheptegei 27:35; 4 Emily Chebet 27:41; 5 Patricia Chekwemoi 28:11; 6 Karen Chekwemoi 28:28
JUNIOR MEN (8 km)
1 Joshua Cheptegei 23:29; 2 Fred Musobo 23:49; 3 Mande Bushendich 24:22; 4 Abel Chebet 24:03; 5 Sam Cherop 24:06; 6 Isaac Kibet 24:14
JUNIOR WOMEN (6 km)
1 Stella Chesang 20:04; 2 Doreen Chemutai 20:17; 3 Janat Chemusito 20:30;4 Rachael Zena 20:39; 5 Mercy Chebet 20:48; 6 Perusi Chemutai 21:00

Kiplagat sets a world record in Barcelona Spain

Florence Kiplagat set a new world record when she won the Barcelona half Marathon in Spain on Sunday (15 February).

Florence Kiplagat set a new world record when she won the Barcelona Half Marathon in Spain on Sunday (15 February).

KENYAN defending champion Florence Kiplagat improved her world record when she won the Barcelona Half Marathon in Spain on Sunday (15 February).
Kiplagat covered the distance in one hour five minutes and nine seconds (1:05:09) to improve by three seconds the world record she set when she won this very race last year. Ireland’s Elizabeth Lee was runner up and trailed Kiplagat by more than nine minutes (1:14:06).
Meanwhile Eritrean-born Tadessa Abraham established a Switzerland national record winning the men’s race in 1:00:42. He was closely followed by Ethiopians
Getu Feleke (1:00:45) and Azmerew Mengistu (1:00:48).

Karoki, Kipyegon, Edris triumph at IAAF Cross country Permit meeting in Nairobi, San Vittore Olone

Bedan Karoki retained his 12km crown at the IAAF Cross country permit meting in Nairobi Kenya on Saturday (14 February)

Bedan Karoki retained his 12km crown at the IAAF Cross country permit meting in Nairobi Kenya on Saturday (14 February)


Kenyan defending champion Bedan Karoki won the men’s 12 km at the IAAF Cross Country Permit meeting in the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Saturday (14 February).
This was the only meet on the IAAF cross country permit series that takes place on African soil. Even as Kenyans dominated the top eight spots in each race, the event attracted contestants from Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Mauritius, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.
Karoki completed the senior men’s 12km race in 35:08. Geoffrey Kamwowor (35:19) was runner up ahead of African Cross Country champions Leonard Barsoton (35:28).

Two-time World Junior Cross country champion Faith Chepng'tich Kipyegon prevaild in the senior women's 8km

Two-time World Junior Cross country champion Faith Chepng’tich Kipyegon prevaild in the senior women’s 8km


Meanwhile two-time World Junior champion Faith Chepng’tich Kipyegon dug deep in the sprint for the finish line to hold off Agnes Triop to win the senior women women’s 8km race.
The junior men’s 8km was the most thrilling finish on the day. A mere three seconds separated the top six. Dominic Kiptarus emerged victorious in a fierce sprint for the finish line.
World Youth 2000m steeplechase champion Rosefina Chepng’tich comfortably won the junior girls 6km. This IAAF Cross Country Permit meet doubled up as Kenya’s trial for the World Cross Country Championships due in China next month.
Leading results
SENIOR MEN (12 km)
1 Bedan Karoki 35:08; 2 Geoffrey Kamworor 35:19; 3 Leonard Barsoton 35:28; 4 Moses Mukono 35:51;5 Phillip Langat 35:55; 6 Joseph Kiptum 36:02; 7 Joseph Chacha 36:06; 8 James Gitahi 36:10
SENIOR WOMEN (8 km)
1 Faith Kipyegon 26:24; 2 Agnes Jebet Tirop 26:25; 3 Janet Kisa 26:30;4 Irene Chebet 26:32; 5 Alice Aprot 26:34; 6 Stacy Ndiwa 26:43; 7 Margaret Jelimo 26:51; 8 Viola Kibiwot 26:55
JUNIOR MEN (8km)
1 Dominic Kiptarus 23:34; 2 John Langat 23:34; 3 Alfred Ngeno 23:35; 4 Rodgers Chumo 23:35; 5 Geoffrey Korir 23:36; 6 Moses Koech 23:37
JUNIOR WOMEN (6km)
1 Rosefline Chepngetich 19:56;2 Winnie Koima 20:05; 3 Daisy Jepkemei 20:08; 4 Winfredah Nzisa 20:10; 5 Joyline Cherotich 20:16; 6 Gladys Koech 20:17
Ethiopian Muktar Edris carried the day at the IAAF Cross country Permit meeting in San Vittore Olone Italy on Sunday (15 February)

Ethiopian Muktar Edris carried the day at the IAAF Cross country Permit meeting in San Vittore Olone Italy on Sunday (15 February)


ELSEWHERE
Muktar Edris (Ethiopia) triumphed in the men’s race at the IAAF Cross Country Permit meet in San Vittore Olona Italy on Sunday (15 February).
Edris completed the 10km race in 33:50. He was followed across the finish line by Kenyans Alex Kibet, Jairus Birech then Burundi’s Olivier Itrabaruta, while Kenyan Viola Jelagat prevailed in the women’s 6km race.
Leading results
1 Muktar Edris (Ethiopia) 33:50; 2 Alex Kibet (Kenya) 33:59; 3 Jairus Birech (Kenya) 34:08;
4 Olivier Irabaruta (Burundi) 34:16; 5 Yassine Rachik (Italy) 34:38; 6 Krystian Zalewski (Poland) 34:39; 7 Dewi Griffiths (Britain) 35:00; 8 Bernard Dematteis (Italy) 35:11; 9 Thomas Lokomwa (Kenya) 35.41;10 Manuel Cominotto (Italy) 35:41
WOMEN
1 Viola Jelagat (Kenya) 24:40; 2 Ana Dulce Felix (Portugal) 25:02; 3 Valeria Roffino (Italy) 25:10; 4 Mercy Chalangat (Uganda) 25:22;5 Caryl Jones (Britain) 25:30; 6 Gloria Barale (Italy) 25:36; 7 Martina Merlo (Italy) 25:40; 8 Alice Gaggi (Italy) 26:19; 9 Camille Marchese (Italy) 27:11; 10 Claudia Finielli (Italy) 27:11

Kenya’s Keitany wins Ras Khaimah Half Marathon in UAE

Kenyan Mary Keitany won her second Ras Khaimah Half Marathon i the United Arab Emirates on Friday (13 February)

Kenyan Mary Keitany won her second Ras Khaimah Half Marathon i the United Arab Emirates on Friday (13 February)

MARY Keitany of Kenya won her second Ras Khaimah Half Marathon in the United Arab Emirates on Friday (13 February).
The New York City Marathon champion clocked 1:06:02 to claim victory. This was slightly slower than her winning time four year ago. Back then she claimed victory in 1:05:50 which was a world record and remains the course record.
Such was the pace in the race that runner up Mamitu Daska improved her lifetime best by over two minutes. What’s more she set an Ethiopian national record of 1:06:27. Daska was followed by Kenyan Cynthia Limo in 1:07:02.
In the men event little known Ethiopian Mosinet Gremew prevailed in 1:00:05. He was followed across the finish line by Kenyans Daniel Wanjiru (1:00:06) and Jonathan Maiyo (1:00:07).