Cheptegei Sets New 15km World Best
22-year-old Joshua Cheptegei from Uganda set a new world best time in the 15 km (not an “official world record distance”) this morning when he ran 41:05 in Nijmegen in Holland. The Ugandan, who represents The NN Running Team, dropped his pacers in the first 5k and closed the race with kilometre splits of 2:35, 2:34 and 2:37. Phew!
Ethiopians Take Center Stage in Shanghai
Yebrgual Melese Arage of Ethiopia won the women’s race of Shanghai Marathon and set a new course record with her 2:20:37 finish. In the men’s race, it was Seifu Tura Abdiwak who claimed the first spot as he finished the race in 2:09:20. Other notable finishers included former World Record holder Denis Kimetto, who came in 10th with the time 2:14:55. That’s a cool 12 minutes slower than his old 2:02:57 WR, which was bested by Eliud Kipchoge (2:01:39) in Berlin a couple of months back.
New Course Record in “World’s Greatest Half Marathon”
It was an epic race in what has been claimed to be the “world’s greatest half marathon” which saw Vincent Lamoi break the Ageo City Half Marathon course record and set a new PR in 1:01:19. The race included notable runners such as Japan’s new national record holder in the marathon, Yuta Shitara, and reigning champion of the Boston Marathon, Yuki Kawauchi. Read the full recap from the race over at Japan Running News.