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Cheptegei emulates John Akii-Bua with world best time

first_img10 km (road)26:44Leonard Patrick Komon KEN26 Sep 2010SingelloopUtrecht 100 m9.58Usain Bolt JAM16 Aug 2009World ChampionshipsBerlin 20 km (road)55:21Zersenay Tadese ERI21 Mar 2010Lisbon Half MarathonLisbon Mile3:43.13Hicham El Guerrouj MAR7 Jul 1999Golden GalaRome 58:18Abraham Kiptum KEN28 Oct 2018Valencia Half MarathonValencia 200 m19.19Usain Bolt JAM20 Aug 2009World ChampionshipsBerlin 800 m1:40.91David Rudisha KEN9 Aug 2012Olympic GamesLondon 20,000 m (track)56:25.98Haile Gebrselassie ETH27 Jun 2007Golden Spike OstravaOstrava 400 m43.03Wayde van Niekerk RSA14 Aug 2016Olympic GamesRio de Janeiro Cheptegei set a 15km road run world record. PHOTO @NNRunningTeamCheptegei pockets Ug sh213 million for world recordKampala, Uganda | LOUIS JADWONG | Joshua Cheptegei became only the second Ugandan athlete after legend John Akii-Bua to set a world best time, with his stunning run Sunday at the 15km NN Zevenheuvelenloop (Seven Hills Race) in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.The 22-year-old Ugandan World Championships 10,000m silver medalist continued his rise in long distance athletics by running the world’s fastest 15k in 41.05 minutes, taking 8 seconds off the previous mark set in 2010.It is his fourth win in the event, and this time pocketed a bonus 50,000 Euros (Sh213 million) prize for the record. The Nijmegen race is a favourite for Cheptegei, who as a nineteen, twenty and 21-year-old, won the 32nd, 33rd and 34 editions before in 42.39, 42.12 and 41.13.The Seven Hills Race Zevenheuvelenloop is considered the fastest course in the world, and the best time held before Sunday was by Leonard Komon of Kenya who ran a time of 41:13 in 2010.In the foot-steps of Akii BuaCheptegei’s feat Sunday puts him in the league of world beaters, first achieved by Uganda’s most famous athlete, hurdler John Akii-Bua in 1972. Interestingly, like Akii-Bua, Cheptegei runs for Police.Akii-Bua’s feat will live in memory. Not only did he brake the world record, he also became the first ever to run under 48 seconds in what is considered a highly technical discipline, the 400m hurdles.He clocked 47.82 in that Munich Olympics final in Germany to take a phenomenal 0.3 seconds off the record set by the then greatest hurdler David Hemery four years earlier. More remarkable, was he run that final from the inside lane – considered the least favorite position in the one lap race.After finishing fourth in the 1970 Commonwealth Games and running the fastest time of 1971, he was still not a big favourite for that 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, having limited competitive experience.He missed the 1976 Olympics and a showdown with United States rival Edwin Moses because of the boycott by Uganda and other African nations. Edwin Moses went on to set a new world record in 1976 and to reign until Kevin Young became the first man to run under 47 seconds in 1992. Akii Bua died an unhappy man in 1997, a lesson for many of today’s Ugandan athletes who have now invested heavily in their future, and life after sports.Akii-Bua was one of the geniuses among athletes, according to his British coach Malcom ArnoldHow Cheptegei won the NN Seven Hills Race Cheptegei took the lead in the beginning of the race and he saw his pacers drop off early so he had to run the second part of the race alone. Cheptegei managed to hold his pace and continued to race towards the finish line. After having won:“After 10km I was above the schedule of the world record so I decided to accelerate at 12km. The last kilometer was hard but I really enjoyed. I am very proud of my achievement and want to thank the organization and my team,”Cheptegei said shortly after crossing the finish line.Cheptegei is a member of the NN Running team, that has world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge and Uganda’s only other Olympic Gold medalist Stephen Kiprotich, in their ranks.According to an NN statement after the race, they said they started tracking Cheptegei when he became World Junior Champion in Eugene, Oregon in 2014 ( gold in 10,000m, 4th in the 5,000m).In 2015, Joshua won the 10,000m at the African Championships, and was 9th in Beijing World Champs 10,000m. In 2016, Joshua was 6th in the 10,000m and 8th in the 5,000m in Rio Olympics.In 2017, the young Ugandan athlete took silver battling Mo Farah in the London 10,000m, in what many believe was the finest 10,000m race in decades. Joshua started 2018 with brilliant wins over 10,000m and 5,000m at the Commonwealth Games.On the roads this season,  Cheptegai ran 45:15 for 10 miles in Amsterdam Dam to Damloop on 23 September. He followed that up with 27:16 on October 23 at the Durban 10k in South Africa. His WR today is a fitting end to his 2018 season.On the women’s side in the Netherlands success, it was double success for Uganda as Stella Chesang, the Commonwealth Champion on the 10,000m won the race in a fast time of 47:19.Selected word records 1500 m3:26.00Hicham El Guerrouj MAR14 Jul 1998Golden GalaRome 10,000 m (track)26:17.53Kenenisa Bekele ETH26 Aug 2005Memorial Van DammeBrussels 1000 m2:11.96Noah Ngeny KEN5 Sep 1999Rieti MeetingRieti 2000 m4:44.79Hicham El Guerrouj MAR7 Sep 1999ISTAFBerlin 15 km (road)41:05Joshua Cheptegei UGA18 Nov 2018ZevenheuvelenloopNijmegen 3000 m7:20.67Daniel Komen KEN1 Sep 1996Rieti MeetingRieti Half marathon58:23Zersenay Tadese ERI21 Mar 2010Lisbon Half MarathonLisbon EventPerf.Athlete(s)Nat.DateMeetingLocation 5000 m12:37.35Kenenisa Bekele ETH31 May 2004Fanny Blankers-Koen GamesHengelo Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Mother and daughter score historic play-off victory in PING Plate

first_img5 Sep 2016 Mother and daughter score historic play-off victory in PING Plate Nottinghamshire mother and daughter Helen and Rachel Boulton scored an historic win today when the Plate final of the PING women’s fourball betterball championship was dramatically decided for the first time by a play-off.Three pairs had tied with 45 points and had to return to the 18th hole of the Thonock Park course at PING’s Gainsborough Golf Club for a sudden-death play-off. But Helen – a 20-handicapper – settled matters in style when she chipped in for a net birdie, appropriately using a Ping wedge (image © Leaderboard Photography).Jing Reade from Bridgnorth Golf Club in Shropshire had a putt to keep the play-off alive, but it edged away from the hole at the end.“It’s unbelievable,” said Helen, from Springwater Golf Club. “It’s crazy!” added Rachel, who was the 2015 Nottinghamshire county champion and helped her team to win last year’s English County Finals.Second and third places were decided on countback, with Jing and her partner, Heather Stiles, finishing as runners-up, ahead of Carole Morris and Jill Sparkes from Romsey Golf Club in Hampshire.Away from the drama surrounding the champions, the fourth place went to Ali Buncher and Hannah Brown-Pearce (Cotswold Edge) who had 42 points. Fifth were Mary Gibson and Melanie Williams (South Winchester) with 41 points, pipping sixth-placed Christine Fawcett and Melanie Temple (Seascale) on countback.This is the 11th year of the PING championship, which is run by England Golf, and it additionally made history by attracting entries from the largest ever number of clubs – 890 – and involving over 16,500 women in the qualifying stages. The top 50 pairs nationally qualified for tomorrow’s Grand Final while the next 50 played in today’s Plate final.Dave Fanning, PING’s European marketing director, told competitors: “This is a very special event and we are delighted to be able to host it at the home of PING Europe.”The Boultons have an excellent record in this championship, reaching the Plate final once before and coming fifth in last year’s Grand Final, before pulling off today’s win.But as the play-off was announced Rachel was counting the cost of a three-putt during regulation play. “I had a putt for an eagle on the sixth and I left it about 1ft away. I went to tap it in and missed! I thought ‘oh my gosh’ but I said to mum let’s just keep going.”They stuck to the task and when Helen had her big chance she had just one aim. “I just thought ‘get it close.’ That’s what Rachel has been saying to me all day long.” Her chip from the fringe started on target and stayed there, popping into the hole to applause.Jing Reade had no regrets about second place. “This has been so exciting, too exciting for me!” she said. Jing got her first handicap last year and is playing her first competitive season, she’s now off 34 but today’s play-off was a whole new experience for her, surrounded by buggies, a referee, other officials and interested spectators.This was only the second time she and her partner, Heather, had played together. Their plan was simple: “We just wanted to come and have a really nice game of golf,” said Heather.Neither was there any disappointment from Carole Morris and Jill Sparks, although they held the lead for hours before being edged out. “We just think we’ve done really well,” said Jill.They were originally on the reserve list and made the most of their opportunity. “It’s been absolutely fantastic from the time we arrived, everyone has been so friendly and it’s so well organised,” said Carole.Click here for full scoreslast_img read more