Promising Talent: William MALEL

William MALEL

Kenyan William Malel Sitonik crossing the finish line in 7:54.09 during the second heat of the 2011 World Youth Championships in Lille (France), July 7, 2011.

HONOURS:

– 2011 Kenya Colleges and Schools Champion over 3 000m
– 2011 World Youth Champion over 3 000m
– 2011 Commonwealth Youth Champion over 3 000m
– 2012 Kenya Junior XC Champion 

BIO: 

William Malel was born on March 1st 1994 in Sotik.

The fourth-born in a family of eight, William Malel is a pupil at Kipajit Primary School in Bomet where he started running. 

Training in Kericho together with Mercy Cherono (Africa XC Women Champion), Malel made a brilliant debut at the Kenya College and Schools Championship on june 2011 over 3 000m. He won the race – which was a part of the trials for the 2011 World Youth Championship in Lille – in a blistering 7:51.2h at the Nyayo National Stadium, beating World XC Junior bronze medallist Patrick Mutunga. His performance ranks him #7 in the all time performers list on Kenyan soil.

One month later, he became World Youth Champion in Lille (France) over 3 000m, running a personal best and championship record of 7:40.10 during the final. Leading from gun to tape, he clocked 2:28.54 for the first kilometer after two consecutive lap under 60 seconds, passing through 2000 metres in 5:07.51 and finishing in 7:40.10 (Youth All Time #5 over the distance) with a 56.95 last lap and a last 200 sprint in 27.39. Following his first Youth title he repeated his performance in September to win the Youth Commonwealth Games Championship.

On the right track, he kept running through the winter, winning the AK XC Series Jackpot over Japhet Korir, the South-Rift province Junior Championship and more recently the National XC Junior Title at Uhuru Gardens.

William Malel has a big dream: to break Daniel Komen‘s 3 000 metres World Record mark of 7:20.67. But before running such times he wants to win as many races and titles as possible.

William Malel winning the Junior race at the 2012 National XC Championship in Nairobi, February 18th, 2012.

PERSONAL BESTS: 

Distance

Time

Year

3 000m

7:40.10

2011

5 000m

14:11.7h

2011

ALL TIME TOP 5 + AVG 

Distance

3 000m

5 000m

1

7:40.10

14:11.7h

2

7:51.2h

14:24.4h

3

7:54.09

4

7:57.03

5

AVG

PROGRESSION 

Date

3 000m

Date

5 000m

08/06/2011

7:51.2h

01/04/2011

14:24.4h

10/07/2011

7:40.10

02/04/2011

14:11.7h

ANNUAL BESTS:

Year

3 000m

5 000m

2011

7:40.10

14:11.7h

2012

William Malel Sitonik of Kenya celebrates after winning the Boys 3000 meters at the World Youth Championships in Lille (France), July 10, 2011.

PERFORMANCES:

DATE

CITY

EVENT

TIME

FINISH

MARGIN

01/04/2011

Narok (KEN)

5 000M

3rd

14:24.4h

-5,2hsec

02/04/2011

Narok (KEN)

5 000M

3rd

14:11.7h

-9,3hsec

08/06/2011

Nairobi (KEN)

KCSC 3 000M

1st

7:51.2h

+0,3hsec

07/07/2011

Lille (FRA)

WYC 3 000M (H)

1st

7:54.09

+0,00sec

10/07/2011

Lille (FRA)

WYC 3 000M (F)

1st

7:40.10

+0,37sec

11/09/2011

Douglas (GBR)

CYC 3 000M

1st

7:57.03

+3,78sec

15/10/2011

Ndalat (KEN)

JXC – 4Km

1st

11:47

05/11/2011

Tala (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

1st

22:52

+3sec

12/11/2011

Eldoret(KEN)

JXC – 8Km

1st

20:16

+4sec

19/11/2011

Embu (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

2nd

23:57

-1sec

08/01/2012

Kisii (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

3rd

23:57

-12sec

22/01/2012

Eldoret (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

1st

23:03

+12sec

05/02/2012

Naivasha (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

1st

22:16

18/02/2012

Nairobi (KEN)

XC KJC – 8Km

1st

23:08

+4sec

18/03/2012

Cape Town (RSA)

AJ XC – 8Km

7th

23:42

-12sec

AJ= African Junior Championship; H= Heat; JXC= Junior Cross Country;
KJC=Kenya Junior Championship; NC= National Championship;
PC = Police Championship;RD= Road; SF= Semi Final;
WC= World Championship; WJC= World Junior Championship;
XC= Cross Country; EK=Ekiden; HM= Half-marathon
WYC= World Youth Championship; F= Final
AAG= All-Africa Games; (i)= Indoor; AP= Administration Police
KCSC= Kenya Colleges and Schools Championship
CYC= Commonwealth Youth Championship

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Promising Talent: Geoffrey KIPSANG

Geoffrey KIPSANG

Geoffrey Kipsang winning the 30th Edition of the Italica Cross Country in Sevilla (Spain), January 15th, 2012.

HONOURS:

– 2011 World Junior XC Champion
– Half-Marathon Junior All Time Best with 59:31
All Time Junior #5 over 10 000m with 27:06.35

BIO:

Geoffrey Kipsang was born on November 28th 1992 in Chepkorio.

PERSONAL BESTS:

Distance

Time

Year

1 500m

3:48.15

2010

3 000m

7:54.15

2010

5 000m

13:12.23

2011

10 000m

27:06.35

2011

HM

59:31

2011

ALL TIME TOP 5 + AVG:

Distance

3 000m

5 000m

HM

1

7:54.15

13:12.23

59:31

2

7:59.57

13:42.01

60:02

3

7:59.98

13:42.56

60:38

4

8:04.35

13:45.66

5

8:07.08

AVG

8:01.03

PROGRESSION:

Date

5 000m

Date

HM

01/07/2010

13:45.66

03/04/2011

60:38

18/07/2010

13:42.01

03/09/2011

60:02

11/06/2011

13:12.23

27/11/2011

59:31

ANNUAL BESTS:

Year

1 500m

1 500m

5 000m

5 000m

2010

3:48.15

7:54.15

13:42.01

2011

13:12.23

27:06.35

2012

Year

HM

2009

2010

2011

59:31

2012

Geoffrey Kipsang leading during the Junior Race at the 2011 World Cross Country Championship, March 20, 2011.

PERFORMANCES:

DATE

CITY

EVENT

TIME

FINISH

MARGIN

06/06/2010

Eurojaki (FIN)

3 000M

7:54.15

1st

+4,24sec

13/06/2010

Aanekoski (FIN)

1 500M

3:48.15

2nd

-0,38sec

26/06/2010

Kuortane (FIN)

3 000M

7:59.98

2nd

-3,01sec

01/07/2010

Sollentuna (FIN)

5 000M

13:45.66

7th

-6,24sec

15/07/2010

Lappeenranta (FIN)

3 000M

7:59.57

1st

-2,61sec

18/07/2010

Lapinlahti (FIN)

5 000M

13:42.01

2nd

-35,73sec

03/08/2010

Malmö (SWE)

3 000M

8:04.35

3rd

-6,60sec

18/08/2010

Turku (FIN)

5 000M

13:42.56

2nd

-46,61sec

22/08/2010

Sstamala (FIN)

3 000M

8:07.08

1st

+18,91sec

24/01/2011

Eldoret (KEN)

XC – 12Km

36:14

1st

+5sec

20/02/2011

Nairobi (KEN)

KJC – 8Km

23:31

4th

-5sec

20/03/2011

Punta Umbria (ESP)

WJC XC

22:21

1st

+6sec

03/04/2011

Berlin (GER)

HM

60:38

1st

+14sec

03/06/2011

Eugene (USA)

10 000M

27:06.35

9th

-19,78sec

11/06/2011

New York (USA)

5 000M

13:12.23

10th

-7,01sec

03/09/2011

Lille (FRA)

HM

60:02

1st

+7sec

25/09/2011

Berlin (GER)

MARATHON (P)

DNF

DNF

27/11/2011

New Delhi (IND)

HM

59:31

2nd

-1sec

15/01/2012

Sevilla (ESP)

XC – 10.8Km

30:53

1st

+4sec

22/01/2012

Elgoibar (ESP)

XC – 10.8Km

32:25

2nd

-0sec

18/02/2012

Nairobi (KEN)

NC XC  

35:53

7th

-34sec

15/04/2012

Rotterdam (NED)

MARATHON (P)

DNF

DNF

AJ= African Junior Championship; H= Heat; JXC= Junior Cross Country;
KJC=Kenya Junior Championship; NC= National Championship;
PC = Police Championship;RD= Road; SF= Semi Final;
WC= World Championship; WJC= World Junior Championship;
XC= Cross Country; EK=Ekiden; HM= Half-marathon
WYC= World Youth Championship; F= Final
AAG= All-Africa Games; (i)= Indoor; (P)= Pace

Promising Talent: Albert ROP

Albert ROP

Albert Rop in Kenya, July 2011.

HONOURS:

– 2010 East Africa Secondary School Games Champion over 5 000m
– All Time Youth #2 over 3 000m with 7:35.66

BIO:

Albert Rop was born on December 20th 1994 in Kapsabet in the Rift Valley. 

PERSONAL BESTS:

Distance

Time

Year

3 000m

7:35.66

2011

5 000m

13:03.70

2011

5 000m (i)

13:10.96

2012

ALL TIME TOP 5 + AVG:

Distance

3 000m

5 000m

1

7:35.66

13:03.70

2

13:10.37

3

13:46.2h

4

14:15.81

5

AVG

PROGRESSION: 

Date

5 000m

26/08/2010

14:15.81

07/06/2011

13:46.2h

16/07/2011

13:10.37

16/09/2011

13:03.70

ANNUAL BESTS:

Year

3 000m

5 000m

5 000m (i)

2010

14:15.81

2011

7:35.66

13:03.70

2012

13:10.96

Albert Rop in Kenya, October 2011.

PERFORMANCES:

DATE

CITY

EVENT

TIME

FINISH

MARGIN

26/08/2010

Nakuru (KEN)

5 000M

14:15.81

1st

+1,30sec

08/02/2011

Nairobi (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

24:45

2nd

-1sec

17/04/2011

Kakamega (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

24:10

2nd

-10sec

07/06/2011

Nairobi (KEN)

5 000M

13:46.2h

2nd

-0,9hsec

16/07/2011

Heusden (BEL)

5 000M

13:10.37

1st

+3,29sec

10/09/2011

Rieti (ITA)

3 000M

7:35.66

5th

-3,53sec

16/09/2011

Bruxelles (BEL)

5 000M

13:03.70

6th

-5,38sec

03/12/2011

Nyahururu (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

24:13

2nd

-7sec

15/01/2012

Seville (ESP)

XC – 10.8Km

30:57

2nd

-4sec

10/02/2012

Dusseldorf (GER)

5 000M (i)

13:10.96

5th

-12,29sec

12/02/2012

Dietrich (LUX)

XC

30:36

2nd

-2sec

18/02/2012

Nairobi (KEN)

NC JXC

23:36

8th

-29sec

AJ= African Junior Championship; H= Heat; JXC= Junior Cross Country;
KJC=Kenya Junior Championship; NC= National Championship;
PC = Police Championship;RD= Road; SF= Semi Final;
WC= World Championship; WJC= World Junior Championship;
XC= Cross Country; EK=Ekiden; HM= Half-marathon
WYC= World Youth Championship; F= Final
AAG= All-Africa Games; (i)= Indoor

Promising Talent: Lawi LALANG

Lawi LALANG

Lawi Lalang leading during the 2011 NCAA XC Championship in Terre Haute, Indiana, November 21, 2011.

HONOURS:

– 2011 NCAA Runner-Up over 5 000m
– 2011 NCAA XC Champion

BIO: 

Lawi Lalang was born on June 15th 1991 in Eldoret. Brother of Boaz Lalang, 2010 World Indoor Silver medalist, Commonwealth Games Champion and 2011 All Africa Games runner-up, he arrived at Arizona University for the 2011 NCAA indoor season.

He debuts on January 28th over the 3 000m indoors at the Arkansas-Randall Tyson Track, finishing second with a time of 7:55.05. Two weeks later Lalang ran his first mile ever under 4 minutes. After finishing 13th at the NCAA Indoor championship in the 3000m, he managed to win his first Pac-10 Championship title in the 5 000m before taking second place at the NCAA Championship over the 5 000m.

Following Martin Keino’s steps, Lawi Lalang won the NCAA Cross country Championship in Terre Haute on November 21th concluding a perfect and undefeated cross country season.

Coached by Jame Li, he trains with the Arizona distance team, – including countrymen Nathan Kandie and Stephen Sambu (27:28 over 10 000m) – running about 80 miles a week.

Before even thinking to run longer distance or on the road, he wants to do more speed and concentrate in the 1 500m, mile and 5 000m. Therefore he will be running the 5 000m at the Millrose Games on February 11th.

His goals for this year are running the 5 000m as close as possible to 13:00, winning NCAA titles, beating collegiate records and maybe starting to think to the Olympic Games if all goes well.

PERSONAL BESTS:

Distance

Time

Year

800m

1:48.88

2011

1 500m

3:36.77

2012

3 000m

8:00.07

2011

5 000m

13:30.64

2011

Mile (i)

3:55.09

2012

3 000m (i)

7:44.48

2011

5 000m (i)

13:08.28

2012

ALL TIME TOP 5 + AVG:

Distance

1 500m

5 000m

Mile (i)

3 000m (i)

1

3:36.77

13:18.88

3:55.09

7:44.48

2

3:41.65

13:30.64

3:59.13

7:54.32

3

3:42.15

13:31.69

7:55.05

4

3:44.20

13:34.62

 8:08.97

5

    3:44.25    13:47.29

AVG

 PROGRESSION:

Date

800m

Date

1 500m

Date

3 000m

02/04/2011

1:48.88

07/04/2011

3:44.25

02/04/2011

8:23.02

30/04/2011

3:44.20

30/04/2011

8:00.07

06/05/2011

3:42.15

Date

5 000m

Date

Mile (i)

Date

3000m (i)

14/04/2011

13:34.62

11/02/2011

3:59.13

28/01/2011

7:55.05

26/05/2011

13:30.64

27/01/2012

3:55.09

25/02/2011

7:54.32

20/04/2012 13:18.88 25/02/2012  7:44.48

ANNUAL BESTS:

Year

 800m

1 5000m

3 000m

5 000m

2011

1:48.88

3:42.15

8:00.07

13:30.64

2012

   3:36.77   13:18.88

Mile (i)

3 000m (i)

5 000m (i)

3:59.13

7:54.32

3:55.09

7:44.48

 13:08.28

Arizona's Lawi Lalang reacts after winning the men's NCAA Division I Cross-Country Championships Monday, Nov. 21, 2011, in Terre Haute.

PERFORMANCES:

DATE

CITY

EVENT

TIME

FINISH

MARGIN

28/01/2011

Fayetteville (USA)

3 000M (i)

7:55.05

2nd

-2,78sec

11/02/2011

Seattle (USA)

Mile (i)

3:59.13

1st

+1,72sec

25/02/2011

Seattle (USA)

3 000M (i)

7:54.32

1st

+2,72sec

11/03/2011

College Station (USA)

NCAA 3 000M (i)

8:08.97

13th

-5,26sec

02/04/2011

Tucson (USA)

800M

1:48.88

1st

+0,28sec

02/04/2011

Tucson (USA)

3 000M

8:23.02

1st

+13,47sec

07/04/2011

Tempe (USA)

1 500M

3:44.25

6th

-1,74sec

14/04/2011

Walnut (USA)

5 000M

13:34.62

1st

+7,43sec

30/04/2011

Tempe (USA)

1 500M

3:44.20

1st

+2,65sec

30/04/2011

Tempe (USA)

3 000M

8:00.07

1st

+20,79sec

06/05/2011

Tucson (USA)

1 500M

3:45.60

1st

+0,53sec

06/05/2011

Tucson (USA)

1 500M

3:42.15

2nd

-0,42sec

06/05/2011

Tucson (USA)

5 000M

13:47.29

1st

+0,10sec

26/05/2011

Eugene (USA)

5 000M

13:30.64

1st

+3,59sec

08/06/2011

Des Moines (USA)

NCAA 5 000M

13:31.69

2nd

-2,39sec

16/09/2011

Tucson (USA)

XC – 4.25Mi

20:06

1st

+54sec

24/09/2011

Minneapolis (USA)

XC – 8Km

23:16

1st

+29sec

14/10/2011

Madison (USA)

XC – 8Km

23:11

1st

+15sec

29/10/2011

Tempe (USA)

XC – 8Km

22:37

1st

+8sec

12/11/2011

Stanford (USA)

XC – 10Km

28:34

1st

+16sec

21/11/2011

Terre Haute (USA)

XC – 10Km

28:44

1st

+14sec

27/01/2012

Fayetteville (USA)

Mile (i)

3:55.09

1st

+5,45sec

11/02/2012

New York (USA)

5 000M (i)

13:08.28

2nd

-1,13sec

25/02/2012

Seattle (USA)

3 000M (i)

7:44.48

1st

+7,07sec

31/03/2012

Tucson (USA)

800M 

1:49.54

1st

+2,32sec

06/04/2012

Stanford (USA)

1 500M 

3:41.65

4th

-0,48sec

19/04/2012

Walnut (USA)

5 000M 

13:18.88

2nd

-0,51sec

29/04/2012

Stanford (USA)

1 500M 

3:36.77

4th

-1,58sec

AJ= African Junior Championship; H= Heat; JXC= Junior Cross Country;
KJC=Kenya Junior Championship; NC= National Championship;
PC = Police Championship;RD= Road; SF= Semi Final;
WC= World Championship; WJC= World Junior Championship;
XC= Cross Country; EK=Ekiden; HM= Half-marathon
WYC= World Youth Championship; F= Final
AAG= All-Africa Games; (i)= Indoor

Promising Talent: Patrick MWAKA

Patrick MWAKA

Patrick Mwaka proudly wearing his country jersey.

HONOURS:

– 2011 African Junior Cross Country Runner-up

BIO:

Patrick Mwaka was born on November 2nd 1992 in the city of Machakos where he lives now. He started running in primary school but really concentrate on running after it because he was not lucky enough to join high school; his parents – both farmers – were not able to pay his school fees. 

Coached by Paul Mutwii, Mwaka runs for Machakos Athletics Club as well as for Japanese company Aisan Kogyo. He trains in Machakos with 2010 World Junior XC and 1 500m champion and 2011 All Africa Games champion Caleb Ndiku, World Youth silver medallist over 3 000m Patrick Mwikya, 800m runner and 2010 World Junior champion David Mutinda, 2:10:00 marathoner John Kyui and 59:45 half marathoner John Mwangangi among others. 

Waiting for Kenya Cross-country Trials Patrick thinks his shape is improving according to his training. He is doing 3 speed workouts and 4 long runs every week and as of today is best workouts are:

3*2000m in 5:30 recovery 90sec.
10*600m in 1:36 recovery 60sec.

In that sense his goals for this year is to better his time over 5 000m and 10 000m, to get into the Kenya Olympics team and start running half marathon seriously.

As a kid his favorite athlete was Paul Tergat and if he was not an athlete he would be a businessman; but he « enjoy running very much » and consider that going for a race without training is the hardest part in running. 

Lastly, he prefers track and cross country but soon will be running road races

Patrick Mwaka (#27) during the African Junior Cross Country Race, Cape Town, march 6th 2011.

PERSONAL BESTS:

Distance

Time

Year

5 000m

13:21.45

2010

10 000m

27:49.93

2011

HM

65:15

2010

ALL TIME TOP 5 + AVG:

Distance

5 000m

10 000m

1

13:21.45

27:49.93

2

13:26.29

27:56.39

3

13:27.14

28:02.87

4

13:31.52

5

13:35.40

AVG

13:28.36

PROGRESSION:

Date

5 000m

Date

10 000m

Date

HM

20/06/2008

14:06.8h

29/05/2010

13:40.99

16/10/2010

27:56.39

04/07/2010

65:15

17/07/2010

13:21.45

23/04/2011

27:49.93

ANNUAL BESTS:

Year

5 000m

10 000m

HM

2008

14:06.8h

2009

2010

13:21.45

27:56.39

65:15

2011

13:26.29

27:49.93

2012

Patrick Mwaka in Japan, April 2011.

PERFORMANCES:

DATE

CITY

EVENT

TIME

FINISH

MARGIN

20/06/2008

Machakos (KEN)

5 000M

14:06.8h

3rd

-13,8hsec

08/11/2008

Machakos (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

24:24

1st

+4sec

29/11/2008

Meru (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

25:25

2nd

-15sec

29/11/2009

Nairobi (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

23:18

1st

+12sec

29/05/2010

Toyota (JPN)

5 000M

13:40.99

1st

+11,76sec

04/07/2010

Sapporo (JPN)

HM

65:15

19th

-235sec

17/07/2010

Abashiri (JPN)

5 000M

13:21.45

2nd

-2,91sec

26/09/2010

Yokohama (JPN)

5 000M

13:27.14

4th

-8,92sec

11/10/2010

Tajimi (JPN)

5 000M

13:36.44

2nd

-7,64sec

16/10/2010

Fukuroi (JPN)

10 000M

27:56.39

7th

-42,45sec

19/02/2011

Nairobi (KEN)

KJC XC – 8Km

23:40

7th

-14sec

06/03/2011

Cape Town (RSA)

AJXC – 8Km

23:04

2nd

-1sec

09/04/2011

Kumamoto (JPN)

5 000M

13:26.29

3rd

-4,92sec

23/04/2011

Kobe (JPN)

10 000M

27:49.93

3rd

-26,08sec

07/05/2011

Gifu (JPN)

10 000M

28:02.87

2nd

-10,01sec

28/05/2011

Nobeoka (JPN)

5 000M

13:31.52

9th

-8,37sec

19/11/2011

Yokohama (JPN)

5 000M

13:35.40

6th

-6,88sec

01/01/2012

Maebashi (JPN)

EK 8.3Km

22:46

6th

-17sec

12/02/2012

Machakos (KEN)

XC

1st

07/04/2012

Kumamoto (JPN)

5 000M

13:38.88

8th

-17,52sec

AJ= African Junior Championship; H= Heat; JXC= Junior Cross Country;
KJC=Kenya Junior Championship; NC= National Championship;
PC = Police Championship;RD= Road; SF= Semi Final;
WC= World Championship; WJC= World Junior Championship;
XC= Cross Country; EK=Ekiden; HM= Half-marathon
WYC= World Youth Championship; F= Final
AAG= All-Africa Games; (i)= Indoor

Promising Talent: Hillary YEGO

Hillary YEGO

Hillary Yego during the 2000m steeplechase final in Bressanone (Italy) at the 2009 World Youth Championship, july 12th. 2009.

HONOURS:

– 2009 World Youth Champion over 2 000m Steeplechase
– 2010 Kenya Junior Bronze Medalist over 3 000m Steeplechase

BIO:

Hillary Yego was born on April 2nd 1992.

Hillary Yego on his way to victory in the 2000m steeplechase final in Bressanone (Italy) at the 2009 World Youth Championship, july 12th. 2009.

PERSONAL BESTS:

Distance

Time

Year

3 000m

7:53.18

2010

2 000m SC

5:25.33

2009

3 000m SC

8:07.71

2011

ALL TIME TOP 5 + AVG:

Distance

3 000m

2 000M SC

3 000M SC

1

7:53.18

5:25.33

8:07.71

2

8:18.3h

5:34.13

8:08.22

3

8:12.08

4

8:12.63

5

8:12.81

AVG

8:10.69

PROGRESSION:

Date

3 000m

Date

2 000m SC

Date

3 000m SC

20/03/2010

8:18.3h

10/07/2009

5:34.13

08/05/2009

9:07.1h

13/07/2010

7:53.18

12/07/2009

5:25.33

25/07/2009

8:54.36

17/04/2010

8:46.6h

30/05/2010

8:35.08

10/07/2010

8:19.50

12/05/2011

8:12.08

15/05/2011

8:07.71

ANNUAL BESTS:

Year

3 000m

2 000M SC

3 000M SC

2009

5:25.33

8:54.36

2010

7:53.18

8:19.50

2011

8:07.71

2012

Hillary Yego leading during the 2000m steeplechase final in Bressanone (Italy) at the 2009 World Youth Championship, july 12th. 2009.

PERFORMANCES:

DATE

CITY

EVENT

TIME

FINISH

MARGIN

08/05/2009

Eldoret (KEN)

3 000M SC

9:07.1h 

2nd

-2,8hsec

10/07/2009

Bressanone (ITA)

WYC 2 000M SC (H)

5:34.13

1st

+3,18sec

12/07/2009

Bressanone (ITA)

WYC 2 000M SC (F)

5:25.33

1st

+1,26sec

25/07/2009

Nairobi (KEN)

3 000M SC

8:54.36 

9th

-34,33sec

20/03/2010

Nyeri (KEN)

3 000M

8:18.3h

5th

-14,8hsec

17/04/2010

Mumias (KEN)

3 000M SC

8:46.6h

2nd

-4,0hsec

15/05/2010

Eldoret (KEN)

3 000M SC

9:03.4h 

2nd

-6,7hsec

30/05/2010

Brazzaville (CGO)

3 000M SC

8:35.08 

5th

-17,53sec

17/06/2010

Nairobi (KEN)

NJC 3 000M SC

8:41.3h 

3rd

-7,6hsec

10/07/2010

Heusden (BEL)

3 000M SC

8:19.50

3rd

-1,79sec

13/07/2010

Naumette Xh. (BEL)

3 000M

7:53.18

9th

-14,65sec

15/07/2010

Karlstad (SWE)

3 000M SC

8:25.83

1st

+0,30sec

06/08/2010

Stockholm (SWE)

3 000M SC

DNF

DNF

22/08/2010

Haldensleben (GER)

3 000M SC

8:43.27

6th

-17,29sec

24/08/2010

Vill.d’Ascq (FRA)

3 000M SC

8:35.73 

9th

-24,69sec

30/04/2011

Mumias (KEN)

3 000M SC

8:40.5h

2nd

12/05/2011

Daegu (KOR)

3 000M SC

8:12.08

1st

+0,07sec

15/05/2011

Shanghai (CHN)

3 000M SC

8:07.71

3rd

-5,43sec

31/05/2011

Ostrava (CZE)

3 000M SC

8:12.63 

2nd

-9,92sec

09/06/2011

Oslo (NOR)

3 000M SC

8:20.75

6th

-18,92sec

22/07/2011

Monaco (MON)

3 000M SC

8:08.22 

7th

-14,58sec

29/07/2011

Stockholm (SWE)

3 000M SC

8:19.30 

4th

-13,38sec

08/09/2011

Zürich (SUI)

3 000M SC

8:20.31 

6th

-12,59sec

11/09/2011

Berlin (GER)

3 000M SC

8:17.23

5th

-12,75sec

13/09/2011

Zagreb (CRO)

3 000M SC

8:12.81

1st

-1,41sec

 

 

AJ= African Junior Championship; H= Heat; JXC= Junior Cross Country;
KJC=Kenya Junior Championship; NC= National Championship;
PC = Police Championship;RD= Road; SF= Semi Final;
WC= World Championship; WJC= World Junior Championship;
XC= Cross Country; EK=Ekiden; HM= Half-marathon
WYC= World Youth Championship; F= Final
AAG= All-Africa Games; (i)= Indoor; AP= Administration Police
KCSC= Kenya Colleges and Schools Championship
CYC= Commonwealth Youth Championship
EAY= East African Youth Championship
YOG= Youth Olympic Games


Promising Talent: Hillary MAIYO

Hillary MAIYO

Hillary Maiyo after his victory over 1 500m during a meeting in Narok (Kenya), April 2nd, 2011.

HONOURS:

– 2011 Africa Junior Champion over 1500m
– 2010 Kenya Junior Champion over 1500m

BIO:

Hillary Maiyo was born on October 2nd 1993 in Sokyot in North Nandi District near Eldoret.

Coached by Jimmy Simba and Joseph Ngure he began running in 2009. He trains and lives in Eldoret at the High Performance Training Centre created by legendary Kipchoge Keino. Kipchoge Keino was his hero when he was a kid. Like many of his countrymen his parents are farmers and he has 2 brothers and 3 sisters but none of them are running.

Running as an individual, his teammates are Hillary Tuwei (1:46.7h over 800m) and Tony Wamulwa from Zambia (13:25 over 5 000m and 28:50 over 10K) among others. Although his disqualification at the 2010 World Junior Championship in Moncton (Canada) was an awful disappointment, his victory at the 2011 African Junior Championship in Gaborone (Botswana) is his best memory .

Running his last race in Paris (part of the Diamond League Circuit), pacing the men’s 1 500m, Hillary got some injuries but he recovered and he is now ready againHis goals for this year are to run under 3:33 over the 1 500m, to win the World Junior Championship in Barcelona (Spain), to be among the top athletes over the world and to make the Olympic team. His dream is to run under 3:29 over the 1 500m.

While he prefers hills and track workout, exercices are the hardest part in running for him. As of today his best workout is:

10*400m under 60sec recovery 60sec.

Finally if he was not an athlete he would have keep studying.

Hillary Maiyo, Africa Junior Champion over 1 500m in Gaborone (Botswana), May 13th, 2011.

PERSONAL BESTS:

Distance

Time

Year

800m

1:47.22

2010

1 500m

3:35.43

2011

5 000m

14:00.9h

2010

ALL TIME TOP 5 + AVG:

Distance

800m

1 500m

1

1:47.22

3:35.43

2

1:49.09

3:36.42

3

1:50.88

3:37.27

4

3:38.52

5

3:39.56

AVG

3:37.44 

PROGRESSION: 

Date

800m

Date

1 500m

Date

5 000m

02/09/2010

1:50.88

17/04/2010

3:44.1h

03/04/2010

14:00.9h

03/09/2010

1:47.22

17/06/2010

3:41.3h

31/08/2010

3:38.52

09/09/2010

3:36.42

13/05/2011

3:35.43

ANNUAL BESTS:

Year

800m

1 500m

5 000m

2010

1:47.22

3:36.42

14:00.9h

2011

1:49.09

3:35.43

2012

Hillary Maiyo in Formia (Italy), July 2011.

PERFORMANCES:

DATE

CITY

EVENT

TIME

FINISH

MARGIN

03/04/2010

Nakuru (KEN)

5 000M

14:00.9h

7th

-14.5hsec

17/04/2010

Mumias (KEN)

1 500M

3:44.1h

4th

-1,2hsec

15/05/2010

Eldoret (KEN)

1 500M

3:44.2h

5th

-6,7hsec

16/06/2010

Nairobi (KEN)

1 500M KJC

3:47.65

2nd

-0,77sec

17/06/2010

Nairobi (KEN)

1 500M KJC

3:41.3h

1st

+0,7hsec

20/07/2010

Moncton (CAN)

1 500M WJC

DQ

DQ

28/08/2010

Nairobi (KEN)

1 500M

3:42.33

3rd

-0,55sec

31/08/2010

Rovereto (ITA)

1 500M

3:38.52

1st

+0,95sec

02/09/2010

Celje (SLO)

800M

1:50.88

3rd

-0,93sec

03/09/2010

Padova (ITA)

800M

1:47.22

7th

-0,71sec

09/09/2010

Milano (ITA)

1 500M

3:36.42

6th

-1,25sec

08/02/2011

Nairobi (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

25:22

4th

-38sec

02/04/2011

Narok (KEN)

1 500M

3:40.1h

1st

+1,1hsec

30/04/2011

Mumias (KEN)

1 500M

3:45.8h

5th

-1,4hsec

12/05/2011

Gaborone (GAB)

1 500M AJC

3:46.34

2nd

-4,26sec

13/05/2011

Gaborone (GAB)

1 500M AJC

3:35.43

1st

+0,11sec

28/05/2011

Dakar (SEN)

800M

1:49.09

9th

-2,44sec

09/06/2011

Oslo (NOR)

1 500M

3:37.27

2nd

-0,02sec

18/06/2011

Bilbao (ESP)

1 500M

3:39.56

1st

+1,25sec

08/07/2011

Paris (FRA)

1 500M

DNF

DNF

14/07/2011

Nairobi (KEN)

1 500M NC (H)

3:45.7h

5th

-1,2hsec

15/07/2011

Nairobi (KEN)

1 500M NC (SF)

3:43.6h

8th

-5,9hsec

24/03/2012

Thika (KEN)

1 500M

3:41.6h

4th

-4,6hsec

AJ= African Junior Championship; H= Heat; JXC= Junior Cross Country;
KJC=Kenya Junior Championship; NC= National Championship;
PC = Police Championship;RD= Road; SF= Semi Final;
WC= World Championship; WJC= World Junior Championship;
XC= Cross Country; EK=Ekiden; HM= Half-marathon
WYC= World Youth Championship; F= Final
AAG= All-Africa Games; (i)= Indoor

Promising Talent: Caleb NDIKU

Caleb NDIKU

Caleb Ndiku Wins The 2012 New Balance Grand Prix over 3 000m, Boston, February 5th, 2012.

HONOURS:

– 2009 World Youth Runner-up over 1500m
– 2010 World Junior XC Champion
– 2010 World Junior Champion over 1 500m
– 2011 All-Africa Games Champion over 1 500m

BIO:

World Youth runner-up over 1 500m in 2009, World Junior cross country Champion in Bydgoszcz (Poland) in march 2010 and World Junior Champion over 1 500m in Moncton (Canada) 4 months later, the native from Machakos Caleb Ndiku was awarded the Most Promising Kenyan Sportsman of the Year 2010, following the steps of Brimin Kipruto, Samuel Wanjiru and Asbel Kiprop among others.

Meanwhile he signed for the Japanese company Nissin Shokuhin, running two 1500m races alone in 3:38.71 and 3:39.53 before moving up to 5 000m in during the fall.

Injured at the end of 2010 after a winter spent in Japan, Caleb could not prepare well his 2011 cross country season. That way, for his first year competing as a senior, he ended 47th at the National XC Championship in february. Therefore, it is at home, disappointed and deceived, that he followed the World Championship in Punta Umbria.

40 days later, in Sardinia, the young kenyan could have regrets, finishing second at the very competitive Alasport Cross Country – – only 3 seconds behind the World XC Champion Imane Merga and ahead of his countryman and World XC runner-up Paul Tanui.

He then went back to Kenya and made his Pro-debut in Doha (Qatar), finishing in 4th with a +4 seconds Personnal Best, improving again 3 weeks later at the Fanny Blankers-Koen Games in Hengelo, blitzing a 3:32.02 for third.

Finishing 6th at the National Championship, he could not manage to make the national team for the World Championship in Daegu but qualify for the All-Africa Games instead. As a result, on september 15th 2011, he became the 7th Kenyan to win the title over 1 500m, succeeding to Asbel Kiprop.

If all goes well, the tall and powerful Ndiku – the only runner in a 10 children family – will confirm his new status and fulfill his huge potential this year; looking to the next step:  to be a Champion.

Caleb Ndiku after winning thé World Junior Champion title over 1500m, on July 22nd 2010 in Moncton (Canada).

PERSONAL BESTS:

Distance

Time

Year

800m

1:52.2h

2009

1 500m

3:32.02

2011

Mile

3:49.77

2011

5 000m

13:18.96

2010

3 000m (i)

7:35.42

2012

ALL TIME TOP 5 + AVG:

Distance

1 500m

5 000m

1

3:32.02

13:18.96

2

3:33.05

13:26.03

3

3:34.17

4

3:35.50

5

3:37.04

AVG

3:34.36

PROGRESSION:

Date

800m

Date

1 500m

Date

5 000m

14/06/2007

1:52.6h

16/06/2009

3:38.2h

26/09/2010

13:26.03

16/05/2009

1:52.2h

22/07/2010

3:37.30

05/12/2010

13:18.96

06/05/2011

3:33.05

29/05/2011

3:32.02

Date

3 000m (i)

 05/02/2012

7:38.29

23/02/2012

7:35.42 

ANNUAL BESTS:

Year

800m

1 500m

Mile

5 000m

2007

1:56.6h

2008

3:57.7h

2009

1:52.2h

3:38.2h

2010

3:37.30

13:18.96

2011

3:32.02

3:49.77

2012

Year

3 000m (i)

2009

2010

2011

2012

7:35.42

Caleb Ndiku with his coach Paul Mutwii at the World Junior Championship in Moncton (Canada), July 21th 2010.

PERFORMANCES:

DATE

CITY

EVENT

TIME

FINISH

MARGIN

14/06/2007

Nairobi (KEN)

NC – 800M (H)

1:52.6h

7th

-4,2sec

20/06/2008

Machakos (KEN)

1 500M

3:57.7h

3rd

-11sec

29/11/2008

Meru (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

26:07

5th

-57sec

16/05/2009

Mombasa (KEN)

800M

1:52.2h

1st

+1,5hsec

16/06/2009

Nairobi (KEN)

1 500M

3:38.2h

3rd

-1,4hsec

09/07/2009

Bressanone (ITA)

1 500M WYC (H)

3:45.55

1st

+1,33sec

12/07/2009

Bressanone (ITA)

1 500M WYC (F)

3:38.42

2nd

-1,06sec

29/11/2009

Nairobi (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

23:35

4th

-17sec

20/02/2010

Nairobi (KEN)

KJC XC – 8km

23:42

3rd

-4sec

28/03/2010

Bydgoszcz (POL)

WJC XC

22:07

1st

+2sec

01/05/2010

Yokohama (JPN)

1 500M

3:38.71

1st

+3,69sec

08/05/2010

Osaka (JPN)

1 500M

3:39.53

1st

+1,27sec

16/06/2010

Nairobi (KEN)

1 500M

3:44.35

2nd

-0,58sec

17/06/2010

Nairobi (KEN)

1 500M

3:42.0h

2nd

-0,7hsec

24/06/2010

Nairobi (KEN)

NC 1 500M (H)

3:42.3h

3rd

-0,7hsec

25/06/2010

Nairobi (KEN)

NC 1 500M (SF)

3:39.8h

6th

-2,0hsec

20/07/2010

Moncton (CAN)

WJC 1 500M (H)

3:42.32

1st

+0,30sec

22/07/2010

Moncton (CAN)

WJC 1 500M (F)

3:37.30

1st

+1,56sec

26/09/2010

Yokohama (JPN)

5 000M

13:26.03

3rd

-7,81sec

05/12/2010

Yokohama (JPN)

5 000M

13:18.96

4th

-3,78sec

05/02/2011

 (KEN)

XC

32:54

3rd

-27sec

19/02/2011

Nairobi (KEN)

NC XC

47th 

27/03/2011

A. dei Sardi (TA)

XC – 11Km

32:14

2nd

-3sec

06/05/2011

Doha (QAT)

1 500M

3:33.05

4th

-1,21sec

29/05/2011

Hengelo (NED)

1 500M

3:32.02

4th

-0,20sec

04/06/2011

Eugene (USA)

Mile

3:49.77

5th

-0,68sec

11/06/2011

New York (USA)

1 500M

3:37.04

3rd

-0,89sec

14/07/2011

Nairobi (KEN)

NC 1 500M (H)

3:45.0h

2nd

-0,3hsec

15/07/2011

Nairobi (KEN)

NC 1 500M (SF)

3:39.9h

3rd

-0,4hsec

16/07/2011

Nairobi (KEN)

NC 1 500M (F)

3:35.50

6th

-4,11sec

22/07/2011

Barcelona (ESP)

1 500M

3:34.17

5th

-1,23sec

29/07/2011

Stockholm (SWE)

1 500M

DNF

DNF

14/09/2011

Maputo (MOZ)

AAG 1 500M (H)

3:48.92

1st

+0,04sec

15/09/2011

Maputo (MOZ)

AAG 1 500M (F)

3:39.12

1st

+0,60sec

03/12/2011

Nyahururu (KEN)

XC – 12Km

37:10

3rd

-23sec

15/01/2012

Le Mans (FRA)

XC – 10.4Km

29:32

1st

+4sec

05/02/2012

Boston (USA)

3 000M (i)

7:38.29

1st

+0,68sec

11/02/2012

Fayetteville (USA)

Mile (i)

3:52:66

2nd

-0,03sec

18/02/2012

Nairobi (KEN)

NC XC

DNF

DNF

23/02/2012

Stockholm (SWE)

3 000M (i)

7:35:42

5th

-1,87sec

AJ= African Junior Championship; H= Heat; JXC= Junior Cross Country;
KJC=Kenya Junior Championship; NC= National Championship;
PC = Police Championship;RD= Road; SF= Semi Final;
WC= World Championship; WJC= World Junior Championship;
XC= Cross Country; EK=Ekiden; HM= Half-marathon
WYC= World Youth Championship; F= Final
AAG= All-Africa Games; (i)= Indoor

Promising Talent: Japhet KORIR

Japhet KORIR

Japhet Korir winning the Junior race in Kangaru on november 19 2011.

HONOURS:

– 2008 Youth Commonwealth Games Bronze medallist over 5 000m
– 2009 Kenya Junior XC Bronze medallist
– 2010 World Junior Cross Country Bronze medallist
– 2011 African Junior Cross Country Bronze medallist
– 2012 African Junior Cross Country Silver medallist

BIO:

Japhet Korir was born on June 30th 1993 in Sotik.

Bronze medallist at the 2008 Youth Commonwealth Games over 5 000m at the age of 15; 5th as a Youth at the 2009 Wolrd Junior XC race in Amman (Jordan); third the following year in Bydgoszcz, Japhet Korir created a stir on the cross country scene, becoming a national sensation. And his training partner David Bett is not going to say otherwise. 

After finishing 2010 with two personal bests over 3 000m and 5 000m and a second place at the East-African high school Championship over 5 000m, the young student at Kiptere Secondary School in Kericho decided to multiply races in 2011, running on all fronts with no less than 7 track races between May and June. This way he believes he will earn more experience  

Ended up his outdoor season with a 7:40.93 PB over 3 000m and a 13:17.18 PB over 5 000m; the teenage prodigy head back to Kenya at the end of the summer to prepare the domestic Junior Cross Country circuit. On his way to success, the Sigowet Athletics Club athlete, will probably be facing his compatriots  Isaiah Koech, Patrick Mwaka, Albert Rop, William Malel and David Bett among others promising talent. The race will be tight and it is coming soon. 

Fronting World Youth 3 000m titleholder William Malel for the AK XC Series Jackpot  (4200$) ; he won the third leg of the series in Kangaru and is in a tie with Malel before the conclusion of the seven meets series that will take places on February 18 in Nairobi, at the National Cross Country Championship

Before this Japhet is going to make his indoor debut at the 2012 PSD Bank meeting in Dusseldorf (Germany) on february 10th for a very fast 5 000m (Haron Lagat will pace the field, targeting a 12:50 finishing time). He will be facing a strong field including former World Youth Champion Isaiah Koech, steeplechaser Paul Kipsiele Koech, young talent Albert Rop and wolrd championship finalist Thomas Longosiwa among others. Let’s see how it goes but Japhet is thirsty for victory.

Japhet Korir on his way to win the Eldoret Junior XC race on January 17, 2010.

PERSONAL BESTS:

Distance

Time

Year

3 000m

7:40.93

2011

5 000m

13:17.18

2011

10K

29:57

2011

5 000m (i)

13:11.44

2012

ALL TIME TOP 5 + AVG:

Distance

3 000m

5 000m

10K

1

7:40.93

13:17.18

30:34

2

7:41.38

13:19.43

29:57

3

7:52.44

13:29.85

4

 7:57.6h

13:30.82

5

13:35.63

AVG

13:26.58

PROGRESSION: 

Date

3 000m

Date

5 000m

Date

10K

16/06/2009

7:57.6h

18/06/2008

13:57.2h

26/03/2011

30:34

13/07/2010

7:41.38

17/04/2010

13:54.7h

16/10/2011

29:57

12/06/2011  7:40.93

10/07/2010

13:19.43

25/05/2011

13:17.18

ANNUAL BESTS:

Year

3 000m

5 000m

10K

2008

13:57.2h

2009

7:57.6h

2010

7:41.38

13:19.43

2011

7:40.93

13:17.18

29:57

2012

Year

5 000m (i)

2012

13:11.44

Japhet Korir (#0229) leading during the 2010 National Championship in the Junior race in Nairobi, February 20, 2010.

PERFORMANCES:

DATE

CITY

EVENT

TIME

FINISH

MARGIN

18/06/2008

Nairobi (KEN)

5 000M

13:57.2h

6th

16/10/2008

Pune (IND)

CYG 5 000M

14:11.39

3rd

-0,53sec

15/11/2008

Kericho (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

22:18

1st

+33sec

30/11/2008

Eldoret (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

25:11

7th

-19sec

13/12/2008

Kisii (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

24:12

1st

+26sec

27/12/2008

Nyahururu (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

22:50

2nd

-6sec

10/01/2009

Eldoret (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

23:23

1st

+1sec

01/02/2009

Kericho (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

22:04

1st

+41sec

21/02/2009

Nairobi (KEN)

KJC XC

25:26

3rd

-3sec

16/06/2009

Nairobi (KEN)

3 000M

7:57.6h

3rd

29/11/2009

Eldoret (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

23:01

4th

16sec

20/12/2009

Kisii (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

24:09

1st

+5sec

28/03/2009

Amman (JOR)

WJC XC

23:36

5th

-10sec

17/01/2010

Eldoret (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

23:37

1st

+14sec

20/02/2010

Nairobi (KEN)

KJC XC

22:49

4th

-41sec

28/03/2010

Bydgoszcz (POL)

WJC XC

22:12

3rd

-5sec

17/04/2010

Mumias (KEN)

5 000M

13:54.7h

3rd

-0,5hsec

10/07/2010

Heusden (BEL)

5 000M

13:19.43

4th

-19,71sec

13/07/2010

Liege (BEL)

3 000M

7:41.38

3rd

-2,35sec

20/08/2010

Nakuru (KEN)

5 000M

14:17.11

2nd

-1,30sec

14/11/2010

Kipkelion (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

25:23

3rd

-30sec

21/11/2010

Eldoret (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

22:16

1st

+14sec

04/12/2010

Kisii (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

25:45

3rd

-16sec

08/01/2011

Iten (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

25:02

2nd

-27sec

08/02/2011

Kericho (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

24:13

5th

-5sec

20/02/2011

Nairobi (KEN)

KJC XC

23:42

8th

-16sec

06/03/2011

Cape Town (RSA)

AJXC – 8Km

23:03

1st

+1sec

26/03/2011

Kericho (KEN)

10K

30:34

2nd

-11sec

11/05/2011

Fortaleza (BRA)

5 000M

13:30.82

2nd

-6,17sec

15/05/2011

Belem (BRA)

5 000M

13:35.63

4th

-13,87sec

25/05/2011

Nijmegen (NED)

5 000M

13:17.18

3rd

-0,88sec

29/05/2011

Hengelo (NED)

5 000M

13:56.33

16th

-57,18sec

01/06/2011

Dessau (GER)

3 000M

7:52.44

1st

+6,12sec

07/06/2011

Montreuil (FRA)

5 000M

13:29.85

6th

-18,84sec

12/06/2011

Strasbourg (FRA)

3 000M

7:40.93

4th

-1,21sec

15/10/2011

Ndalat (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

24:03

1st

+16sec

16/10/2011

Kericho (KEN)

10K

29:57

1st

+20sec

05/11/2011

Tala (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

22:58

4th

-6sec

12/11/2011

Eldoret (KEN)

JXC

20:20

2nd

-1sec

19/11/2011

Kangaru (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

23:47

1st

+11sec

27/11/2011

Eldoret (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

23:50

5th

+45sec

22/01/2012

Eldoret (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

23:15

2nd

-12sec

10/02/2012

Dusseldorf (GER)

5 000M (i)

13:11.44

6th

-12,74sec

14/02/2012

Diekrich (LUX)

XC

30:34

1st

+2sec

18/02/2012

Nairobi (KEN)

NC XC

23:21

4th

+14sec

18/03/2012

Cape Town

AJ XC

23:31

2nd

-1sec

AJ= African Junior Championship; H= Heat; JXC= Junior Cross Country;
KJC=Kenya Junior Championship; NC= National Championship;
PC = Police Championship;RD= Road; SF= Semi Final;
WC= World Championship; WJC= World Junior Championship;
XC= Cross Country; EK=Ekiden; HM= Half-marathon
WYC= World Youth Championship; F= Final
AAG= All-Africa Games; (i)= Indoor
CYG= Commonwealth Youth Games

Q&A with Leonel Manzano

Interview with our favorite Leonel Manzano, 2009 US 1500m runner-up  & Berlin World Championship Finalist over 1500m.  

Leonel Manzano taking the second place over 1500m in Brussells (Belgium), August 27, 2010.

Last Name : MANZANO
First Name : Leonel
Age : 26 
Country : USA

Palmarès :
– US runner-up in 2009 over 1500m
– 2009 World Championship finalist. 

Progression 800m :

1:53.72 (2002)
1:51.54 (2003)
1:50.48 (2004)
1:49.26 (2006)
1:46.20 (2009)
1:44.56 (2010)

Progression 1500m :

3:37.13 (2005)
3:39.49 (2006)
3:35.29 (2007)
3:36.67 (2008)
3:33.33 (2009)
3:32.27 (2010)

Records :
– 800m : 1:44.56
– 1500m : 3:32.37

L’interview Runafrica :

1/ Where were you born ?
In Dolores Hidalgo in Mexico.

2/ How and when did you start running ? Who is your coach ?
I always ran but I started focusing at 13. Ryan Ponsonby (3:42 for 1500m in 2003) & John Cook (1:47 at 800m in 1988)

3/ What distances are your running ? What are your Personnal Best ?
I run the 800m (1:44.56) and the 1500m (3:32.37)

4/ What race is your best memory ? Can You tell us more about that race ?
The 2005 NCAA Champoionship in Sacramento (California). I was the outsider. Due to little injuries the weekend of the compétition, I was not sure that I could defend my title at 100%. After my heat (where i ended up 5th) I felt cramps to both of my calves and the day before the final my knee was swelling after a run by the Tahoe Lake.  It was not easy to manage. But in the end I won the race in 3’37 with a new PB and a championship record. Happiness! 


5/ When was your last race ? 
My last race was in Europe (Croatia) and I just ran the Boston and New York indoor races. 

6/ The next one ?
Not before april, maybe at the Penn Relays.

7/ What is your actual shape in comparison at last year?
I feel more sharp, strong and fast, Each year is better than the previous one.

8/ What are your goals for this year ? (Time, championship, race)
1:43 for the 800m. 3:30 for the 1500m & 3:49 in the mile.

9/ What are your dreams for tomorrow ?
To run fast!

10/ Who was your role model as a kid ?
Bruce Lee.

11/ If you were not an athlete, what else would you be ?
A slug, someone very slow (laugh).

12/ Where are you mostly training ? 
In Austin (Texas)

13/ How many miles/kilometres are you doing each week ?
I ran between 110 and 130km each week. 

14/ Can you tell us the best workout you have done until today ?
There has been many. Each year workouts are like challenges and I love to take up challenges. My favorite one is 10*400m under 1 minute. 

15/ What do you eat before a race ?
A good steak and some veggies. 

16/ What are you planning after running ?
Many things but for now i stay focus on running. 

17/ Have you ever been to France ? 
I ran in Monaco last year, it was gréât. But I would love to come and run in Paris, maybe this year! 

A last word : Thank you for giving me the opportunity to answer at your questions and good luck for the future. 

Kip Evans – 15/02/2011