Worldclass Athletes: Mohammed AMAN

Mohammed AMAN

Mohammed Aman winning in Milan and beating Kenyan World champion and world record holder David Rudisha, September 10, 2011.

HONOURS:

– 2010 Ethiopia runner-up over 800m
– 2010 Eastern Africa Youth Champion over 800m
– 2010 Youth Olympics Champion over 800m
– 2011 Africa Junior Champion over 800m
– 2011 World Youth silver medallist over 800m
– 2011 World Championship Finalist over 800m
– 2012 World Indoor Champion over 800m

BIO:

Mohammed Aman was born on january 10th 1994 in Asella in central Ethiopia.

Started running around 2006 when he was in school, Mohammed – the only runner in the family – has two brothers and five sisters. His father work for the government while is mother is a housewife.

After finishing second at the 2010 National Championship over 800m, he won the 2010 Eastern Africa Youth Championship in Khartoum (Sudan) over 800m and was the first winner of the 1000 meters at the 2010 Youth Olympics in Singapore, setting a new National Record over the distance in 2:19.54.

Right after his indoor debut in early 2011, he went to win is second Africa Junior Title over 800m in may in Gaborone (Bostwana) but was later stripped of his 2009 title for being too young (ten days) to compete in those championship. He then made his debut over other distances (Mile and 1500m) as a preparation for the 2011 World Youth Championship in Lille (France) where he won the silver medal and set a new National Record over 800m in 1:44.68.

He bettered his 800m National Record 7 weeks later during the semi-final at the 2011 World Championship in Daegu (South Korea) and finished 8th in the Final.

The 17 year-old Ethiopian improved in Rieti in September, setting a new World Youth Best in 1:43.37 behind World Record holder David Rudisha whom he beat 8 days later in Milano, ending David Rudisha‘s 34 winning streak.

When he was a kid he liked all the Ethiopian famous athletes that « died » for the Ethiopian flag such as Haile Gebrselassie, Derartu Tulu, Kenenisa Bekele and Tirunesh Dibaba.

His goal for this year is to win London Olympics and try to run his personal best.

Training mostly in Addis Abeba and around with the National Team, he runs between 40 and 50 miles a week. Until today, the best workout he did is:
2*400m in 46.94 & 47.23 with 10 minutes recovery between each.

If he was not an athlete he thinks he could have been a good mathematics teacher and consider injuries as the hardest part in running.

Mohammed Aman one day before winning The Aviva Indoor Grand Prix, in Birmingham (England), February 17, 2012.

PERSONAL BESTS:

Distance

Time

Year

800m

1:43.37

2011

1 000m

2:19.54

2010

1 500m

3:43.52

2011

Mile

3:57.14

2011

800m (i)

1:45.40

2012

1 500m (i)

3:46.31

2011

ALL TIME TOP 5 + AVG: 

Distance

800m

1 000m

800m (i)

1

1:43.37

2:19.54

1:45.40

2

1:43.50

2:20.59

1:45.84

3

1:44.29

2:24.40

1:46.80

4

1:44.57

 

1:48.12

5

1:44.68

 

1:49.21

AVG

1:44.08

 

1:47.07

PROGRESSION:

Date

800m

Date

1 000m

23/06/2008

1:50.29

12/05/2010

2:20.59

09/01/2009

1:47.75

22/08/2010

2:19.54

17/05/2009

1:46.34

07/06/2011

1:45.74

09/07/2011

1:44.68

10/09/2011

1:43.37

Date

800m (i)

08/02/2011

1:48.12

14/02/2012

1:46.80

18/02/2012

1:45.40

ANNUAL BESTS:

Year

800m

1000m

1 500m

2008

1:50.29

2009

1:46.34

2010

1:48.5h

2:19.54

2011

1:43.37

 

3:43.52

2012

Year

Mile

800m (i)

1 500m (i)

2010

1:48.12

2011

3:57.14

1:45.40

3:46.31

2012

Mohammed Aman

PERFORMANCES:

DATE

CITY

EVENT

TIME

FINISH

MARGIN

23/06/2008

Abuja (NGR)

800M (i)

1:50.29

6th

-2,51sec

09/01/2009

Addis Abeba (ETH)

800M

 1:47.75

1st

29/04/2009

Addis Abeba (ETH)

NC 800M

1:50.68

6th

-3,17sec

17/05/2009

Rio de Janeiro (BRA)

800M

1:46.34

4th

-1,37sec

20/05/2009

Uberlandia (BRA)

800M

1:49.67

5th

-2,23sec

24/05/2009

Belém (BRA)

800M

1:46.75

4th

-2,12sec

14/06/2009

Casablanca (MAR)

800M

1:47.68

7th

-2,41sec

01/08/2009

Bambous (MRI)

AJC 800M

1:52.52

DQ

02/08/2009

Bambous (MRI)

AJC 800M

1:48.82

DQ

26/08/2009

Grangemouth (GBR)

800M

1:52.70

1st

+0,81sec

01/05/2010

Addis Abeba (ETH)

NC 800M

1:48.5h

2nd

-1,1hsec

12/05/2010

Khartoum (SUD)

EAY 1 000M

2:20.59

1st

-1,02sec

08/06/2010

Montreuil (FRA)

800M

1:55.44

8th

-9,53sec

12/06/2010

Sotteville (FRA)

800M

1:49.03

10th

-3,49sec

18/08/2010

Singapore (SIN)

YOG 1 000M (H)

2:24.40

1st

+0,11sec

22/08/2010

Singapore (SIN)

YOG 1 000M (F)

2:19.54

1st

+1,71sec

29/01/2011

Bordeaux (FRA)

1 500M (i)

3:46.31

4th

-6,96sec

08/02/2011

Liévin (FRA)

800M (i)

1:48.12

1st

+0,07sec

11/02/2011

Düsseldorf (GER)

800M (i)

1:49.21

2nd

-0,23sec

13/02/2011

Gent (BEL)

800M (i)

DNF

DNF

30/04/2011

Philadelphia (USA)

DMR

9:44.96

7th

-27,51sec

14/05/2011

Gaborone (BOT)

AJC 800M (H)

1:50.39

1st

+0,68sec

15/05/2011

Gaborone (BOT)

AJC 800M (F)

1:46.62

1st

+0,54sec

04/06/2011

Eugene (USA)

Mile

3:57.14

8th

-3,28sec

07/06/2011

Montreuil (FRA)

800M

1:45.74

1st

+0,47sec

12/06/2011

Brazzaville (CGO)

1 500M

3:43.52

6th

-5,04sec

06/07/2011

Lille (FRA)

WYC 800M (H)

1:53.17

1st

+0,27sec

07/07/2011

Lille (FRA)

WYC 800M (SF)

1:47.72

2nd

-0,61sec

09/07/2011

Lille (FRA)

WYC 800M (F)

1:44.68

2nd

-0,60sec

27/08/2011

Daegu (KOR)

WC 800M (H)

1:45.17

2nd

-0,34sec

28/08/2011

Daegu (KOR)

WC 800M (SF)

1:44.57

1st

+0,03sec

30/08/2011

Daegu (KOR)

WC 800M (F)

1:45.93

8th

-2,02sec

10/09/2011

Rieti (ITA)

800M

1:43.37

3rd

-2,04sec

13/09/2011

Rovereto (ITA)

800M

1:46.48

1st

+0,45sec

16/09/2011

Bruxelles (BEL)

800M

1:44.29

2nd

-0,33sec

18/09/2011

Milano (ITA)

800M

1:43.50

1st

+0,07sec

14/02/2012

Liévin (FRA)

800M (i)

1:46.80

5th

-2,23sec

18/02/2012

Birmingham (GBR)

800M (i)

1:45.40

1st

+0,01sec

23/02/2012

Stockholm (SWE)

800M (i)

1:45.84

1st

+0,18sec

09/03/2012

Istanbul (TUR)

WC 800M (i)

(H)

1:50.56

2nd

-0,07sec

10/03/2012

Istanbul (TUR)

WC 800M (i)

(SF)

1:48.07

1st

+0,06sec

11/03/2012

Istanbul (TUR)

WC 800M (i)

(F)

1:48.36

1st

+0,26sec

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

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Worldclass Athlete: Josphat BETT

Josphat BETT

Josphat Bett, after winning the World Junior 10,000m Title in Bydgoszcz (Poland), July 9th 2008.

HONOURS:

– 2008 World Junior Champion over 10 000m
– 2008 Kenya Junior Champion over 10 000m

 BIO:

Josphat Bett was born on june 12th 1990 in Kericho. The second son of 4 children, he has one sister and two brothers. While is parents are farmers, both of his brother are worldclass athletes known as David and Emmanuel Bett; the later one clocking 26:51.95 last september in Bruxelles over 10 000m. Currently living in Eldoret, running was his hobby at school. He started running after seeing his role model Paul Tergat compete with Haile Gebrselassie in Athens in 2004.

Self-coached runner, he trains in Timborua near Eldoret town where he runs between 10 and 20 kilometers daily. His training partners whom he consider as « very talented » consist of 7:56 steeplechaser Paul Kipsiele KOECH, 3000m World Youth Champion Isaiah KOECH, Vincent RONO (7:37 at 3000m and 13:21 at 5000m) and his younger brother among others.

As of now, Josphat is running for Kenya Police. His last race was in Austria and his next one will be indoor where he is going to make his debut. His goals for this year is to be in London Olympics, aiming for a gold. In addition, like many of his fellow compatriots, Josphat is planning to move to the marathon in around 2 to 3 years to come.

He consider training as the hardest part in running. Two examples of his best workouts are sufficient to illustrate this:

– 10*800m between 2:05-2:08 recovery 60sec.
– 10*1km between 2:40-2:42 recovery 90sec.

Finally, if he was not an athlete, Josphat could have become a farmer like his parents.

PERSONAL BESTS:

Distance

Time

Year

3 000m

7:42.38

2009

5 000m

12:57.43

2009

10 000m

26:48.99

2011

10K

27:45

2011

3 000m (i)

8:02.80

2012

5 000m (i)

13:32.20

2012

ALL TIME TOP 5 + AVG: 

Distance

3 000m

5 000m

10 000m

1

7:42.38

12:57.43

26:48.99

2

7:51.00

13:07.97

27:30.85

3

7:58.93

13:11.29

27:50.0h

4

8:05.50

13:11.60

27:50.40

5

13:19.77

27:57.60

AVG

13:09.61

27:33.97

 PROGRESSION:

Date

3 000m

Date

5 000m

09/09/2008

7:51.00

20/09/2008

13:44.51

15/07/2009

7:42.38

11/06/2009

13:33.69

18/07/2009

13:07.97

04/09/2009

12:57.43

Date

10 000m

16/06/2008

28:18.0h

09/07/2008

27:30.85

03/06/2011

26:48.99

 ANNUAL BESTS:

Year

3 000m

5 000m

10 000m

10K

2008

7:51.00

13:44.51

27:30.85

2009

7:42.38

12:57.43

28:21.51

2010

7:58.93

13:11.60

27:50.40

2011

13:11.29

26:48.99

27:45

2012

3 000m (i)

5 000m (i)

8:02.80

13:32.20

Josphat Bett winning the 2008 World Junior Championship over 10 000m in a sprint finish with teammate Titus Mbishei, Bydgoszcz (Poland), July 9th, 2008.

PERFORMANCES:

DATE

CITY

EVENT

TIME

FINISH

MARGIN

02/12/2007

Eldoret (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

24:24

1st

+7sec

15/12/2007

Kisii (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

24:10

3rd

-4sec

18/06/2008

Nairobi (KEN)

10 000M KJC

28:18.0h

1st

+0,3hsec

09/07/2008

Bydgoszcz (POL)

10 000M WJC

27:30.85

1st

+0,80sec

05/09/2008

Bruxelles (BEL)

10 000M

28:03.91

14th

-56,94sec

09/09/2008

Zagreb (CRO)

3 000M

7:51.00

8th

-10,10sec

20/09/2008

Shanghai (CHN)

5 000M

13:44.51

11th

-28,25sec

30/11/2008

Eldoret (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

24:52

1st

+3sec

28/12/2008

Funchal (POR

RD – 6Km

16:36

2nd

-2sec

31/12/2008

Soest (NED)

XC

33:53

2nd

-34sec

08/05/2009

Eldoret (KEN)

5 000M

14:14.2h

1st

+0,9hsec

24/05/2009

Belem (BRA)

10 000M

28:21.51

2nd

-0,26sec

11/06/2009

Algiers (ALG)

5 000M

13:33.69

3rd

-1,00sec

15/07/2009

Naimette (BEL)

3 000M

7:42.38

1st

+0,40sec

18/07/2009

Heusden (BEL)

5 000M

13:07.97

3rd

-0,50sec

04/09/2009

Bruxelles (BEL)

5 000M

12:57.43

5th

-2,12sec

25/09/2009

Daegu (KOR)

5 000M

13:25.34

3rd

-0,42sec

06/01/2010

SanGiorgio (ITA)

XC

29:42

6th

-50sec

17/01/2010

Sevilla (ESP)

XC

32:42

11th

-88sec

27/05/2010

Ostrava (CZE)

3 000M

8:05.50

13th

-33,82sec

30/05/2010

Hengelo (NED)

3 000M

7:59.93

16th

-17,45sec

26/06/2010

Nairobi (KEN)

10 000M NC

27:50.40

12th

-28,47sec

03/07/2010

Eugene (USA)

5 000M

13:11.60

10th

-12,67sec

10/07/2010

Heusden (BEL)

5 000M

13:19.77

5th

-20,05sec

19/12/2010

Bruxelles (BEL)

XC

32:57

15th

-90sec

15/01/2011

Nairobi (KEN)

XC – PC

38:18

6th

-52sec

26/03/2011

Kericho (KEN)

21Km

60:38

1st

+4sec

03/06/2011

Eugene (USA)

10 000M

26:48.99

3rd

-2,42sec

11/06/2011

New York (USA)

5 000M

13:19.96

12th

-14,74sec

16/07/2011

Nairobi (KEN)

10 000M NC

27:50.0h

7th

-17,9hsec

22/07/2011

Monaco (MON)

5 000M

13:11.29

10th

-18,18sec

16/09/2011

Bruxelles (BEL)

10 000M

27:57.60

11th

-64,44sec

09/10/2011

Berlin (GER)

RD – 10K

27:45

2nd

-30sec

27/11/2011

Llodio (ESP)

XC

29:28

3rd

-13sec

18/12/2011

Bruxelles (BEL)

XC

34:31

10th

-119sec

31/12/2011

Peuerbach (AUT)

RD – 6.8Km

18:58

2nd

-7sec

14/01/2012

Nairobi (KEN)

XC – PC

38:36

4th

-58sec

10/02/2012

Dusseldorf (GER)

5 000M (i)

13:32.20

8th

-33,53sec

14/02/2012

Lievin (FRA)

3 000M (i)

8:02.80

12th

-30,24sec

31/03/2012

Praha (CZE)

HM

61.01

4th

-74sec

17/04/2012

Nairobi (KEN)

10 000M

28:27.6h

5th

-17,3hsec

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

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

Promising Talent: Clement LANGAT

Clement LANGAT

Clement Langat during the 2012 New Year Ekiden in Maebashi (Japan).

HONOURS:

– 2010 World Junior XC Runner-Up
– 2012 Africa XC Champion

BIO:

Clement Langat was born on December 18 1991 in Leldaet in Bomet District in the South Rift Valley.
 He started running at 10 when he was in Primary School.

Coached by Amos Korir (former 8:18.57 Steeplechaser back in 1981) he trains in Kaptagat (40 Kilometers from Eldoret) and Japan where he is running for Team Subaru. 1 500m and 5 000m specialist he excel as well in cross country finishing second at the 2010 World Junior XC Championship behind teamate Caleb Ndiku. He also started to run on the road with some Ekiden and other road relays in Japan and plans to run marathon later in his career.

Training betwween 105 and 120 Miles each week, his best workout is:
10*800m in 2:02-2:06 recovery 90sec.

After an excellent season in 2010 where he ran a 13:15.81 Personnal bests for 5 000m; Clement got injured during the winter and made his comeback almost one year later at the Yokohama Nittai University Time Trials. Now his body response better to training and his goals include a qualification at the Olympic Games and the Africa Cross Country Championship.

Very faithful he praise God to beat all his personal bests. If he was not a runner, he would have become a guard and William Sigei ( 1993 and 1994 World Cross Country Champion and former World Record Holder over 10 000m) was his hero as well as his neighbor when he was a kid. After his career he would like to become a coach.

Clement Langat leading Gideon Ngatuny, Caleb Ndiku and Ibrahim Jeilan during the 5000m race at the 2010 Yokohama Nittai University Trials, December 5th 2010.

PERSONAL BESTS:

Distance

Time

Year

1 500m

3:39.0h

2009

5 000m

13:15.81

2011 

ALL TIME TOP 5 + AVG: 

Distance

1 500m

5 000m

1

3:39.0h

13:15.81

2

3:40.90

13:19.76

3

3:41.07

13:20.09

4

3:42.31

13:24.89

5

3:42.87

13:37.55

AVG

 3:41.33  13:23.62

PROGRESSION:

Date

5 000m

24/10/2010

13:19.76

05/12/2010

13:15.81

ANNUAL BESTS:

Year

1 500m

5 000m

2009

3:39.0h

2010

3:40.90

13:15.81

2011

13:20.09

2012

Clement Langat

Clement Langat during the Junior race at the 2010 World Cross Country Championship in Bydgoszcz (Poland), march 28, 2010.

PERFORMANCES: 

DATE

CITY

EVENT

TIME

FINISH

MARGIN

16/06/2009

Nairobi (KEN)

1 500M

3:39.0h

4th

-2,2hsec

29/11/2009

Eldoret (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

23:02

5th

-14sec

20/02/2010

Nairobi (KEN)

KJC XC – 8Km

7th

28/03/2010

Bydgoszcz (POL)

WJC XC

22:09

2nd

-2sec

24/05/2010

Rehlingen (GER)

1 500M

3:41.07

7th

-5,84sec

26/06/2010

Nijmegen (NED)

1 500M

3:42.87

4th

-1,58sec

28/05/2010

Dessau (GER)

1 500M

3:40.90

7th

-2,61sec

05/06/2010

Marseille (FRA)

1 500M

3:42.31

6th

-7sec

24/10/2010

Yokohama (JPN)

5 000M

13:19.76

1st

+1,05sec

21/11/2010

Yokohama (JPN)

5 000M

13:37.55

1st

+21,90sec

05/12/2010

Yokohama (JPN)

5 000M

13:15.81

2nd

-0,63sec

01/01/2011

Maebashi (JPN)

EKIDEN – 8.3Km

22:17

2nd

-3sec

19/11/2011

Yokohama (JPN)

5 000M

13:24.89

2nd

-5,34sec

04/12/2011

Yokohama (JPN)

5 000M

13:20.09

4th

-1,57sec

18/12/2011

Nairobi (KEN)

NC XC

35:53

6th

-34sec

18/03/2011

Cape Town (RSA)

AXC

35:43

1st

+7sec

15/04/2012

Yokohama (JPN)

5000M

13:24.22

1st

+7,30sec

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; AXC= African Cross Country