Habari za Wiki - 13 July, 2021
From Us At Enda
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From The Enda Community
This comes as a bit of news for everyone in the Enda Community in Europe: we’re coming your way! Our friends at Manuyoo shared some of the good news as they’re selling shoes in Berlin now:
“Special Moment! We start Brick&Mortar with our partner The Latest Store - starting next week you can find a selection of our products at Berlin‘s #kudamm”
We’ll keep working on expanding the places where you can find us in stores, but in the meantime, you know you can always find us online :)
The Running News
Intense Contests in Monaco
Monaco Diamond League sees some of the best racing of the year, and this year didn’t disappoint. There is a London/Gatehead meet today, but it’s a mostly British affair as many athletes took Monaco as the last tune up before the games.
Here’s a recap of the most exciting races:
Faith Kipyegon showed she’s in exceptional form running a 3:51.07 1500m to beat Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands. 3:51.07 is just 1 second off Genzebe Dibaba’s world record, and the fastest time run in the past 6 years. Going into the final 200m Hassan was in front, but Kipyegon found another gear and was able to open up a 2 second gap by the time she crossed the line.
Timothy Cheruiyot is running like he’s got something to prove. After missing making Team Kenya, he is just tearing up the track. In Monaco he ran a personal best of 3:28.28, which is also a world leading time (best this year) by 2.2 seconds. It’s a true shame that he won’t have a chance to race in Tokyo, but with the way he’s racing right now, it’s clear he is the current king of 1500.
Perhaps the most dramatic race of the day saw Hyvin Kiyeng locked in a duel with American Emma Coburn. Clearing a barrier on the back stretch Coburn seemed to grimace. Then moments later on the water barrier she fell and was slow to recover.
Kiyeng was gone and took the comfortable win. Beatrice Chepkoech, who had been trailing, managed to grab second. From Kenyan trials through to the most recent Diamond League, it seems Kiyeng has better fitness than Chepkoech at the moment. It will be fun to see how they do in Tokyo.
Another blistering race was the men’s 800m. Marco Arop of Canada ran hard and led a 3 man pack with Nijel Amos of Botswana and Emmanuel Korir through the first lap and a half. In the final 200 meters Amos and Korir squeaked past him. Amos took the win in 1:42.91 as Freguson Rotich closed the distance behind for a close 4th place finish.
No Fans At The Games
It’s the direction things were headed, so perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised. But the final decision is in: there won’t be spectators at the Olympics. Tokyo is in a fresh emergency lockdown, so athletes will compete in front of empty seats and TV cameras.