Geoffrey Kamworor took 17 seconds off the world record at the Copenhagen Half Marathon on Sunday (15), winning the IAAF Gold Label road race in 58:01*.
The 26-year-old Kenyan returned to the Danish capital, the scene of his first of three world half-marathon titles, in a bid to improve on the world record of 58:18 set in Valencia last year by Abraham Kiptum.
Mr. Abdelhakim Dib, president of the Algerian Athletics Federation, also vice-president of the African Athletics Confederation (CAA), chaired on Saturday, April 6, 2019, a technical meeting of the CAA North Zone, on the sidelines of the Arab championships taking place in Cairo, Egypt.
At this meeting, representatives of the six member countries (Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt) addressed important issues on the development of athletics within the zone. In particular, it was discussed to encourage the exchange of athletes and officials in national competitions. Thus, it was decided after an exchange of views and a fruitful debate to open the national championships to the athletes of the member countries whose lists must be confirmed and sent by the technical directors of the respective federations.
In order to encourage young people and promote the transition from junior to senior, members of the zone decided to create a championship for U23 hopefuls. The aim of this competition is to give young people an international competition opportunity.
Women's athletics was also at the center of this meeting, which decided to set up a championship for the ladies.
The respective national technical directors, including the FAA DTN, Mr. Abderahmane Morceli were invited to look into the regulatory and competitive aspects of these competitions that the CAA North Zone wants to launch as soon as possible.
On the sidelines of this meeting, a working session brought together the members of the CAA North Zone with those of the Arab Union in order to reinforce existing cooperation and the means to develop it.
Abdelhakim Dib (Algeria), Ibrahim Shehu-Gusau (Nigeria) and Jackson Tuwei (Kenya), new presidents of the Northern,Western and Eastern Regions
The president of the Algerian Athletics Federation (FAA) Abdelhakim Dib, was elected head of the North Region of the African Athletics Confederation after the elections held in Zeralda (Algiers). Dib won three votes to two for Tunisian candidate Khaled Amara.
Thus, the six nations forming this Zone 1 north of the CAA are: Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania and Tunisia.
In addition, Nigerian Ibrahim Shehu-Gusau was elected for a four-year term as West Region President, replacing Senegal's Momar Mbaye. This change took place in Lome, Togo, in the presence of representatives of the 15 member countries of this Region.
General Jackson Tuwei (Kenya) was elected leader of the East Region at the end of the elective congress held in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia).
The new office of the Central Region of the African Athletics Confederation was set up in N'Djamena (Chad). Led by Central African Bruno Konga, the executive board is composed of 5 members.
Abdelhakim Dib (Algeria), Ibrahim Shehu-Gusau (Nigeria), Jackson Tuwei (Kenya) and Moses Bantsi (Botswana) preside over the destinies of the Northern, Western, Eastern and Southern Regions.
African athletics has been very successful in 2018 with five (5) new world records, including two for women, two for men and one for U20 boys.
24 March, Valencia – women’s half marathon world record
1:06:11wo Netsanet Gudeta Kebede (ETH)
Previous: 1:06:25wo Lornah Kiplagat (NED) Udine 14 Oct 2007
The women-only world record looked vulnerable before the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships Valencia 2018 but few would have predicted that Ethiopia’s Netsanet Gudeta would be the one to claim it.
20 July, Monaco – women’s steeplechase world record
8:44.32 Beatrice Chepkoech (KEN)
Previous: 8:52.78 Ruth Jebet (BRN) Paris 2 Aug 2016
Kenya’s Beatrice Chepkoech produced one of the stand-out moments of the IAAF Diamond League season when chopping eight seconds off the world steeplechase record in Monaco.
31 August, Brussels – men’s 5000m world U20 record
12:43.02 Selemon Barega (ETH)
Previous: 12:47.53 Hagos Gebrhiwet (ETH) Paris 6 Jul 2012
The majority of the field in the men’s 5000m at the IAAF Diamond League final in Brussels latched on to the early fast tempo set by the pacemakers and were rewarded with huge PBs. Selemon Barega was the first to finish, though, and his winning time smashed the world U20 record.
16 September, Berlin – men’s marathon world record
2:01:39 Eliud Kipchoge (KEN)
Previous: 2:02:57 Dennis Kimetto (KEN) Berlin 28 Sep 2014
After several previous record attempts were thwarted for various reasons, everything finally fell into place for Eliud Kipchoge in Berlin as he clocked 2:01:39, smashing the world record by 78 seconds – the biggest single improvement on a men’s marathon world record since 1967.
28 October, Valencia – men’s half marathon world record
58:18 Abraham Kiptum (KEN)
Previous: 58:23 Zersenay Tadese (ERI) Lisbon 21 March 2010
Zersenay Tadese’s world record had withstood numerous challenges over the past eight years, but Kenya’s Abraham Kiptum finally took it down in Valencia with his run of 58:18.