Photo: Yohei Kamiyama/Agence SHOT
Breaking away from the lead pack after halfway Yemane Tsegaye won the 65th edition and recorded his 4th consecutive sub-2:10 time writes Ken Nakamaura. He was only 21 seconds behind course record pace at 30km but the weather slowed him in the final stages.
194 runners started the race in light rain, and 39 of them passed through 5km in 15:10 and 10km in 30:21. By 20km (60:41) there were still 25 runners together, but Tsegay urged the pacemakers to increase the pace and the pack broke apart. Soon three pace makers and Yemane Tsegay led, with South African Hendrick Ramaala several metres behind. Pacemaker Stephen Mokoka dropped out at 25km (1:15:41) leaving Yemane and two pacemakers 10 seconds up.
Around 29km, Ramaala and Tomoya Shimizu fell behind and at 30km the last pacemaker dropped out. Tsegay now led the chase pack by 48 seconds and although he slowed markedly, taking 15:40 to cover 30-35km, he increased his lead to 70 seconds.
With Tomoyuki Sato (a dismal 31st at the Fukuoka Marathon) pushing, the remaining pursuers began to gain on Tsegay although the pack was falling apart. At 37mm, Satoshi Yoshii fell behind, followed by Ken-ichiro Setoguchi and then Naoto Yoneda, leaving just three: Sato, Abraham Tadesse and marathon debutant Yukihiro Kitaoka in the chase. Tsegay kept slowing, but held on to finish 33 seconds up on Sato.
Combined with last weekend's Tokyo Marathon performances (Japanese filling the first five places) the Lake Biwa results brightened the outlook for Japanese marathoning after gloom descended with last December's Fukuoka Marathon, when no Japanese cracked the top eight.
MEN: 1 Yemane TSEGAY ETH 2:09:34 2 Tomoyuki SATO JPN 2:10:07 3 Abraham TADESSE ERI 2:10:46 4 Yukihiro KITAOKA JPN 2:10:51 5 Naoto YONEDA JPN 2:11:00 6 Ken-ichiro ETOGUCHI JPN 2:11:44 7 Satoshi YOSHII JPN 2:12:24 8 Tomoya SHIMIZU JPN 2:13:25 9 Munehiro SUGAYA JPN 2:15:07 10 Takeshi UENO JPN 2:15:26
Jackson Kotut set the fourth best time of the year so far, and set a new Spanish all-comers record and beat the course record by over two minutes in the 30th edition of the race writes Bep Sole. The women's winner, Ethiopian Debele Wudnesh Nega set a new course record. Kotut is ony 21 years old and overcame his compatriot Felix Kenya with a great home straight finish to beat his personal best by over a minute. A total of 10551 runners took part.
African dominance in this edition was amazing. During most of the race a group of 13 Kenyans, two Ethiopians and the Moroccan based in Barcelona, Mohamed Blal, set a devastating pace, passing halfway in 1:04:43. The pace of the lead group increased after 30km so that the kilometre splits were soon consitently under three minutes.
Félix Keny, Jackson Kotut and the Ethiopian Hsailo Mekonnen led through 35km, and the two kenyans were still together at 40km (2:00:52), almost a minute ahead Woldeamanuel Gebrmiskel as Mekkonen faded. In the last 100m Kotut kicked away decisively. The first six all beat the previous fastest marathon time ever run in Spain.
In the women's race four African runners imposed a strong pace from the start. Ethiopians Debele Wudnesh Nega, Roman Gebre Gesesse and Yenealem Ayano Bule, along with Serkalem Bist Abrha opened up a big gap. Nega outran Gesesse for the victory.
MEN: 1 Jackson KOTUT KEN 2:07:30 2 Felix KENYA KEN 2:07:36 3 Samuel Woldemanuel GEBRMISKEL ETH 2:08:45 4 Silas TOEK KEN 2:09:09 5 Bellor YATOR KEN 2:09:21 6 Raymond Kiplagat KANDIE KEN 2:09:23 7 Siyoum Debele TSEGAYE ETH 2:12:17 9 Hailo MEKONNEN ETH 2:12:36 10 Mohamed BLAL ESP 2:13:07 WOMEN: 1 Debele Wudnesh NEGA ETH 2:31:50 2 Roman Gebre GESESSE ETH 2:32:28 3 Serkalem Bist ABRHA ETH 2:33:52 4 Yenealem Ayanu BULE ETH 2:34:10 5 Salome Kimutai JEPKOECH KEN 2:38:27 6 Tadelech Biru GUDETA ETH 2:43:29 7 Tina SKOGLAND NOR 2:44:17 8 Paola SANNA ITA 2:47:04 9 Josephine AMBJORNSSON SWE 2:53:58 10 Ma Raquel Miras COSTA ESP 2:56:11
MEN: 1 Wilson KIPROP KEN 1:01:26 2 Lelisa DESISA ETH 1:01:28 3 Bettona SAHLE WARGA ETH 1:01:32 4 Raji ASSEFA ETH 1:01:34 5 Jairus CHANCHIMA KEN 1:01:38 6 Alfred KERING KEN 1:02:30 7 John KOMEN KEN 1:03:15 8 Robert CHERUIYOT KEN 1:03:16 9 James ROTICH KEN 1:03:20 10 Ernest KIMELI KEN 1:03:20 WOMEN: 1 Atsede BAYSA ETH 1:11:05 2 Tirfi TSEGAYE BEYENE ETH 1:11:13 3 Halima BERISO ETH 1:11:34 4 Gisaw MELKAM ETH 1:11:56 5 Miriam WANGARI KEN 1:12:33 6 Olga FIRSOVA RUS 1:17:40 7 Maria LOPEZ DE TEJADA FRA 1:18:30 8 Nathalie VASSEUR FRA 1:21:40 9 Jenny BREITSCHMID SUI 1:23:12 10 Catherine WILDING GBR 1:24:29
MEN: 1 Sascha VELTEN GER 2:36:46 2 Muharrem YILMAZ TUR 2:45:41 3 Murat KAYA TUR 2:46:32 4 Ole KARLSEN DEN 2:47:11 5 Mahmut YAVUZ TUR 2:48:27 6 Ahmet BAYRAM TUR 2:48:53 7 Kiyasettin YALCIN TUR 2:50:13 8 Salih OZTURK TUR 2:53:08 9 Umut CAVUSOGLU TUR 2:58:38 10 Cetin NEJAT TUR 2:58:51 WOMEN: 1 Birgit LENNARTZ GER 3:10:30 2 Ulrike MAYER-TANCIC GER 3:11:06 3 Barbara MALLMANNI GER 3:21:27 4 Nursel KARATAS TUR 3:33:06 5 Anne WANJEK HAACK GER 3:41:52 6 Kathrin PALM GER 3:49:52 7 Alexandra MOELLERS GER 3:50:55 8 Barbara WASSERFUHR GER 3:51:59 9 Bakiye DURAN TUR 3:56:22 10 Mine KILIC TUR 3:56:26 HALF MARATHON MEN: 1 Ercan MUSLU TUR 1:08:00 2 Ali M AKBAS TUR 1:08:22 3 Selmani ABIS TUR 1:09:06 WOMEN: 1 Olesya NURGALIEVA RUS 1:15:02 2 Mehta SIZMAZ TUR 1:16:47 3 Angela SANDY GBR 1:20:54
MEN: 1 Mourice M MUSYOKI KEN 1:02:35 2 Gunther WEIDLINGER AUT 1:02:40 3 Abdelkebir LAMACHI MAR 1:04:43 4 Samwel GICHOHI KEN 1:06:19 5 Benazzouz SLIMANI MAR 1:06:30 6 Joachim NISHIRIMANA ITA 1:07:45 7 Mikhail MAMLEEV RUS 1:07:50 8 David VALTERIO SUI 1:09:38 9 Salah OUYAT MAR 1:10:45 10 Franco CHIERA ITA 1:11:59 WOMEN: 1 Lydiah N MATHATHI KEN 1:12:18 2 Patricia MORCELI SUI 1:14:39 3 Anna VON SCHENCK SWE 1:17:15 4 Sussane RUEGGER SUI 1:23:19 5 Monica BOTTINELLI ITA 1:23:23 6 Cecilia MORA ITA 1:23:36 7 Ilaria ZACCAGNI ITA 1:25:16 8 Francesca MARIN ITA 1:25:29 9 Alice BERTERO ITA 1:26:32 10 Jennifer GALFANO USA 1:28:41
Photos by Alan Brookes
With over 4,000 runners from every Mexican state and several countries the 22nd edition reinforced the race's reputation as Mexico's #1 marathon writes Alan Brookes. The course runs through the cities of Torreon, Gomez Palacio and Lerdo on the border of Coahuila and Dorango states in Northern Mexico. This is high-desert, cowboy country (1000m above sea-level) which provided sets for the classic John Wayne Western films. It's a brown, parched land that has an average annual rainfall of 183mm.
The race is a gift to the area from the Lala milk company, based in La Lagunera. While Technical Director Ruben Romero provides outside expertise, Director General Martin Arballo and 1300 Lala employees provide all of the management as well as the race sponsorship and approximately 50% of the volunteers. The other 50% of the volunteers come from the friendly, tri-city community of 1.5 million, that this year also provided a record number of spectators, focused around 37 colourful community entertainment sites along the course. Despite the 06.40 start, the crowds in Gomez Palacio and Lerdo in the first 10km were strong and animated, the best ever.
Conditions were challenging — 16°C, 82% humidity (normally 25-50%), and some wind, after a remarkable night of light rain — the first rain to Fall in Torreon in this year. The women took off first from outside the Lala factory and Adriana Fernandez led from start to finish, crossing the line of the flat, point-to-point course at the beautiful Bosque Venustiano Carranza park almost 5 minutes ahead. The Bosque is a green oasis that grows only through irrigation, to provide the heart and the "lungs" of this industrial region.
In the men's race Joseph Mutinda was always in contention, but was happy to sit back in a group of eight that went through 10km in a leisurely 32:36 and 15km in 48:43. Then Mutinda and fellow Kenyan Shadrack Kipkorir Kiyai ran 2:59 for the 18th kilometre and the group was down to 6. By halfway (67:29) there were only the two Kenyans with the eventual second placer, Arturo Regules dropped a kilometre earlier. Kiyai kept up until around 29km, after which Mutinda ran solo to the finish.
MEN: 1 Joseph MUTINDA KEN 2:15:35 2 Arturo J REGULES MEX 2:17:12 3 Christain A E NOGUEZ MEX 2:18:31 4 Daniel De Jesus S VARGAS MEX 2:19:44 5 Gualberto J S VARGAS MEX 2:20:10 6 Reuben CHESANG KEN 2:26:03 WOMEN: 1 Adriana M FERNANDEZ MEX 2:43:39 2 Regina M YAMIN MEX 2:48:18 3 Adriana R MEDEL MEX 2:48:27 4 Alicia S RODRIGUEZ MEX 2:51:32 5 Elena M DIAZ REYNA MEX 2:54:31
The 4th edition was the most exciting yet. The race attracted over 9000 runners, who started and finished in front of Pacaembu Stadium. The course passed besideall of the most significant sights of Sao Paulo city. Giomar Pereira da Silva finished just a few seconds ahead of Kenyans Kiprop Mutai and Mathew Cheboi, winners of the inaugural edition. In the 10km, two-time NYC Marathon winner Marilson Gomes dos Santos won easily in 29:06, preparing for the NYC Half Marathon on 21 March.
In the last 300m of the half marathon, Da Silva was vocally lifted by the crowd shouting 'Brazil, Brazil!' He finished just a second ahead Mutai and 6 seconds ahead Cheboi. The Charles Miller Square, in front of Pacaembu stadium, instantly transformed into a big party, with the champion running around the podium waving a Cruzeiro flag.
In the women's race Rumokol Elizabeh Chepkanan had no opposition. Despite being a newcomer in Brazil and recovering from flu she won only too easily: "I could have got a better time" she said. "I wasn't feeling well and am off my best by three minutes, but I am happy to win."
A Greek delegation was in Brazil to promote the Athens Classic Marathon, which is celebrating 2,500 years of the Marathon legend. The 18th World Congress of AIMS will be held in the Greek capital from 28-30 October.
MEN: 1 Giomar Pereira DA SILVA BRA 1:04:31 2 Kiprop MUTAI KEN 1:04:32 3 Mathew Kiptoo CHEBOI KEN 1:04:37 4 José Magno dos Santos MOTA BRA 1:05:05 5 William NARANJO BRA 1:05:06 WOMEN: 1 Elisabeth Chepkanan RUMOKOL KEN 1:14:35 2 Simone Alves DA SILVA BRA 1:15:43 3 Adriana Aparecida DA SILVA BRA 1:15:56 4 Maria Zeferina BALDAIA BRA 1:16:28 5 Michele Cristina DAS CHAGAS BRA 1:16:50 10km MEN: 1 Marilson Gomes DOS SANTOS BRA 29:06 2 Caio da Rocha SILVA BRA 31:56 3 Antonio José DA COSTA BRA 32:04 WOMEN: 1 Luizane ALVES BRA 41:40 2 Andréa Keilla Galvão LEMES BRA 41:57 3 Jéssica dos Santos VIERA BRA 43:53
Apart from the male-female pairing who took top spots in each race, following hard on the heels of each other, the next place was taken by second in line to the Dutch throne, Pieter-Christiaan Van Oranje — a veteran of several marathons in Europe and North America.
MEN: 1 Robert YOUNGREN USA 3:50:02 2 Pieter-Christiaan VAN ORANJE NED 4:22:55 3 Peter BARBERA USA 4:23:28 4 Andrew BERKOSKI USA 4:33:09 5 Bob LASHUA USA 4:34:56 6 Robert BRITAIN USA 4:41:10 7 Cedric PLACHOT FRA 4:44:25 8 Richard ERVAIS USA 4:47:27 9 Shane WHEELER GER 4:49:20 10 Christopher BULLOCK USA 4:51:58 WOMEN: 1 Kathryn YOUNGREN USA 3:58:59 2 Marit JANSE USA 4:57:40 3 Kelly HANSEN USA 5:04:11 4 Ivana PILATOVA CZE 5:16:55 5 Christine GARY USA 5:33:25 6 Caryl OLMSTEAD USA 5:57:10 HALF MARATHON MEN: 1 Fred LIPSKY USA 2:25:52 2 Olav BEKKER NED 2:45:55 3 John SHULL USA 2:56:29 WOMEN: 1 Cynthia TAM USA 2:56:16 2 Kasey JENACK USA 2:57:20 3 Judy BOYD USA 3:00:01
MEN: stage 1 stage 2 stage 3 stage 4 total 1 Thomas WITTEK GER 1:59:00 1:04:54 3:27:22 1:41:17 8:12:33 2 Maurizio MURARO ITA 1:59:09 1:04:59 3:30:12 1:42:17 8:16:37 3 Paolo MORELLI ITA 1:58:55 1:02:18 3:40:39 1:39:44 8:21:36 4 Ernesto MARCHESI ITA 2:01:36 1:01:44 3:34:31 1:44:30 8:22:21 5 Stefano BINELLI ITA 2:04:36 1:05:43 3:30:11 1:42:30 8:23:00 6 Enzo BACCA ITA 1:59:13 1:05:43 3:39:16 1:47:57 8:32:09 7 Stefano RUZZA ITA 2:11:21 1:04:48 3:30:11 1:45:54 8:32:14 8 Salvatore RUSSO ITA 2:02:19 1:08:00 3:50:23 1:47:56 8:48:38 9 Fabrizio MOALLI ITA 2:04:52 1:07:00 3:49:00 1:48:19 8:49:11 10 Bruno TRIGONA ITA 2:02:18 1:08:00 3:50:18 1:48:35 8:49:11 WOMEN: 1 Daniela GILARDI ITA 2:04:11 1:06:58 3:39:27 1:47:57 8:38:33 2 Monica AQUILERA ESP 2:10:18 1:08:31 3:42:41 1:54:26 8:55:56 3 Luisa ZECCHINO ITA 2:14:30 1:12:30 3:55:04 1:59:42 9:21:46 4 Daniela CARPANI ITA 2:15:42 1:12:41 4:22:23 2:00:08 9:51:04 5 Sabrina SABATINI ITA 2:27:34 1:19:02 4:21:45 2:10:02 10:18:23 6 Claudia GERLING GER 2:31:35 1:18:17 4:26:35 2:06:25 10:22:52 7 Beatriz CAMIADA ITA 2:37:05 1:20:49 4:41:25 2:20:17 10:59:36 8 Andrea HELMUTH GER 2:44:46 1:26:52 4:41:18 2:24:31 11:17:37 9 Claudia MEIER SUI 2:52:20 1:27:13 4:43:15 2:20:02 11:22:50 10 Ana BIZZI ITA 2:48:21 1:28:53 4:51:39 2:26:03 11:34:56
Photo: Kazuaki Matsunaga, Agence SHOT
Yuri Kano took her first win in any of Japan's big three marathons with a break on the uphill section at 31km, writes Ken Nakamura. The race doubled as the national championships.
Ethiopia's Derartu Tulu, who was considered the co-favourite with Kano, dropped off the pace after half way but then worked her way back to finish second, a minute behind. Hiromi Ominami finished third in the 20th marathon of her career and her sixth Nagoya Women's Marathon. She has lived in the city for the last 16 years, and moves to Tokyo next month so was determined to give her best, but she was unable to stay with Kano when she surged. Debutante Mai Ito surprised by staying with Kano longest and finishing a very respectable fourth.
Hiromi Ominami lead from the start, taking 20 runners past 5km in 17:53 and 10km in 35:14. After 15km (52:43) the pace hotted up and runners started to fall off the pace. Ominami passed halfway in 1:13:51, and as the pace increased, the lead pack strung out. Ominami, Kano and Ito formed the lead group, followed closely by Derartu Tulu and Yuko Machida, who dropped back after 27km.
The gap between three leaders and Tulu grew, but after 30km (1:44:36) Ominami drifted back. leaving Kano and Ito together. After the uphill at 31km Ito also fell back, trailing Kano by 19 seconds at 35km (2:01:53). Ominami was 51 seconds down, and Tulu a further 11 seconds back, but Tulu now started to close, passing Ominami at 37km and Ito at 38.6km. But Kano maintained her advantage to the end.
WOMEN (ONLY): 1 Yuri KANO JPN 2:27:11 2 Derartu TULU ETH 2:28:13 3 Hiromi OMINAMI JPN 2:28:35 4 Mai ITO JPN 2:29:13 5 Mayumi FUJITA JPN 2:29:36 6 Akane WAKITA JPN 2:29:54 7 Mika OKUNAGA JPN 2:30:19 8 Yuko MACHIDA JPN 2:31:42 9 Aimi HORIKOSHI JPN 2:32:44 10 Rose NYANGACHA KEN 2:33:16
MEN: 1 Ottaviano ANDRIANI ITA 2:12:49 2 Daniele CAIMMI ITA 2:12:49 3 Mostafa ERREBBAH ITA 2:16:31 4 Taoufique EL BARHOUMI ITA 2:18:58 5 Hermann ACHMEULLER ITA 2:18:59 6 Filippo Lo PICCOLO ITA 2:19:25 7 Giorgio CALCATERRA ITA 2:22:30 8 Patrick ENGSTROM SWE 2:23:37 9 Marco BOFFO ITA 2:27:28 10 Franco PLESINKAR ITA 2:27:28 WOMEN: 1 Amelework Fikadu BOSHO ETH 2:33:09 2 Emily Perpetua CHEPKORIR KEN 2:35:37 3 Laura GIORDANO ITA 2:35:52 4 Josephine N. WANGOI KEN 2:41:04 5 Laura CAVARA ITA 2:47:17 6 Epiphanie NYIRABARAME RWA 2:48:09 7 Marta SANTAMARIA ITA 2:57:28 8 Federica POESINI ITA 2:59:25 9 Rosanna SARAN ITA 2:59:36 10 Roberta LAZZAROTTO ITA 2:59:38
This year's weather was definitely 'Antarctic' for the world's most southerly certified marathon, with the wind gusting over 65kph, and occasional rain showers with hailstones: it was also cold. Despite the last-minute cancellation of the weekly LAN Chile flight (which carried a number of international runners) due to weather, 40 marathon runners and 84 relay runners made a total of 124 participants - two more than last year. Despite the conditions, the course record was broken by Steven Frear from the Royal Air Force at the local air base, Mount Pleasant. He set the new record of 2:43:05 in his first ever marathon.
The event this year was graced with the participation of Steven Seaton, Managing Editor of Runners World (UK) and blind runner Henry Wanyoke and his guide Joseph Kibunja who are "Seeing is Believing" global ambassadors. Wanyoke is world record holder at 5000m, 10000m and marathon for blind runners, and performed an exhibition run.
All entry fees were donated to Standard Chartered's "Seeing is believing" charity, raising awareness of avoidable blindness and aiming to raise $20m by 2013 to restoire sight to 20 millioin poeople in 20 countries. Stanley Marathoin contributed $5000.
The crowd, and the atmosphere during the race and trophy presentations were exceptional for a place like Stanley. The Acting Governor and the Commander of British Forces presented the trophies at the Town Hall and praised the staff of Standard Chartered for organising such an outstanding event. The entire event was organised by the few staff of the Standard Chartered Bank branch who, with help from family, worked exceptionally hard from start to finish.
MEN: 1 Stephen FREAR GBR 2:43:05 2 Martin COLLINS GBR 3:21:39 3 Ben STAIT GBR 3:24:33 WOMEN: 1 Teslyn BARKMAN FKL 4:08:33 2 Lynsey SUTCLIFFE GBR 4:52:22 3 Sarah PRESTON GBR 5:37:16 RELAY TEAMS: 1 Falkland Islands F C FKL 3:03:49 2 The Gurkhas NEP 3:05:37 3 Log SP Squad GBR 3:08:51
Only two days before the race it had been 30°C but race day cool temperatures greeted the 4500 runners including 500 from 30 countries: Greece, USA, Ireland, Finland, Portugal, France, Holland, Sweden, Italy, Ethiopia and more.
The course running past the Book of Shrine Museum, the Hebrew University, the Knesset (Parliament), the Crusaders' Monastery and the Jerusalem Forest Park.
This year for the first time 100 runners joined the Charity Run "Running with Shalva", together with 400 "Shalva Kids" — on programs for children with special needs — joining them for 400m sections.
MEN: 1 Bikale BEYZE ETH 1:10:50 2 Assaf BIMRO ISR 1:11:04 3 Assaf MEMMO ISR 1:11:22 4 Yosseph BADDIA ISR 1:12:12 5 Nagossa TAGGI ISR 1:14:34 WOMEN 1 Kaklidan BALCHA ETH 1:19:34 2 Orna BLAU ISR 1:31:07 3 Keren MERETZ ISR 1:37:47 4 Adina TABK ISR 1:39:34 5 Bat-Chen COHEN ISR 1:41:24
Zersenay Tadese ran a brilliant solo second half to record a new world record of 58:23, 10 seconds faster than that set by Sammy Wanjiru three years ago and 84 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor, Sammy Kitwara. Peninah Arusei won the women's race by an even bigger margin but lost time in the latter stages after a very ambitious start.
By contrast Tadese's pace was according to plan for the first 5km (13:55) but dropped slightly behind schedule in the next few kilometres. Hanging in with a group of 15 as long as he could afford, Tadese decided soon after 8km that the pace was not enough for him, and gradually glided away from his opposition. He passed 10km in 27:53, now significantly behind schedule, but was picking it up all the time, passing 15km in 41:32 and coming home with a margin to spare. IAAF President Lamine Diack was on hand to award the trophy and cheque to Tadese.
It was a good day for Portugal as well as evergreen Fernanda Ribeira, Olympic 10000m champion back in 1996, took third place in the women's race. 1988 Olympic Marathon champion Rosa Mota completed the 8km fun run alongside the Mayor of Lisbon.
MEN: 1 Zersenay TADESE ERI 58:23 2 Sammy KITWARA KEN 59:47 3 Emmanuel MUTAI KEN 1:00:03 4 Duncan KIBET KEN 1:00:21 5 Gilbert MASAI KEN 1:00:28 6 Jaouad GHARIB MAR 1:00:33 7 Gideon NGATUNY KEN 1:01:07 8 Matthew KISORIO KEN 1:01:10 9 Samuel KOSGEI KEN 1:01:57 10 ERnest KEBENEI KEN 1:02:01 WOMEN: 1 Peninah ARUSEI KEN 1:08:38 2 Askale Magarsa TAFA ETH 1:10:46 3 Fernanda RIBEIRO POR 1:12:17 4 Maria Jose PUEYO ESP 1:13:21 5 Olga GLOK RUS 1:14:00 6 Yesenia AGAFONOVA RUS 1:14:24 7 Elizaveta GRECHISHNIKOVA RUS 1:14:29 8 Monica ROSA POR 1:14:35 9 Constantina DITA ROM 1:14:39 10 Cruz Nonata DA SILVA BRA 1:14:58
Kenyan Sylvester Teimet took a surprise win and set a new course record in the 81st edition writes Mirko Jalava. The men's race was fast from the start so that only nine were together at 10km (30:00). By 20km (1:00:35) four Kenyans, two Koreans and Yared Asmeron of Eritrea were still in the hunt, and by 30km (1:30:31), only five were left. 5km later it was down to three Kenyans — Teimet, Kirwa and Paul Kirui were left with compatriot David Kiyeng lagging by four seconds. Another fast 5km from 35-40km (14:48) saw Kirui fall back, leaving on Teimet and Kirwa. 26-year-old Teimet, who finished third in this race last year, dropped Kirwa over the final 2km to lower his personal best by over three minutes and finish 10 seconds ahead of Kirwa. Together they became the first sub-2:07 runners in Korea.
The women's contest was run with a very even pace which didn't promise anything like the sub-2:20 Zhou Chunxiu had clocked here before. By 25km (1:25:03) only the two main favourites were left: Zhou Chunxiu and Ethiopian Amane Gobena, who had already won the Osaka Marathon in January. Caroline Kilel was 14 seconds behind the leading pair and lost more than a minute from 25-30km. Gobena and Zhou were still together at 30km, but then the 27-year-old Ethiopian built a lead of 45 seconds before 35km to take her second major Marathon win this year and lower her personal best to 2:24:13. Zhou, in second, ran her fastest time since 2007.
MEN: 1 Sylvester TEIMET KEN 2:06:49 2 Gilbert KIRWA KEN 2:06:59 3 Paul KIRUI KEN 2:07:35 4 David KIYENG KEN 2:09:00 5 Yared ASMERON ERI 2:11:46 6 Young-Min PARK KOR 2:12:43 7 Min KIM KOR 2:13:11 8 Young-Jin YU KOR 2:13:13 9 Myong Seun LEE KOR 2:13:25 10 Jin-Heong JEONG KOR 2:15:01 WOMEN: 1 Amane GOBENA ETH 2:24:13 2 Chunxiu ZHOU CHN 2:25:01 3 Caroline KILEL KEN 2:26:58 4 Xueqin WANG CHN 2:28:17 5 Seung-Eun KIM KOR 2:29:27 6 Martha KOMU KEN 2:30:36 7 Asmae LEGHZAOUI MAR 2:31:03 8 Helalia JOHANNES NAM 2:34:34 9 Tabitha TSATSA ZIM 2:35:02 10 Eun-Jung KIM KOR 2:37:12
In a fitting conclusion to a race commemorating the 50th anniversary of Abebe Bikila's legendary Marathon triumph in the Eternal City at the 1960 Olympic Games, both men's and women's winners were Ethiopian writes Diego Sampaolo.
A large pack stuck to a 3:01 pace through 15km (45:20), indicating a possible attack on the 2:07:17 course record. A dozen runners passed halfway in 1:03:49 closely followed by seven others but after 30km (1:31:08) only eight men remained in contention and soon after that, just five: Siraj Gena, Benson Barus, Nixon Machichim, Kedir Fikadu and Nicholas Manza. Gena and Barus then broke away at 35km (1:46:06). Gena dropped Barus in the 38th kilometre and built up a 17-second lead in the next 2km. Prior to the race, organisers offered a 5000 euro bonus if the winner crossed the line barefoot. With the victory sealed, Gena did so, and ran the last 300m shoeless, a gesture that was not lost on the 25-year-old. "It was a very special feeling" he said. "Abebe Bikila inspired me today."
Defending champion Firewok Dado led through halfway in 1:12:10, with Tetyana Filonyuk from Ukraine and Haile Kebebush closely followed by Mare Dibaba and Almaz Balcha. Dado, Kebebush and Dibaba broke away at 30km (1:42:52), leading Filonyuk by 11 seconds at 35km (2:00:05). The Ethiopian trio were 30 seconds up at 40km (2:17:50) and then fought out a fierce battle. Dado edged Kebebush by three seconds: "Abebe Bikila was a big inspiration for me, but I did not think about taking off my shoes because my priority was to win the race." Dibaba, who clocked 1:07:13 at the Ras Al Kaimah Half Marathon in February, showed great potential with her debut performance.
MEN: 1 Siraj GENA ETH 2:08:39 2 Benson BARUS KEN 2:09:00 3 Nixon MACHICHIM KEN 2:09:08 4 Kedir FIKADU ETH 2:09:15 5 Shume HAILU ETH 2:11:48 6 Nicholas Manza KAMAKYA KEN 2:12:19 7 Migidio BOURIFA ITA 2:12:34 8 Abdullah Dawit SHAMI ETH 2:12:36 9 Gosa Tafa MEGERSA ETH 2:13:02 10 Alemay Ameta BELACHEW ETH 2:13:25 WOMEN: 1 Firehiwot DADO ETH 2:25:28 2 Haile KEBEBUSH ETH 2:25:31 3 Mare DIBABA ETH 2:25:38 4 Tetyana FILONYUK UKR 2:28:34 5 Fate Tola GELETO ETH 2:28:54 6 Tiruwork MEKONNEN ETH 2:31:17 7 Almaz BALCHA ETH 2:33:20 8 Zivile BALCIUNAITE LIT 2:35:31
Only a chill wind along the Vltava River prevented Joel Kemboi clocking a sub-hour time writes Pat Butcher. He won with a time just two seconds outside the course record set last year, but he beat pre-race favourite Wilson Chebet by over a minute — and Chebet has broken the hour four times in the last two years. "When I went ahead before 10km, he did not come with me" said a surprised Kemboi after the race. No one expected a break so early in the race, but the 22 year old Kemboi kept forging ahead, and stayed on schedule to 18km before the final stretch into a headwind downriver.
Chebet ran with compatriot Joseph Maregu and Ethiopian marathoner, Yemane Tsegay until well past 15km, when he took off to leavethe other two to decide third place in a sprint finish. Tsegay took it, and comes back to Prague on 9 May to run the full marathon. On paper Kemboi was the slowest of the contenders but a win in the Discovery Kenya cross country in Eldoret last month indicated his good form. Kemboi says he will not move up to the marathon for at least two years.
Rose Kosgei successfully defended her title but her time indicated the strength of the wind, as she won last year in 1:09.03. Kosgei also took the lead around 10km.
The mayor of Prague, Pavel Bem got the better of retired soccer superstar Pavel Nedved. The mayor, who is a renowned mountaineer ran 1:36:52 to Nedved's 1:49:44.
MEN: 1 Joel KEMBOI KEN 1:00:09 2 Wilson CHEBET KEN 1:01:26 3 Yemane TSEGAY ETH 1:01:37 4 Joseph MAREGU KEN 1:01:38 5 Dennis MUSEMBI KEN 1:01:41 6 Dejere DEBELE ETH 1:01:43 7 Henry CHIRCHIR KEN 1:03:12 8 Ernest KIPRUTO KEN 1:04:08 9 Tadesse ABRAHAM ERI 1:05:55 10 Robert STEFKO CZE 1:06:07 WOMEN: 1 Rose KOSGEI KEN 1:09:57 2 Florence JEPKOSGEI KEN 1:10:28 3 Monica WANGARI KEN 1:10:33 4 Irene KIPCHUMBA KEN 1:11:52 5 Halima HASSEN ETH 1:11:59 6 Alena SAMOKHVALOVA RUS 1:12:10 7 Petra KAMINKOVA CZE 1:15:52 8 Alevtina BIKTIMIROVA RUS 1:17:06 9 Ivana SEKYROVA CZE 1:19:57 10 Fiona THOMPSON GBR 1:22:41
Photo: Victah Sailer/photorun.net
In cold (10°C) and rainy conditions 23,799 runners competed in the Half Marathon, from 94 countries. Eshetu Wondimu became the first non-Kenyan to win the men's race for nine years, beating Peter Kirui by just one second. A group of 13 went through 10km in 28:39, slower than planned due to the blustery conditions. Wondimu seized the initiative and raised the pace. Second in the race in 2008 by just one second he went clear along with Kirui and Maregu Zewdie, but the outcome was uncertain until the final straight. In total five runners went under 61 minutes.
In the women's race Pasalia Kipkoech and Eunice Kales went clear of their rivals, reaching 10km in 32:55, 11 seconds ahead of defending champion Sabrina Mockenhaupt. The gap narrowed to three seconds, but the two Kenyans responded. Referring partly to the adverse conditions 21-year old Kipkoech said that she had expected to have to run 67 minutes to win.
MEN: 1 Eshetu WONDIMU ETH 1:00:16 2 Peter KIRUI KEN 1:00:17 3 Maregu ZEWDIE ETH 1:00:24 4 Josphat KAMZEE KEN 1:00:55 5 Fred KOSGEI KEN 1:00:59 6 Laban KORIR KEN 1:01:03 7 Alexander TIDONY KEN 1:01:13 8 William CHEBOR KEN 1:01:22 9 Eliud KIPLAGAT KEN 1:01:29 10 John KIPROTICH KEN 1:01:30 WOMEN: 1 Pasalia KIPKOECH KEN 1:09:43 2 Eunice KALES KEN 1:09:50 3 Sabrina MOCKENHAUPT GER 1:09:57 4 Leah MALOT KEN 1:10:11 5 Jemima JELEGAT KEN 1:11:25 6 Irene MOGAKA KEN 1:11:38 7 Sharon TAVENGWA ZIM 1:13:05 8 Joan AYABEI KEN 1:13:31 9 Melanie SCHULTZ GER 1:14:15 10 Maja NEUENSCHWANDER SUI 1:15:28
MEN: 1 Cosmas KYEVA KEN 1:02:32 2 Julius ARILE KEN 1:03:03 3 Vestus CHEMJOR KEN 1:03:04 4 Karol RZESZEWICZ POL 1:05:16 5 Richard LAGAT KEN 1:05:22 6 Stephen KIRWA METTO KEN 1:06:54 7 Jan BIALK POL 1:07:42 8 Kamil SIERACKI POL 1:07:42 9 Marcin SAJEK POL 1:07:52 10 Hesbon KIBIOTOK RONOH KEN 1:10:13 WOMEN: 1 Helah KIPROP KEN 1:13:03 2 Dorota USTIANOWSKA POL 1:13:31 3 Marzena KLUCZYNSKA POL 1:15:03 4 Pamela BUNDOTICH KEN 1:17:46 5 Anna KORDUS POL 1:18:13 6 Antonina RYCHTER POL 1:26:01 7 Joanna SCHAB POL 1:26:22 8 Magdalena STANNY POL 1:27:22 9 Monika STRANC POL 1:27:55 10 Iwona ZUKOWSKA POL 1:31:44
The 17th edition of the race in Serbia's second largest city started from in front of the City Hall. In rain and a temperature of 18C 400 runners from 10 countries went mostly along the Danube embankment and past new or reconstructed bridges, the University precinct, the old palace housing the Assembly and Government of Vojvodina, and along the left bank of the river, past the famous Petrovaradin Fortress.
A thousand pupils from primary and secondary schools, and more than 150 pre-school age children took part in the Joy Race, together with their teachers and parents.
MEN: 1 Miroslav KOMARCEVIC SER 1:10:08 2 Sasa STAIC SER 1:10:34 3 Goran MILICIC SER 1:11:00 4 Milos MILOVANOVIC SER 1:13:52 5 Aleksandar NASEVSKI SER 1:14:22 6 Tomaz FERJANCIC SLO 1:14:43 7 Marko MILOVANOVIC SER 1:16:55 8 Daniele PANASCI ITA 1:17:10 9 Nebojsa MILENKOVIC SER 1:17:12 10 Stanko MACEK SLO 1:18:08 WOMEN: 1 Tanja RADUMILO SER 1:39:19 2 Polona GRICAR SLO 1:42:25 3 Dragana SPEHAR SER 1:44:04 4 Biljana GRUBOR-VOZAREVIC SER 1:46:07 5 Biljana PEKOVIC SER 1:47:16 6 Bogdanovska MARIJA MAK 1:48:51 7 Karolina P MADARAS SER 1:49:36 8 Durdina MIHAJLOVIC BIH 1:51:02 9 Vesna PETRUSEVSKI SER 1:51:07 10 Kristina TOZON SLO 1:51:15
MEN: 1 Edwin KIBOWEN KEN 2:27:39 2 Viktor STARODUPTSEV UKR 2:27:47 3 Martin HOLECKO SVK 2:29:45 4 Gergely REZESSY HUN 2:30:27 5 Imrich PASTOR SVK 2:33:32 6 Yevgeniy GLYVA UKR 2:33:59 WOMEN: 1 Lilian KOECH KEN 2:51:16 2 Judit FOLDINGNE-NAGY HUN 2:52:23 3 Ivana MARTINCOVA CZE 2:59:36 4 Lyudmila SHELEST UKR 3:04:50 5 Anna BALOSAKOVA SVK 3:20:01 6 Alena KRCHAKOVA CZE 3:27:57 HALF MARATHON MEN: 1 Hosea TUEI KEN 1:05:08 2 Vitalie GHEORGHITA MDV 1:05:15 3 Zsolt KOSZAR HUN 1:06:26 WOMEN: 1 Aniko KALOVICS HUN 1:14:32 2 Emily BIWOTT KEN 1:16:50 3 Janka ZATLUKALOVA SVK 1:17:06
On the undulating Myslecinek Park course there were twists and obstacles on the second half of the lap which seemed to offer chances for traditional Kenyan steeplechasing talents to shine. Kenya took all gold medals going in individual and team categories. The weather was sunny but cool and senior men's winner Joseph Ebuya credited their training camp at Mount Kenya as having prepared the Kenyan teams to best effect, also helped by their early arrival in Poland three days before the championships.
Photo: Mercy Cherono (second from right) sets off the Kenyan wave (Getty Images)
Mercy Cherono took a resounding win in the first event of the day writes Len Johnson. Winner of the 3000m in the same city at the World Junior Championships in 2008, the 18-year old now led the Kenyan team to a "perfect 10" score, trouncing their Ethiopian rivals.
Collectively and individually Ethiopia was confounded. Genzebe Dibaba, bidding for a third consecutive victory, finished a distant 11th. As Cherono led her team-mates clear at the start of the final 2km lap the Ethiopian challenge had been blown away. She went clear halfway into that lap, entering the finishing straight gloriously alone to win by 50m — and win as she liked. "In the second lap, I had a lot left," she said.
Last year in Amman, Cherono had also pulled clear in the final lap but Dibaba had caught and passed her on the steep hill to the finish, to win by three seconds. Behind Cherono, Purity Rionoripo, who was wearing spikes, won a desperate sprint with the barefoot Esther Chemtai to take the silver medal. Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon prevailed over Genet Yalew of Ethiopia by one second to secure the first four places required for the team's "perfect 10". Dibaba closed out the scoring Ethiopian team in 11th place, 34 seconds behind Cherono. It was a day for thwarting hat-tricks. Not only was Dibaba denied, but Kenya's easy victory in the teams race deprived Ethiopia of a third straight title. Uganda completed an East African sweep to outperform perennial contenders, Japan. The first non-East African born finisher was Gulshat Fazlitdinova of Russia in 16th place.
1 Mercy CHERONO KEN 18:47 2 Purity Cherotich RIONORIPO KEN 18:54 3 Esther CHEMTAI KEN 18:55 4 Faith Chepngetich KIPYEGON KEN 19:02 5 Genet YALEW ETH 19:03 6 Emeber ANTENEH ETH 19:06 7 Nelly Chebet NGEIYWO KEN 19:06 8 Afera GODFAY ETH 19:07 9 Alice Aprot NAWAWUNA KEN 19:14 10 Tejitu DABA BRN 19:14 Teams 1 Kenya 10 pts 2 Ethiopia 30 pts 3 Uganda 81 pts 4 Japan 98 pts 5 Great Britain 105 pts
Photo: Caleb Ndiku wins from the front (Getty Images)
Caleb Ndiku won from the front, breaking clear with a scorching third lap of 5:22 writes Mark Butler. The tall and powerful Ndiku has 3:38.2 speed at 1500m, so you might have expected him to sit in for a finishing kick.
In the first half of the race Kenya were typically dominant, as Ndiku, Clement Langat and Japhet Korir took turns in front with all their team mates close by. By contrast some of the Ethiopians were struggling to stay in the lead pack of 20 or so at the end of the first lap. When Ndiku made his move during the third lap, the only non-Kenyan to try to keep up was Uganda's Moses Kibet. But Kibet paid for that effort, because Ndiku pulled further clear and then Langat and Korir went into second and third.
With a lap to go, Ndiku was 40m in front and lapping some of the back markers. The fight between Langat and Korir brought them closer to within 10m of the leader as Langat sprinted furiously around the last corner, but it was too late. Meanwhile Isaiah Koech had moved into fourth to secure Kenya a perfect team score of 10 for the fifth time in the history of the championships.
Langat admitted that he realised too late that he might have won the race, but was not disappointed: "I was only seventh in the Kenyan trials and now I have a silver medal." The team order was the same as in the junior women, Kenya from Ethiopia and Uganda and the first non-African was Japan's Akinobu Murasawa in 28th place.
1 Caleb Mwangangi NDIKU KEN 22:07 2 Clement Kiprono LANGAT KEN 22:09 3 Japhet Kipyegon KORIR KEN 22:12 4 Isiah Kiplanfat KOECH KEN 22:24 5 Moses KIBET UGA 22:27 6 Debebe WOLDSENBET ETH 22:28 7 Gashaw BIFTU ETH 22:31 8 Gideon Kipkemoi KIPKETER KEN 22:33 9 Gebretsadik ABRAHA ETH 22:37 10 Belete ASSEFA ETH 22:41 Teams 1 Kenya 10 pts 2 Ethiopia 32 pts 3 Uganda 56 pts 4 Eritrea 66 pts 5 Morocco 121 pts
Photo: Emily Chebet outkicks Linet Masai (Getty Images)
As in Amman last year, so too in Bydgoszcz writes Len Johnson. It was a case of déjà vu for Linet Masai as, after dominating the race from the front and dropping her rivals off one by one, she was outkicked in the closing stages. Masai did all the hard work as three-time champion Tirunesh Dibaba was left 10 seconds adrift at the start of the last lap of the 8km race. She was again the aggressor as the last remaining Ethiopian threat, Meselech Melkamu, was put away over the two jumps in the middle of the final lap. Yet for the second year in a row Masai was beaten to the gold medal by a Kenyan team-mate.
In Amman Florence Kiplagat to became the first Kenyan senior women's gold medallist (long-course) since Hellen Chepngeno in 1994. Here, it was Emily Chebet who deprived Masai of the glory. In similar fashion, too: Masai still led as the pair turned off the loop into the short finishing straight. But Chebet came past her in a driving sprint to the line. Meselech Melkamu picked up her fifth bronze medal, having placed third in both short and long races in 2006, and in the long race in 2007, 2009 and now again in 2010.
Masai and her team-mates controlled the pace from the start and as Masai continued to push, the group gradually thinned out. On the third lap, Dibaba began to struggle and by the start of the final lap she was 10 seconds off the lead. Masai went clear of Chebet and Melkamu as they went over the jumps, but Chebet went around Melkamu and eventually chased down her team-mate.
After two perfect scores in the junior races, Kenya slipped to placings of 1, 2, 5 and 6, for a total of 14 to win the team race for the second year in a row after seven of Ethiopian domination. The 2003 champion, Werknesh Kidane, finished ninth for Ethiopia, while Willis, the last non-East African winner in 2004, finished 17th.
1 Emily CHEBET KEN 24:19 2 Linet MASAI KEN 24:20 3 Meselech MELKAMU ETH 24:26 4 Tirunesh DIBABA ETH 24:38 5 Lineth CHEPKIRUI KEN 24:40 6 Margaret MURIUKI KEN 24:42 7 Feyse TADESE ETH 25:03 8 Mamitu DASKA ETH 25:03 9 Werknesh KIDANE ETH 25:07 10 Hilda KIBET NED 25:17 Teams 1 Kenya 14 pts 2 Ethiopia 22 pts 3 United States 76 pts 4 Morocco 127 pts 5 Portugal 127 pts
Photo: Joseph Ebuya concludes Kenya's sweep (Getty Images)
As the 136 starters from 39 countries set out for the race we already knew it was Kenya's day writes Mark Butler. Joseph Ebuya crowned it by bringing the individual title back to his country for the first time since Paul Tergat won in Belfast in 1999, and led Kenya to yet another team win.
Ebuya and Richard Mateelong headed a leading group of 20 or so which did not include defending champion Gebre-egziabher Gebremariam. After three laps the race got going in the fourth circuit of 1926m as the Eritreans Samuel Tsegay and particularly 20-year old Teklemariam Medhin pushed the pace. At the end of the fourth lap Medhin led from Ebuya with a 10m gap to Uganda's Moses Kipsiro, as the pack slipped away. There was no Ethiopian in the top ten.
On the fifth lap the leading pair moved away and at the bell Ebuya led from Medhin with only Leonard Komon and Amman runner up Kipsiro within range. Then Ebuya gradually pulled clear to leave the final result in no doubt. Medhin was untroubled in second, but the bronze was won with Kipsiro's final stride as he just caught Komon on the line. With four in the top eight, Kenya again won comfortably.
Eritrea outpointed Ethiopia for the silver medals, but deposed champion Gebremariam ran with honour to climb into the top 10. That team bronze was his 16th World cross country medal but that was little consolation. Further down the field Saudi Arabia-born Simon Bairu provided Canada with an excellent 13th place.
Ebuya, whose family was originally from the Turkana District of Kenya, which is not known for its athletes, said "I was not certain I would win because I had not raced before with the one who was following [Mehdin]." Mehdin trains with Zersenay Tadese, who had broken the World Half Marathon record a week earlier, but Medhin admitted: "I was thinking 'a silver medal is enough for now'."
1 Joseph EBUYA KEN 33:00 2 Teklemariam MEDHIN ERI 33:06 3 Moses Ndiema KIPSIRO UGA 33:10 4 Leonard Patrick KOMON KEN 33:10 5 Samuel TSEGAY ERI 33:27 6 Hasan MAHBOOB BRN 33:28 7 Richard Kipkemboi MATEELONG KEN 33:29 8 Paul Kipngetich TANUI KEN 33:30 9 Hosea Mwok MACHARINYANG KEN 33:31 10 Gebregziabher GEBREMARIAM ETH 33:35 Teams 1 Kenya 20 pts 2 Eritrea 46 pts 3 Ethiopia 69 pts 4 Morocco 89 pts 5 Uganda 90 pts
MEN: 1 William NARANJO COL 1:06:34 2 Juan Carlos CARDONA COL 1:06:48 3 Jason GUTIERREZ COL 1:07:36 4 Jose Francisco CHAVES CRC 1:10:35 5 Cesar LIZANO CRC 1:11:51 6 Stalin Rafael Barros REINOSO ECU 1:11:59 7 Rolando VALLADARES ECU 1:13:25 8 Jose Luis ROMERO VEN 1:15:46 9 Cesar MUNOZ PAN 1:16:35 10 Jorge CASTELBLANCO PAN 1:17:03 WOMEN: 1 Yolanda CABALLERO COL 1:14:28 2 Mary AKOR USA 1:18:48 3 Erika ABRIL COL 1:19:35 4 Sandra RUALES ECU 1:25:13 5 Marta JIMENEZ ESA 1:27:36 6 Inglandini GONZALEZ COL 1:29:26 7 Iris CAMARENA PAN 1:37:02 8 Ana SANCHEZ PAN 1:37:30 9 Yennis SANHOUSE VEN 1:39:18 10 Alicia ZORRILLA PAN 1:40:42
MEN: 1 Sandeep KUMAR IND 1:04:43 2 Young sol KWON KOR 1:04:49 3 Young jin KIM KOR 1:05;01 4 Du haeng LEE KOR 1:05:07 5 Ji san RYU KOR 1:05:12 6 Sang hun KIM KOR 1:05:35 7 Myeong Hyun PAK KOR 1:05:51 8 Rene HERRERA PHI 1:05:59 9 Jang gun LEE KOR 1:06:07 10 Su jae LEE KOR 1:06:22 WOMEN: 1 Eun young JANG KOR 1:16:05 2 Hueong seon JEONG KOR 1:16:43 3 Eun ji YU KOR 1:17:59 4 Yu yeon NO KOR 1:19:55 5 Jeong hyun OH KOR 1:20:09 6 Hyun Jin SEO KOR 1:20:21 7 Ha neul KIM KOR 1:20:42 8 Im suk PARK KOR 1:22:32 9 Sung hwa LEE KOR 1:27:41 10 Jin sol JANG KOR 1:28:43