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1 SEPTEMBER 2007: LA RUTA DE LAS IGLESIAS, ECUADOR

MEN:
1  Franklin TENORIO            ECU  31:46
2  Miguel Angel ALMACHI CONDOR ECU  31:52
3  Pedro Manuel R IMBANQUINGO  ECU  31:59
4  William de Jesus JARAMILLO  ECU  32:01
5  Cesar W GUALOTUŅA CAMACHO   ECU  32:13
6  Jhony Alexander C VELASCO   ECU  32:17
7  Edgar H CHANGUSIG LINARES   ECU  32:24
8  Washington D MORENO         ECU  32:36
9  Stalin R BARROS REINOSO     ECU  32:56
10 Marco Antonio A CONDOR      ECU  33:02
 
WOMEN:
1  Diana J LANDI ANDRADE       ECU  36:46
2  Alicia G CEVALLOS CAMACHO   ECU  37:02
3  Rosa Alba CHACHA            ECU  37:36
4  Silvia A PAREDES YUCAILLA   ECU  37:54
5  Martha TENORIO              ECU  37:56
6  Evelyn A ANANGONO GODOY     ECU  38:52
7  Jeanneth N C TOAPANTA       ECU  38:55
8  Viviana R ACOSTA ANDALUZ    ECU  38:56
9  Wilma E GUERRA BURBANO      ECU  39:01
10 Edith Geanine SUNTAXI       ECU  39:29

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2 SEPTEMBER 2007: XI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN ATHLETICS, OSAKA, JAPAN

Photo: Getty Images, courtesy of IAAF

WOMEN:
Catherine Ndereba In contrast to Luke Kibet's surprise victory in the men's race, Catherine Ndereba proved yet again that she is the woman to beat in championship races writes David Powell. Second to Paula Radcliffe in Helsinki two years ago and second to Japan's Mizuko Noguchi in the Athens Olympics, Ndereba regained the top spot that she had previously won in Paris in 2003.

A former World record holder, Ndereba has now placed in the top two of the last four global championships. She won once before in Osaka, competing in the women's race held over the same course in January 2006. "The Osaka Marathon in the summer and winter are two different things because in winter, in January, I ran the whole race with my gloves on and with something underneath my singlet," Ndereba said. "But, today, if I had been able to run naked I would have," she added smiling. "Unfortunately, I could not because I knew that my daughter was watching and she would not like it if mum was running without clothes on."

Daughter Jane, aged 10, saw mum overcome an anxious moment at 35km, when she missed her water bottle, to become the oldest winner of the title at 35. Ndereba's bottle was knocked over by a fellow competitor but she remained cool — in mind of not in body. Rather than being panicked into keeping her place in the lead group, Ndereba went back for her drink. "This marathon was one of the hardest in my running career because of the weather" she said. "At 39km I was amazed that there were more than three runners [in the lead group] and I could not think I was going to win the gold medal. After 40 kilometres I felt I had something left. I tried to push and I was able to maintain the pace up to the finish line." It was the slowest of any of her marathons and nearly 12 minutes outside her best time of 2:18:47, but it extends her success to a level unmatched by anyone else.

Twice Kenya's sportswoman of the year, and with 17 podium finishes out of 18 marathon starts (the exception being in the 1999 Boston Marathon, her debut at the distance), the deeply spiritual Ndereba is the most dominant figure in women's marathon running.

WOMEN:
1  Catherine NDEREBA           KEN  2:30:37
2  Chunxiu ZHOU                CHN  2:30:45
3  Reiko TOSA                  JPN  2:30:55
4  Xiaolin ZHU                 CHN  2:31:21
5  Lidia SIMON                 ROM  2:31:26
6  Kiyoko SHIMIHARA            JPN  2:31:40
7  Rita JEPTOO                 KEN  2:32:03
8  Edith MASAI                 KEN  2:32:22
9  Mara YAMAUCHI               GBR  2:32:55
10 Lyubov MORGUNOVA            RUS  2:33:41

TEAMS:
Ndereba led home a Kenyan "dream team" of Boston Marathon winner Rita Jeptoo and three-time World Cross Country Champion Edith Masai ahead of Chinese and Japanese teams more accustomed to the specific conditions faced in Osaka.

1  Kenya  7:35:02
2  China  7:25:52
3  Japan  7:37:39

2 SEPTEMBER 2007: 22ND NIKE BUDAPEST INT'L HALF MARATHON, HUNGARY

The 22nd edition attracted 5600 runners from 51 countries, and more than 400 pairs participated in the two-person relay event (with stages of 8km and 13km) - which is a curiosity unique to the Budapest Half marathon. Lack of invitations to foreign elite runners allowed Hungarians to claim wins with relatively modest times that do not reflect the fast nature of the course. Apart from over the Danube bridges the city centre course is completely flat, and many mass runners set personal bests despite the 23°C heat. Passing along the grand thoroughfare of Andrassy Street and just below the Buda Castle World Heritage Site, the course allowed more than 1000 foreign runners to enjoy the sights of the capital at its best. The oldest runner, 80, finished in 2:04.

MEN:
1  Balazs OTT                  HUN  1:07:19  
2  Zsolt BENEDEK               HUN  1:07:31
3  Laszlo TOTH                 HUN  1:08:01
4  Tamas TOTH                  HUN  1:08:21
5  Andras JUHASZ               HUN  1:08:31
6  Gergely REZESSY             HUN  1:08:40
7  Imre SZABO                  HUN  1:08:47
8  Lajos BERECZ                HUN  1:08:55
9  Tamas BOGOS                 HUN  1:09:00
10 Miklos ZATYKO               HUN  1:09:06
 
WOMEN:
1  Krisztina PAPP              HUN  1:11:47
2  Simona STAICU               HUN  1:17:58
3  Judit F NAGY                HUN  1:18:09
4  Petra TEVELI                HUN  1:18:25
5  Ida KOVACS                  HUN  1:19:06
6  Fanni GYURKO                HUN  1:19:11
7  Monika NAGY                 HUN  1:19:31
8  Zsofia Annissa BADIS        HUN  1:20:12
9  Claire HALLISSEY            GBR  1:21:57
10 Barbara MOLNAR              HUN  1:22:36

2 SEPTEMBER 2007: RIO DE JANEIRO HALF MARATHON, BRAZIL

MEN:
1  Franck CALDEIRA             BRA  1:03:07
2  Clodoaldo GOMES DA SILVA    BRA  1:03:37
3  Titus KIBII                 KEN  1:03:44
4  Joao F DE LIMA JOAO DA BOTA BRA  1:03:53  
5  Giomar P DA SILVA           BRA  1:04:22
6  Luiz F DE ALMEIDA PAULA     BRA  1:04:26
7  Charles KORIR               KEN  1:04:28
8  Luiz P DA SILVA ANTUNES     BRA  1:04:44
9  Paulo R DE ALMEIDA PAULA    BRA  1:04:51
10 Claudenir DA SILVA CARDOSIO BRA  1:04:57
 
WOMEN:
1  Ednalva L DA SILVA          BRA  1:12:15
2  Lucelia DE OLIVEIRA PERES   BRA  1:13:44
3  Marizete M DOS SANTOS       BRA  1:14:12
4  Edielza ALVES DOS SANTOS    BRA  1:14:52
5  Marily DOS SANTOS           BRA  1:15:01
6  Nancy Jepkosgei KIPRON      KEN  1:15:09
7  Eunice Jepkirui KIRWA       KEN  1:16:00
8  Maria Raquel MARAVIGLIA     ARG  1:17:25
9  Antonia B LINS DA SILVA     BRA  1:17:32
10 Isabel Cristina FELICIANO        1:18:40

2 SEPTEMBER 2007: FRESH 'N' LO GREAT SCOTTISH RUN, GREAT BRITAIN

MEN:
1  Issal MACHARIA              KEN  1:02:42
2  Toru OKADA                  JPN  1:03:19
3  Naoto YONEDA                JPN  1:03:53
4  Andrew LETHERBY             AUS  1:05:00
5  Chiharu TAKADA              JPN  1:05:54
6  Yoshiro TANIGAWA            JPN  1:05:56
7  Andrew LEMONCELLO           GBR  1:06:29
8  David MILLER                GBR  1:07:03
9  Christopher MACKAY          GBR  1:08:12
10 Robert GILROY               GBR  1:08:55
 
WOMEN:
1  Penninah ARUSEI             KEN  1:10:47
2  Hayley HAINING              GBR  1:11:18
3  Aya MANOME                  JPN  1:11:31
4  Yoshika HOSOKAWA            JPN  1:12:28
5  Liz YELLING                 GBR  1:13:11
6  Karolina JARZYNSKA          POL  1:13:25
7  Susan PARTRIDGE             GBR  1:14:24
8  Elke SCHMIDT                GER  1:19:21
9  Jill KNOWLES                GBR  1:20:42
10 Nicola MAY                  GBR  1:20:51
 
10KM
MEN:
1  Alan MACPHERSON             GBR  31:39
2  Shaun O GRADY               GBR  33:09
3  Michael GILLESPIE           GBR  33:14

WOMEN:
1  Rebecca MOORE               GBR  34:50
2  Fiona MATHESON              GBR  36:26
3  Susan FINCH                 GBR  37:13

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7-8 SEPTEMBER 2007: JUNGFRAU MARATHON, SWITZERLAND

Photos: Andy Mettler

MEN:
1  Jonathan WYATT              NZL  2:55:33
2  Hermann ACHMULLER           ITA  2:58:36
3  Gerd FRICK                  ITA  3:02:42
4  Ranulfo SANCHEZ             MEX  3:05:57
5  Galen BURRELL               USA  3:11:06
6  Serguej KALEDINE            RUS  3:11:29
7  Marc LAUENSTEIN             SUI  3:13:42
8  Zac FREUDENBURG             USA  3:14:58
9  Serhiy OKSENJUK                  3:15:29
10 Urs JENZER                  SUI  3:15:48
 
WOMEN:
1  Anita E HAKENSTAD           NOR  3:23:06
2  Elena KALEDINA              RUS  3:31:16
3  Jeanna MALKOVA              RUS  3:36:44
4  Anja CARLSOHN               GER  3:36:59
5  Claudia LANDOLT             SUI  3:37:59
6  Elizabeth HAWKER            GBR  3:40:01
7  Corinne ZELLER              SUI  3:41:13
8  Marie-Luce ROMANENS         SUI  3:42:51
9  Britta MULLER               GER  3:45:23
10 Daniela WYSS                SUI  3:46:28

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8 SEPTEMBER 2007: NOVOSIBIRSK HALF MARATHON, RUSSIA

Around 750 runners took part in the 10th edition of this multi-lap race in the centre of the Siberian capital. Sammy Kipkoech Tum broke the old course record by almost a minute. Second-placed Yevgeniy Ribatov, with his brother just 10 seconds behind him, was also well inside the old mark — which had belonged to him. Rashida Hairutdinova clinched the women's race by besting marathon veteran Irina Timofeyeva.

MEN:
1  Sammy Kipkoech TUM          KEN  1:02:40
2  Evgerie RIBAKOV             RUS  1:03:04
3  Anatoly RIBAKOV             RUS  1:03:23
4  Hillary Kipkemboi LAGAT     KEN  1:03:52
5  Grigory ANDREEV             RUS  1:03:55
6  Sergey RYBIN                RUS  1:04:00
7  Dmitry SEMENOV              RUS  1:04:03
8  Jury ABRAMOV                RUS  1:05:01
9  Vasily GLUHOV               RUS  1:05:02
10 Maxim KARAMASHEV            RUS  1:06:15
    
WOMEN:
1  Rashida HAIRUTDINOVA        RUS  1:10:38
2  Irina TIMOFEEVA             RUS  1:10:50
3  Olga GLOK                   RUS  1:11:10
4  Natalia KURBATOV            RUS  1:13:00
5  Larissa ZJUZKO              RUS  1:13:48
6  Elza KIREEVA                RUS  1:13:57
7  Tatyana AZORKINA            RUS  1:14:10
8  Oksana KUZMICHEVA           RUS  1:14:16
9  Julia SMIMOVA               RUS  1:14:50
10 Anna SELNITSYNA             RUS  1:16:06

8 SEPTEMBER 2007: RUSKA MARATHON, FINLAND

MEN:
1  Mika PENTTINEN                   2:34:25
2  Teppo RONKAINEN                  2:35:58
3  Matti LINNA                      2:39:05
4  Sami VALIMAA                     2:47:22
5  Aki MOILANEN                     2:55:59
6  Jyrki PERTTUNEN                  2:57:07
7  Mika NUORTIO                     3:03:16
8  Simo VAARALA                     3:03:38
9  Ville LESKINEN                   3:04:57
10 Heikki IMMONEN                   3:07:21
 
WOMEN:
1  Marjo MULARI                     3:06:05
2  Anna-Leen N- ROININEN            3:11:27
3  Anu URJANHEIMO                   3:22:36
4  Outi SULASALMI                   3:24:02
5  Jaana HEIKKINEN                  3:30:31
6  Tanja KANKKUNEN                  3:32:52
7  Pauliina ALAKYRO                 3:35:29
8  Johanna DAVIDILA                 3:36:56
9  Eila JUNTIKKA                    3:43:01
10 Briitta IMPIO                    3:55:04
 
HALF MARATHON
MEN:
1  Joni RAUTIO                      1:11:12
2  Tatu AIRISNIEMI                  1:12:51
3  Reima IDSTROM                    1:15:58
 
WOMEN:
1  Marja RIITTA                     1:21:34
2  Manuela KRAMER                   1:26:14
3  Elli HEMMINKI                    1:28:23

8 SEPTEMBER 2007: VILNIUS MARATHON & HALF, LITHUANIA

MEN:
1  Richard ROTICH              KEN  2:21:15
2  Reuben KWAMBAI              KEN  2:21:27
3  Pavel MASHEI                     2:26:25
4  Imar TSETSERUKOU                 2:27:42
5  Dmitry CHATKIN                   2:31:56
6  Marek DZIEGIELEWSKI              2:33:06
7  Aurimas SKINULIS                 2:35:15
8  Vidmantes SERNA                  2:37:24
9  Pavelas FEDORENKA                2:38:27
10 Justinas KRIZINAUSKAS            2:39:40
 
WOMEN:
1  Natalija CHATKINA                2:51:19
2  Volha YUDZINKOVA                 2:51:29
3  Modesta KAMINSKIENE              3:06:52
4  Renata SILIUK                    3:10:35
5  Kaja VALS                        3:13:43
6  Sada BUKSNIENE                   3:20:52
7  Vilija DAMASICKIENE              3:22:55
8  Ausra KAVALIAUSKIENE             3:24:37
9  Danguole BICKUNIENE              4:17:08
10 Medeina AUGUSTINAVICIENE         4:25:06

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9 SEPTEMBER 2007: HOKKAIDO MARATHON, JAPAN

The race had been rescheduled from its traditional date on the last weekend in August to avoid conflict with World Championships in Osaka writes Ken Nakamura. Despite the later date, the weather was still far from ideal with 27°C and 50% humidity at the start. The winning times were accordingly slow with Julius Gitahi, a marathon debutant, recording 2:17:26, and Yuri Kano, in her second marathon, running 2:30:43.

The men started slowly, passing 1km in 3:12 and 5km in 16:16. Just before 15km Yasukazu Miyasato and Tadashi Shitamori moved ahead. Soon Miyazato fell back again and Shitamori was alone in front. Shitamori led by 24 seconds at 20km and 64 seconds at 25km. He then slowed, but the gap had narrowed only slightly by 30km when Gitahi and Ombeche Mokamba made their move. They caught Shitamori just before 35km and soon after Gitahi shook off Mokamba, and ran alone for a comfortable win. Masaru Takamizawa passed Mokamba in the final metres to take second place.

Yuri Kano ran aggressively from the start, passing 5km in 17:17 and 10km in 34:04. The chase pack, which included Harumi Hiroyama and Masayo Kobayashi, was 13 seconds behind Kano at 5km and 18 seconds at 10km. Slowly but surely she continued to increase her lead, from 21 seconds at 15km, to 33 seconds at 20km. Although Kobayashi was trailing behind Hiroyama during the early part of the race, by 23km she had caught her and started to break away. But Kobayashi was unable to get any closer to Kano, whose lead at 35km had grown to 57 seconds. Kano finished exhausted, but her coach Manabu Kawagoe said: "Because she is trying to make the Olympic marathon team, it is good for her to experience a summer marathon."

Kano made her marathon debut in the 2007 Osaka Ladies Marathon in January, finishing third with 2:24:43, and was an alternate for the World Championships.

MEN:
1  Julius GITAHI               KEN  2:17:26
2  Masaru TAKAMIZAWA                2:18:13
3  Ombeche MOKAMBE             KEN  2:18:18
4  Ken-ichiro KAWAZU                2:18:45
5  Seiji KOBAYASHI                  2:19:39
 
WOMEN:
1  Yuri KANO                        2:30:43
2  Masayo KOBAYASHI                 2:33:00
3  Harumi HIROYAMA                  2:33:39
4  Mika HIKICHI                     2:36:16
5  Chihiro TANAKA                   2:37:52

9 SEPTEMBER 2007: PILA INT'L HALF MARATHON, POLAND

The race incorporated the Polish Half Marathon Championships. In occasionally rainy and windy weather 1092 runners finished, coming from 13 countries.

MEN:
1  Michael KORONEI             KEN  1:03:25
2  Paul NGETICH                KEN  1:03:37
3  Arkadiusz SOWA              POL  1:03:42
4  Rafal WOJCIK                POL  1:03:54
5  Stiapan RAHUTSOV            BLR  1:03:59
6  Piotr DRWAL                 POL  1:04:05
7  Radoslaw DUDYCZ             POL  1:05:50
8  Mariusz GIZYNSKI            POL  1:07:07
9  Bartosz MAZERSKI            POL  1:07:51
10 Marek JAROSZEWSKI           POL  1:08:31
 
WOMEN:
1  Dorota GRUCA                POL  1:13:29
2  Edyta LEWANDOWSKA           POL  1:14:37
3  Agnieszka GORTEL            POL  1:15:10
4  Renata PARADOWSKA           POL  1:15:28
5  Ewa BRYCH PAJAK             POL  1:16:10
6  Malgorzata SOBANSKA         POL  1:16:14
7  Arleta MELOCH               POL  1:16:21
8  Malgorzata JAMROZ           POL  1:16:29
9  Agnieszka JANASIAK          POL  1:16:46
10 Natalia KULESH              BLR  1:17:20

9 SEPTEMBER 2007: REEBOK BRISTOL HALF MARATHON, GREAT BRITAIN

Conditions were nearly perfect and the women's race was of a particularly high standard. Jane Muria set a new race record and there were some strong domestic performances. In the men's event Tewodros Shiferaw just failed to beat last year's winning time.

The race was a trial for the World Road Running Championships to be held in Udine (ITA) on 14 October. First British runner home, Phil Wicks, ran his debut half marathon and professed himeself pleased despite just missing the World Championships qualifying time.

MEN:
1  Tewodros SHIFERAW           ETH  1:03:01 
2  Simon TONUI                 KEN  1:03:08
3  Phil WICKS                  GBR  1:04:43
4  Toby LAMBERT                GBR  1:04:45
5  Billy FARQUHARSON           GBR  1:05:22
6  Haggai CHEPKWONY            KEN  1:05:32
7  Simon JONES                 GBR  1:05:58
8  Dave MITCHINSON             GBR  1:06:11
9  Gareth RAVEN                GBR  1:06:17
10 Ben HOPE                    GBR  1:07:22
 
WOMEN:
1  Jane MUIA                   KEN  1:10:26
2  Elizabeth YELLING           GBR  1:10:46
3  Louise DAMEN                GBR  1:12:46
4  Michelle R COPE             GBR  1:13:28
5  Wendy NICHOLLS              GBR  1:14:16
6  Rosemary RYAN               GBR  1:14:28
7  Sue HARRISON                GBR  1:14:48
8  Lucy HASELL                 GBR  1:15:20
9  Holly MAY                   GBR  1:15:33
10 Alice BRAHAM                GBR  1:15:37

9 SEPTEMBER 2007: MEDIA MARATON INT'L CIUDAD DE MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA

MEN:
1  Mauricio MORA               COL  1:04:25
2  Kimutai KIPLIMO             KEN  1:05:52
3  Isaack K KEMBOI             KEN  1:06:32
4  Joshep KOECH                PER  1:06:41
5  Diego COLORADO              COL  1:07:35
6  Gobin CONDOR                PER  1:07:36
7  Constantino LEON            COL  1:08:01
8  Giovanny AMADOR             PER  1:09:04
9  Paulino CANCHANYA           COL  1:09:11
10 Edwin ROMERO                COL  1:09:14
 
WOMEN:
1  Ogla KIMAIYO                KEN  1:15:39
2  Emily SAMOIE                KEN  1:16:04
3  Berta SANCHEZ               COL  1:17:15
4  Lucy M NYERY                KEN  1:18:11
5  Yolanda FERNANDEZ           COL  1:18:23
6  Ruby RIATIBA                COL  1:19:46
7  Mercedes AGUILAR            COL  1:20:01
8  Lina ARIAS                  COL  1:21:28
9  Julia RIVERA                PER  1:21:53
10 Diana Judith LANDI          ECU  1:23:58

9 SEPTEMBER 2007: MOSCOW PEACE MARATHON, RUSSIA

MEN:
1  Ivan BARBARIKA                 UKR  2:20:34

WOMEN:
1  Tatyana VERNYHOR               UKR  2:50:43

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16 SEPTEMBER 2007: HALF MARATHON OF PORTUGAL

The men's field held together until the final two kilometres, whereas the women's winner led throughout in this eighth edition of the race.

Bizunesh Bekele showed great strength in taking an immediate lead, followed by Tigist Tufa, as she climbed the span of the Vasco da Gama Bridge. Tufa fell back and the chasing group, at first led by Magdalene Chemjor, never got her within their sights. Salina Kosgei chased hard over the final kilometres but the gap was always widening. Chemjor fell back, perhaps under the heavy training load as she builds towards a marathon debut in Amsterdam.

Eight men were detached in the first five kilometres, passed in 14:49. The second 5km split was 14:20, on the outward section of an out and back stretch on featureless highways. Olympic Marathon Champion Stefano Baldini led the chase but the gap continued to grow. Only two runners fell out of the lead pack until they reached 19km, when Robert Cheruiyot made a strong move and took only Jaouad Gharib with him. Cheruiyot edged ahead over the next kilometre or more, but Emmanuel Mutai was saving himself for later. Over the final kilometre he first took Gharib and then passed Cheruiyot for a dramatic win.

MEN:
1  Emmanuel MUTAI                 KEN  1:01:54
2  Robert CHERUIYOT               KEN  1:02:01
3  Jaouad GHARIB                  MAR  1:02:05
4  Francis KIPROP                 KEN  1:02:11
5  Wilberforce TALEL              KEN  1:02:15
6  Paul KOSGEI                    KEN  1:02:20
7  Silas SANG                     KEN  1:02:39
8  Wesley OCHORO                  KEN  1:03:53
9  Stefano BALDINI                ITA  1:03:54
10 Jose ROCHA                     POR  1:04:09

WOMEN:
1  Bizunesh BEKELE                ETH  1:10:20
2  Salina KOSGEI                  KEN  1:11:08
3  Mary PTIKANY                   KEN  1:11:36
4  Ruth KUTOL                     KEN  1:12:56
5  Irene JEROTICH                 KEN  1:13:34
6  Tigist TUFA                    ETH  1:14:09
7  Fernanda RIBEIRO               POR  1:14:15
8  Magdalene CHEMJOR              KEN  1:14:41
9  Justyna BAK                    POL  1:15:49
10 Ayelech WORKU                  ETH  1:15:50

16 SEPTEMBER 2007: MAUI MARATHON, USA

MEN:
1  Jacob ROTICH                   KEN  2:29:22
2  Leighton KATSUDA               USA  2:33:55
3  Jonah MAIYO                    KEN  2:38:03
4  Makoto YAMAMOTO                JPN  2:42:54
5  Kenichi SHIRAKATA              JPN  2:46:21
6  Ian MORTIMER                   CAN  2:56:17
7  Masateru KANEKO                JPN  2:58:03
8  Paul HOPWOOD                   USA  2:58:48
9  Gilberto PALLOTTA                   2:59:20
10 Steve CATHCART                 USA  3:01:30

WOMEN:
1  Julie DOHENEY                  USA  3:18:39
2  Midori FUNABASHI               JPN  3:21:11
3  Fumiko IROKAWA                 JPN  3:21:55
4  Briana STEPHEN                 USA  3:25:26
5  Lorelle HOVSEPIAN              USA  3:25:38
6  Rika AKASHI                    JPN  3:27:23
7  Elizabeth EDMONDS              USA  3:28:16
8  Sara CLARK                     USA  3:30:28
9  Chantal LI                     USA  3:30:58
10 Bonnie BAILEY                  USA  3:34:50

HALF MARATHON:
MEN:
1  Blake BOLDON                   USA  1:14:38 
2  Dale SUMMERVILLE               USA  1:15:48
3  Jason GERAGHTY                 USA  1:15:48

WOMEN:
1  Dawn EPPERSON                  USA  1:23:27
2  Stephanie DICKSON              USA  1:27:35
3  Lindsey WILBUR                 USA  1:31:43

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23 SEPTEMBER 2007: BLACKMORE'S SYDNEY MARATHON, AUSTRALIA

MEN:
1  Julius MARITIM              KEN  2:14:37
2  Philip MUIA                 KEN  2:21:54
3  Nicholas MERICA                  2:24:21
4  Josphat MWANGI              KEN  2:25:50
5  Damon HARRIS                     2:27:58
6  Jeremy HORNE                     2:32:42
7  Richard GARDINER                 2:33:32
8  Andrew TUCKEY                    2:33:58
9  Francis KAMAMI KANYA             2:40:08
10 Matthew PORTA                    2:40:09
 
WOMEN:
1  Naoko TSUCHIYA              JPN  2:43:09
2  Eliza MAYGER                AUS  2:46:34
3  Verity TOLHURST             AUS  2:52:13
4  Heidi CAYZER                AUS  2:57:20
5  Johanna PARSONS             AUS  2:59:42
6  Stacey PEARSON              AUS  3:05:01
7  Lisa FLINT                  AUS  3:06:27
8  Shelley HOWES               AUS  3:09:58
9  Laraine HARTLEY             AUS  3:13:07
10 Johanna THOMAS              AUS  3:13:46

HALF MARATHON
MEN:
1  Thomas DO CANTO                  1:07:28 
2  Boonchu JANDACHA                 1:09:05
3  Charlie LOW                      1:10:12

WOMEN:
1  Jennie WICKHAM                   1:18:29
2  Saifon BOONJANG                  1:19:19
3  Billinda SCHIPP                  1:19:34

23 SEPTEMBER 2007: BALTIC MARATHON & 10km, ESTONIA

MEN:
1  Aleksei SAVELJEV                 2:29:33
2  Margus PIRKSAAR                  2:34:26
3  Elar VULLA                       2:41:58
4  Ilja NIKOLAJEV                   2:45:12
5  Magus TAMM                       2:46:28
6  Jaanus GROSS                     2:48:45
7  Tonis JUULIK                     2:49:57
8  Alar SAVASTVER                   2:53:26
9  Arved AKSEN                      2:56:56
10 Innar SEPP                       2:58:20
 
WOMEN:
1  Kaja VALS                        3:07:25
2  Tatjana SOTNIKOVA                3:09:54
3  Alma SARAPUU                     3:22:11
4  Ulle KUMMER-LEMAN                3:40:34
5  Maris JAAMA                      3:42:15
6  Heleen VENNIKAS                  3:50:28
7  Evelin KARNER                    3:52:58
8  Agne SOKOLOV                     4:00:50
9  Kristina VIND                    4:02:44
10 Terje TOOMINGAS                  4:10:49

10km
MEN:
1     Vyacheslav KOSOLEV              30:37
2     Taivo PUI                       31:55
3     Taavi TAMBUR                    33:29
 
WOMEN:
1     Rasa DRAZDAUSKAITE              35:47
2     Sigrid VALDRE                   36:43
3     Ekaterina PATJUK                37:24

23 SEPTEMBER 2007: TURIN HALF MARATHON, ITALY

MEN:
1  John KIPROTICH              KEN  1:02:05
2  Philip SINGOEI              KEN  1:03:37
3  Fred C KOSGEI               KEN  1:03:53
4  Mostafa ERREBBAH            ITA  1:04:17
5  Danilo GOFFI                ITA  1:04:55
6  Hicham EL BAROUKI           ITA  1:05:18
7  Paolo BATTELLI              ITA  1:06:00
8  Liberato PELLECCHIA         ITA  1:07:19
9  Mario PRANDI                ITA  1:09:07
10 Diego ABBATESCIANNI         ITA  1:09:21
 
WOMEN:
1  Renate RUNGGER                   1:13:16
2  Vicenza SICARI              ITA  1:13:42
3  Ornella FERRARA             ITA  1:14:08
4  Paola VENTRELLA             ITA  1:16:33
5  Catherine BERTONE           ITA  1:19:53
6  Shebire FISSEHA                  1:21:33
7  Guiseppina MATTONE          ITA  1:22:20
8  Grazia CAMMALLERI           ITA  1:24:49
9  Maria Grazia NAVACCHIA      ITA  1:26:20
10 Beverley GIBSON                  1:26:24

23 SEPTEMBER 2007: HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN MARATHON, DENMARK

MEN:
1  Jonah KEMBOI                KEN  2:15:05
2  Philip BANDAWE              ZIM  2:15:27
3  William KIPROTICH           KEN  2:17:43
4  Andrej TOPTUN               UKR  2:18:03
5  Julias MUTAI                KEN  2:21:56
6  Soren PALSHOJ               DEN  2:21:59
7  Steen PETERSEN              DEN  2:23:09
8  Thomas SONDERGAARD          DEN  2:23:26
9  Jeppe FARSOHT               DEN  2:26:13
10 Alexey KHOKHLOV             RUS  2:28:16
 
WOMEN:
1  Irina SONGERLAYNEN          RUS  2:42:15
2  Jane ROTICH                 KEN  2:43:48
3  Agnieszka LEWANDOWSKA       POL  2:45:39
4  Lotta SINCLAIR              SWE  2:47:36
5  Olga GONCHARENKO            UKR  2:48:53
6  Margrethe LOGAVLEN          NOR  2:51:25
7  Lene K DUUS                 DEN  2:57:12
8  Tove BRODERSEN              DEN  3:12:45
9  Mia SORENSEN                DEN  3:15:17
10 Christina NIELSEN           DEN  3:16:04
 
WOMEN-ONLY HALF MARATHON:
1  Agnes MUTUNE                DEN  1:17:44
2  Pauline NJERY               DEN  1:17:46
3  Anne-mette AAGAARD          DEN  1:19:41

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29 SEPTEMBER 2007: LAKE TAHOE MARATHON, TRIPLE & HALF, USA

MEN:
1  Tony TORRES                     USA  2:44:56
2  Lynrd SKYNROD                   USA  3:04:41
3  Robert BAERS                    USA  3:10:40
4  John ROCKWOOD                   USA  3:13:38
5  Marcel POTVIN                   USA  3:20:03
6  Charles HOFACKER                USA  3:20:42

WOMEN:
1  Cheryl MATTISON                 USA  3:09:47
2  Rebecca ECKLAND                 USA  3:21:01
3  Gordana VIDOVIC                 USA  3:26:18
4  Amy JENKINSION                  USA  3:30:02
5  Jennifer BENNETT                ARG  3:30:14
6  Lauren KEARNEY                  USA  3:37:27

TRIPLE MARATHON:
MEN:
1  Akos KONYA                      USA  10:39:26
2  Sean MEISSNER                   USA  10:41:52
3  Sam THOMPSON                    USA  11:36:06
(no female finishers)

HALF MARATHON:
MEN:
1  Michael SHARP                   USA  1:28:06
2  Steve RODRIGUEZ                 USA  1:29:49
3  Renee OLEA                      USA  1:30:22

WOMEN:
1  Whitney LINDSEY                 USA  1:30:05
2  Michele BYINGTON                USA  1:37:47
3  Michelle BEHM                   USA  1:42:20

29 SEPTEMBER 2007: AFRICA UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL PEACE MARATHON, ZIMBABWE

Marathon debutant, Point Chaza, (25) won a close race from among the field of 400 who contested the race, including a contingent of 10 Japanese runners, under the Japan International Cooperation Agency currently in Zimbabwe on a stint as coaching assistants in higher education institutions around the country. There was also a half marathon, a 10km race for the physically challenged, a 5km run for primary school children and a 500m fun run for pre-schoolers.

"This race is certainly challenging because of the hilly terrain which forms the Christmas pass," said Aeneas Nhoro of the National Athletics Association. "It allows us to scout for the best sporting talent. Athletes successful in this event are able to compete better at global showcases." Chaza had previously only run half marathons and 10km races. "My ultimate aim is to represent Zimbabwe at the Olympics", he said.

Prize money of US$1000 and $500 went to the top two men and women, as well as to athletes in other categories. Vice Chancellor of Africa University, Professor Rukudzo Murapa offered his profound thanks to the Mutare community and corporate sponsors for continuously supporting the marathon. "It is through your efforts that we are able to host this event annually." The idea to host the Africa University International peace marathon was mooted in 2001, as an international event to promote the concept of peace through sportsmanship, and the first event was held in 2002.

MEN:
1  Point CHAZA                     ZIM  2:29:11
2  Vusa MUNIKWA                    ZIM  2:29:53
3  Felix MUSHANGWA                 ZIM  2:30:15

WOMEN:
1  Tabitha TATSA                   ZIM  2:59:00
2  Rabia ALIMA                     ZIM  3:10:59

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30 SEPTEMBER 2007: real,- BERLIN MARATHON, GERMANY

Gebrselassie

In his seventh attempt at the marathon Haile Gebrselassie finally succeeded in breaking the world record writes Pat Butcher. He took 29 seconds off the record of friend and rival, Paul Tergat of Kenya, who ran 2:04:55 in this same event in 2003. "This was something special," said the 34 year old Ethiopian. "The conditions today were perfect". After heavy rain on Saturday, it was 14°C at the start, rising to 18°C at the finish shortly after 11:00. It is the 24th record of Gebrselassie's career.

Within 10 minutes of the finish Gebrselassie received a congratulatory call on the race director's telephone from Paul Tergat, whose record he had just broken. "That's sport, records are made to be broken" said Tergat "I'm happy for him, we are good friends". It was four of Tergat's compatriots — Rodgers Rop, Wilson Kigen, Andrew Limo and Peter Kiprotich, with fellow Ethiopian, Eshetu Wondimu — who paced him as far as 30km. No one else tried to follow, even in the first few kilometres. He was always on target for a sub-2:05 finish, but to break the record he needed to sustain, and even slightly increase the pace. This he did while running alone for the last 12km to establish the sixth world record on Berlin's superfast course.

Fellow Ethiopian Gete Wami also successfully defended her title, with a solo run. That was well outside her time of last year, and she admitted that she cruised the last few kilometres, because she plans to run the New York Marathon in just five weeks' time. Irina Mikitenko, in second ran the fastest ever debut by a German woman.

MEN:
1  Haile GEBRSELASSIE             ETH  2:04:26
2  Abel KIRUI                     KEN  2:06:51
3  Salim KIPSANG                  KEN  2:07:29
4  Philip MANYIM                  KEN  2:08:01
5  Mesfiu ADIMASU                 ETH  2:09:49
6  Lee TROOP                      AUS  2:10:31
7  Arkadiusz SOWA                 POL  2:12:00
8  Joseph KAHUGU                  KEN  2:12:08
9  Tomohito SETO                  JPN  2:12:21
10 Ignacio CACERES                ESP  2:12:46 

WOMEN:
1  Gete WAMI                      ETH  2:23:17
2  Irina MIKITENKO                GER  2:24:51
3  Helena KIPROP                  KEN  2:26:27
4  Irina TIMOFEYEVA               RUS  2:26:54
5  Naoko SAKAMOTO                 JPN  2:28:33
6  Hailey HAINING                 GBR  2:30:43
7  Rose KERUBO                    KEN  2:31:33
8  Leonor CARNEIRO                POR  2:31:41
9  Angeline FLEUCKIGER-JOLY       SUI  2:35:57
10 Evba Maria GRADWOHL            AUT  2:36:21

30 SEPTEMBER 2007: SCOTIABANK TORONTO WATERFRONT MARATHON AND HALF, CANADA

Kelai

Photo at right: ASI Photo

John Kelai won a thrilling duel with defending champion, Daniel Rono to record the fastest time ever run on Canadian soil, eclipsing 1976 Montreal Olympic Champion Waldemar Cierpinski's 2:09:55 set in 1976. In the women's race, Ethiopia's Asha Gigi led from start to finish to set a new course record with last year's winner and former course record-holder, Malgorzata Sobanska, in second.

Clear skies, low humidity, little or no wind, and a temperature around 12°C at the 07:00 start presented near-perfect conditions. Pacemakers did a solid job of getting a lead pack of seven to halfway in 65:00 on the flat, scenic course along Lake Ontario. By 30km, passed in 1:32:37, the group was down to five: Kelai and Rono, Ethiopian Kasime Adilo, and other Kenyans, Simon Wangai and Henry Kapkyai. By the turn at the eastern end of the course in The Beaches neighbourhood at 33km, Kapkyai was dropping off. Wangai was the next to go, around 38km, and a very gutsy Kasime Adilo held on until 40km.

Rono surged and Kelai went with him, dropping Adilo. Rono went hard again just before 41km and opened up a gap of some 30m. Kelai was looking over his shoulder, and the television commentators "called it" — Rono had made the decisive break. Then, with about 700m to go, Kelai made his move. He was still well back when they made the final turn onto Wellington St, with 600m to go, but closing. The signs clicked by as nail-biting spectators watched on the Finish Line screen… 500m to go, 400m to go, then at 300m to go Kelai blew by Rono for the victory and the new, long-awaited record. The last 5km was covered in well under 15 minutes.

Gigi

Asha Gigi had things all her own way in the Women's race, but did so in dramatic style. Perhaps over-enthused by Haile Gebrselassie's world record run earlier in the day in Berlin, Gigi went through 10km in 33:35, and halfway in 72:13. She faded badly in the later stages but still set a new women's course record. In marked contrast, veteran Malgorzata Sobanska of Poland ran a very even, controlled race, but just ran out of real estate in closing the gap on Gigi. She ran just 11 seconds slower than in 2006, when she set the old course record.

In the International Team Challenge for developmental athletes [2 men, 2 women per team], Team Great Britain narrowly defeated Team Mexico. Team Canada was third and Team America/USA was 4th.

Over the past 5 years, the sponsorship from Scotiabank and support from adidas have helped lower winning times from 2:17 to 2:14 to 2:11 to 2:10, to yesterday's 2:09:30, and make the event one of the few sub-2:10 races in North America.

MEN:
1  John KELAI                  KEN  2:09:30
2  Daniel RONO                 KEN  2:09:36
3  Kasime ADILO                ETH  2:10:20
4  Simon WANGAI                KEN  2:10:53
5  Henry KAPKYAI               KEN  2:13:51
6  Edilberto M HERNANDEZ       MEX  2:15:02
7  Joseph MUTISO               KEN  2:15:28
8  Feyissa TUSSE               ETH  2:17:11
9  Scott WINTON                NZL  2:17:15
10 Danny KASSAP                CAN  2:17:21
 
WOMEN:
1  Asha GIGI                   ETH  2:33:16
2  Malgorzata SOBANSKA         POL  2:34:21
3  Alevtina BIKTIMIROVA        RUS  2:34:54
4  Alice BRAHAM                GBR  2:41:08
5  Alicia RODRIGUEZ            MEX  2:43:43
6  Jenny CLAGUE                GBR  2:44:07
7  Melissa GACEK               USA  2:45:06
8  Lisa HARVEY                 CAN  2:48:48
9  Janelle MORRISON            CAN  2:49:39
10 Ariana Q SALAZAR            MEX  2:55:05
 
HALF MARATHON: 
MEN:
1  Pius KORIR                  CAN  1:05:10
2  Giitah MACHARIA             CAN  1:05:15
3  Joseph NSENGIYUMVA          CAN  1:05:20

WOMEN:
1  Pauline GITHUKA             KEN  1:18:10
2  Sarah DILLABAUGH            CAN  1:19:21
3  Paula WILTSE                CAN  1:20:03

30 SEPTEMBER 2007: 46TH DEXIA BIL ROUTE DU VIN HALF MARATHON, LUXEMBOURG

MEN:
1  Wilson CHEBET               KEN  1:00:13
2  John KALES                  KEN  1:00:47
3  Jacob YATOR                 KEN  1:01:13
4  Francis BOWEN               KEN  1:01:13
5  Josphat KAMZEE              KEN  1:01:50
6  Elijah MBOGO                KEN  1:02:13
7  Urige Arado BUTA                 1:02:20
8  David KIPSANG               KEN  1:02:23
9  Lafari NGIMBA                    1:02:30
10 Matthew KOECH               KEN  1:02:34
 
WOMEN:
1  Mary PTIKANY                KEN  1:10:13
2  Kareema SALEH                    1:11:52
3  Lydia NJERI                 KEN  1:12:56
4  Alice K MOGIRE              KEN  1:13:18
5  Mirja JENNI-MOSER                1:14:25
6  Anna VON SCHENCK            SWE  1:14:40
7  Susan KURUI                 KEN  1:15:21
8  Christine CHEPKEMEI         KEN  1:16:06
9  Monica OTWORI               KEN  1:17:30
10 Ferihiwot GEBERYESUS        ETH  1:20:02

30 SEPTEMBER 2007: 22nd PLUS BUDAPEST MARATHON, HUNGARY

There were seven individual distances and two relays included in this festival of running which brought 13,600 runners onto the streets of Budapest. The marathon attracted more than 3000 runners, and almost half of them were foreigners. A new distance of 30km event was organised this year in which 500 runners joined the marathoners at the 12,195th metre of the race to finish it together.

A decision not to invite elite foreign runners meant that the winners were Hungarians, and repeated their victories of the previous year. The course passes the most scenic parts of the Hungarian capital and 35 music stations along the course cheered the runners and helped them to achieve their target times. The eldest Hungarian runner was 80 years old and ran a new Hungarian record in his category, finishing in 4:40.

Overall 1600 foreign runners came to Budapest from 40 different countries; the most runners came from France and Finland, followed by runners from the UK, German, Italy and the USA.

MEN:
1  Tamas TOTH                   HUN  2:24:40
2  Ference BIRI                 HUN  2:25:14
3  Gergely REZESSY              HUN  2:26:10
4  Tamas BOGOS                  HUN  2:26:26
5  Roland ADOK                  HUN  2:29:48
6  Szabolcs KUSTOS              HUN  2:30:06
7  Miklos ZATYKO                HUN  2:30:33
8  Peter STEIB                  HUN  2:31:11
9  Lajos Zoltan PULSZKY         HUN  2:32:00
10 Jozsef SAGI                  HUN  2:32:55

WOMEN:
1  Judit FOLDINGNE-NAGY         HUN  2:47:09
2  Katalin FARKAS               HUN  2:50:14
3  Andrea TAKACS                HUN  2:58:38
4  Eva VARGA                    HUN  3:08:05
5  Dagny SAANUM IGNER                3:08:08
6  Eniko FEHER                  HUN  3:15:42
7  Katalin REIMAN                    3:17:05
8  Rita PASZTOR                 HUN  3:18:32
9  Rebecca GRANT                     3:22:25
10 Brigitte KUEHLEITNER              3:23:06

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