Sammy Kurgat set a new course record in defeating his fellow countryman and defending champion Daniel Too writes Jorg Wenig. The young Ethiopian Robe Guta clocked her first sub 2:30 time to win the women's race. There was also a fine performance by Sabrina Mockenhaupt in the Half Marathon, which was staged parallel to the longer race. The German achieved a personal best of 1:08:51.
The 33 year-old Kurgat was in a big leading group of about ten runners, who passed the half way mark in a promising 1:04:32. At 30km (1:31:55) there were still eight runners in the lead pack, but then one after another dropped back. Kurgat also slowed but he had a comfortable lead and finished more than half a minute in front of Too. Eight of the top 10 places were filled by Kenyan runners. Kurgat improved James Rotich's four-year-old course record by 19 seconds.
A duel between Robe Guta and Germany's Luminita Zaituc developed soon after the start. The two passed the Half Marathon point in 1:13:56 and 30km in 1:45:43. The Ethiopian, almost 20 years younger than Zaituc, eventually took the race with 2:29:39. Guta had a personal best of 2:33:44 from Dubai in January, but had run an impressive 1:07:46 in 2007 for the Half Marathon. Zaituc, who turns 40 in a few days, achieved the national qualifying time for the World Championships in Berlin next year.
Mockenhaupt ran with pacemakers to clocked her first sub-70 minute time in the Half Marathon. This tied the German season's best of Irina Mikitenko, who had run this time when winning in Paderborn early in the year. The result from Cologne was a great test for Mockenhaupt's second Marathon, which she will run in Frankfurt in three weeks. Last year she won her debut in Cologne with 2:29:33 but faded in the final stages.
Upwards of 10,000 Marathon runners had entered Germany's fourth biggest event at this distance behind Berlin, Hamburg and Frankfurt. For the first time the Half Marathon had more entries than the full distance race (11,000). Another 5,000 athletes competed in other events on Sunday in wet and cool conditions.
MEN: 1 Sammy KURGAT KEN 2:10:03 2 Daniel TOO KEN 2:10:37 3 Thomas CHEMITEI KEN 2:11:20 4 Joel KEMBOI KEN 2:11:57 5 Samson BUNGEI KIPTO KEN 2:13:25 6 Daniel NDIRITU KEN 2:16:55 7 Beraki BEYENE ERI 2:17:37 8 Tesfahiwet GEBRETINSAE ERI 2:17:39 9 Vincent KIPCHIRCHIR KEN 2:18:44 10 Joel KIPTOO KEN 2:22:39 WOMEN: 1 Robe TOLA GUTA ETH 2:29:39 2 Luminita ZAITUC GER 2:30:00 3 Alem A GEBREEZGI ETH 2:39:09 4 Ira KORSTEN GER 2:44:59 5 Prisca KIPRONO KEN 2:51:27 6 Elisabeth DR. HAWKER GER 2:52:33 7 Friederike BACK GER 2:57:28 8 Martina GROB GER 3:00:42 9 Birgit LENNARTZ GER 3:06:37 10 Sandra BARBORSECK GER 3:06:49
Dejene Yirdawe dominated the 85th edition of Europe's oldest Marathon held in cold conditions (8-10°C) and strong winds (up to 8m/s) writes Alfons Juck.
Yirdawe increased the pace after the 24km, and left pacemaker David Makori behind en route to a solo sub-2:11 time, the second fastest run on this course after last year's course record 2:09:53 by Kenyan William Biama. It was Yirdawe's third Marathon and he became the third Ethiopian male to win in Kosice after such legends as Abebe Bikila (1961) and Demissie Wolde (1969). In a close battle for second three Kenyans finished within eight seconds of each other.
"It was great race for me, without the wind I think I would have been able to run under 2:09," Yirdawe said. The first four recorded times among the six best ever in Kosice.
The top three women registered new personal bests. Winner Selina Chelimo, in her fifth Marathon, ran the third fastest ever in Kosice. It was also the first Kenyan female victory here. A pair of Ethiopians, finishing second and third, debuted well in difficult windy conditions.
Slovak national champion Imrich Pastor (also best European) defended his title in ninth, and surprisingly Ingrid Petnuchova in sixth became the sixth fastest Slovak woman of all-time. In total more than 4000 runners from 34 countries competed in all races and categories.
MEN: 1 Dejene YIRDAWE ETH 2:10:51 2 Jonathan KIBET KEN 2:12:23 3 Joseph MUTISO KEN 2:12:25 4 Sammy ROTICH KEN 2:12:31 5 Benson CHERUIYOT KEN 2:15:56 6 Hussan ADELO ETH 2:16:21 7 Joseph LAGAT KEN 2:16:46 8 Philip BANDAWE ZIM 2:24:13 9 Imrich PASTOR SVK 2:26:05 10 William KIPTOO KEN 2:26:09 WOMEN: 1 Selina CHELIMO KEN 2:34:23 2 Firehiwot DADO ETH 2:37:34 3 Radiya ADLO ETH 2:39:21 4 Eunice KORIR KEN 2:42:34 5 Mariya BUTAKOVA BLR 2:46:15 6 Ingrid PETNUCHOVA SVK 2:48:23 7 Ivana MARTINCOVA CZE 2:49:24 8 Nataliya LEHONCOVA UKR 2:53:06 9 Valentina DELION MDA 2:53:46 10 Silvia SEBESTIAN SVK 3:07:50 HALF MARATHON MEN: 1 Miroslave VANKO SVK 1:09:53 2 Michal LAMI SVK 1:14:02 3 Anatoliy MALYY UKR 1:14:04 WOMEN: 1 Katarina BERESOVA SVK 1:18:05 2 Zuzana KOROTVICKOVA SVK 1:29:02 3 Slavka PAVUKOVA SVK 1:29:19
MEN: 1 Rik CEULEMANS 2:19:29 2 Willy CHERUIYOT KEN 2:19:32 3 Gino VAN GEYTE 2:22:57 4 David PKUTO PLIMO 2:23:03 5 Jonathan KIP SAINA 2:24:59 6 Kris MOERNAUT 2:25:55 7 Koen NEVEN 2:26:15 8 Sammy K CHEROP KEN 2:27:27 9 Vincent TERNET 2:33:21 10 Oleg OTMAKHOV 2:35:28 WOMEN: 1 Anne ZIJDERVELD 3:15:51 2 Anne LOUETTE 3:25:35 3 Gill DE SCHAUWER 3:29:36 4 Sonia RENARD 3:32:36 5 Mary NORMAN 3:32:42 6 Christelle MINGNEAU 3:35:02 7 Mirella GRAND JEAN 3:36:39 8 Maria VAN DEN WOUWER 3:38:36 9 Conchita WELKER 3:40:08 10 Robin PODEVYN 3:40:36 HALF MARATHON MEN: 1 Guy FANS 1:08:41 2 Paola NATALI 1:08:46 3 Petr PECHEK 1:09:43 WOMEN: 1 Blanka PAULU 1:26:25 2 Angelina TAYAR 1:28:57 3 Michele PASELLI 1:29:13
MEN: 1 Ezekiel CHERUP KEN 2:28:05 2 David KIRKLAND GBR 2:28:34 3 Marcus SCOTNEY GBR 2:34:46 4 Garrett ASH GBR 2:36:41 5 Niku MILLOTT GBR 2:39:21 6 Mark WALSH GBR 2:43:14 7 John J DUFFY GBR 2:49:59 8 Brian CRUICKSHANK GBR 2:50:40 9 Charles BARWICK GBR 2:50:53 10 Neil WHITE GBR 2:51:03 WOMEN: 1 Banuelia KATESIGWA TAN 2:51:24 2 Lucy COLQUHOUN GBR 2:52:43 3 Jennifer MACLEAN GBR 2:54:56 4 Roz ALEXANDER GBR 3:01:40 5 Julia MYATT GBR 3:02:34 10KM MEN: 1 Amauel HAGUS KEN 29:35 2 Tsegezeab WOLDMEDMICHAEL ETH 29:35 3 Andrew DOUGLAS GBR 30:55 WOMEN: 1 Joyce KANDIA KEN 34:03 2 Amlest TEWELDE ETH 35:45 3 Alison DOCHERTY GBR 36:15
USA 25km record holder, Fernando Cabada won his first marathon on American soil and in the process captured an exciting USA Men's Marathon Championship. After the race, an emotional Cabada said, "I worked hard and I told myself I'd take the lead around 28km. Cabada was able to extend his lead to a minute by 39km. While temperatures were ideal at the start, much of the race was run in a steady rain and headwind. Women's winner Olga Glok said, "It's the first time I've run when it rained the whole time." This was Glok's first attempt at the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon.
USATF Masters Men's Champion Dennis Simonaitis, 46 of Draper, Utah, reclaimed the title he won in 2004. "I thought it was going to be a much faster day, but the rain really slowed us down," he said. Defending champion Tracy Lokken was third in 2:30:24. Susan Empey won the women's division in 2:50:05.
MEN: 1 Fernando CABADO USA 2:16:31 2 Matt GABRIELSON USA 2:17:38 3 Eduardo TORRES USA 2:17:54 4 Mike MORGAN 2:17:58 5 Mike SAYENKO 2:19:18 6 Trent BRINEY 2:19:57 7 Chad JOHNSON 2:20:47 8 Fazil BIZUNEH 2:20:52 9 Joshua EBERLY 2:21:41 10 Celedonio RODRIGUEZ 2:21:55 WOMEN: 1 Olga GLOK RUS 2:32:27 2 Silvia SKVORTSOVA RUS 2:32:38 3 Elza KIREEVA RUS 2:39:47 4 Mary AKOR 2:40:00 5 Stephanie ROTHSTEIN 2:40:07 6 Zinaida SEMENOVA 2:40:19 7 Irina PERMITINA 2:41:43 8 Camille HERRON 2:42:40 9 Kim DUCLOS 2:44:45 10 Zeddy CHEPKOECH 2:47:08
MEN: 1 John NGIGI USA 2:31:22 2 Yasuhiro KARASU 2:31:58 3 Alan ROZENDAAL USA 2:34:22 4 Bret KIMPLE USA 2:35:49 5 Rian BEACH USA 2:37:01 6 Robert PETERS USA 2:37:06 7 Joshua RICARDI USA 2:37:24 8 Daniel JULIAN USA 2:37:30 9 Zack STRONG USA 2:37:34 10 Jeff CABA USA 2:38:04 WOMEN: 1 Kami SEMICK USA 2:45:24 2 Yumiko DAIGO 2:50:30 3 Holly MCILVAINE USA 2:52:46 4 Mercedes GIL USA 2:57:59 5 Monica RUNNINGWOLF USA 2:58:25 6 Danita ERICKSON USA 2:58:30 7 Katie CABA USA 2:58:35 8 Sally BERGESEN USA 2:59:44 9 Julie LEASURE USA 3:01:34 10 Andrea BOITANO USA 3:04:19
MEN: 1 H R Ajith BANDARA 2:25:25 2 R M I A RATNAYAKE 2:29:33 3 D M P BANDARA 2:32:25 WOMEN: 1 Everline KIMWEI 3:00:39 2 Oruke OLPHER 3:15:16 3 M K K A KUMARASINGHE 3:15:51
MEN: 1 Byron PIEDRA 2:20:42 2 Jose CARDONA 2:24:35 3 Marco ALMACHI 2:26:54 4 Claudio RAMOS 2:27:36 5 Jonathan RODRIGUEZ 2:27:58 6 Patricio RECALDE 2:32:51 7 Marco ERAZO 2:33:36 8 Cesar DEFAZ 2:34:02 9 Manuel JUCA 2:34:16 10 Stelman MIRANDA 2:34:46 WOMEN: 1 Sandra RUALES 2:50:40 2 Carla VELASQUEZ 2:59:56 3 Gabrela CEVALLOS 3:02:29 4 Maria PAREDES 3:07:44 5 Mary VILCACUNA 3:08:54 6 Mary Luz MAMANI 3:10:21 7 Maria AGUAIZA 3:14:03 8 Narcisa TRUJILLO 3:17:15 9 Patricia MONTENEGRO 3:23:09 10 Maria QUEZADA 3:23:56
Ideal running weather greeted more than 3000 marathon runners at the 10:00 race start. Over 500 runners joined them at the 12km to finish the course with the marathoners and run a 30km distance. The 42.2km could be divided between 3 or 5 runners and thus about 500 teams of runners ran together with the marathoners. Overall 12,900 runners took part in 10 different distances on the day, including more than 2000 runners from abroad, from 50 different countries. Never before have so many foreigners come to Budapest. The majority came from France, Great Britain, Finland, Germany and Italy.
A new course was used this year, but it still included the most spectacular parts of Budapest and the atmosphere of the race made the day unforgettable for all runners. The Hungarian Marathon Championship was incorparated within the race.
MEN: 1 Gergely REZESSY HUN 2:24:18 2 Erkolo ASHENAFI ETH 2:24:21 3 Tamas BOGOS HUN 2:24:24 4 Ferenc BIRI HUN 2:25:07 5 Szabolcs KUSTOS HUN 2:26:41 6 Istvan ORI HUN 2:26:47 WOMEN: 1 Judit Nagy FOLDIGNE HUN 2:45:30 2 Reka BATAI HUN 2:56:07 3 Jud it PETTKO-SZANDTNER HUN 3:02:03 4 Gyongyike NAGY ROM 3:03:14 5 Zita KIS ROM 3:03:49 6 Sally GILBERT GRB 3:05:03
MEN: 1 Duro KODZO BIH 2:16:49 2 Roman KEZJAR SLO 2:25:49 3 Drazen DINJAR CRO 2:38:59 4 Hrvoje KOVAC CRO 2:39:39 5 Goran MURIC CRO 2:39:46 6 Robert VEGSE CRO 2:39:47 7 Tomislav BRECIC CRO 2:47:30 8 Igor VALENTEKOVIC CRO 2:56:17 9 Goran GRGAS CRO 2:56:58 10 Dejan SEVER CRO 2:57:48 WOMEN: 1 Tatiana PEREPELKINA RUS 2:44:05 2 Svetlana SEPELEVA-TACAC MDA 2:45:29 3 Ida SURBEK SLO 2:52:37 4 Antonija ORLIC CRO 3:04:11 5 Marija VRAJIC CRO 3:13:12 6 Veronika JURISIC CRO 3:18:42 7 Nikolina SUSIC CRO 3:26:44 8 Mirjana KMACIC PELLIZZER CRO 3:28:47 9 Katica RUMBOCIC CRO 3:36:10 10 Martina BEZEK CRO 2:45:27 HALF MARATHON MEN: 1 Robert KOTNIK SLO 1:09:24 2 David RIHTARIC SLO 1:09:36 3 Zoran ZILIC CRO 1:12:32 WOMEN: 1 Daniela GRADOVEC SLO 1:16:58 2 Monika NAGY HUN 1:18:14 3 Marijana LUKIC SRB 1:19:41
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Lornah Kiplagat and Zersenay Tadese retained their titles with convincing runs from the front to win by huge margins. For both this was a third successive win, and for Kiplagat it made her the most medalled athlete since the World Half Marathon Championships began back in 1992. Run on a point-to-point course there was never any chance of world records, but the winning times were surprisingly fast for the warm conditions.
Starting from Sao Conrado, west of the centre of Rio, the course followed the coastline through the famous beachside suburbs of Leblon, Ipanema, Copacabana, Botafogo and Flamengo, with the last 5km run as an out/back section. Rising for the first kilometre the course passes along the rocky corniche road before dropping sharply down to the beachfront at 4km, from where it remains dead flat right through to the finish. The women started 30 minutes before the men, and a group of nine passed through 5km in 15:44 - already headed by Kiplagat. By 7km she began to forge a lead, and by 10km (31:31) she was 10 seconds clear with Aselech Mergia the only one trying to hang on. She soon fell back to run in the group while Kiplagat, although slowing slightly in her third 5km split, still surged away to lead by a minute at 15km (47:42). She had extended this to almost two minutes by 20km. While Kiplagat then took it quite easy over the final kilometre her rivals had it all to fight for. Asefelech Mergia was relatively comfortable in second, while Pamela Chepchumba repeated her placing from last year's race in Udine by taking third place with a spirited sprint to keep ahead of Genet Getanah. With Kiplagat representing Holland the Ethiopian placings were consistently ahead of Kenya's to give them victory by a margin of 25 seconds.
The men's race followed an uncannily similar plot, as Tadese led through the first 5km with a group of 10 in tow. He upped the pace as they raced through Ipanema and by 7km had won a slight but obvious lead from his closest pursuers. Piling on the pressure he pressed his advantage and passed through 10km (27:55) almost half a minute up. With such a pace to follow it was not surprising that the others settled for watching each other rather than giving chase, and Tadese rapidly disappeared from their sight. His second 5km split was 13:49 and, like Kiplagat before him, his pace slowed over the second half of the race even though he continued to move away from those behind him. Makau, like Mergia in the women's race, seemed to be confident that he could finish best of the rest, and so it proved. The most surprising of the top 10 finishers was perhaps Japan's Yusei Nakao in 5th place, whose steady early effort and consistent pace pulled him through a field of obviously tiring runners. From 20th at 5km he climed to 13th at 10km, and 8th at 15km, and his delight at his fifth place finish was obvious.
Kenya easily maintained their grip on the team title but the surprisingly lacklustre Ethiopian effort allowed Eritrea and Qatar to take the other team medals.
MEN: 1 Zersenay TADESE ERI 59:56 2 Patrick Makau MUSYOKI KEN 1:01:54 3 Ahmed Hassan ABDULLAH QAT 1:01:57 4 Stephen Kipkoech KIBIWOTT KEN 1:01:58 5 Yusei NAKAO JPN 1:02:05 6 Dieudonne DISI RWA 1:03:03 7 Abebe DINKESA ETH 1:03:04 8 Marilson DOS SANTOS BRA 1:03:14 9 Joseph MAREGU KEN 1:03:32 10 Essa Ismail RASHID QAT 1:03:57 TEAMS: 1 Kenya 3:07:24 2 Eritrea 3:09:40 3 Qatar 3:10:52 WOMEN: 1 Lornah KIPLAGAT NED 1:08:37 2 Aselefech MERGIA ETH 1:09:57 3 Pamela CHEPCHUMBA KEN 1:10:01 4 Genet GETANEH ETH 1:10:03 5 Peninah ARUSEI KEN 1:10:12 6 Abebu GELAN ETH 1:10:59 7 Julia Mumbi MURAGA KEN 1:11:11 8 Atsede HABTAMU ETH 1:11:13 9 Luminita TALPOS ROM 1:11:16 10 Yukiko AKABA JPN 1:11:39 TEAMS: 1 Ethiopia 3:30:59 2 Kenya 3:31:24 3 Japan 3:40:58
MEN: 1 Marilson Gomes DOS SANTOS BRA 1:03:12 2 Chemwolo Mutai KIPRONO KEN 1:03:58 3 Willy Kangogo KIMUTAI KEN 1:03:58 4 Daniel KIPCHIRCHIR TOO KEN 1:04:50 5 Raimundo Nonato Souza AGUILAR BRA 1:04:54 6 Giomar Pereira DA SILVA BRA 1:05:04 7 Joshua Kiprugut KEMEI KEN 1:05:21 8 Joao Ferreira DE LIMA BRA 1:05:43 9 Franck Caldeira DE ALMEIDA BRA 1:05:49 10 Gladson Alberto Silva BARBOZA BRA 1:06:06 WOMEN: 1 Maria Zeferina BALDAIA BRA 1:13:40 2 Nancy Jepkosgei KIPRONO KEN 1:14:34 3 Eunice Jepkirui KIRWA KEN 1:14:37 4 Ednah MUKHWANA KEN 1:14:51 5 Conceicao Carvalho OLIVEIRA BRA 1:16:16 6 Luiza De Souza PINTO BRA 1:16:21 7 Sueli Perreira SILVA BRA 1:16:41 8 Lydia Jerotich RUTTO KEN 1:16:48 9 Adriana Aparecida DA SILVA BRA 1:16:56 10 Marizete Moerira DOS SANTOS BRA 1:17:02
Geoffrey Mutai set a new course record in the 25th anniversary race writes Wim van Hemert. Five days after his 27th birthday, the Kenyan bettered his personal best (2:12:36) by nearly five minutes. His nearest opponents were more than one-and-a-half minutes behind. Lydia Kurgat also set a new personal best to win the women's race.
A large group set out fast, running 14:48 through 5km and 30:11 through 10km. By halfway Mutai was still 9 seconds behind, as the leading group passed through in 1:04:19. At 30km seven leaders passed through in 1:31:07, just before the group split up. Mutai and Philip Manyim were still together at 35km (1:46:18) as the others fell back, and Mutai surged again at 36km. Philip Singoei, who set the course record last year, had withdrawn at 24km and another pre-race favourite, Dmitri Baranovsky, did likewise only a kilometre later. Now on his own, Mutai seemed to get stronger and stronger. Knowing the course record to be within reach he upped the pace over the final kilometres to shave seven seconds from the mark.
"The moment I reached the leading group I knew I could increase my speed in the final phase of the race" said Mutai. Lydia JKurgat was also pleased with her win, although she had been aiming at 2:30. Christine Chepkonga was leading the race until the 35km, and was more two minutes ahead, but broke down dramatically over the final stages. She held on for second and still ran a personal best.
Held in nearly ideal (13-15 degrees C, overcast and nearly no wind) conditions, the race also counted as the Dutch championships. Greg van Hest took the men's title in 2:15:38 (15th) and 44-year-old Nadja Wijenberg was the fastest Dutchwoman, finishing fourth in 2:42:24. It was her fifth national Marathon title.
MEN: 1 Geoffrey MUTAI KEN 2:07:50 2 Philip MANYIM KEN 2:09:31 3 Joseph Ngeny KIPROTICH KEN 2:09:33 4 Raymond KANDIE KEN 2:10:47 5 Simon Njoroge KARIUKI KEN 2:11:15 6 Raymond Kimutai BETT KEN 2:11:57 7 Francis BOWEN KEN 2:12:04 8 Sammy CHUMBA KEN 2:12:11 9 Sammy KIBET KEN 2:12:26 10 Marc TANUI KEN 2:13:02 WOMEN: 1 Lydia KURGAT KEN 2:33:39 2 Christine CHEPKONGA KEN 2:37:04 3 Alemitu BEKELE BEL 2:40:58 4 Nadja WIJENBERG NED 2:42:24 5 Anja SMOLDERS BEL 2:43:06 6 Ingrid PRIGGE NED 2:44:25 7 Virginie VANDROOGENBROECK BEL 2:45:05 8 Marlies JUNGERIUS NED 2:47:51
MEN: 1 Asnake BEFIKADU ETH 2:17:46 2 Josphat MWANGI 2:21:20 3 Yared MEKOMMEN 2:25:12 WOMEN: 1 Mai TAGAMI JPN 2:38:46 2 Michelle BLEAK 2:49:02 3 Jenny WICKHAM 2:50:17
Rosaria Console won in her comeback from maternity writes Diego Sampaolo. Her daughter was born exactly one year earlier. The race hosted the World Military Championships and the Italian national Championships. Console, who runs for the military team Fiamme Gialle, took both titles beating 2:23:12 runner Wei Yanan from China who also competed for the world military title.
Ben Kipruno Chebet smashed his best by two minutes to hold off David Chepkwony Kiptanui by seven seconds for the men's title. The world military title went to Poland's Adam Draczynski, who beat Italian Alberico Di Cecco, the winner of the Italian Championships.
Alemtsehay Hailu Kakissa and Margaret Atodonyang led the women's race through halfway in 1:13:01. Console and Wei chased the African duo, 1:10 behind them. Console and Wei began closing the gap after 20km and reached the Africans before 30km. By 35km Console had increased her lead to 1:30 and secured her win. "I am very happy because it was not easy to return after the maternity leave," Console said. "The final time was not special but this win is a present for my daughter Francesca."
Ten men led the race in the first half reaching the midway mark in 1:04:38. The final showdown only took place around 40km when Kiptanui and Chebet broke away from Barnabas Koech increasing their lead to 16 seconds (2:03:55 to 2:04:11). Meanwhile Draczynski broke clear of Di Cecco to secure the world military gold medal for himself and for the Polish team. Chebet unleashed his decisive attack in the final kilometre to improve his personal best from 2:12:04 to 2:10:50.
This year's edition celebrated the centenary of Dorando Pietri's race in the 1908 Olympic Games in London, when he collapsed three times in the final stages and although first across the line was disqualified for receiving assistance. He received a consolation cup from Queen Alexandria, and this famous trophy was put on display in an exhibition held in the centre of Carpi. A statue of Pietri was unveiled on 24 July 2008 during a special ceremony to commemorate this legendary race. A book on Dorando Pietri's life has been written by Italian sports writer Augusto Frasca.
MEN: 1 Kipruno B CHEBET KEN 2:10:50 2 Chepkwony D KIPTANUI KEN 2:10:57 3 Kipkorir B KOECH KEN 2:11:19 4 Adam DRACZYNSKI POL 2:12:21 5 Alberico CECCO DI ITA 2:13:16 6 Ahmed M SHEBTO QAT 2:13:28 7 Jote A DEMISSU ETH 2:13:34 8 Keino J KIPKOECH KEN 2:13:35 9 Denis CURZI ITA 2:14:18 10 Michal KACZMAREK POL 2:16:43 WOMEN: 1 Rosalba CONSOLE ITA 2:30:44 2 Wei YANAN ROC 2:33:29 3 Ivana IOZZIA ITA 2:34:07 4 Josephine N WANGOI KEN 2:38:33 5 Hailu A KAKISSA ETH 2:39:05 6 Renate RUNGGER ITA 2:39:58 7 Catherine BERTONE ITA 2:40:19 8 Romy SPITZMULLER GER 2:43:42 9 Maria C RUIZ ESP 2:49:42 10 Emily J POTTER USA 2:54:40
MEN: 1 Brian TORRANCE CAN 2:39:56 2 Niall MCGRATH CAN 2:43:25 3 Curtis SAMPSON CAN 2:48:28 4 Michael LABELLE CAN 2:54:07 5 Scott MERCER CAN 2:59:09 6 Matthew BRASSARD CAN 3:02:35 7 Darryl SMITH CAN 3:03:29 8 Stephen MATYAS CAN 3:04:21 9 Kevin MAIR CAN 3:04:25 10 Derek HOFFART CAN 3:05:02 WOMEN: 1 Gillian MOODY CAN 2:55:50 2 Krissy DOOLING CAN 3:01:13 3 Paige HOWAT CAN 3:10:24 4 Jenee MEALEY CAN 3:20:26 5 Sheila MCPHERSON CAN 3:20:26 6 Michelle HUMENIUK CAN 3:26:02 7 Danielle WEILL CAN 3:27:31 8 Raena DUMAS CAN 3:28:13 9 Janelle WILLIAMSON CAN 3:28:50 10 Danita SCHREIBER CAN 3:29:42 HALF MARATHON MEN: 1 Tom MICHIE CAN 1:15:31 2 Hans AABYE CAN 1:16:16 3 Kevin MASTERS CAN 1:16:22 WOMEN: 1 Amy BARNETT CAN 1:26:15 2 Kathleen WOOD CAN 1:26:47 3 Shannon THOMPSON CAN 1:27:46
The 29th edition of the race, held under unseasonably warm, sunny skies saw a new World Record in the women's 80+ category and Steve Osaduik win his third successive men's title. In all events (including half marathon, 8km and Kids' run) there were 10,395 entries.
Osaduik battled with Jason Terauchi-Loutitt for most of the race, but pulled away as Terauchi-Loutitt faded to third and local runner Todd Howard came through strongly. Cheryl Murphy had been aiming to break the 20-year-old course record of 2:42:32, but missed doing so by 29 seconds. Further back in the women's race Betty-Jean McHugh, from North Vancouver, set a World Record in the over-80 category with her time of 4:36:52, an improvement of 13 minutes on the old record. This remarkable achievement follows her setting the W75-79 record of 4:08:54 in Victoria in 2003. "I was aiming for 4:30 but very happy with my result" she said.
In the Half Marathon, race favourite Ryan Day from Vancouver won from Victoria's Jim Finlayson – who had run the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon two weeks previously in a time of 2:22:15.
The Half Marathon and the 8km race had the highest number of finishers yet – 4,267 and 1,894 respectively. The Marathon saw 2,035 finishers and with the Thrifty Foods Kids Run the total number of finishers was 9,176.
MEN: 1 Steve OSADUIK CAN 2:25:31 2 Todd HOWARD CAN 2:28:42 3 Jason TERAUCHI-LOUTITT CAN 2:31:12 4 Clay WING USA 2:32:33 5 Jonathan WITHEY CAN 2:34:59 6 Mark CRYDERMAN CAN 2:36:25 7 Neil HOLM CAN 2:36:33 8 Trevor HAAHEIM CAN 2:39:53 9 Chris BARTH CAN 2:39:53 10 Brian MICHASIW CAN 2:39:55 WOMEN: 1 Cheryl MURPHY CAN 2:43:00 2 Wendy TERRIS USA 2:48:03 3 Katherine MOORE CAN 2:54:12 4 Joan MCGRATH CAN 2:56:32 5 Fawn WHITING CAN 2:57:06 6 Annie THIESSEN USA 3:00:56 7 Catrin JONES CAN 3:01:34 8 Nancy BAXENDALE CAN 3:01:58 9 Ellie GREENWOOD CAN 3:02:53 10 Joylin NODWELL CAN 3:03:20 HALF MARATHON MEN: 1 Ryan DAY CAN 1:08:50 2 Jim FINLAYSON CAN 1:09:11 3 Jason WARICK CAN 1:09:22 WOMEN: 1 Lindsay MCLAREN CAN 1:21:38 2 Laura DE MUNAIN CAN 1:24:03 3 Natalie BALL CAN 1:24:20
MEN: 1 Predrag MLADENOVIC SER 2:26:47 2 Marko RANKOVIC SER 2:48:55 3 Veljko POPOVIC SER 2:52:36 4 Sasa ANTIC SER 2:53:19 5 Atila FILEP SER 2:53:50 6 Dusko KARDAS SER 2:55:24 7 Ivan OGNJENOVIC SER 2:58:42 8 Milos KESIC SER 3:03:32 9 Ugljesa NIKOLIC SER 3:05:15 10 Dragan CIRIC SER 3:17:04 WOMEN: 1 Veternik BODLOVIC SER 3:03:30 2 Lidija MIKLOS SER 3:08:37 3 Nevena BOGICEVIC SER 3:37:23 4 Sanja STOJKOV SER 3:58:07 5 Zelimira KOPECKI CRO 4:01:24 6 Tanja RADUMILO SER 4:02:08 7 Zorica ANTIC SER 4:15:02
MEN: 1 Mathew KOSGEI KEN 2:13:45 2 Julio KILIMO KEN 2:14:02 3 John MUTAI KEN 2:14:18 4 Marcin FEHLAU POL 2:17:13 5 Paul TANGUS KEN 2:17:46 6 Adam DOBRZYNSKI POL 2:18:24 7 Abraham YATOR KEN 2:19:47 8 Vitor STARODUBTSEV UKR 2:21:29 9 Kipkemoi LANGAT KEN 2:22:00 10 Nicholas KIPKEMOI KEN 2:23:07 WOMEN: 1 Arleta MELOCH POL 2:38:22 2 Ewa BRYCH-PAJAK POL 2:39:05 3 Agnieszka JANASIAK POL 2:40:07 4 Wioletta URYGA POL 2:41:33 5 Maria MAJ-ROKSZ POL 2:46:08 6 Tatsiana ZAUYALAVA BLR 2:48:51 7 Piotr BUDZYNSKI POL 2:57:20 8 Dorota PAWLOWSKA POL 3:11:40 9 Caoimhe LEAHY GBR 3:22:01 10 Halina KAVALIOVA BLR 3:22:22
MEN: 1 Tiziano DIADEI ITA 2:50:58 2 Catalin MICLAUS ROM 3:07:38 3 Dirk WESKE GER 3:13:50 4 Ville WIIK ROM 3:19:32 5 Laurentiu BOGDANESCU ROM 3:23:20 6 Zsolt KECSKEMETI HUN 3:31:56 7 Mikolaj PAWLAK POL 3:36:29 8 Janos KIS HUN 3:45:00 9 Christan ALTENRIEDERER AUT 3:48:30 10 Gregorio PERLOTTI ITA 4:05:13 WOMEN: 1 Adriana MICA POL 3:38:29 2 Edit KISS HUN 3:45:00 3 Silvia BANDA ROM 3:53:02 HALF MARATHON MEN: 1 Samuel BITA ROM 1:15:31 2 Eduard PICHLER ROM 1:15:32 3 Constantin MINERAN ROM 1:16:39 WOMEN: 1 Liliana DANCI ROM 1:26:26 2 Cuta STEFAN TALPAU ROM 1:30:44 3 Ioana Lucia MICA ROM 1:34:42
Bai Xue scored a popular home victory, with Benjamin Kiptoo taking the men's title writes Caitlin Rhodes.
Under relatively blue skies, the temperature at the start of the race was a comfortable 15°C for the 08:00 start. In the men's race it took until halfway for the large pack to thin out to a group of nine.
At 32km China's Ren Longyun pulled away with three Kenyans: Benjamin Kiptoo, Luka Chelimo, and Simon Wangai. Ren's effort told, and by 34km he ceded ground to set up a three-way Kenyan contest, with Kiptoo setting the pace.
Wangai dropped back at 39km, while Chelimo trailed Kiptoo by just a few strides, though that was the closest he would ever come to overtaking his countryman. No longer able to hear his pursuer's footsteps, Kiptoo glanced over his shoulder to check the margin of his lead as he surged towards the finish. Behind him Chelimo came home in a personal best.
The men's race was full of suspense until the final 2km but the overall star of the race was 19-year old Bai Xue of China, who destroyed the women's field with her 2:26:47 victory. Bai Xue, a 10,000m specialist who finished 21st at that distance in the Beijing Olympics in August, had run her marathon best of 2:23:27 earlier this year at the Xiamen International Marathon, finishing behind Zhang Yingying. In Beijing Bai Xue outpaced both Zhang Yingying and defending champion Chen Rong. Top seeded foreign runner Hellen Kimutai placed fourth.
By Bai Xue's own recollection, she left the rest of the field behind from 5km and ran with men for the rest of the way, drafting behind a male runner for much of the rest of the race before he finally pulled ahead.
"I didn't know him," she said after the race, when asked if he was her pacer. "But I thought he was running at a good pace, so I chose to stay with him." Of the supporting crowd she said "The fans are more passionate now," (after the olympic Games). No doubt her dominant performance contributed to their enthusiasm.
MEN: 1 Benjamin KIPTOO KEN 2:10:14 2 Luka CHELIMO KEN 2:10:30 3 Simon WANGAI KEN 2:10:52 4 Rachid KISRI MAR 2:11:31 5 Lawrence K SAINA KEN 2:13:25 6 Wei CHEN CHN 2:13:46 7 Longyun REN CHN 2:14:27 8 Zemin WANG CHN 2:15:03 9 Masahiko TAKEYASU JPN 2:15:10 10 Guoqiang CHEN CHN 2:15:32 WOMEN: 1 Xue BAI CHN 2:26:27 2 Rong CHEN CHN 2:28:25 3 Yingying ZHANG CHN 2:28:52 4 Hellen KIMUTAI KEN 2:29:19 5 Alice CHELANGAT KEN 2:31:40 6 Chol Sun KIM PRK 2:33:15 7 Jiali WANG CHN 2:36:07 8 Margaret K TOROITCH KEN 2:36:26 9 Weiwei SUN CHN 2:39:26 10 Junli ZHANG CHN 2:39:33
Kenyans scored a double victory in this 33rd edition with Paul Kirui, world Half Marathon champion from four years ago, winning the men's race and Lydia Cheromei taking the women's title in her debut race writes Wim van Hemert. While temperatures were good for marathon running, the wind was at times strong, especially along the river Amstel approaching the halfway mark. Around 8000 runners took part in the marathon and another 16,000 in races over other distances.
In the men's race a large leading group stayed together for a long time, but by halfway (1:03:25) were down to nine, plus two pacemakers. Chala Dechase passed through 1:17 behind this group as they gradually reduced to five by 35km: Kirui, Robert Cheborbor, Jonathan Kosegei, Jackson Koech and Albert Matebor. By 40km Kirui was out on his own but the race was not quite over as Chala Dechase was finishing very strongly. In his marathon debut the 24-year old Ethiopian went through 40km alone and tried hard to close the gap on the leader, although Kirui was just too far away. Kirui had been third last year: "It was a pity about the wind otherwise I could have been faster than this" he said.
Lydia Cheromei was too strong for her opponents. She ran with Zekiros through 25km but at 30km Cheromei, who had won the Rotterdam Half Marathon on 14 September in a personal best of 1:08:35, had forged ahead by 20 seconds.
Cheromei then coasted away to finish over four minutes ahead. "I knew I could win this," said Cheromei. "After the birth of my daughter I feel stronger. She gives me power."
MEN: 1 Paul KIRUI KEN 2:07:52 2 Chala DECHASE ETH 2:08:31 3 Robert CHEBORBOR KEN 2:09:13 4 Jonathan KOSGEI KEN 2:09:22 5 Jackson KOECH KEN 2:09:42 6 James ROTICH KEN 2:10:04 7 Deriba DEME ETH 2:10:13 8 John KIBOWEN KEN 2:11:28 9 Albert MATEBOR KEN 2:11:34 10 Dejene BERHANU KEN 2:12:23 0AWOMEN: 1 Lydia CHEROMEI KEN 2:25:57 2 Adenech ZEKIROS ETH 2:30:17 3 Marta MARKOS ETH 2:32:32 4 Risper KIMAYO KEN 2:33:33 5 Asnakech MENGISTU ETH 2:34:31 6 Mindaye GISHU ETH 2:35:51 7 Yeshimebet TADESSE ETH 2:37:42 8 Lena GAVELIN SWE 2:38:44 9 Veena REDDY USA 2:39:33 10 Elaine COBURN FRA 2:54:58
MEN: 1 Christpher TOROITICH KEN 2:14:00 2 Philip K METTO KEN 2:17:50 3 Anthony M MBITHI KEN 2:19:08 4 George O OKWORO KEN 2:19:25 5 Festus K KIKUMU KEN 2:19:30 6 Mark K CHEPSES KEN 2:20:08 7 Bob ONYACHA KEN 2:20:39 8 Christopher KIPYEGO KEN 2:20:59 9 Peter AYIENI KEN 2:21:08 10 Jacob P CHAMER KEN 2:21:23 WOMEN: 1 Margarita T GARCIA MEX 2:38:13 2 Paula A JUARES MEX 2:40:58 3 Monica MUTHONI KEN 2:41:25 4 Alice WARUGURU KEN 2:43:26 5 Sara C SANCHEZ MEX 2:43:50 6 Annah J KIBOR KEN 2:46:13 7 Martina P SANCHEZ MEX 2:46:27 8 Liliana M FERNANDEZ MEX 2:48:43 9 Maria D V JIMENEZ MEX 2:49:21 10 Jazmin A CORONA MEX 2:54:28
MEN: 1 Daniel M NJENGA KEN 2:29:00 2 James NIELSEN CAN 2:30:04 3 Gavin STEVEN NZL 2:34:54 4 Jason MATTHEWS CAN 2:42:25 5 Kyle AITKEN CAN 2:44:24 6 Dean ALYWARD CAN 2:45:25 7 Thierry GIGUERE CAN 2:45:29 8 Brian GROOT CAN 2:46:34 9 Todd WILLOUGHBY CAN 2:46:39 10 Christopher D'ESTERRE CAN 2:47:00 WOMEN: 1 Dawn RICHARDSON BER 2:57:47 2 Liz MAGUIRE CAN 3:01:23 3 Angela BATSFORD CAN 3:03:45 4 Marie ELLIOT CAN 3:05:10 5 Stephanie MILLS CAN 3:07:28 6 Kimberly REDDEN CAN 3:14:38 7 Erin HARBINSON CAN 3:15:20 8 Sara TOWNS CAN 3:16:07 9 Kate NEWTON CAN 3:16:49 10 Amanda SIN CAN 3:17:02 HALF MARATHON MEN: 1 Pius KORIR KEN 1:08:26 2 Hashim ROBA CAN 1:08:44 3 Daniel FELEKE CAN 1:12:20 WOMEN: 1 Magali TISSEYRE 1:19:22 2 Leslie GOLD CAN 1:22:39 3 Victoria FIDDICK 1:23:09
MEN: 1 Victor G GUIRAO 2:34:06 2 Carmelo QUATTROCCHI 2:35:26 3 Emilio F TORRA 2:42:33 4 Jorge J M PONS 2:46:18 5 Miguel A D MATEOS 2:47:52 6 Santos L RUIZ 2:48:29 7 J Carlos GONZALEZ 2:49:04 8 Enrique Del R PEDREGOSA 2:49:35 9 Aleix A TORNAMORELL 2:50:26 10 Antonio S LLERGO 2:51:55 WOMEN: 1 Encarna N MESA 3:02:56 2 Olga G MONDET 3:23:36 3 Emi V SANCHEZ 3:25:06 4 Raquel S CEPEDA 4:07:29 5 Ascension V GIGANTE 4:19:38
MEN: 1 Demessew TSEGE ETH 1:03:22 2 J Calude NYONIGIYE 1:03:26 3 Fekadu LEMMA ETH 1:03:29 4 Tesfaye SENDEKU ETH 1:04:37 5 Reuben CHEROTICH KEN 1:04:37 6 Alfred CHEROP KEN 1:05:18 7 Elias CHEBOI KEN 1:05:24 8 Daniel WAMBOGO KEN 1:05:30 9 Lahoucine MRIKIK 1:05:34 10 Gideon MITEI KEN 1:06:53 WOMEN: 1 Ashu KASIM ETH 1:15:27 2 Anne BERERWE KEN 1:15:31 3 Merima HASHIM ETH 1:15:46 4 Alice SERSER 1:15:54 5 Elena KOZHEVNIKOVA RUS 1:17:24 6 Louise KANGOGO KEN 1:18:18 7 Everlyne KEMBOI KEN 1:19:21 8 Charelene BELLEDENT FRA 1:23:06 9 Marie Line HANON FRA 1:27:02 10 Patricia BLIN FRA 1:30:35 10km MEN: 1 Simon AYEKO KEN 31:12 2 Riad GUERFI 31:29 3 Samuel MOUTACHI 31:34 WOMEN: 1 Christine CHEPKONGA KEN 34:33 2 Nathalie BOUILLY FRA 38:18 3 Marion JOLY-TESTAULT FRA 39:00
MEN: 1 Sylvester TEIMET KEN 2:09:53 2 Yerefu BIRHANU ETH 2:09:56 3 Charles KIBIWOTT KEN 2:10:06 4 Samson BARMAO KEN 2:10:22 5 Edwin KOMEN KEN 2:11:12 6 Shadrack KIPLAGAT KEN 2:11:13 7 John YUDA TAN 2:11:52 8 Myong-Kee LEE KOR 2:16:22 9 Mikhail KHOBOTOV RUS 2:17:39 10 Ji-Hong MIN KOR 2:18:36 WOMEN: 1 Sun-Suk YUN KOR 2:31:21 2 Yun-Hee CHUNG KOR 2:37:15
Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot smashed the course record by 37 seconds in his debut marathon writes Pat Butcher. Despite the famous name that he shares with the four-time winner of the Boston Marathon, whose middle name is Kipkoech, this Robert K. Cheruiyot, only 20 years old and in his first trip outside of Kenya, was completely unknown. He was such a late entry to this 27th edition of Germany's oldest city Marathon, that he had to buy his own air ticket on the promise of reimbursement if he broke 2:14. With his win he gets his airfare back and collects 50,000 euros.
His only known performance is 20th place in a half-marathon in Kenya earlier this year, when he ran just over 64 minutes, yet he was already prominent in the big group of Kenyans who went through the 'half' here in a chilly 6°C, in 63:45. The field gradually thinned down until there were only two others with him, Wilson Kigen and Stephen Kiagora. Cheruiyot eased away just after 35km, and had almost a minute lead when he crossed the line to the accompaniment of fireworks and music in the spectacular indoor setting of the Frankfurt Festhalle. Kiagora, chasing Kigen for second place, had a nasty fall on the final turn into the Festhalle, and had to settle for third.
Both Cheruiyots come from the town of Kaptagat, near Eldoret in the western highlands of Kenya. "But we are not related," said the winner immediately after a victory which surprised even himself. "When the field began to break up, I thought that I might be third, but I'm very happy to win."
According to his manager, Jos Hermens, Cheruiyot was persuaded to make a late bid to enter the race on the advice of a training partner, William Kiplagat, who said he was more than ready to go the distance. Kiplagat himself finished tenth. The race underlined Kenyan domination of world marathons, filling 17 of the top 20 places.
The women's race was a triumph for Sabrina Mockenhaupt, who took more than three minutes off her debut best in Cologne last year. Mocki, as she is known nationally, went straight into the lead, and was never headed. Although she had 2004 Frankfurt winner, Olesya Nurgalieva of Russia just behind her for half the race, the expected German duel never materialised, since last year's winner, Melanie Kraus could not match the pace. Nurgalieva also ran a personal best by just under two minutes.
MEN: 1 Robert Kiprono CHERUIYOT KEN 2:07:21 2 Wilson KIGEN KEN 2:08:16 3 Stephen KIOGORO KEN 2:08:24 4 Philemon Kirwa TARBEI KEN 2:08:47 5 Benson BARUS KEN 2:08:57 6 Japhet KOSGEI KEN 2:09:24 7 Benjamin MAIYO KEN 2:09:58 8 Julius Kibet KOSKEI KEN 2:10:14 9 Vincent KIPSOS KEN 2:10:23 10 William KIPLAGAT KEN 2:10:53 WOMEN: 1 Sabrina MOCKENHAUPT GER 2:26:22 2 Olesya NURGALIEVA RUS 2:27:37 3 Melanie KRAUS GER 2:28:20 4 Irene LIMIKA KEN 2:28:31 5 Kirsten Melkevik OTTERBU NOR 2:29:40 6 Leah MALOT KEN 2:32:02 7 Ornella FERRARA ITA 2:32:13 8 Flora KANDIE KEN 2:34:16 9 Yelena NURGALIEVA RUS 2:36:01 10 Bernadette PICHLMAIER GER 2:38:00
Aniko Kalovics, running her fifth Marathon, finally overhauled Anne Kosgei at 39km writes Diego Sampaolo. Kosgei finished second in Venice for the third time. In the men's race Joseph Lomala won a very close battle against Jacob Chesire.
In the first part of the women's race Kalovics took the lead with Kosgei passing through halfway in 1:14:15. The Hungarian star lagged Kosgei by 17 seconds at 30km (1:46:10 to 1:46:27) but Kalovics closed the gap and managed to catch the fading Kosgei at 39 km. The Kenyan could not respond and Kalovics went on to take the fourth marathon victory of her career in five races. "I slowed in the second half because I was tired", said Kalovics. "When I saw I was not too far behind I found the strength to win."
12 men made up the leading group who maintained a sub 2:10 pace to halfway (1:04:59) but then slowed. It included Kenyan pacemaker Elisha Tarus Meli, Jacob Chesire, 2:08:11 runner Wodajo Kure Teferi, Gilbert Kibiwott Rotich, Abdi Kidane Gemechu, 2004 Venice Marathon winner Raymond Kipkoech, former Stramilano Half-Marathon winner Paul Kimaiyo Kimugul, Joseph Lomala, Daniel Limo and Nickodemus Biwott. Joseph Cheshire and Gilbert Rotich went to the front at 30km (1:32:35) in a five-man group which also included Paul Kimugul, Abdi Gemechu and Lomala. Chesire attacked at 35km on the challenging Ponte della Libertà (Freedom Bridge) which links Mestre to Venice and where the race is often decided. At 38km, with the fabled city as the backdrop, the race for victory was between Lomala and Chesire who ran neck-and-neck battle across the famous Venetian bridges. Lomala managed to catch Chesire and shrugged off Chesire's next two attacks. Lomala eventually held off Chesire to take a one-second win.
MEN: 1 Joseph Kimosop LOMALA KEN 2:11:06 2 Jacob CHESHIRE KEN 2:11:07 3 Kidane Gemechu ABDI ETH 2:11:57 4 Wodajo Kure TEFERI ETH 2:14:21 5 Paul Kimayo KIMUGUL KEN 2:14:51 6 William BIAMA KEN 2:15:55 7 Nickodemus BIWOTT KEN 2:16:27 8 Federico SIMIOMATO ITA 2:18:05 9 Gilbert Kibiwott ROTICH KEN 2:18:10 10 Said BOUDALIA ITA 2:18:29 WOMEN: 1 Aniko KALOVICS HUN 2:31:24 2 Anne KOSGEI KEN 2:32:21 3 Florence CHEPKIRUI KEN 2:35:09 4 Caroline KWAMBAI KEN 2:38:33 5 Amane CHEWO ETH 2:40:59 6 Tigist SEMAN ETH 2:43:40 7 Monica CARLIN ITA 2:50:42 8 Rosaline DAVID KEN 2:55:41 9 Kristijna LOONEN NED 2:55:52 10 Analisa MIACCI ITA 2:56:45
Samson Kikwei Tuiyange and Emma Muthoni were the new winners of the 2008 Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon, billed as the biggest single mass participation event in East Africa.
On a cool cloudy morning Samson Kikwei Tuiyange set a new course record of 2:10:30 after a determined effort to get away at the 40km mark writes Peter Njenga. Tuiyange, 34, becomes the oldest winner of the six-year-old event.
"I was not sure of winning but I felt good," said Tuiyange who shrugged off the challenge of Gitia Baaru, who had led him for most of the way. Cosmas Musyoka had been the early leader, heading Tuiyange and Baaru by 30 seconds at 20km. 10km later his lead was cut to three secondsm, and he eventually dropped to a distant third.
In the women's race Emma Muthoni lead from the start to win after three frustrating fourth places in her recent races. Muthoni fought through the leading pack and never looked back as she continued to post all the best split times through to the end of the race. Jepkosgei Sawe appeared to pull off an exhilarating finish when she charged past Irene Jerotich after 41km, but she was later disqualified for short-cutting.
MEN: 1 Kikwei TUIYANGE KEN 2:10:30 2 Gitia BAARU KEN 2:11:01 3 Cosmas MUSYOKA KEN 2:13:10 4 (unknown) 2:13:33 5 Ernest KIPTUM KEN 2:14:16 6 Elias KIMELI KEN 2:14:40 7 Jonathan KIMUTAI KEN 2:14:42 8 Charles MAINA KEN 2:14:45 9 Kipkorir CHEPYEGONI KEN 2:14:54 10 (unknown) 2:14:56 WOMEN: 1 Emma MUTHONI KEN 2:33:42 2 Irene JEROTICH KEN 2:37:08 3 Jepkosgei CHESHIRE KEN 2:40:07 4 Emily CHEPKORIR KEN 2:40:14 5 Chepkemoi SAMOEI KEN 2:42:16 6 Viola BOR KEN 2:43:01 7 Eunice KORIR KEN 2:43:16 8 TRIYANINGSIH IND 2:43:35 9 (unknown) 2:43:36 HALF MARATHON MEN: 1 Kurui CHESANG KEN 1:02:23 2 Sitienei KIPLAGAT KEN 1:02:34 3 Gilbert YEGON KEN 1:02:43 WOMEN: 1 Catherine TUWEI KEN 1:11:07 2 Elizabeth RUMAKO 1:12:56 3 Florence JEPKOSGEI KEN 1:13:29
Samuel Mugo produced another Kenyan win in the men's event with the second best ever men's time run in Portugal. He improved his personal best by seven seconds.
MEN: 1 Samuel Muturi MUGO KEN 2:11:18 2 Tesfaye TOLA ETH 2:12:14 3 Negari Getachew TERFA ETH 2:13:19 4 Robert Kiprotich CHERUIYOT KEN 2:14:37 5 David LANGAT KEN 2:15:25 6 William KIPCHUMBA KEN 2:15:39 7 Antonio SALVADOR POR 2:17:48 8 Alfons YATICH KEN 2:19:09 9 Thomas KIPKOSGEI KEN 2:19:42 10 Luis SILVA POR 2:19:58 WOMEN: 1 Tirfe Tsagaye BEYENE ETH 2:35:31 2 Fatima SILVA POR 2:46:22 3 Aureliana POLONIA POR 3:05:20 4 Lidia PEREIRA POR 3:08:48 5 Carla MENDES POR 3:12:42 6 Veronica CORREIA POR 3:15:22 7 Susana SIMOES POR 3:17:08 8 Janine ROPER GBR 3:19:00 9 Yuko HAYASHIDA JPN 3:19:17 10 Janine COELHO POR 3:28:32
MEN: 1 Leif HANSSON 2:48:33 2 Mineev DMITRY 2:50:25 3 Emil SODERLUND 2:51:50 4 Tommi NIETOSJARVI 2:56:56 5 Seppo LAMMINMAKI 2:57:27 6 Peter BROBERG 2:58:28 7 Marcus HULTGREN 2:59:36 8 Christer LINDBERG 3:01:37 9 Emil NORDH 3:01:40 10 Petteri HELANNE 3:01:56 WOMEN: 1 Ines Rinsum VAN 3:19:38 2 Henrika MALMSTROM 3:22:45 3 Asa KARLSSON 3:31:26 4 Martina WINKLER 3:33:11 5 Satu TAIPALE 3:36:17 6 Sarah SIMMERS 3:37:47 7 Mia ERIXON 3:40:07 8 Elina JUNNILA 3:43:29 9 Anu OSSBERG 3:44:29 10 Kaisa ERJALA 3:46:28 HALF MARATHON MEN: 1 Lennart HOLMSTROM 1:26:14 2 Anders BOGEVIG 1:26:20 3 Robert SCHELIN 1:26:29 WOMEN: 1 Tuula YRJOLA 1:33:11 2 Carita SODERGARD 1:33:26 3 Sari YRJOLA 1:34:26
MEN: 1 Matt LOISELLE CAN 2:27:34 2 Charles BEDLEY CAN 2:31:33 3 Sarnicki JANUSZ CAN 2:32:43 4 John PIGGOTT USA 2:35:11 5 Michel LAVOIE CAN 2:39:31 6 Ray MOOREHEAD CAN 2:39:44 7 Harry NEYNENS CAN 2:46:10 8 Nelson CHAVEZ USA 2:47:00 9 Bernardo YANEZ USA 2:49:16 10 Scott MCDONELL CAN 2:53:46 WOMEN: 1 Elizabeth PRIMROSE CAN 2:55:27 2 Christina CLARK CAN 2:57:41 3 Krista SEIBERT USA 2:58:34 4 Colleen M BERRY CAN 3:05:47 5 Kim FLEET CAN 3:09:47 6 Julia REICHERT CAN 3:16:15 7 Kristin ALTHAUSEN USA 3:19:28 8 Jennifer SYLVESTER USA 3:20:17 9 Helene LAMOTHE CAN 3:23:47 10 Karen MCASKILL CAN 3:26:24 HALF MARATHON MEN: 1 Pius KORIR CAN 1:05:23 2 Josephat ONGERI CAN 1:05:24 3 Baghdad RACHEM ALG 1:06:43 WOMEN: 1 Alemtsehay MISGANAW USA 1:14:55 2 Lioudmila KORTCHAGUINA CAN 1:15:09 3 Emily TALLEN CAN 1:17:21
Photos: Alan Brookes
Running in his first marathon, 23-year old Andrew Dumm of Arlington, Virginia won this year's Marine Corps Marathon in convincing style writes Alan Brookes. In keeping with the friendly atmosphere of "The People's Marathon" that still offers no elite prize money, Andrew led a strong "family outing": older brother Brian came fifth while father Kenneth ran his 8th Marine Corps at age 57, finishing in 3:19:33. Another first-timer, 37-year old Cate Fenster from Ohio won the women's race.
The weather was perfect for the more than 18,000 starters at the 33rd annual event that included almost 10,000 other first-timers like Andrew Dumm and Cate Fenster. With virtually no wind, temperatures were a chilly 7°C for the 08:00 start. Heavy mists covered the Potomac River, before the sun rose high in clear blue skies to burn them off, and take the temperature closer to 20°C by the finish.
Dumm, a graduate student at American University, sat in behind the front pack and ran comfortably with brother Brian over the first 5km as the new course took participants up some steep inclines out of Arlington and Rosslyn. By 8km he was up among a front group of five that included Fred Joslyn from the Brooks-Hansen's Marathon Project in Michigan, and Mexican Marine Jose Miranda who placed 4th last year. As the course moved into the beautifully scenic but lonely Hains Point area, Dumm made a bold and decisive move just before reaching halfway. From 20km (60:20), he moved ahead to lead by 12 seconds at halfway [70:46], and by 49 seconds at 25km. From that point, it was a lonely but scenic run past Washington's monuments — the Lincoln Memorial, the National Mall, the US Capitol and the Washington Monument. He finished up the steep incline to the famous Imo Jima monument, more than a minute clear of Joslyn.
Fenster, in considerable discomfort from a knee injury, crossed the line with tears flowing, hanging on to an 11-second victory over a charging Lindsay Wilkins from nearby Arlington. "It really bothered me after 39km. I thought I was going to have to crawl on my hands to the Finish," said the 37-year old professor of physiology.
MEN: 1 Andrew DUMM USA 2:22:44 2 C Fred JOSLYN USA 2:23:54 3 Corey DUQUETTE USA 2:24:40 4 Jaron HAWKINS USA 2:25:19 5 Brian DUMM USA 2:26:00 6 Jose MIRANDA MEX 2:26:48 7 Alejandro VALDEZ MEX 2:27:38 8 William CHRISTIAN USA 2:27:56 9 Michael WARDIAN USA 2:28:26 10 Kenneth FOSTER USA 2:30:01 WOMEN: 1 Cate FENSTER USA 2:48:55 2 Lindsay WILKINS USA 2:49:06 3 Melissa TANNER USA 2:51:45 4 Abigail STILES USA 2:54:47 5 Rebekah POTTS USA 2:55:42 6 Mary Beth MUETHING USA 2:55:54 7 Jaymee MARTY USA 2:57:04 8 Meghan RIDGLEY USA 2:58:03 9 Shawna WILSKEY USA 2:58:05 10 Jilane RODGERS USA 2:58:22
MEN: 1 Amare MULU ETH 2:14:41 2 Ibrahim LIMO KEN 2:14:55 3 Peter KWALIA KEN 2:15:42 4 Richard MUTAI KEN 2:16:27 5 David KOSGEI KEN 2:17:05 6 Dominic KEMBOI KEN 2:17:18 7 Serhiy ZACHEPA UKR 2:17:48 8 Eric CHIRCHIR KEN 2:18:04 9 Simon MAIYO KEN 2:19:42 10 Philemon KEMBOI KEN 2:20:38 WOMEN: 1 Tatyana MESENTSEVA UKR 2:37:13 2 Nadezda TRILINSKAYA RUS 2:37:26 3 Zebenay GEBRE ETH 2:39:21 4 Lidia VASILEVSKAYA RUS 2:41:51 5 Georgina RONO KEN 2:43:10 6 Kajsa BERG SWE 2:44:18 7 Mateja SUSTARSIC SLO 2:57:17 8 Neza MRAVLJE SLO 3:03:33 9 Aleksadra FORTIN SLO 3:08:29 10 Damjana BLATNIK SLO 3:14:26 HALF MARATHON MEN: 1 Roman KEJZAR SLO 1:05:47 2 Mitja KOSOVELJ SLO 1:06:06 3 David RIHTARIC SLO 1:08:29 WOMEN: 1 Daneja GRANDOVEC SLO 1:16:19 2 Lucija KRKOC SLO 1:21:44 3 Daniela DA FORNO ITA 1:25:08
Over 9000 runners took part in ideal conditions and more than 40,000 spectators cheered them on their way through the wine country of the Vaud canton. Behind the African leaders two Swiss placed highly in the marathon. Just over 1300 ran the marathon, and it was the Half which was the most popular distance (3600 runners) followed by the "Quarter Marathon" with 2800.
An Eritrean domiciled for the last year close to Zurich, Zeremariam Berhe, inexorably drew away from the pre-race favourites Urgessa Weyessa and Chichir Kiprono Anderson to win with a personal best time. Urgessa, a regular top-4 finisher since 2004, said he would return again next year. Pauline Atodonyang had things all her own way in the women's race but honourable finishes were made by Swiss Patrick Jeanneret (5th) and Laurence Yerly-Cattin (4th).
In the Half Marathon Magali Di Marco Messmer, an international triathlete, didn't quite displace the specialist runners, losing out to Melanie Prudent by just under two minutes. The men's event was swept by the French under-23 team.
MEN: 1 Zeremariam BERHE ERI 2:16:05 2 Urgessa WEYESSA ETH 2:18:03 3 Kipsrem Jonah TARUS KEN 2:20:09 4 Anderson Chirchir KIPRONO KEN 2:25:26 5 Patrick JEANNERET SUI 2:34:09 6 Marc LENOBLE FRA 2:34:47 7 Andreas THODE SUI 2:37:53 8 Frédéric BOIVINEAU FRA 2:39:12 9 Driss SLAOUI FRA 2:40:24 10 Nicolas VUILLET FRA 2:41:39 WOMEN: 1 Pauline Chepkorir ATODONYANG KEN 2:46:23 2 Gida Bekele BELAYNESH ETH 2:46:50 3 Melaku Jufar ZENAWORK ETH 2:51:47 4 Laurence YERLY-CATTIN SUI 2:52:09 5 Lucilia DELPEDRO SUI 3:05:12 6 Tatiana BULTOT-SOKOLOVA FRA 3:05:27 7 Regula WALCHLI SUI 3:07:25 8 Laurence WYLCANS GER 3:09:09 9 Sandra ROULET SUI 3:21:29 10 Yoko SHIBATA JPN 3:23:11 HALF MARATHON MEN: 1 Benjamin CHOQUERT FRA 1:08:40 2 Charles-Henri BARREAU FRA 1:08:46 3 Guillaume RIOBE FRA 1:09:07 WOMEN: 1 Melanie PRUDENT FRA 1:19:26 2 Magali Di Marco MESSMER SUI 1:21:11 3 Maya CHOLLET SUI 1:21:21
A cold (12°C) rainy morning greeted runners in the 30th anniversary race. The steady rain and gusty wind did not scare away crowds of recreational runners but it didn't make things easy for the elite runners. This year's race was on a new course showcasing more scenic historical sites. The marathon and the 15km race both connect Europe and Asia. Starting on the Asian side, runners cross the Bosporus and Golden Horn Bridges, pass under the Aqueduct of Valens on the way to Gülhane Park on the Marmara Sea coast, and finish on the European side, at the Hippodrome, one of the oldest race tracks in the world, situated in the historical district - Sultanahmet, famous for ancient monuments and temples, including the 3500-year-old Egyptian Obelisk of Theodosius.
From the starting gun Ethiopia's Kasime Adilo Roba took charge of the pack which thinned to 10 runners by 10km (29:53), It always looked like a Kenya vs Ethiopia duel as positions remained unchanged through halfway (1:04:09) despite a tentative surge temporarily breaking up the group. Roba still headed the field at 30km (1:33:02). Roba displayed remarkable confidence over the last 12km stretch by making a bold surge to the front and gradually built his lead, unchallenged to finish in 2:11:16. Runner up Lishan Yigezu Fanta was 100m behind while Iaroslav Misinchi set a new Moldovan national record in third.
Kenya's 21-year old Everline Kimwei, who was sixth at the World Road Running Championships in 2007 (1:08:39) and ran her first marathon this year in Colombo, charged to the front at the starting horn and came through 10km as a solo leader, leaving a large pack of 10 runners over 30 seconds behind. The rest steadily stuck to their own pace, which eventually paid off. By halfway Kimwei slowed down, losing almost three minutes to Ethiopia's Almaz Megerssa and Kenya's Lenah Jemutai Cheuriyot, who went through in 1:15:41. By 30km Nailya Yulamanova, winner of the Prague marathon, took a 15m lead over Cheuriyot and passed through in 1:46:43. Over the last 12km stretch Yulamanova continued building up the gap, while Cheuriyot slowed down and let Yuliya Gromova, Mehtap Sizmas and Lilya Yadzhak past. Poland's Malgorzata Sobanska emerged from behind and pushed through to fifth behind them, leaving Cherioyot in sixth. Everline Kimwei crossed way back to take 18th position.
MEN: 1 Kasime Adilo ROBA ETH 2:11:16 2 Lishan Y FANTA ETH 2:11:37 3 Laroslav MUSINSCHI MDA 2:11:43 4 Philip SEREM KEN 2:13:42 5 Siyoum DEBELE ETH 2:13:54 6 Josphat K YEGO KEN 2:17:13 7 Matthew K SIGEI KEN 2:18:19 8 Augustus K MBUSYA KEN 2:18:48 9 Bekir KARAYEL TUR 2:20:38 10 John KATIO KEN 2:20:48 WOMEN: 1 Nailya YULAMANOVA RUS 2:30:17 2 Yuliya GROMOVA RUS 2:31:36 3 Mehtap SIZMAZ TUR 2:33:17 4 Liliya YADZHAK RUS 2:35:11 5 Malgorzata SOBANSKA POL 2:35:32 6 Lenah J CHEURIYOT KEN 2:35:59 7 Shitaye GEMECHU ETH 2:36:54 8 Almaz MEGERSSA ETH 2:39:07 9 Evgeniya DANILOVA RUS 2:39:51 10 Bahar DOGAN TUR 2:40:28
MEN: 1 Michael NJOROGE KEN 2:19:01 2 Elijah BITOK KEN 2:20:25 3 Jae-Young HYUNG KOR 2:23:57 4 Myung-Hwan LEE KOR 2:26:39 5 Simon KIRWA KEN 2:27:24 6 Myong-Kuk AHN KOR 2:27:42 7 Tae-Jin KIM KOR 2:30:09 WOMEN: 1 Kyung-Hee CHOI KOR 2:44:35 2 So-Jung YANG KOR 2:52:05
MEN: 1 Andriy NAUMOV UKR 2:11:06 2 Thomas OMWENGA KEN 2:12:31 3 Tomas ABYU GBR 2:13:06 4 Joseph NGURAN KEN 2:14:01 5 Nykola ANTONENKO UKR 2:14:54 6 Elijah MUTAI KEN 2:15:54 7 Leonid SHVETSOV RUS 2:16:20 8 Lezan KIMUTAI KEN 2:17:49 9 Simpson LIMARENG KEN 2:17:56 10 Festus LANGAT KEN 2:18:39 WOMEN: 1 Haile KEBEBUSH ETH 2:30:02 2 Larissa ZOUSKO RUS 2:30:03 3 Katerina STETSENKO UKR 2:31:20 4 Hadish L NEGASH ETH 2:31:29 5 Helalia JOHANNES NAM 2:32:29 6 Tabitha TSATSA ZIM 2:33:26 7 Alena SAMOKHVALOVA RUS 2:35:56 8 Maria MC CAMBRIDGE IRL 2:36:40 9 Susan TEIMET KEN 2:40:40 10 Annette KEALY IRL 2:49:49
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