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2 APRIL 2011: HERVIS PRAGUE HALF MARATHON, CZECH REPUBLIC

Philemon Limo, 25, has only been running seriously for two years, and racing at world class for 12 months writes Pat Butcher. But he ran away from three men who have already gone under the hour for the half marathon. He beat Azmeraw Bekele of Ethiopia and Titus Masai by over a minute, taking 37 seconds off the course record, to become the third fastest man of the year at the distance. Lydia Cheromei took exactly a minute and half from the former record, and is the second fastest time of the year.

Azmeraw was a marginal race favourite and followed pacemaker Edward Muge in the early stages along with Masai and Jairus Chanchima. But Limo was lurking in the background, and stayed with the favourites when a group of five broke away after 5km.

At halfway the group was down to Azmeraw, Masai and Limo, but 2km later Limo shot away to built up a lead which just grew and grew.

It is just over 20 years since Cheromei shocked the athletics world by taking the world junior cross country title a month or so short of her 14th birthday. Following the birth of daughter Faith, now five, she has returned as a marathon runner, with a best of 2:23 in Dubai in January. She now has an equally good 'half' to her name after running away from Belainesh Zemedkun of Ethiopia, and course record holer Rose Kosgei.

MEN:
1  Philemon LIMO                  KEN    59:30
2  Azmeraw BEKELE                 ETH  1:00:35
3  Titus MASAI                    KEN  1:00:40
4  Henry CHIRCHIR                 KEN  1:01:25
5  Edward MUGE                    KEN  1:01:39
6  Hosea MACHARINYANG             KEN  1:02:31
6  Boniface KIRUI                 KEN  1:02:57
8  Jairus CHANCHIMA               KEN  1:03:10
9  Gunter WEIDLINGER              AUT  1:03:47
10 Sammy KURUI                    KEN  1:04:59

WOMEN
1  Lydia CHEROMEI                 KEN  1:07:33
2  Belainesh ZEMEDKUN             ETH  1:09:16
3  Rose KOSGEI                    KEN  1:09:31
4  Joyce CHEPKIRUI                KEN  1:11:22
5  Christelle DAUNAY              FRA  1:11:22
6  Emily CHEBET                   KEN  1:12:00
7  Korahubsh ITAA                 ETH  1:13:08
8  Alena SAMOCHVALOVA             RUS  1:16:08  
9  Petra KAMÍNKOVÁ                CZE  1:16:57
10 Ivana SEKYROVÁ                 CZE  1:07:09

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3 APRIL 2011: VATTENFALL BERLIN HALF MARATHON, GERMANY

In warm weather and a slight wind, two 18-year old Kenyans stole the show. Junior World Cross Champion Geoffrey Kipsang won the men's race while Valentine Kipketer was a surprise women's winner after pre-race favourite Sabrina Mockenhaupt dropped out at 12km. A record 25,500 runners from 102 countries were entered in this 31st edition of the race. Kipsang went through 10km in 28:47 in the lead group, and only drew away from the others after 17km. Kipketer led from the start in the women's race, the first she had run outside Africa,and only her second half marathon. She led through 10km in 32:33, with Mockenhaupt running behind her but still on course for a personal best up until the time she dropped out. Kipketer subsequently slowed, but her win was never in doubt.

MEN:
1  Geoffrey KIPSANG               KEN  1:00:38
2  Eliud KIPLAGAT                 KEN  1:00:52
3  Daniel CHEBII                  KEN  1:00:56
4  Paul KIPKORIR                  KEN  1:01:11
5  Kiplimo KIMUTAI                KEN  1:01:16
6  Megersa BACHA                  ETH  1:01:33

WOMEN:
1  Valentine KIPKETER             KEN  1:10:12
2  Fata TOLA                      ETH  1:11:40
3  Sonia SAMUELS                  GBR  1:12:56
4  Andrea MAYR                    AUT  1:13:22
5  Agnieszka GORTEL               POL  1:14:57

3 APRIL 2011: POZNAN MARATHON, POLAND

MEN:
1  Dennis MUSAU                   KEN  1:03:14
2  Gadengoi LOITARENG             KEN  1:03:15
3  Hosea TUEI                     KEN  1:04:38
4  Mike CHERUIYOT                 KEN  1:06:00
5  Marcin SAJEK                   POL  1:09:18
6  Diego ABBATESCIANNI            ITA  1:09:50
7  Maciej LUCYK                   POL  1:11:03
8  Pawel TARASIUK                 POL  1:11:22
9  Pawel TADEJEWSKI               POL  1:13:30
10 Andrzej KRZYSCIN               POL  1:13:57
 
WOMEN:
1  Eunice KALES                   KEN  1:12:54
2  Caroline CHEPKWONY             KEN  1:12:56
3  Nadjerzda TRILINSKAJA          RUS  1:14:57
4  Masila NDUNGE                  KEN  1:15:19
5  Agnieszda JANASIAK             POL  1:20:08
6  Edyta RYBACKA                  POL  1:25:53
7  Dorota PAWLOWSKA               POL  1:26:41
8  Antonina RYCHTER               POL  1:28:10
9  Aleksandra DZIERZKOWSKA        POL  1:31:48
10 Iwona ZUKOWSKA                 POL  1:33:11

3 APRIL 2011: MEDIO MARATON DE MADRID, SPAIN

MEN:
1  Enoch MITEI                    KEN  1:02:42
2  Abderraim EL ARSI              MAR  1:02:46
3  Hassane AHOUCHAR               ESP  1:04:37
4  Victor BITOK                   KEN  1:04:52
5  Amos KAPTICH                   KEN  1:05:01
6  Oswaldo JAMI JAMI              ECU  1:05:23
7  Simon AYEKO                    KEN  1:06:25
8  Gordon MUGI                    KEN  1:06:35
9  Youness AIT HADI               ESP  1:07:18
10 Pablo Vilalobos BAZAGA         ESP  1:07:23

WOMEN:
1  Firhiwot GOSHU                 ETH  1:13:25
2  Rebecca CHEPTEGEI              KEN  1:13:56
3  Leah SEROTICH                  KEN  1:14:33
4  Rebby KOECH                    KEN  1:14:52
5  Joan AYABEI                    KEN  1:15:53
6  Maria Ruiz CASTELLANO          ESP  1:19:05
7  Rosa Maria Teresi MORALES      ESP  1:19:23
8  Yesenia Centeno SOSA           ESP  1:19:50
9  Lucia Morales GARCIA           ESP  1:21:48
10 Azeb SHEWAMARE                 ETH  1:22:30

3 APRIL 2011: SEMI MARATHON INT'L DE RABAT, MOROCCO

MEN:
1  John Nzau MWANGANGI            KEN  1:01:08
2  Atsede TSEGAY                  ETH  1:01:12
3  Nathaniel KIPKOSGEI            KEN  1:01:24
 
WOMEN:
1  Feyse Tadese BORU              ETH  1:08:44
2  Doris CHANGEYWO                KEN  1:08:49
3  Filomena CHEPCHIRCHIR          KEN  1:08:51

3 APRIL 2011: mds SANTIAGO MARATHON, CHILE

MEN:
1  Julius KETER                   KEN  2:13:01
2  Simon KARIUKI                  KEN  2:17:01
3  Isaac WAWERU                   KEN  2:17:39
4  Eugenio GALAZ                  CHI  2:20:31
5  Alene RETA                     ETH  2:21:02
6  Carlos Roberto ECHEVERRIA      CHI  2:21:13
7  Francisco GOMEZ                     2:27:24
8  Rodrigo MONTECINOS                  2:28:00
9  Franklin JIMENEZ                    2:29:19
10 Javier SALILLAS                     2:32:46
 
WOMEN:
1  Hyvon NGETICH                  KEN  2:34:42
2  Erika ABRIL                    COL  2:35:01
3  Alejandra OLIVERA              CHI  2:36:27
4  Carmen ROMERA                  CHI  2:37:06
5  Alba Rosa CHACHA               ECU  2:37:27
6  Mary AKOR                      USA  2:39:52
7  Hortencia ARZAPALO                  2:40:49
8  Lasnieves MORATES                   2:41:37
9  Roxana BALLESTEROS                  2:42:03
10 Rose JEBET                     KEN  2:44:34

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8 APRIL 2011: NORTH POLE MARATHON

Photos: Mike King

The marathon started at 22:00 and ran throughout the 'night' (there are 24 hours of daylight at the North Pole). The temperature was -32°C and conditions underfoot became more difficult as the race progressed. However, all runners successfully completed the event and have now stood at the precise Geographic North Pole.

MEN:
1  Istvan TOTH                    HUN  4:54:03
2  John BRAUN                     LUX  5:05:50
3  Dmitry Mamadaliev              RUS  5:05:53
4  Fernando GONZALEZ              ESP  5:09:40
5  Peter Van Den BERG             GBR  5:23:55
6  David BROGAN                   GBR  5:34:35
7  Ben WALMSLEY                   GBR  5:34:35
8  Nigel CLARK                    GBR  5:41:42
9  James LOVE                     GBR  6:01:05
10 Andre CRONJE                   RSA  6:08:08

WOMEN:
1  Richelle TURNER                AUS  6:03:06 
2  Sharyn FITZGERALD              AUS  6:28:16
3  Sue BRADFORD                   GBR  7:14:24
4  Aly Van Den BERG               GBR  8:52:04
5  Uma Devi CHIGURUPATI           IND  9:11:20

8 APRIL 2011: TEL AVIV MARATHON, ISRAEL

A total of 20,000 participants took part in the various race distances, including 1147 in the Marathon, 6000 in the Half Marathon and 10,000 in the 10km. The 4.2km course, offering just a taste of the Tel Aviv Marathon experience attracted 3000 more runners. It was the largest ever-running event in Israel, indicating the unprecedented growth of running in the country since the renewal of the Tel Aviv Marathon tradition in 2009.

The pleasant weather (12°C at the start) and the spectacular flat courses, contributed to the many personal records achieved. Participants ran along the main streets and avenues of the city, the splendid seashore and the spacious parks. The leading groups in both men's and women's marathons were dominated by Kenyan and Ethiopian runners.

MEN:
1  Josphat Kipkemboi RONO         KEN  2:19:02
2  Kimutai CHERUIYOT              KEN  2:19:38
3  Henry Kipkirui CHUMBA          KEN  2:19:54
4  Sammy Kiprop TOO               KEN  2:20:53
5  Ashenafi Eshetu DEME           ETH  2:23:14
6  Habte Dibaba ROBELE            ETH  2:32:04
7  ??                             ISR  2:38:57
8  ??                             ISR  2:45:59

WOMEN:
1  Worknesh ODA                   ETH  2:40:35
2  Senait Getachew HAILU          ETH  2:45:40
3  Habtamnesh Gashaw MENCHO       ETH  2:47:40
4  Mercy JELIMO                   KEN  2:47:46
5  Mekides Demis BEKELE           ETH  3:06:42
6  Teglah Jepleting MURREY        KEN  3:08:05

HALF MARATHON
MEN:
1  Adugna ASSEFA DERIBA           ETH  1:07:35
2  Moti MIZRAHI                   ISR  1:10:03
3  Solomon BEKELEEN               ETH  1:11:01

WOMEN:
1  Bekelech DABA BEDADA           ETH  1:12:23
2  Zeleke HABTEWOLDNAHU           ETH  1:14:34
3  Yaara ZANGI                    ISR  1:24:15

08 APRIL 2011: DEAD SEA ULTRAMARATHON 50km, JORDAN

MEN:
1  Suleiman AL GHUDRAN            JOR  2:59:52
2  Fathi DAYAT                    JOR  3:00:24
3  Motassem AKAWI                 JOR  3:04:54
4  Abdul Azziz AL SHOAIBI         JOR  3:14:57
5  Mohammed AL MATARI             JOR  3:14:58
6  Ahmad AL GAZAWI                JOR  3:36:10
7  Khaled AL SHEIKH               JOR  3:37:17
8  Kurt Andreas SCHLODER          GER  3:50:52
9  Annas ZGHOUL                   JOR  3:54:21
10 Othman OQIAH                   JOR  3:58:52

WOMEN:
1  Jen SHELTON                    USA  3:21:16
2  Marie PERIN                    FRA  3:54:17
3  Maria CLEMENTE                 USA  3:54:19
4  Suzette VERMAAK                RSA  3:57:31
5  Chris PEETERS                  BEL  3:59:17
6  Zainah ABU SHAMMALEH           JOR  3:59:35
7  Anna WATSON                    GBR  4:06:26
8  Fleur KENWARD                  CAN  4:11:45
9  Wendy FITZMAURICE              RSA  4:14:35
10 Monika SCHLODER                GER  4:35:14

MARATHON
MEN:
1  Mithqal AL ABADI               JOR  2:22:01
2  Ayman HUSSEIN                  JOR  2:35:54
3  Aayi AL RAWAHNEH               JOR  3:37:00

WOMEN:
1  Kristin RICCI                  USA  3:24:33
2  Anne MEKANEN                   FIN  3:39:34
3  Nahida AL RAWAT                JOR  3:39:56

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10 APRIL 2011: MILANO CITY MARATHON, ITALY

Running in unseasonably warm conditions Solomon Bushendich won the 11th edition of the Milano City Marathon a minute ahead of Ruggero Pertile writes Diego Sampaolo. The 27°C heat took a dramatic toll in the women's race as Marcella Mancini overtook Monica Wangari as she struggled along at 5 minutes per kilometre pace in the final stages.

Kenyan pacemaker Nickson Kurgat and Gilbert Chepkwony set the early pace passing five kilometres in 15:01 and the 10km in 30:37 leading over a group which featured Daniel Limo, Daniel Too, Joel Kimurer Kemboi, Bushendich and Pertile.

Pacemaker Gilbert Chepkwony led through halfway in 1:04:50 and finished his duties at 30km (1:32:35), leaving Bushendich, Pertile, Daniel Too and Daniel Limo at the front. Bushendich broke away with a 33rd kilometre clocked at 2:56 and continued to increase his lead. In the fight for second place Too tried to pull away from Pertile at 38km but the Italian responded, and went ahead at 40km. "The conditions were difficult" said Pertile, "but running on a warm day was a good test for the World Championships in Daegu".

Wangari led the women's race by over two minutes at halfway (1:14:21 to 1:16:45), and extended it to over three minutes at 30km (1:47:13 to 1:51:25) but began to fade after 34km, running 5:20 for the 39th kilometre. Mancini closed the gap and took the lead with 2km to go.

While the conditions did not allow for fast times, the sunny weather was the backdrop to a marvellous running day for a record figure of 10,203 runners who took part in the two main events: 5075 in the Marathon and 5128 in the second edition of the Relay Marathon.

MEN:
1  Solomon Naibei BUSHENDICH      KEN  2:10:38
2  Ruggero PERTILE                ITA  2:11:23
3  Daniel Too KIPRUGUT            KEN  2:12:04
4  Daniel Kiprugut TOO            KEN  2:13:40
5  Joel Kemboi KIMURER            KEN  2:15:48

WOMEN: 
1  Marcella MANCINI               ITA  2:41.24
2  Monica WANGARI                 KEN  2:42:56
3  Stefania BENEDETTI             ITA  2:45:20

10 APRIL 2011: PARIS MARATHON, FRANCE

Kenya prevailed at thew 35th Paris Marathon, with victories in both men's and women's races, writes Pierre-Jean Vazel. After a fast start a pack of about 15 men including the pacemakers reached 10km in 29:46, and 15km in 44:55. At halfway (1:02:39) pacemaker John Komen injected pace, but the group did not respond. Komen dropped out at 30km (1:29:28) to leave Henry Sugut in front of a group of eight. At 35km (1:45:03) Alfred Kering caught the leaders just at the point when Benjamin Kiptoo accelerated, dropping Bernard Kipyego and Eshetu Wendimu. At 2:54/km pace, he was now unstoppable. Kiptoo smashed his personal best and ran the fourth fastest time ever in Paris. Despite the heat (20°C) eight men ran under 2:09.

In the women's race the favourite Mamitu Daska, Koren Yal (a 2:24:33 performer), Ashu Kasim (4th in Paris in 2009 with 2:25:49) and Marathon debutante Mestawet Tufa took command. They maintained their lead through 10km (32:59) but Agnes Kiprop, fastest in the field with 2:24:07, surged to the front at 15km (50:14). At halfway (1:10:27), Daska dropped back as the sun and heat rose over the French capital. Then Priscah Jeptoo gently but surely got rid of Kiprop along the banks of the Seine, and entered the Bois de Boulogne (30km in 1:41:54) with a winning margin. She improved her previous best (2:27:01) by more than four minutes, running the second fastest ever time in Paris, 51 seconds down on the course record.

MEN:
1  Benjamin KIPTOO                KEN  2:06:31
2  Bernard KIPYEGO                KEN  2:07:16
3  Eshetu WENDIMU                 ETH  2:07:33
4  Alfred KERING                  KEN  2:07:41
5  Assefa GIRMA                   ETH  2:07:43
6  Stephen CHEBOGUT               KEN  2:08:02
7  Henry SUGUT                    KEN  2:08.22
8  Bettona Sahle WARGA            ETH  2:10:12
9  Zambala YEGEZE                 ETH  2:10:38
10 Abdelatif MEFTAH               FRA  2:10:53

WOMEN:
1  Priscah JEPTOO                 KEN  2:22:55
2  Agnes KIPROP                   KEN  2:24:43
3  Koren YAL                      ETH  2:26:57
4  Eyerusalem KUMA                ETH  2:27:02
5  Margarita PLAKSINA             RUS  2:27:07
6  Ashu KASMI                     ETH  2:28:11
7  Meseret LEGESE                 ETH  2:29:09
8  Gisaw MELKAW                   ETH  2:29:15
9  Marina KOVALEVA                RUS  2:31:11
10 Alemnesh ESHETU                ETH  2:39:05

10 APRIL 2011: ABN AMRO ROTTERDAM MARATHON, NETHERLANDS

Running in sunny and humid conditions Wilson Chebet broke away from Vincent Kipruto the final stages to win with a world leading time writes Wim Van Hemert. Philes Ongori won her debut marathon by beating Hilda Kibet.

Hopes for a new World mark in the men's race lasted until 25km. Six pacemakers went through 5km in 14:38 and then speeded up, passing 10km in 29:09 and 20km in 58:40. But then the pace began to slip away from world record schedule. Sammy Kiwara led through 35km in 1:43:44 before finishing his duties, leaving Vincent Kipruto and Wilson Chebet out on their own. They passed 40km in 1:58:47, and Chebet opened a gap at 41km.

In the womens' race, Hilda Kibet led from the gun, heading a lead group of four with Ongori, Lishan Dula and Shetaye Bedasa as far as 30km, reached in 1:43:17. Dula and Bedasa then dropped back, leaving Ongori to make her move in the final kilometre.

MEN:
1  Wilson CHEBET                  KEN  2:05:27 
2  Vincent KIPRUTO                KEN  2:05:33
3  Chele DECHASA                  ETH  2:08:47
4  Elius KIPTANUI                 KEN  2:09:08
5  Alemayehu SHUMYE               ETH  2:09:36
6  Michael KIPYEGO                KEN  2:11:03
7  Feyisa LILESA                  ETH  2:11:42
8  Koen RAYMAEKERS                NED  2:13:41
9  Julius Kanghethe MBUGUA        KEN  2:14:11
10 Zemiro ZOHAR                   ISR  2:14:28
 
WOMEN:
1  Philes ONGORI                  KEN  2:24:20
2  Hilda KIBET                    NED  2:24:27
3  Lishan DULA                    BRN  2:26:56
4  Alessandra AGUILAR             ESP  2:27:00
5  Rita JEPTOO                    KEN  2:28:09
6  Shetaye BEDASA                 ETH  2:29:52
7  Maria Jose PUEYO               ESP  2:34:52
8  Xenia LUXEM                    BEL  2:35:48
9  Christina Bus HOLTH            NOR  2:37:12
10 Lindsay van MARREWIJK          NED  2:37:40

10 APRIL 2011: ALEXANDER THE GREAT MARATHON, GREECE

MEN:
1  Peter BIWOTT                   KEN  2:13:12
2  Isaiah KOSGEI                  KEN  2:13:49
3  Benazzouz SLIMANI              MAR  2:14:37
4  Daniel GATHERU                 KEN  2:15:00
5  Joseph MBITHI                  KEN  2:23:20
6  Dmitris TSIOYNIS               GRE  2:27:23
7  Antonios KAKARONTZAZ           GRE  2:36:07
8  Athanasias LIOPURIS            GRE  2:46:07
9  Panagiotis IOANNIDES           GRE  2:46:14
10 Dmitris KASIMIS                GRE  2:46:14

WOMEN:
1  Sisay MEASSO                   ETH  2:40:41
2  Alena VINNITSKAYA              BLR  2:45:43
3  Vasiliki SYKOPETI              GRE  3:16:36
4  Elina MAKRIDI                  GRE  3:21:30
5  Kyriaki ARSENI                 GRE  3:28:44
6  Irena MALIMPORSKA              GRE  3:39:18
7  Georgia LALIOTI                GRE  3:43:36
8  Katerina GKERLI                GRE  3:44:24
9  Kristina DESKOU                GRE  3:45:36
10 Zoi METALLINOU                 GRE  3:46:53

10 APRIL 2011: SAO PAULO HALF MARATHON CORPORE, BRAZIL

MEN:
1  Fabio NASCIMENTO               BRA  1:08:00
2  Adriano BASTOS                 BRA  1:08:34
3  Francisco DAS CHAGAS BEZERRA   BRA  1:08:57
4  Naval FREITAS                  BRA  1:09:26
5  Fabio Ramos DOS SANTOS         BRA  1:09:47
6  Jose Virginio DE MORAIS        BRA  1:09:50
7  Francisco Ribama DE SOUSA      BRA  1:11:16
8  Genildo Riberio FERNANDEZ      BRA  1:11:40
9  Alex Passos BARBOSA            BRA  1:12:11
10 Jose Luis DA SILVA             BRA  1:12:14

WOMEN:
1  Elizabeth Esteves DE SOUZA     BRA  1:21:03
2  Beatriz G NASCIMENTO           BRA  1:23:03
3  Maria Jose ALVES               BRA  1:24:30
4  Jaciana Barroso ARAUJO         BRA  1:25:33
5  Edneusa DE JESUS SANTOS DORTA  BRA  1:26:05
6  Paloma VASCONCELOS             BRA  1:26:37
7  Vivian DE OLIVEIRA             BRA  1:27:10
8  Lindinalva Saraiva DA SILVA    BRA  1:27:56
9  Josefa Maria DA SILVA          BRA  1:29:33
10 Francine DO AMARAL LOPES       BRA  1:30:08

10 APRIL 2011: DAEGU INT'L MARATHON, KOREA

Despite warm conditions both winners set new course records writes Mirko Javala. Good weather made it possible to really test the World Championships marathon course and it proved to be fast too.

The men's race started fast pace but a huge lead pack of 21 athletes (containing 12 Kenyans and five Ethiopians but only one Korean) reached 5km in 15:04. The next 5km was faster with the trio of Daniel Abera (ETH) and Kenyans Hillary Kimaiyo and Boniface Muema leading through 10km in 30:01, still with 18 athletes left. The same number were still there at 20km, with a 60:38 split. Then things began to thin out, with 13 in the group at 25km and 11 at 30km (1:30:47) with more dropping off soon after, even though the 5km split to 35km was slower (1:46:20). Six were left to fight it out. Songoka made his move and by 40km held a clear lead with Abdellah Falil eight seconds behind. The top six were all under 2:10.

The women's race had fewer elites and the lead pack was more compact. Atsede Habtamu led through 5km in 16:59 and 10km mark in 34:04 with eight runners together, including five Ethiopians. The others — two Kenyans and Wang Xiaoshu of China were dropped in the next 5km and the Ethiopian quintet passed through 15km in 50:52, 20km in 1:08:07, 25km in 1:25:46 and 1:43:12 for 30km. At 35km there were still four together but the end game then started. Habtamu sprinted off the remaining group at 40km passing through in 2:18:25, two seconds ahead of Yeshi Esayias as the others dropped back. Habtamu went on to set a new course record and last year's winner Esayias finished behind her in a time three minutes faster than the personal best she set in this race last year.

MEN:
1  Yusuf SONGOKA                  KEN  2:08:08
2  Abdellah FALIL                 MAR  2:08:18
3  Leonard MUCHERA                KEN  2:08:53
4  Haile Haja GEMEDA              ETH  2:09:20
5  Felix KENY                     KEN  2:09:25
6  Elias KEMBOI                   KEN  2:09:53 
7  Evans RUTO                     KEN  2:10:38
8  Dereje Raya TADESSE            ETH  2:10:42

WOMEN:
1  Atsede HABTAMU                 ETH  2:25:52
2  Yeshi ESSAYIAS                 ETH  2:26:04
3  Alemitu ABERA                  ETH  2:26:33
4  Makda HARUN                    ETH  2:27:46
5  Irene KOSGEI                   KEN  2:31:31
6  Rehima KEDIR                   ETH  2:32:11
7  Yuko MACHIDA                   JPN  2:32:39
8  Tomo HIGUCHI                   JPN  2:33:48

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16 APRIL 2010: PARDUBICE WINE HALF MARATHON, CZECH REPUBLIC

MEN:
1  Mike Kiprop CHERUIYOT          KEN  1:05:19
2  Boniface Wambua NDUVA          KEN  1:05:21
3  Jan KREISINGER                 CZE  1:05:27 
4  Petr PECHEK                    CZE  1:06:45 
5  Vít PAVLISTA                   CZE  1:06:53
6  Martin KUCERA                  CZE  1:08:38 
7  Daniel ORALEK                  CZE  1:08:42 
8  Jan HAVLICEK                   CZE  1:09:06 
9  Franti?ek MAHOVSKY             CZE  1:09:29 
10 Petr LOSMAN                    CZE  1:09:43 

WOMEN:
1  Ivana SEKYROVA                 CZE  1:15:24
2  Petra KAMINKOVA                CZE  1:16:00
3  Ta?ána METELKOVA               CZE  1:19:44
4  Radka CHURANOVA                CZE  1:20:40
5  Marta FENCLOVA                 CZE  1:22:15 
6  Zuzana WEISSOVA                CZE  1:22:45
7  Lenka SIBRAVOVA                CZE  1:22:54
8  Denisa KOZAKOVA                CZE  1:23:53
9  Jind?i?ka MARTINLOVA           CZE  1:24:46
10 Lenka KRALOVA                  CZE  1:27:55

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17 APRIL 2011: BELGRADE MARATHON, SERBIA

High winds blew away any chance of fast times but Gebrselassie Tsegaye, 27, was always in the men's leading group writes Pat Butcher. He said afterwards that he was uncomfortable at 30km, when he conceded the lead to Michael Rutto, but he came back and pulled away from his pursuers only a short while later to win by a four minute margin.

By contrast, Frasiah Waithaka only pulled away in the final stages of the women's race and, despite the conditions, clocked a personal best time. Local hero Olivera Jevtic failed to score an eighth victory in the half marathon. She could only finish third.

MEN:
1  Gebrselassie TSEGAYE           ETH  2:14:41
2  Michael RUTTO                  KEN  2:18:13
3  Tadele GEREMEW                 ETH  2:19:26
4  Negash ABEBE                   ETH  2:19:27
5  Silas MUTURI                   KEN  2:19:39
6  Tesfaye BEKELE                 ETH  2:20:30
7  Elias KIPTUM                   KEN  2:20:53
8  Gebreegziabher GEBRESILASSIE   ETH  2:22:40
9  John KATIO                     KEN  2:22:50
10 Bruce KILULAI                  KEN  2:34:31

WOMEN:
1  Frasiah Waithaka               ETH  2:34:31
2  Mulu SEBOKA                    ETH  2:34:38
3  Meseret HAILU                  ETH  2:35:14
4  Aberesh NEGSA                  ETH  2:35:18
5  Lucia KIMANI                   BSH  2:36:57
6  Birzaf TAKELE                  ETH  2:40:48
7  Volha MALEVICH                 BLR  2:49:20
8  Emily JEMUTAI                  KEN  2:57:27

HALF MARATHON
MEN:
1  Adugna TEKELE                  ETH  1:03:46
2  Ernest KIPRUGUT                KEN  1:04:08
3  Robert WAMBUA                  KEN  1:04:19

WOMEN:
1  Ehitu KIROS                    ETH  1:12:35
2  Tadelech BEKELE                ETH  1:13:00
3  Olivera JEVTICH                SRB  1:13:12

17 APRIL 2011: VIENNA CITY MARATHON, AUSTRIA

Photos: photorun.net

John Kiprotich (Kenya) and Fate Tola (Ethiopia) were the unexpected winners of the 28th Vienna City Marathon. 22 year-old John Kiprotich improved his personal best by more than seven minutes. At halfway the pacemakers led through in 1:03:53, but were reluctantly followed by the main contenders who were more concerned with watching each other. By 30km (1:31:31) the course record was beyond reach. By 35km the lead group was reduced to four Kenyans: Patrick Ivuti, Evans Kiplagat, Joseph Maregu and John Kiprotich. Maregu and Kiplagat soon dropped back and it was then John Kiprotich who applied pressure on Patrick Ivuti. At 38km he opened a winning gap.

The women's race was completely different with debutante Peninah Arusei running fast from the start. She was soon on her own, reaching halfway in 1:12:11. At 25k she was 1:14 minutes ahead of Ana Dulce Felix, Fate Tola and Genet Getaneh (Ethiopia), but by 30km her advantage had started melting quickly in the sun.

While Getaneh also slowed Felix, who had her own pacemaker in front of her, and Tola overtook Arusei at around 37km. There was a tough fight for victory between Tola and Felix but with 1km to go Tola broke away.

In the Half Marathon Gebrselassie had started two minutes behind the leaders of the Marathon, but caught and passed them by 12km. More than 300,000 spectators lined the streets. Many had come to see the great Ethiopian running through their city. Fitting to the occasion organisers had put down a red carpet on the final 100 metres of the race, which finished at the Wiener Hofburg. Among all events there were 32,542 entries, with 8044 in the Marathon.

MEN:
1  John KIPROTICH                 KEN  2:08:29
2  Patrick IVUTI                  KEN  2:08:41
3  Evans KIPLAGAT                 KEN  2:09:22
4  Isaac MACHARIA                 KEN  2:09:43

WOMEN:
1  Fate TOLA                      ETH  2:26:21
2  Ana Dulce FELIX                POR  2:26:30
3  Peninah ARUSEI                 KEN  2:27:17
4  Genet GETANAH                  ETH  2:28:08
5  Elza KIREYEVA                  RUS  2:29:41

HALF MARATHON
MEN:
1  Haile GEBRSELASSIE             ETH  1:00:18

17 APRIL 2011: SEMI MARATHON INT'L DE NICE, FRANCE

MEN:
1  Levi MATEBO                    KEN  1:00:07
2  Silas KIPRUTO                  KEN  1:01:12
3  Edwin KIPYEGO                  KEN  1:01:27
4  Ezekiel CHEBII                 KEN  1:01:41
5  Michael MUTAI                  KEN  1:01:43
6  Sammy KIGEN                    KEN  1:01:54
7  Samson KIFLEMARIAN             ERI  1:02:35
8  Isiah ONDIEKI                  KEN  1:04:07
9  Evans KOSGEI                   KEN  1:04:11
10 Chelere THOLOSSA                    1:04:25

WOMEN:
1  Feyese TADESSE                 ETH  1:11:09
2  Adabei YESHANEH                ETH  1:11:14
3  Diana CHEPKEMOI                KEN  1:11:36
4  Martha KOMU                    KEN  1:13:10
5  Beatrice CHEPCHUMBA            KEN  1:13:29
6  Svetlana PRETOT                FRA  1:13:41

17 APRIL 2011: DVV ANTWERP MARATHON, BELGIUM

MEN:
1  Elijah KEMBOI                    KEN  2:11:15
2  Lander Van DROOGENBROECK         NED  2:16:21
3  Ghirma WOLDU                     ETH  2:17:23
4  Koen NEVEN                       NED  2:17:53
5  Tim STESSENS                     NED  2:21:24

WOMEN:
1  Anne-Marie DUPONT                NED  3:08:13
2  Nicole VERMEERSCH                NED  3:14:51 
3  Kristel VOCHTEN                  NED  3:15:17

17 APRIL 2011: MARATONA SANT ANTONIO, ITALY

MEN:
1  Aredo Toleda TADESE            ETH  2:09:02
2  Ben Kipruto CHEBET             KEN  2:09:26
3  Peter Some KIMELI              KEN  2:10:16
4  Solonei ROCHA                  BRA  2:11:32
5  Denis CURZI                    ITA  2:14:56
6  Mitja KOSOVELJ                 SLO  2:17:45 
7  Hicham EL BAROUKI              MAR  2:18:33
8  David CRINITI                  NZL  2:23:47
9  Alberto MOSCA                  ITA  2:24:55
10 Tommaso VACCINI                ITA  2:25:26 

WOMEN:
1  Florence CHEPSOI               KEN  2:29:25
2  Tiruwork LEMMA                 ETH  2:33:42
3  Michele DAS CHAGAS             BRA  2:35:09
4  Ivana IOZZIA                   ITA  2:35:58
5  Lucija KRKOC                   SLO  2:46:13
6  Olena BILOSHCHUK               UKR  2:49:02
7  Francesca IACHAMET             ITA  2:49:17
8  Paola MARIOTTI                 ITA  2:54:48
9  Aleksandra FORTIN              SLO  2:56:26
10 Loretta GIARDA                 ITA  2:56:28

HALF MARATHON
MEN:
1  Alberto RAMIREZ                ITA  1:08:23
2  Giuseppe MUCERINO              ITA  1:10;28
3  Diego MASSAROTTO               ITA  1:13:16    

WOMEN:
1  Silvia SERAFINI                ITA  1:22:05
2  Paola BAZZANO                  ITA  1:29:26
3  Monica PELOSI                  ITA  1:30:11

17 APRIL 2011: VANCOUVER SUN RUN, CANADA

MEN:
1  Eric GILLES                    CAN  29:06
2  Dylan WYKES                    CAN  29:15
3  Kip KANGOGO                    KEN  29:15
4  Kibet RUTTO                    KEN  29:31
5  Willy KIMOSOP                  KEN  29:38
6  David JACKSON                  CAN  30:27
7  Colin FEWER                    CAN  30:27
8  Jim FINLAYSON                  CAN  30:28
9  Jeremiah ZIAK                  CAN  30:28
10 Brandon LAAN                   CAN  30:34

WOMEN:
1  Lucy NJERI                     KEN  33:41
2  Paula FINDLAY                  CAN  33:47
3  Natasha WODAK                  CAN  34:01
4  Emily TALLEN                   CAN  34:31
5  Chantell WIDNEY                CAN  34:33
6  Courtney LAURIE                CAN  34:43
7  Emebet BACHA                   ETH  35:07
8  Gillian GOOK                   CAN  35:21
9  Lucy SMITH                     CAN  35:26
10 Lisa HARVEY                    CAN  35:31

17 APRIL 2011: ZURICH MARATHON, SWITZERLAND

Daniel Kiptum, in fourth, beat his world record for deaf runners with a time of 2:11:32 and 77-year-old Wesley Love (USA) reached the finish line of his 200th and final Marathon with a time of 6:03:36. Participation in the relay marathon doubled. Of the 3,900 registered marathon runners, 3,321 started and 3,175 finished. In the relay 2,652 participants entered, 2,592 started, and 2,572 (643 teams) made it to the finish line.

John Kyui broke away at 30km and dominated all the way through the finish line. Aleksey V. Solokov led the chase group, securing second place. 27-year old Kyui beat his best time by five minutes. Kiptum improved his world record among deaf runners by about two and a half minutes. A strong duo led the women through the first half of the race but at 35km Svitlana Stanko pushed ahead of Switzerland's Patricia Morceli and Kenya's Salome Biwott.

MEN:
1  John Kyalo KYUI                KEN  2:10:00
2  Aleksey V SOKOLOV              RUS  2:10:23
3  Abraham TANDOI                 KEN  2:11:00
4  Daniel KIPTUM                  SUI  2:11:32
5  Aleksey A SOKOLOV              RUS  2:11:53
6  David Kiprono LANGAT           KEN  2:13:39
7  Vladimir PONOMAREV             RUS  2:16:00
8  Mohamednur HAMD                SUI  2:19:46
9  Stanley LELEITO                KEN  2:20:03
10 Ancay TARCIS                   SUI  2:20:03

WOMEN:
1  Svitlana STANKO                UKR  2:33:25
2  Patricia MORCELI               SUI  2:37:28
3  Salome BIWOTT                  KEN  2:39:02
4  Magali DI MARCO                SUI  2:42:57
5  Immaculate CHEMUTAI            KEN  2:46:04
6  Maja MENEGHIN-PLISKA           SUI  2:46:08
7  Addis GEZAHEGNE                ETH  2:52:04
8  Nicole LOHRI                   SUI  2:52:32
9  Tanja AMIET                    SUI  2:53:09
10 Rachel BERCHTOLD               SUI  2:53:43

17 APRIL 2011: ENSCHEDE MARATHON, NETHERLANDS

MEN:
1  Stephen KIPROTICH              KEN  2:07:20
2  Julius KORIR                   KEN  2:09:46
3  Gezahagne GIRMA                ETH  2:10:17
4  Samson BARMAO                  KEN  2:10:21
5  Cosmas KOECH                   KEN  2:11:41
6  Gemechu WORKU                  ETH  2:12:03
7  Cosmas KIGEN                   KEN  2:12:35
8  Justus MEBUR                   KEN  2:13:15
9  Alebachew DEBAS                ETH  2:13:37
10 Matthew KOECH                  KEN  2:14:28

WOMEN:
1  Mariska DUTE                   NED  2:55:30
2  Arenda ABBINK                  NED  3:09:38
3  Anke LIBUDA                    GER  3:33:27
4  Manon HERBERT                  NED  3:45:30
5  Rose-Minke SCHURE              NED  3:58:25
6  Yvonne CLAUSS                  GER  4:01:45
7  Cobie BROUWER                  NED  4:19:58
8  Erin FISHER                    IRL  4:24:08
9  Alexandra FRANKE               GER  4:29:54
10 Shanti VAN LEEUWEN             NED  4:49:51

HALF MARATHON 
MEN:
1  Casper KOELMA                  NED  1:12:42
2  Maik VOPPEN                    NED  1:19:12
3  Brenner GREEN                  USA  1:21:04

WOMEN:
1  Marlin NIJHOF                  NED  1:26:28
2  Ester EXTERKATE                NED  1:36:08
3  Rieneke SCHINKEL               NED  1:38:01

17 APRIL 2011: MARATON POPULAR DE MADRID, SPAIN

Kenya's Moses Arusei beat defending champion Thomson Cherogony to set a new course record writes Emeterio Valiente. Ethiopia's Desta Girma Tadesse defended her title in a modest 2:35:28, two seconds faster than Gebriel Teamu, who was making her marathon debut.

Passing through 10km in 30:35 a large group of Africans was already on pace for a new course record in the men's race. No less than 12 remained at halfway 1:04:35. After pacing had finished Arusei's front running soon paid off and only three runners were able to keep up, passing through 35km in 1:47:07: Cherogony, Francis Kiprop and Ethiopia's Gamal Belal Salem. With 2km left Arusei opened up a 20m gap on an uphill section and there was no catching him as he romped home to dip under 2:11 for the first time in Madrid.

Arusei commented: "The first half of the race was comfortable but the second part is full of ups and downs and the hilly closing 5km make this marathon really tough. I liked how the people cheered me on throughout."

Ethiopians swept the women's race. Reaching halfway in a modest 1:15:32, five women were in contention: Girma Tadesse, Teamu, Shuru Diriba, and Worknesh Tola with Hellen Kimutai the only Kenyan. The pace slowed in the second half, but Kimutai lost contact at 35km (2:07:36). With 1km to go the four Ethiopians remained together until Girma Tadesse's late burst of speed stretched the others out.

MEN:
1  Moses ARUSEI                   KEN  2:10:58
2  Thompson CHEROGONY             KEN  2:11:03
3  Francis KIPROP                 KEN  2:11:50
4  Gamal Belal SALEM              ETH  2:12:27
5  Francis KIBIWOTT               KEN  2:13:08
6  David Toniok CHERONO           KEN  2:13:09 
7  Alex KIRUI                     KEN  2:14:50
8  Mitku Suboka TULU              ETH  2:15:17
9  Amos MAIYO                     KEN  2:15:44
10 Vasyl MATVIYCHUK               UKR  2:16:21

WOMEN:
1  Girma TADESSE                  ETH  2:35:28
2  Woldegebriel TEAMU             ETH  2:35:30
3  Worknesh TOLA                  ETH  2:35:35
4  Shuru DERIBA                   ETH  2:35:48
5  Hellen KIMUTAI                 KEN  2:36:30
6  Pauline WANGUI                 KEN  2:38:05
7  Yailen GARCIA                  CUB  2:41:58
8  Rose JEPCHUMBA                 KEN  2:44:02
9  Radiy Mohamed ROBA             ETH  2:48:47
10 Irene MARTIN                   ESP  2:59:38

17 APRIL 2011: CRACOVIA MARATHON, POLAND

MEN:
1  Cosmas Mutuku KYEVA            KEN  2:12:20
2  Stephen Kipchumba RUTTO        KEN  2:13:15
3  Vincent KIPCHIRCHIR            KEN  2:14:08
4  Peter Kariuki WANJIRU          KEN  2:15:25
5  Kennedy Kiptoo MELLY           KEN  2:16:35
6  Dennis Mwanzxia MUSAU          KEN  2:17:34
7  Ihor TSETSERUKOV               BLR  2:17:35
8  Andrey MINYAKOV                RUS  2:18:50
9  Vyatcheslav SCHABUNIN          RUS  2:19:15
10 Julius Kiplagat RUGUT          KEN  2:19:52

WOMEN:
1  Tatiana GAMERA-SHMYRKO         UKR  2:28:14
2  Natassia STAROVOITARA          BLR  2:34:08
3  Maryna DAMANTSEVICH            BLR  2:35:22
4  Irayda ALEKSANDROVA            RUS  2:36:13
5  Lyudmila BIKTASHEVA            RUS  2:37:04
6  Getahun TAREKEGN               ETH  2:40:39
7  Gabriela BENKO                 HUN  3:01:23
8  Maria KAWIORSKA                POL  3:14:03
10 Magdalena BIALORCZYK           POL  3:14:25

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18 APRIL 2011: BAA BOSTON MARATHON, USA

Strong south-westerly winds coupled with cool temperatures provided a magic carpet ride for athletes competing in the 115th edition of the Boston Marathon writes David Monti. The outcome was the two fastest Marathons ever run. Close finishes in both the men's and women's contests heightened the excitement surrounding America's oldest marathon.

Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai had fans screaming on Boyleston Street as he won a two-man sprint by four seconds over Marathon debutant and compatriot Moses Mosop in the unlikely time of 2:03:02, fully 57 seconds under Haile Gebrselassie's World record of 2:03:59. But there is no new World record; even without the tail wind the Boston course has more than three times the elevation drop permitted for record-setting. "It was at our back," Mutai said matter of factly about the wind. Mutai credited American Ryan Hall for his fast performance today as he had reinvigorated the pace nearly every time the race slowed on the hilly course from Hopkinton to Boston. Hall saw the lead pack through 10km in 29:05. "I want to congratulate him," said Mutai. "He pushed it, he pushed it all the time. He was like a pacemaker; he helped us a lot."

Halfway was reached in 1:01:58, but the pace quickened in the second half, despite several challenging hills. Mutai broke away by blasting 30-40km in 28:22. Only Mosop had the legs to follow him. Mutai ran the second half in 1:01:04.

Not since Lisa Larsen-Weidenbach crossed the finish line first 26 years ago has an American woman won the Boston Marathon but Desiree Davila came very close. New Zealander Kim Smith led for 29km at a fast pace but suffered spasms in her calf muscles so severe that she began to skip and hop up and down and by 30km was swallowed up by a chase pack of four women: Kenya's Sharon Cherop, Caroline Kilel and Alice Timbilili, and Ethiopia's Dire Tune. Davila was about 20m back. Smith abandoned but Davila moved up and took over the lead.

First Timbilili then Tune fell back, leaving Davila, Cherop and Kilel in contention for the win. A surge by Kilel dropped the tiring Cherop and Davila was hurting. The two traded surges, and the crowd roared for Davila. But Kilel made the final move with 200m to go, and Davila could not respond. Cherop came in four seconds later.

There were 26,964 entrants and 24,385 starters.

MEN:
1  Geoffrey MUTAI                 KEN  2:03:02
2  Moses MOSOP                    KEN  2:03:06
3  Gebregziabher GEBREMARIAM      ETH  2:04:55
4  Ryan HALL                      USA  2:04:58
5  Abraham CHERKOS                ETH  2:06:13
6  Robert Kiprono CHERUIYOT       KEN  2:06:43
7  Philip SANGA                   KEN  2:07:10
8  Deressa CHIMSA                 ETH  2:07:39
9  Bekana DABA                    ETH  2:08:03
10 Carlos CARDONA                 COL  2:12:17

WOMEN:
1  Caroline KILEL                 KEN  2:22:36
2  Desiree DAVILA                 USA  2:22:38
3  Sharon CHEROP                  KEN  2:22:42
4  Caroline ROTICH                KEN  2:24:26
5  Kara GOUCHER                   USA  2:24:52
6  Dire TUNE                      ETH  2:25:08
7  Worknesh KIDANE                ETH  2:26:15
8  Yolanda CABALLERO              COL  2:26:17
9  Alice TIMBILILI                KEN  2:26:34
10 Yuliya RUBAN                   UKR  2:27:00

23 APRIL 2011: OLD MUTUAL TWO OCEANS MARATHON 56km, SOUTH AFRICA

MEN:
1  George NTSHILIZA               RSA  3:08:31
2  Motolhokoa NKHABUTLANE         LES  3:08:49
3  Tsotang MAINE                  LES  3:09:19
4  Moeketse MOSHULE               LES  3:09:40
5  Stephen MUZHINGI               ZIM  3:09:46
6  Lebohang MAHLOANE              RSA  3:10:49
7  Mike FOKORONI                  ZIM  3:11:24
8  Henry MOYO                     MAL  3:11:31
9  Peter MUTHUBI                  RSA  3:12:47
10 Vusi MALOBOLA                  RSA  3:12:55
 
WOMEN:
1  Olesya NURGALIEVA              RUS  3:33:58
2  Elena NURGALIEVA               RUS  3:37:54
3  Mamorallo TJOKA                LES  3:42:12
4  Simona STAICU                  HUN  3:42:59
5  Nina PODNEBESNOVA              RUS  3:43:56
6  Elizabeth HAWKER               GBR  3:46:46
7  Samukeliso MOYO                ZIM  3:50:49
8  Farwa MENTOOR                  RSA  3:52:05
9  Riana VAN NIEKERK              RSA  3:53:55
10 Joanna THOMAS                  RSA  3:54:55

HALF MARATHON
MEN:
1  Lusapho APRIL                  RSA  1:03:58
2  Xolisa TYALI                   RSA  1:04:18
3  Tsotsane KGOSI                 RSA  1:04:35

WOMEN:
1  Helalia JOHANNES               NAM  1:11:56
2  Irvette VAN BLERK              RSA  1:12:04
3  Zintile XINIWE                 RSA  1:14:58

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30 APRIL 2011: DALIAN INTERNATIONAL MARATHON, CHINA

MEN:
1  Stephen CHEMLANY               KEN  2:14:15 
2  Gidena GEBREMEDHIN             ETH  2:14:15 
3  Pius MUASA                     KEN  2:14:15 
4  Shi-wei WU                     CHN  2:14:44
5  Meng-xu TIAN                   CHN  2:15:11
6  Shu-jin YIN                    CHN  2:15:21 
7  Qi-quan DUAN                   CHN  2:15:58 
8  Hong WANG                      CHN  2:16:27 
9  Ding-hong YANG                 CHN  2:16:39 
10 Zhan-dong FENG                 CHN  2:16:53 
 
WOMEN
1  Jia-li WANG                    CHN  2:26:12 
2  Rong CHEN                      CHN  2:26:49 
3  Yuan-yuan YIN                  CHN  2:27:55 
4  Chao-feng JIA                  CHN  2:29:40
5  Wei-wei SUN                    CHN  2:29:46 
6  Chao UE                        CHN  2:29:50 
7  Wen-rong ZHENG                 CHN  2:32:54 
8  Su-yun LI                      CHN  2:33:14
9  Ling-ling JIN                  CHN  2:34:41 
10 Xue-qin WANG                   CHN  2:35:58

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