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3 MAY 2012: SILESIA MARATHON, POLAND

MEN:
1  Grzegorz CZYZ                  POL  2:42:04
2  Tamas KARLOWITZ-JUHASZ         HUN  2:45:28
3  Szymon KNOBLOCH                POL  2:48:29
4  Krzysztof SIEPIOLA             POL  2:49:19
5  Henryk SZOBCZAK                POL  2:53:36
6  Piotr WISNIEWSKI               POL  2:59:35
7  Marek SOKOLOWSKI               POL  3:00:13
8  Pawel SZABAT                   POL  3:00:47
9  Andrzej PACULA                 POL  3:00:54
10 Witold BUUK                    POL  3:02:52

WOMEN:
1  Ewa KALARUS                    POL  3:11:44
2  Aleksandra JACHIMCZYK          POL  3:20:43
3  Grazyna POPIEL                 POL  3:31:48
4  Beata GACKOWSKA                POL  3:32:19
5  Magdalena JANOWSKA             POL  3:33:06
6  Jana VICHOVA                   CZE  3:45:11
7  Anna ARSENIUK                  POL  3:51:31
8  Edyta WILK                     POL  3:59:19
9  Marta MONKA                    POL  3:59:25
10 Monika STRAZYNSKA-NATALEK      POL  4:00:21

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6 MAY 2012: BIG 25 BERLIN, GERMANY

Photo: BERLIN RUNS / Jürgen Engler

Dennis Kimetto stormed to a world record of 1:11:18 as a total of 10,478 athletes competed across all events in Germany's oldest city road race. It is the seventh world record recorded at the BIG 25 Berlin. Two years ago Sammy Kosgei had run 1:11:50.

A lead group of six runners ran the first 5km in 14:00, 10km in 28:21 and 15km in 42:46 minutes, all well inside the world record. After 17km it became an all Kenyan affair in the leading group of four. Soon after that at the start of a slight uphill stretch Edwin Kiptoo lost contact as Dennis Kimetto and Wilfred Kigen ran together with Jacob Kendagor. Kendagor had been entered as a pacemaker, but then decided to continue to the finish. While he could not match the pace of Kimetto and Kigen in the final stages, he still ran a strong 1:11:59 for third place. Kimetto broke away between 23-24km.

In contrast to the men's race, the women's leading group broke up soon at 5km as Caroline Chepkwony built a big lead. She paced through 10km in 32:11 and later slowed but still recorded the third fastest ever winning time in the history of the event. Mary Keitany's course and world record of 1:19:53, set two years ago, was well out of reach.

MEN:
1  Dennis KIMETTO                 KEN  1:11:18
2  Wilfred KIGEN                  KEN  1:11:29
3  Jacob KENDAGOR                 KEN  1:11:59
4  Edwin KIPTOO                   KEN  1:12:39
5  Aschalew Neguse MEKETA         ETH  1:14:40
6  Moses TOO                      KEN  1:14:57
7  Edwin KIMAIYO                  KEN  1:15:13

WOMEN:
1  Caroline CHEPKWONY             KEN  1:22:56
2  Taemo Shumye WOLDEGEBRIEL      ETH  1:25:21
3  Christelle DAUNAY              FRA  1:25:27
4  Consolater YADAA               KEN  1:26:13
5  Gulume Tollesa CHALA           ETH  1:27:05

6 MAY 2012: BMO VANCOUVER MARATHON, CANADA

Runners in the 41st edition enjoyed two new point-to-point routes, taking in coastal mountain views, the Stanley Park Seawall and other iconic landmarks, and were cheered all the way by spectators lining the course. Participants came from as many as 50 countries.

Women's winner was Ellie Greenwood who moved to North Vancouver from Alberta and is originally from Scotland. She ran the London Marathon two weeks ago but still recorded a personal best time, beating three-time winner Mary Akor.

MEN:
1  Gezahgn ESHETU                 ETH  2:21:51
2  Benard ONSARE                  KEN  2:22:16
3  Ryan DAY                       CAN  2:29:22
4  Graeme WILSON                  CAN  2:29:44
5  Edward MCCARTHY                CAN  2:35:03
6  Brendan LUNTY                  CAN  2:35:36
7  David PALERMO                  CAN  2:36:13
8  Tom MCGRATH                    CAN  2:36:59
9  Christopher MAH                USA  2:38:06
10 Drew NICHOLSON                 CAN  2:39:26

WOMEN:
1  Ellie GREENWOOD                GBR  2:42:16
2  Mary AKOR                      USA  2:46:01
3  Catrin JONES                   CAN  2:52:11
4  Kim MUELLER                    USA  2:53:36
5  Margreet DIETZ                 CAN  3:00:33
6  Rebecca REID                   CAN  3:00:35
7  Jennifer BRANDON               USA  3:03:37
8  Lisa POLIZZI                   CAN  3:03:44
9  Kristin SMART                  CAN  3:04:21
10 Alexandra LEA                  CAN  3:05:44

HALF MARATHON
MEN:
1  Kip KANGOGO                    KEN  1:04:48
2  Willy Kiptoo KIMOSO            KEN  1:05:07
3  Kibet RUTTO                    KEN  1:06:28

WOMEN:
1  Natasha WODAK-FRASER           CAN  1:15:12
2  Allison MACSAS                 USA  1:15:31
3  Lucy SMITH                     CAN  1:18:38

6 MAY 2012: SKOPJE MARATHON, FYR MACEDONIA

This year there was no course record but there were more participants than ever in the four races (marathon, half marathon, 5km race and Cunga Lunga kids race.) Over 4000 runners from 36 countries raced through the streets of the capital city of Macedonia in very hot conditions (26°C at the finish). Cecilia Wangui Warutumo won the women's event for the second time. 77-year old Horst Preisler from Germany, who has run more marathons than anyone, finished his 1773 marathon in Skopje. Macedonia was the 69th country in which he has run a marathon.

MEN:
1  Patrick WAMBUGU                KEN  2:26:41
2  Alexsey TROSHKIN               RUS  2:32:21
3  Marc ROIG                      ESP  2:34:15
4  Tamas OLÁH                     HUN  2:34:59
5  Wilson MELLY                   KEN  2:39:17
6  Luka CANJI                     SRB  2:57:47
7  Trpe MARTINOVSKI               MKD  3:00:58
8  Riste LAZAROV                  MKD  3:01:54
9  Zoran DIMOV                    MKD  3:03:29
10 Zoran JANKOVIC                 SRB  3:04:39
                                  
WOMEN:                            
1  Cecilia WARUTUMO               KEN  2:54:56
2  Tatiana PEREPELKINA            RUS  3:03:18
3  Katalin FARKAS                 HUN  3:17:36
4  Lidija MIKLOS                  SRB  3:24:46
5  Vesna KIRADZIEVA               MKD  3:39:53
6  Tanja VELJANOVSKA              MKD  3:47:50
7  Sasha TUCAKOVIC                SRB  4:05:05
8  Marija BOGDANOVSKA             MKD  4:10:33
9  Micah KELLY                    AUS  4:24:14
10 Elena PETRESKA                 MKD  4:42:51
                                  
HALF MARATHON                     
MEN:                              
1  Sasa STOLIC                    SRB  1:11:54
2  Denis KORABLEV                 RUS  1:12:34
3  Joshua PETERSON                USA  1:13:25
                                  
WOMEN:                            
1  Agnes KISS                     HUN  1:22:59
2  Danijela BARAC                 SRB  1:29:11
3  Enisa TASEVSKA                 MKD  1:32:20

6 MAY 2012: MARATONA D'EUROPA, ITALY

MEN:
1  Victor Kiprono KIMELI          KEN  2:17:02
2  Migidio BOURIFA                ITA  2:18:57
3  Lorenzo SNIDERSICH             ITA  2:36:40
4  Filip KRISZTIAN                HUN  2:41:43
5  Francesco PALATTELLA           ITA  2:44:39
6  Adriano GABRIEUCIG             ITA  2:46:19
7  Zoltan PEYER                   HUN  2:47:59
8  Antonello GALLI                ITA  2:49:04
9  Stefano MORANDINI              ITA  2:54:26
10 Peter JUHASZ                   HUN  2:56:00

WOMEN:
1  Rebecca Tallam JEROTICH        KEN  2:37:10
2  Elisa STEFANI                  ITA  2:39:46
3  Marilena DALL'ANESE            ITA  3:15:08
4  Christine LE BELLEGRO          ITA  3:17:32
5  Italia DALLA TORRE             ITA  3:20:59
6  Monica CANDIANI                ITA  3:21:52
7  Suzana ALBERINI                ITA  3:23:06
8  Valentina MILAN                ITA  3:25:30
9  Anita HOLLAUS                  AUT  3:26:26
10 Eva PATERNOSTER                ITA  3:26:45

6 MAY 2012: GOODLIFE FITNESS TORONTO MARATHON, CANADA

MEN:
1  Brendan KENNY                  CAN  2:27:20  
2  Josephat ONGERI                KEN  2:29:19
3  Terry GEHL                     CAN  2:30:49
4  Warren RINGLER                 CAN  2:47:47
5  Drew GRAHAM                    CAN  2:48:57
6  Luka SENK                      CAN  2:49:50
7  Mark MCCOSHAM                  CAN  2:50:11
8  Dmytry ZUYEV                   CAN  2:50:42
9  Marc DUENCH                    CAN  2:50:48
10 Tony BROWN                     CAN  2:51:02
                                  
WOMEN:                            
1  Melissa BEGIN                  USA  2:54:51
2  Nathalie GOYER                 CAN  2:58:20
3  Katrina CRIPPS                 CAN  3:00:34
4  Joanne BINK                    CAN  3:01:18
5  Elizabeth PADDOCK              USA  3:01:59
6  Meredith FREIMER               USA  3:04:33
7  Hilary MCKAY                   CAN  3:09:39
8  Seanna RISHOR                  CAN  3:11:17
9  Jennifer CURTIN                USA  3:14:38
10 Valerie HUNTER                 CAN  3:15:46

6 MAY 2012: VOLGOGRAD MARATHON, RUSSIA

MEN:
1  Dmitry POZHEVILOV              UKR  2:27:38
2  Oleg PAROV                     RUS  2:29:09
3  Artem TURKOV                   UKR  2:43:29
4  Andrei IVOYLOV                 RUS  2:48:37
5  Isgender METNIYAZOV            RUS  2:48:49
6  Sergei MAMYKIN                 RUS  2:52:53

WOMEN:
1  Irina VISHNEVSKAYA             RUS  3:01:29
2  Anastasia KUSHNIRENKO          RUS  3:05:02
3  Tatiana TESLENKO               RUS  3:14:48
4  Ekaterina ANDREYTSEVA          RUS  3:33:55
5  Vasilya ABUBEKAROVA            RUS  3:34:27
6  Nina CHAIKINA                  RUS  3:44:08

10km
MEN:
1  Andrei KUZNETSOV               RUS  30:40
2  Yuri KHOLODOV                  RUS  31:08
3  Vladimir EZHOV                 RUS  31:56

WOMEN:
1  Yulia ZARIPOVA                 RUS  33:03
2  Lyudmila LEBEDEVA              RUS  34:10
3  Anna SHELKOVICHEVA             RUS  36:12

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12 MAY 2012: GOTEBORGSVARVET HALF MARATHON, SWEDEN

MEN:
1  Victor KIPCHIRCHIR             KEN  1:00:25
2  Milton ROTICH                  KEN  1:00:43
3  Henry KIPLAGAT                 KEN  1:01:12
4  Sentayehu Merga EJIGU          ETH  1:01:34
5  Abebe DINKESSE                 ETH  1:01:38
6  Elisha ROTICH                  KEN  1:01:41
7  Jairus CHANCHIMA               KEN  1:02:40
8  Andualem BELAY                 ETH  1:02:48
9  Adugna Tekele BIKILA           ETH  1:02:52
10 Albert MATEBOR                 KEN  1:02:54

WOMEN:
1  Hilda KIBET                    NED  1:09:27
2  Tadelech Bekele ALEMU          ETH  1:09:31
3  Ana Dulce FELIX                POR  1:09:50
4  Helah KIPROP                   KEN  1:10:09
5  Isabellah ANDERSSON            SWE  1:10:30
6  Rose CHELIMO                   KEN  1:11:04
7  Josephine CHEPKOECH            KEN  1:11:21
8  Ehitu Kiros REDA               ETH  1:11:58
9  Dorthe VIBJERG                 DEN  1:14:26
10 Dorcas CHESEREK                KEN  1:16:26

12 MAY 2012: BOZCAADA HALF MARATHON, TURKEY

MEN:
1  Sabri KARA                     TUR  1:14:42
2  Kiyasettin YALCIN              TUR  1:21:11
3  Mehmet GUNDEM                  TUR  1:23:21
4  Sadik CELIK                    TUR  1:28:14
5  Fethi KAYA                     TUR  1:28:34
6  Duygun YURTEN                  TUR  1:29:30
7  Yavuz ERTEKIN                  TUR  1:29:54
8  Huseyin URAL                   TUR  1:32:46
9  Firat DIZMAN                   TUR  1:32:59
10 Michael TRANCHARD              USA  1:36:12

WOMEN:
1  Lutfiye KAYA                   TUR  1:28:33
2  Alessia DE MATTEIS             TUR  1:44:54
3  Sirin Mine KILIC               TUR  1:51:37
4  Adele Caroline STEWARD         USA  1:54:12
5  Aysen SOLAK                    TUR  1:54:37
6  Latife COMLEC                  TUR  1:55:00
7  Alev CANKAYALI                 TUR  1:56:42
8  Sedef OZCELIK                  TUR  1:57:24
9  Nurgun SAYAR                   TUR  1:57:37
10 Fatma TOKGOZ                   TUR  2:03:16

12 MAY 2012: DALIAN INTERNATIONAL MARATHON, CHINA

MEN:
1  Julius Kiplimo MAISEI          KEN  2:13:03

WOMEN:
1  Xiao-jie WEI                   CHN  2:29:46

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13 MAY 2012: VOLKSWAGEN PRAGUE MARATHON, CZECH REPUBLIC

Agnes Kiprop beat defending champion and favourite Lydia Cheromei writes Andy Edwards. Kiprop had dropped out of the Boston Marathon last month, suffering from typhoid. She caught Cheromei between 38-39km, but Cheromei pulled out soon after with a leg injury. Deressa Chimsa ran to form, to win the men's title with the second fastest performance ever in Prague, after taking command around 25km. With a temperature of 10°C and little wind, conditions were good and Cheromei set a fast early pace with her own 2:22:34 course record as the target. She went through 10km in 32:47 and halfway in 1:09:22. Kiprop was a minute behind and Chepchirchir another 22 seconds adrift. Cheromei was further ahead at 30km but Kiprop, much to her own surprise, closed up by 38km and won by almost a minute.

Deressa Chimsa carries a strong upper body for a distance runner and showed his strength in breaking away from a leading group of eleven shortly before 25km. Passing halfway in 1:02:54, it was Chimsa's second surge which reduced the group to five after which he went ahead with a good 15km still to run. Chimsa went through 30km in 1:29:36, 11 seconds up as a contest of attrition went on behind him for the podium places. Chimsa extended his lead to a winning 51-second margin. Philemon Limo, the Prague 2011 half marathon champion, showed effort in every sinew as he ran the last couple of kilometres. "Now I know what the marathon is about. I shall go away and train harder than ever before my next one."

MEN:
1 Deressa CHIMSA                  ETH  2:06:25
2 Stephen TUM                     KEN  2:07:16
3 Philemon LIMO                   KEN  2:09:25
4 Francis BOWEN                   KEN  2:10:05
5 Nephat KINYANUI                 KEN  2:11:05
6 Julius Arile LOMERINYANG        KEN  2:12:12
7 Wirimai JUWAWO                  ZIM  2:14:37
8 Teferei BACHA                   ETH  2:14:37
9 Niguse CHALA                    ETH  2:14:41
10 Yared DAGNAW                   ETH  2:14:59
                                  
WOMEN:                            
1 Agnes KIPROP                    KEN  2:25:41
2 Filomena CHEPCHIRCHIR           KEN  2:26:50
3 Meseret DEBEKELE                ETH  2:27:15
4 Salem AIT                       ALG  2:27:21
5 Misiker MEKONNIN                ETH  2:29:46
6 Silvia SKVORTSOVA               RUS  2:30:27

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19 MAY 2012: GREAT WALL MARATHON, CHINA

A capacity field of 2,300 participants from 52 countries took on the challenge of either the marathon, half marathon, 10km or 5km. 582 runners completed the marathon, 919 the half marathon and 548 opted for the shorter 5km and 10km events.

Runners faced hot and humid conditions as they tackled the 5164 steps that are part of this adventure marathon. All runners cross a 3.5km section of the Great Wall early in the race and those opting for the marathon repeat that section, in reverse, late in the race. In between runners pass through a number of historical Chinese villages that are typical of the Huangyuguan region.

Luis Alonso of Spain finished almost 20 minutes clear of a chasing group of three who all finished within 37 seconds. Finnish runner Mari Kauri became the first female back-to-back winner, shaving 36 seconds off her 2011 time.

USA runners were again the majority (621), with 208 from Australia, 194 from Great Britain, 129 from France and 105 from Canada. There was also good representation from Denmark (92), Germany (84)and New Zealand (75).

MEN:
1  Luis ALONSO                    ESP  3:39:28
2  Yanzong CHEN                   CHN  3:58:20
3  Max NEUMANN                    GER  3:58:54
4  Nicolai HOLM KJOELBAEK         DEN  3:58:57
5  Brendon THOMAS                 USA  4:07:32
6  Steve HIBBS                    USA  4:10:57
7  Yuanding CHEN                  CHN  4:18:36
8  Shane JOHNSTONE                AUS  4:23:30
9  David HOVEN                    USA  4:26:15
10 Juoko HOYNALA                  FIN  4:26:33

WOMEN:
1  Mari KAURI                     FIN  4:10:43
2  Lara PRINCE                    NZL  4:20:36
3  Siobhan MCHUGH                 IRL  4:30:44
4  Lina AUGAITIS                  CAN  4:36:22
5  Zuzana STOLIICNA               SVK  4:43:03
6  Crystal DANIELS                     4:50:56
7  Gillian LUI                    USA  4:51:39
8  Jamie LANE                     USA  4:55:57
9  Lucy BIDDLESTONE               GBR  5:02:04
10 Jennifer DREW                  GBR  5:04:39

19 MAY 2012: THREE HEARTS MARATHON, SLOVENIA

MEN:
1  Mitja KOSOVELJ                 SLO  2:22:09
2  Erkolo ASHENAFI                ETH  2:27:45
3  Robert KOTNIK                  SLO  2:31:03
4  Mario VRACIC                   SLO  2:35:39
5  Rok GRILC                      SLO  2:42:54
6  Mirko JANJATOVIC               SLO  2:43:15
7  Ales ZONTAR                    SLO  2:43:18
8  Aljosa SMOLNIKAR               SLO  2:45:11
9  Zvonko BLATNIK                 SLO  2:45:22
10 Matevs SCHAUBACH               SLO  2:46:23

WOMEN:
1  Marija VRACIC                  SLO  2:57:33
2  Barbara CLEMENZ-DIMNIK         SLO  3:14:35
3  Brigita BURJA                  SLO  3:31:21
4  Natasa ZAVASNIK                SLO  3:37:05
5  Monica NAGY                    HUN  3:37:56
6  Dragica KUSTEC                 SLO  3:38:27
7  Brigita KOPRIVEC               SLO  3:39:18
8  Valda DORNIK                   SLO  3:39:58
9  Natalija LESNIK                SLO  3:42:22
10 Silvija DUNJKO-FANZOL          SLO  3:43:32

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20 MAY 2012: NYKREDIT COPENHAGEN MARATHON, DENMARK

MEN:
1  Martin PARKHOI                 DEN  2:24:49
2  Barry MINNOCK                  IRL  2:26:49
3  Neals STRIK                    NED  2:26:59
4  Lars BUDOLFSEN                 DEN  2:27:11
5  Tom KRISTENSEN                 DEN  2:27:56
6  Thomas MADSEN                  DEN  2:29:27
7  Ulrik DAM NIELSEN              DEN  2:30:57
8  Jeppe FARSOHT                  DEN  2:31:40
9  Frank CHRISTENSEN              DEN  2:32:49
10 Oscar NORUP                         2:33:21 
 
WOMEN:
1  Barbra SANCHEZ                 IRL  2:41:17
2  Lene HJELMSO                   DEN  2:45:16
3  Marthe Katherine MYHRE         NOR  2:46:51
4  Anne-Sofie Pade HANSEN         DEN  2:49:57
5  Luise SONDER                   DEN  2:52:08
6  Lone BALLING                        2:53:04
7  Anne Mette KLEIS-KRISTOFFERSEN DEN  2:56:42
8  Dorte DAHL                     DEN  2:58:06
9  Annette HILBERT                DEN  2:59:58
10 Michelle L FARTHOLDER          DEN  3:01:06

20 MAY 2012: NORDEA RIGA MARATHON, LATVIA

MEN:
1  Titus Kipkorir KURGAT          KEN  2:16:54
2  Tomoya SHIMUZU                 JPN  2:16:58
3  Pharis Irungu KIMANI           KEN  2:17:04
4  Aleksey ALEXANDROV             RUS  2:17:40
5  Tilahun ALIYEV                 AZE  2:22:27
6  Ishida MASANORI                JPN  2:23:00
7  Moges TAYE                     ETH  2:27:25
8  Mihails BRATUHINS              BLR  2:30:29
9  Andrey GORDEEV                 BLR  2:32:11
10 Andrejs JESKO                  LAT  2:34:23

WOMEN:
1  Iraida ALEKSANDROVA            RUS  2:37:38
2  Miriam WANGARI                 KEN  2:41:13
3  Jane SUUTO                     UGA  2:42:08
4  Minna SYVALA                   FIN  3:09:52
5  Indra PLUCE                    LAT  3:13:48
6  Dace LINA                      LAT  3:16:34
7  Giulia PAVAROTTI               ITA  3:19:53
8  Mari HYYPPA                    FIN  3:21:22
9  Sirpa HUKARI                   FIN  3:25:47
10 Inga PELSA                     IND  3:27:00

20 MAY 2012: iWELT WUERZBURG MARATHON, GERMANY

MEN:
1  John Kipkemoi KIRUI            KEN  2:18:13
2  Mitei KIPLANGAT                KEN  2:30:59
3  Marco DIEHL                    GER  2:39:32
4  Steffan WITTMANN               GER  2:41:34
5  Timo GIECK                     GER  2:42:50
6  Florian SCHULER                GER  2:44:24
7  Thomas FEDERSEL                GER  2:45:05
8  Bernhard SCHLESAG              GER  2:45:35
9  Stefan HEIGL                   GER  2:48:51
10 Martin KNELL                   AUT  2:49:07

WOMEN:
1  Lydia RUTTO                    KEN  2:42:37
2  Rike SCHMIDT                   GER  2:54:45
3  Ulrike MAYER-TANCIC            GER  3:07:53
4  Christine RAMSAUER             GER  3:09:06
5  Andrea LUTZ                    GER  3:09:26
6  Nicole LUKSCHE                 GER  3:14:54
7  Irmgard WEIDENHILLER           GER  3:19:04
8  Elvira FLURSCHUTZ              GER  3:19:11
9  Annette SATTLER                GER  3:20:39
10 Katrin VOLK                    GER  3:21:54

20 MAY 2012: DOURO VALLEY HALF MARATHON, PORTUGAL

MEN:
1  Rui Pedro SILVA                POR  1:05:14
2  Paulo GOMES                    POR  1:05:49
3  Daniel PINHEIRO                POR  1:07:11
4  Vasco AZEVEDO                  POR  1:08:45
5  Luis MENDES                    POR  1:08:49
6  Jorge PINTO                    POR  1:08:53
7  Pedro CRUZ                     POR  1:09:09
8  Manuel FERREIRA                POR  1:09:35
9  Antonio FERNANDES              POR  1:09:36
10 Heitor OLIVEIRA                POR  1:10:03

WOMEN:
1  Sara MOREIRA                   POR  1:10:55
2  Monica SILVA                   POR  1:14:47
3  Filomena COSTA                 POR  1:16:44
4  Catarina LIMA                  POR  1:17:30
5  Rafaela ALEIDA                 POR  1:18:27
6  Fernanda MIRANDA               POR  1:19:04
7  Carla MACHADO                  POR  1:19:29
8  Christina FARIA                FRA  1:23:00
9  Lidia PEREIRA                  POR  1:23:56
10 Fatima SILVA                   POR  1:24:19

20 MAY 2012: LIMA 42K, PERU

MEN:
1  Isaack KIMAIYO                 KEN  2:16:01
2  Julius KIPYEGO                 KEN  2:17:32
3  Chirstopher TOROITICH          KEN  2:18:36
4  Remigio Huaman QUISPE          PER  2:28:01
5  Ausberto Lucas YUCRA           PER  2:29:11
6  Manuelito Figueroa SALVA            2:35:41
7  Vladimir Figari TESTINO             2:38:02
8  Carlos Tavera NEGRON                2:38:51
9  Sunil Andres Serna ESPINOZA         2:42:20
10 Jhon Alberto VILLALOBOS             2:45:22

WOMEN:
1  Olinda CANCHANYA               PER  2:58:50
2  Paola Estefania Kung VELASQUEZ      3:01:31
3  Mariela Alvarez ZEGARRA             3:19:28
4  Monica Chavez DIAZ                  3:21:02
5  Erasma Gonzalina Mendivil LEON      3:25:07
6  Rocio Geraldine Minaya MAYTA        3:33:14
7  Maria Elena Morocho AREVALO         3:34:53
8  Devora Pilar Martinez WOOLCOTT      3:37:39
9  Anunziata Morris FERRAND            3:37:53
10 Tegan BUTLER                        3:41:03

HALF MARATHON
MEN:
1  Ronal Paucar HERRERA                1:11:26
2  Raul Manuel Pacheco MENDOZA         1:11:36
3  Edwin Vilca FLORES                  1:11:51

WOMEN:
1  Judith Laura Toribio LAVADO         1:16:31
2  Julia Rivera LOPEZ                  1:18:37
3  Cynthia Mariela Ruiz CRISPIN        1:22:36

20 MAY 2012: MOSCOW MARATHON LUZHNIKI, RUSSIA

MEN:
1  Vitaly LOGINOV                 RUS  2:37:07
2  Sergey MESHKOV                 RUS  2:39:08
3  Aleksandr MOKH                 RUS  2:42:17
4  Igor DOLBIK                    BLR  2:45:10
5  Nikolai ARINUSHKIN             RUS  2:48:52
6  Nikolai IZYUMCHENKO            RUS  2:49:57
7  Igor SYSOEV                    RUS  2:52:52
8  Sergey KUCHKOV                 RUS  2:56:18
9  Sergey OVECHKIN                RUS  2:59:22
10 Ildar MUSTAFIN                 RUS  3:00:18

WOMEN:
1  Irina VISHNEVSKAYA             RUS  3:06:15
2  Michelle MITCHELL                   3:17:26
3  Aleksandra MUKHTAROVA          RUS  3:32:31
4  Irina PLETNEVA                 RUS  3:37:17
5  Galina SUVAKINA                RUS  3:44:18
6  Galina YEREMINA                RUS  3:44:42
7  Irina KOVAL                    RUS  3:48:55
8  Ludmila POPOVA                 RUS  3:51:19
9  Denise SANDQVIST               SWE  3:54:53
10 Sophie RUSSELL                 GBR  4:02:16

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26 MAY 2012: TERWAMARATHON, FINLAND

MEN:
1  Harri-Pekka TIKKANEN           FIN  2:44:10
2  Teemu PIKSILA                  FIN  2:45:16
3  Jussi HERTTUALA                FIN  2:56:02
4  Teemu MANINEN                  FIN  2:58:07
5  Jukka KAUPPILA                 FIN  2:58:47
6  Atro ANTTILA                   FIN  2:58:49
7  Joni HATTAJA                   FIN  2:59:00
8  Petri HUHTALA                  FIN  2:59:15
9  Juha TIILIKAINEN               FIN  2:59:21
10 Mauri KALAOJA                  FIN  3:00:58

WOMEN:
1  Johanna KOSKELA                FIN  3:07:12
2  Johanna DAVIDILA               FIN  3:11:59
3  Kirsi KIVELA                   FIN  3:17:07
4  Susana ILLIKAINEN              FIN  3:21:46
5  Katja TIKKANEN                 FIN  3:26:30
6  Elina HEIKKINEN                FIN  3:28:09
7  Anne VAISANEN                  FIN  3:28:47
8  Johanna RENQVIST               FIN  3:29:46
9  Marika KILJALA                 FIN  3:32:29
10 Sanna HUOTARI                  FIN  3:34:14

HALF MARATHON
MEN:
1  Veli-Heikki KOIVU              FIN  1:11:35
2  Joni RAUTIO                    FIN  1:13:51
3  Antti MANNIKKO                 FIN  1:14:52

WOMEN:
1  Tarja VIERTORINNE              FIN  1:31:43
2  Essi EBELING                   FIN  1:32:52
3  Marjo MULARI                   FIN  1:33:43

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27 MAY 2012: TCS WORLD 10K BANGALORE, INDIA

Geoffrey Kipsang and Helah Kiprop ran brave races in contrasting weather conditions to lead a Kenyan clean sweep of the top three places in both men's and women's races.

Kipsang raced from the front right from the start to finish 9 seconds outside the course record. Former champion Deriba Merga finished way down, as did 25km World Record holder and pre-race favourite Dennis Kimetto, done in by injury. Passing halfway in 14:08, after 6km Kipsang dropped the pace before pushing again to lead a group of five runners through 7km in 19:54. He then passed 8km in 22:36, by which time he had a clear lead which he maintained through to the stadium finish.

The women's race, run in hotter conditions as the sun came out strongly, saw Helah Kiprop winning with a gradual acceleration over the second half of the race. Kiprop was often leading the group in the early stages and passed through halfway in a modest 16:28. She picked up the pace over the final 2km for another clear win and Kenyan clean sweep.

MEN:
1  Geoffrey KIPSANG               KEN  28:00
2  Alex KORIO                     KEN  28:09
3  Victor KIPCHICHIR              KEN  28:15
4  Feyisa LELISA                  ETH  28:30
5  Leonard LANGAT                 KEN  28:33
6  Bernard KOECH                  KEN  28:34
7  Tim KIPTOO                     KEN  28:43
8  Moses KIPSIRO                  KEN  28:49
9  Silas KIPRUTO                  KEN  29:00
10 Lucky MODIKE                   RSA  29:03

WOMEN:
1  Helah KIPROP                   KEN  32:22
2  Esther CHEMUTAI                KEN  32:34
3  Doris CHANGEYWO                KEN  32:44
4  Arabel YESHANEH                ETH  33:04
5  Selam ABERE                    ETH  33:08
6  Grace MOMANYI                  KEN  33:24
7  Helalia JOHANNES               NAM  33:31
8  Philes ONGORI                  KEN  33:36
9  Merima MOHAMMED                ETH  33:50
10 Peninah ARUSEI                 KEN  33:58

27 MAY 2012: SCOTIABANK CALGARY MARATHON, CANADA

Late addition Bernard Onsare broke the 21-year old race record. He has been a resident in Calgary for the last four years. In chilly weather Tanya Gallagher set a best time in winning the women's race. The 48th edition brought out more than 11,000 runners to Stampede Park to cheer friends and family across the finish line as they raised more than $700,000 for local charities — surpassing the $600,000 target and $200,000 up on the previous year.

MEN:
1  Bernard ONSARE                 KEN  2:22:46
2  Brendan KENNY                  CAN  2:28:55
3  Graeme WILSON                  CAN  2:31:03
4  Jimmy GRANT                    USA  2:31:41
5  Ryan DAY                       CAN  2:33:37
6  Blaine PENNY                   CAN  2:39:20
7  Darcy BELL                     CAN  2:41:31
8  Trevor HAAHEIM                 CAN  2:43:04
9  Brandon MADER                  CAN  2:45:23
10 David CORBETT                  CAN  2:49:08

WOMEN:
1  Tanya GALLAGHER                USA  2:54:21
2  Ronke BABANTUNDE               CAN  3:01:11
3  Stephanie MURPHY               CAN  3:07:21
4  Andrea GLOVER                  CAN  3:07:31
5  Crista KUNDU                   CAN  3:08:35
6  Jessica MUELLER                CAN  3:15:22
7  Deb RUSSELL                    CAN  3:15:44
8  Lindsay BYERS                  CAN  3:16:31
9  Joylin NODWELL                 CAN  3:17:16
10 Adela SALT                     CAN  3:17:53

HALF MARATHON
MEN:
1  Kip KANGOGO                    KEN  1:07:15
2  Jeremy DEERE                   CAN  1:09:57
3  Frank WOOLSTENCROFT            CAN  1:12:34

WOMEN: 
1  Grace KARY                     CAN  1:18:37
2  Danelle KABUSH                 CAN  1:19:06
3  Lisa HARVEY                    CAN  1:21:05

27 MAY 2012: KIGALI PEACE MARATHON, RWANDA

In the eighth edition Kenyans extended their dominance with Paul Kosjei leading a clean sweep. Frederic Habimana was Rwanda's best performer in 11th position (2:21:08).

In the women's race a Kenyan sweep was only forestalled by Tanzania's Joan Fabiora taking third place. No Rwandan was in the top 11.

In the half marathon last year's second-placer Robert Kajuga slipped to 3rd despite spending time training in Kenya. The 27-year old said that he had been carrying a minor leg injury which he failed to shake off before the race. In the women's event Kenya again swept the podium. Amie Nishyirembere finished fourth in 1:14:51.

931 runners took part in the competition which included a Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 5km run for fun and Relays.

Organization of the marathon was smooth and the occasion was graced by the presence of Minister of Sports and Culture Protais Mitali.

MEN:
1  Paul KOSJEI                    KEN  2:14:56
2  Eliud MAGUT                    KEN  2:16:30
3  Willy KORIR                    KEN  2:17:27
4  Peter MUTITU                   KEN  2:17:37
5  Alered KIPSANE                 KEN  2:17:40

WOMEN:
1  Lilian CHELIMO                 KEN  2:48:17
2  Penina SAWE                    KEN  2:49:44 
3  Joan FABIORA                   TAN  2:50:19
4  Rosina KIBOINO                 KEN  2:51:09
5  Emily JEMUTAI                  KEN  2:51:27

HALF MARATHON
MEN:
1  Luban KIPKEMBUI                KEN  1:03:07
2  Edwin KIBET                    KEN  1:03:09 
3  Robert KAJUGA                  RWA  1:03:11

WOMEN:
1  Pamela CHESOPICH               KEN  1:13:00 
2  Alice JEPKEMBOI                KEN  1:13:23
3  Ecler CHELIMO                  KEN  1:14:47

27 MAY 2012: EDINBURGH MARATHON FESTIVAL, UNITED KINGDOM

The 10th anniversary event attracted a record-breaking 23,000 participants from more than 100 countries. Among them was 101-year-old Fauja Singh (the world's oldest marathon runner), who formed part of a four-man relay team called Sikhs in the City.

The first Scottish woman home, Hayley Haining, was taking part in her first marathon since the birth of her year-old son, Elliott. Scottish champion Ross Houston, racing in his home city, was delighted to post a new personal best just three months after the birth of his son, Fraser.

Glasgow University student Michael Deason won the half marathon, while women's winner Gabriela Trana will represent Costa Rica in the Olympic marathon.

MEN:
1  John MUTAI                     KEN  2:19:52
2  Simon KASIMILI                 KEN  2:19:56
3  Zak KIHARA                     KEN  2:20:13
4  Totsang MAINE                       2:20:19
5  Ross HOUSTON                   GBR  2:21:01
 
WOMEN:
1  Natalia LEBONKOVA              UKR  2:39:48
2  Mamorallo TJOKA                LES  2:43:57
3  Hayley HAINING                 GBR  2:45:17
 
HALF MARATHON
MEN:
1  Michael DEASON                 GBR  1:08:20
2  Nick SWINBURN                  GBR  1:11:17
3  Colin MCGILL                   GBR  1:11:46
 
WOMEN:
1  Gabriela TRANA                 CRC  1:15:01
2  Gemma RANKIN                   GBR  1:16:56
3  Jennifer MACLEAN               GBR  1:17:16

27 MAY 2012: INT'L CAYIROVA HALF MARATHON, TURKEY

Athletes from 13 countries participated in the Half Marathon and 10km races: 561 in the half marathon (519 men, 42 women) and 589 in the 10km (485 men, 104 women).

MEN:
1  Ali Haydar TEKGOZ              TUR  1:05:48
2  Erkhan KUS                     TUR  1:06:31
3  Elphas Kimaru RUTO             KEN  1:08:12
4  Yassine KABBOURI               MAR  1:08:39
5  Bekir KARAYEL                  TUR  1:10:50
6  Hasan TUGRUT                   TUR  1:12:47
7  Ramazan ISMEL                  TUR  1:15:08
8  Eser AKIS                      TUR  1:15:12
9  Kiyasettin YALCIN              TUR  1:17:22
10 Nihat OZKAYMAK                 TUR  1:17:25

WOMEN:
1  Zinash Hayile TOLA             ETH  1:16:44
2  Bahar DOGAN                    TUR  1:17:26
3  Ummu KIRAZ                     TUR  1:18:31
4  Ezgi AKDESIR                   TUR  1:26:23
5  Nursel KARATAS                 TUR  1:28:48
6  Lutfiye KAYA                   TUR  1:31:24
7  Tugba Merve CAVDAR             TUR  1:38:20
8  Mevla YILDAZ                   TUR  1:39:57
9  Meltem ATES                    TUR  1:40:21
10 Handan ESER                    TUR  1:40:47

10km
MEN:
1  Demie Biruk GETACHEW           ETH  29:31
2  Youssef KAMALI                 MAR  29:32
3  Hasan PAK                      TUR  30:14

WOMEN:
1  Natalia CHERKES                MDV  35:04
2  Mehtap SIZMAZ                  TUR  35:33
3  Burcu BUYUKBEZGIN              TUR  35:46

27 MAY 2012: OTTAWA MARATHON, CANADA

Photos: Alan Brookes

Kenyan Laban Moiben ran a course record to defend his title with a dramatic come from behind victory and sprint to the line writes Alan Brookes. Compatriot Julius Karinga was a second behind, with Vincent Kiplagat completing the Kenyan sweep. The women's race featured a solo win by Ethiopia's Yeshi Esayias. The Marathon was part of a larger Ottawa Race Weekend that featured a competitive 10k, won by Geoffrey Mutai in 27:42 (on his own from 2km), and a recreational half-marathon, 5K and 2K. Spread over Saturday and Sunday, the five events attracted over 45,000 participants.

After hot and humid weather, and a windy 10K on Saturday evening, marathon morning offered cool (12°C), sunny and clear conditions for the 5,000 starters at Ottawa City Hall. A pack of nine plus three pacemakers took off at an ambitious pace. The first (uphill) kilometre past the Parliament Buildings was passed in a spritely 2:55; 5km in 14:55; 10km in 29:52; halfway in 63:29 and 25km in 1:15:16. The last pacer dropped off at 26km and Kiplagat began to push. Daniel Rono and Moiben initially went with him. Moiben soon dropped back, later saying, "It was too fast. I know this course and it is not easy." After 30km (1:30:29) Rono threw in two 3-minute kilometres but was unable to shake off the resilient Kiplagat. The see-saw duel continued until 38km when Kiplagat made his move to gain a 50m lead in the next kilometre. Moiben and Karinga had meanwhile been working together patiently to close down the leaders. They passed a struggling Rono, then swept by the tiring Kiplagat at 40km (2:02:31). The stage was set for a final sprint to the line, with Moiben prevailing by a step.

In the women's race the much-anticipated duel between Ethiopians Teyba Erkesso and Yeshi Esayias fizzled when Erkesso dropped out before 15km with intestinal difficulties. Esayias only had to battle rising temperatures. The duel was between compatriot Biruktawit Degefa and Kenya's Ruth Wanjiru for second,which Degefa won with Wanjiru five seconds back.

MEN:
1  Laban MOIBEN                   KEN  2:09:13
2  Julius KARINGA                 KEN  2:09:14
3  Vincent KIPLAGAT               KEN  2:11:05
4  Abdelkrim BOUBKER              MAR  2:11:18
5  Daniel RONO                    KEN  2:12:00
6  Dereje ABERA                   ETH  2:15:11
7  Gebreselassie REDA             ETH  2:15:46
8  Jeremias SALOJ                 GUA  2:17:07
9  Negari TERFA                   ETH  2:17:23
10 Moses KIGEN                    KEN  2:18:36

WOMEN:
1  Yeshi ESAYIAS                  ETH  2:28:46
2  Biruktawit DEGEFA              ETH  2:33:12
3  Ruth WANJIRU                   KEN  2:33:17
4  Malika BENLAFKIR               MAR  2:36:06
5  Gladys ASIBA                   KEN  2:42:39
6  Lisa AVERY                     CAN  2:42:53
7  Josian ABOUNGONO               CAN  2:47:43
8  Myriam GRENON                  CAN  2:49:58
9  Jeemena MISAYAURI              USA  2:51:03
10 Marisa NAULT                   CAN  2:53:25

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