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Vincent Kipruto wins 2013 BMW Frankfurt Marathon, photo by

Vincent Kipruto arrived in Frankfurt on Thursday afternoon. The defending champion at the BMW Frankfurt Marathon battled cold, wind and Mark Kiptoo in 2013 to take a hard won victory by one second! 

One second! 

Consider that for a moment.  One second is what separates a fast 5,000 meters, or perhaps a great 10k, or even a fast 100 meters.

But, a marathon? 

Vincent Kipruto has clear goals for the 2014 race, and they include a personal best (defending his title is also in his plan).

Oscar Pistorius banned by International Paralympic Committee after five-year jail sentence

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

By Paul Osborne

Oscar Pistorius will not be able to compete at Rio 2016 after being handed a five year sentence for shooting dead his girlfriend ©Getty ImagesOscar Pistorius will not be able to compete at any major event, including Rio 2016, for five years, even if he is released before his five year sentence is complete, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has ruled.

The six-time Paralympic champion was today sentenced to five years in jail for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The judge in his case, Thokozile Masipa, found the South African guilty of culpable homicide while he was also handed a three-year suspended sentence for a firearms offence.

Despite Pistorius' defence lawyer Barry Roux claiming that he expects the sprinter to serve a minimum of 10 months in jail before being considered for house arrest, the IPC has confirmed that he will not be able to compete in any of their sanctioned events for the full five-year sentence.

"If someone is charged by court they must serve their full sentence regardless of whether they are released early or not," Craig Spence, director of media and communications at the IPC, toldinsidethegames.

(Editor's note: We missed this piece earlier in the week, due to travel. The IPC believes, from its actions, that athletes should have repercussions for their actions. Interestingly enough, a superb story on the front page of the International New York Times on Friday, October 24, 2014.)
London Marathon continues to support every aspect of the sport of marathoning. Their support of the IPC World Marathon Championships is a case in point. 

Tower Bridge, London Marathon, photo by

Mona Stockhecke recently won the Zurich Marathon in 2:34.04. Andy Edwards of Race News Service interviewed the promising German marathoner, before her run in the BMW Frankfurt Marathon. 

Mona has run well recently, with her 34:11 in the ASICS Big 10, where she placed seventh. On a PB series (her most recent marathon before Zurich was 2:35.44, the thirty-one year old is very positive about her racing and her plans for BMW Frankfurt. 

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Vincent Kipruto wins BMW Frankfurt 2013, photo by

Vincent Kipruto is a man on a mission. The winds slowed him down last year in Frankfurt, so in 2014, Vincent wants to win and run a personal best. Vincent has run 2:05.13 and 2:05.33, so he has wheels. 

Last year, in a very exciting race, Vincent Kipruto held off Mark Kiptoo by one second! This was not a 100 meter dash, but a marathon! And an exciting one it was.

In this interview, our friend, Andy Edwards, of Race News Service, speaks with Vincent Kipruto, literally a few hours after he arrived in Frankurt from Kenya. This interview was done on Thursday, October 24, 2014 at the Movenpick Frankfurt near the Messe Frankfurt. 

Joan Benoit Samuelson & Grete Waitz, photo by

I have a picture somewhere of Joan Benoit, as she was known then, with her Bowdoin baseball cap on backwards, running Boston Marathon. One of my training buddies ran with Joanie for much of 1979 Boston, and spoke of her, then, as now, with reverence. 

Greg Meyer, the 1983 Boston Champ (and Chicago for that matter), has told me how he could not train with her day after day, because Joan Benoit Samuelson trained so hard. The Olympic Trials marathon, for those in the know in 1984, was probably tougher for Joan than the Olympic marathon. 

But, then there was Los Angeles. When Joan Benoit Samuelson took the lead early on, against the greatest women's marathon field ever assembled, few thought she would lead the whole way, well, perhaps, besides her coach, Bob Sevene. 

The picture above is one of my most treasured. Joan and Grete, two of my heroes and the two women who have shaped our sport for decades to come. Spend some time looking at it. Both will always be regarded as marathon royalty. 

I have been fortunate to see Joan over the past four decades of running. I remember her speaking a few years ago at the Nike Half, which brought me to near tears. Her honesty, but also her love of the sport was quite clear. 

Dave Hunter is completely correct here, Joan Benoit Samuelson is the marathon's queen. 

This is my second year attending the BMW Frankfurt Marathon, and I am sitting at the airport, awaiting my flight to Frankfurt. A fine marathon, in a wonderful running city in Germany, the BMW Frankfurt marathon can be fast and furious, or if the weather is a challenge, an even more challenging 26.2 miles. 

The race director is hoping for a fast race this year, with some real battles, like 2013. Looking forward to Sunday, October 26, 2014! 

I recommend this race to American marathoners all of the time. The BMW Frankfurt Marathon finish is like finishing a race on the stage of a Pink Floyd concert (sorry, flashbacks). 

Meselech Melkamu, BMW Frankfurt 2012, photo by
ASBA is the organization that you need to know about if you are considering building a track or athletic facility. I have visited their convention for the past decade, and am impressed with their concern for building high quality sports facilities. 

We asked Jeff Benjamin, a long-time contributor to American Track & Field and RunBlogRun, to review the magnum opus of our sport, Athletics-A History of Modern Track and Field Athletics by Roberto L. Quertecani.
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French plans for indoor 2015

PARIS (FRA): L´Équipe informs about French top athletes and their indoor plans for 2015. On the positive side are pole vault star Renaud Lavillenie, hurdlers Pascal Martinot-Lagarde and Cindy Billaud, long jump European champion Eloyse Lesueur, all ready fight for gold in the Prague O2 Arena in March. Favorite of triple jump will be Benjamin Compaore and surprisingly also planning for Euroi ndoors is the 800m record holder Pierre-Ambroise Bosse along with decathlon European medalist Kevin Mayer. Not thinking about competing in the coming indoor season are both sprinters Jimmy Vicaut (the title defender from Goteborg) and Christophe Lemaitre. Triple jumper Teddy Tamgho will be still banned early March. Female French fastest Myriam Soumare is also not having indoor in her plans. Steeple star and European 1500 m champion Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad is thinking about some races indoors but not the championships, under questionmark is also another European medalist Yoann Kowal. 

(Editor's comment: Mais oui, I am going to watch a couple of indoor track meets in France this winter. Which ones, dear readers, should I be attending?)

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