Leonard Patrick Komon runs 26:44 WR, Utrecht, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

                      Leonard Patrick Komon, Campaccino XC, photo by Photorun.net.

Leonard Patrick Komon ran a world record of 26:44 for 10k in Utrecht, Netherlands on
Sunday, September 26. This breaks the 27:01 run by Micah Kogo, also run in the Netherlands
in 2009!

EME NEWS (SEP 25-27, 2010)




BERLIN (GER, Sep 26): Patrick Makau of Kenya and Aberu Kebede of Ethiopia won today's 37th running of the real,-Berlin Marathon with fast times despite rain. Makau and his main rival Geoffrey Mutai repeated their fight from the Rotterdam Marathon last April, finishing in the same order. Makau got the win in 2:05:08, two seconds up on Mutai. As such, these two men have clocked the four fastest marathon times in the world this year: 2:04:48 and 2:05:08 for Makau and 2:04:55 and 2:05:10 for Mutai. Ethihopia's Bazo Worku (2:05:25) and Yemane Tsegay (2:07:52) rounded out the top-4, informs RRW. Athletes from Africa took the top-8 spots; the first Asian was Japan's Masakazu Fujiwara in ninth place (2:12:00), and the top European was Spain's Jose Carlos Hernandez in 11th place (2:13:46). According to statistician Ken Nakamura, Berlin is now the fastest men's marathon of all-time based on the average of the best ten marks from the race: 2:05:10. More details about the race at www.globerunner.org by Pat Butcher (Makau reigns). Women's winner Kebede, 21, was victorious by exactly a full minute over compatriot Bezunesh Bekele, 27, in 2:23:58, a personal best. Japan's Tomo Morimoto finished third in 2:26:10 and Germany's Sabrina Mockenhaupt got fourth in 2:26:21, a personal best by one second. Top 50 average for Berlin marathon has improved to 2:07:10, second only to the London marathon which is 2:06:59. The top 50 average for Rotterdam is 2:07:19 and for Chicago it is 2:07:24. Chicago, of course, can improve in two weeks. Best marks in the history of the race were achieved in positions 3, 5, 6, 7. And that despite the worst weather conditions in last 20 years. Sunday´s race kicked off the final quarter of the 2009/2010 World Marathon Majors season. The next race is the Bank of America Chicago Marathon set for Sunday, October 10. Makau and Kebede were rewarded with 25 points each in the World Marathon Majors (WMM) series. Since both of them collected their first WMM points in their careers they have no significant impact on the current 2009-2010 series. This one will most likely be decided at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, which takes place on 10th October. The ING New York City Marathon on 7th November will then be the final event of the 2009-2010 series. Kebede and Bekele are now in a joint fifth place in the 2009-2010 WMM series with 25 points, but leader Liliya Shobukhova (Russia) has already collected 60. Two national records from Berlin for Mongolia (10th Serod Batchir 2:12:42) and Croatia (9th Lisa Stublic 2:33:42).



LISBON (POR, Sep 26): No one hour also this year at 11th Half-Marathon of Portugal as winner Tadese Tola achieved 1:01:05 ahead of track sensation from August Josphat Menjo 1:01:42 (PB) and Francis Kiprop 1:01:47. Best European as 7th Rui Silva, the 2009 European indoor champion at 1500 m clocked 1:04:42 in his debut at the distance. Marathon European champion Viktor Rothlin of Switzerland was 13th (1:08:53). More impressive the win for reigning world HM champion Mary Keitany 1:08:50. She is in preparation for her marathon debut in New York City. Other podium places also for Kenyans Alice Timbilili 1:10:07 and Agnes Kiprop 1:10:32. Best European Rosalia Console of Italy as 6th (1:13:45). This year, for the first time, the elite runners begin at sea level (0 m). The course was a new one, along the river Tagu. Only the mass start was at Bridge Vasco da Gama as in previous years.



TORONTO (CAN, Sep 26): At the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Kenya's Kenneth Mungara made race director Alan Brookes a happy man by successfully defending his title and breaking his own Canadian all-comers record with a solid 2:07:58 win. Mungara is now the only man ever to break two hours and eight minutes on Canadian soil. Kenya's Jafred Chirchir (2:08:10) and Daniel Rono (2:08:15) finished second and third, respectively. Writes RRW. Canadian Reid Coolsaet made a credible run at Jerome Drayton's Canadian Marathon record (2:10:09), clocking a personal best 2:11:23 off of a 1:05:03 first half. Drayton's is nearly 35 years-old. The results of the women's race were even more compelling. Kenya's Sharon Cherop narrowly defeated Ethiopia's Tsegaye Tirfi Beyene, 2:22:43 to 2:22:44. Not only did both athletes break the Canadian all-comers record and set personal bests, but they recorded the fifth and sixth fastest women's marathon times in the world this year. For Cherop, it was her second marathon victory of the year (she also won at Hamburg last April). Ethiopian teenager Merima Mohammed (18 years) clocked a fast 2:23:06 in third place, second fastest by a junior ever. Overall, seven women broke 2:29. In total 10 610 athletes finished the marathon and half-marathon.



UTRECHT (NED, Sep 26): Kenyan Leonard Patrick Komon clocked new road 10 km world record with 26:44 at Singelloop of Utrecht. The previous mark 27:01 of Micah Kogo of Kenya was also achieved in Netherlands, in Brunssum in March 2009. His 5 km split was 13:19 and he succesfully defended his title from last year (27:10). Komon won silver at World CC Championships 2008 and his track bests are 12:58.24 and 26:57.08. This year he was fourth at World CC Championships in Bydgoszcz, never competed on the track at a global event. Second Sammy Kitwara achieved also fast 27:11. Moroccan Rekia Elmoukim won the women race in 32:51 ahead of Hellah Kiprop of Kenya 32:54 and home Miranda Boonstra 33:24.



NEW YORK (USA, Sep 26): World championships finalist Amine Laalou of Morocco and world bronze winner Shannon Rowbury of USA were the winners of 30th edition of the Continental Airlines Fifth Avenue Mile. Laalou won in the final sprint over the 2007 double world champion Bernard Lagat and defending Fifth Avenue champion Andy Baddeley of England. Laalou clocked 3:52.83 in his first appearance at the race, to Lagat's 3:53.30 and Baddeley's 3:53.34. American Olympians Alan Webb and Leo Manzano were fourth and fifth, respectively, in 3:53.72 and 3:54.17. 17 runners went sub 4 minutes. Rowbury clocked in her second victory here in 4:24.12. Sara Hall just nipped Erin Donohue to take second in 4:24.34. Hannah England of England (4:24.40) and US 5000 m record holder Molly Huddle (4:25.92) finished fourth and fifth. Informs Race Results Weekly. Italian Elisa Cusma was 9th in 4:28.50 as next best European.



REMICH (LUX, Sep 26): Finally sub one hour time at the Dexia Route du Vin Half-marathon in Luxembourg. Kenyan Leonard Lagat won the 49th edition with 59:56 course record. Second John Kiprotich 1:00:07 and third Ethiopian Megersa Bacha 1:00:27. In women race Pauline Wangui of Kenya achieved 1:11:17.







UDINE (ITA, Sep 26): 1500 runners competed in Udine Half-marathon. Kenyan male domination as William Chebor got 1:00:49 ahead of Benson Barus 1:01:24 and Anthony Maritim 1:01:27. Hungarian Aniko Kalovics was the best woman in 1:11:34 ahead of Kenyan Hellen Kimutai 1:12:18.


WARSZAWA (POL, Sep 26): Ethiopian Tola Bane won the 32nd Warszawa Marathon in 2:13:10 ahead of Kenyan Johnstone Maiyo (2:14:25) and Eritrean Samuel Goitom (2:16:58). Top 8 were Africans. Ukrainian runners dominated the women category. Former European CC Champion Tetyana Holovchenko debuted at the distance with good quality 2:31:37. Second place for her team-mate Olga Kalendarova-Ochal 2:33:47 and Kenyan Pamela Kipchoge (2:35:27).


BELFORT (FRA, Sep 26): Kenyan Luke Kandie won the half-marathon Le Lion in new course record 1:01:16. In total 2059 participants were registered. Second Dennis Musai achieved 1:01:18.


MODICA (ITA, Sep 25): World 10 000 m medalist Sylvia Kibet won the 21st Memorial Peppe Greco in 23:33 ahead of Ethiopian Ejegayehu Dibaba (23:35) and Pauline Chewnig of Kenya (23:36). Edwin Soi was the best male runner in 29:16 ahead of Tariku Bekele 29:17 and Dennis Masai 29:17.


BUDAPEST (HUN, Sep 26): 3150 marathon runners competed in the 25th anniversary SPAR Budapest International Marathon despite strong rain. Starter of the race was the Hungarian President and IOC member Pal Schmitt. In all other races in total 13 800 runners showed up. The winner among the men was Erkolo Ashenafi (2:23:13), an Ethiopian runner living in Hungary, among the women a new course record was set by the Hungarian athlete Simona Staicu (2:37:47). Former Slovak prime minister (currently minister of foreign affairs) Mikulas Dzurinda achieved 3:39:01.


LIDINGO (SWE, Sep 25-26): 30 km Lidingolopett (CC) winners were Japhet Kipkorir (1:36:30) and Ulrika Johansson (2:00:40). In the women 10 km Tjejlopp Isabellah Andersson won after 35:03.


TORINO (ITA, Sep 26): New course record by Kenyan Elisha Meli at 11th Torino Half-marathon with 1:01:49. Another Kenyan Philip Langat followed him in 1:03:27. Ethiopian Embet Bedada was the fastest woman in 1:10:54.


BECHOVICE (CZE, Sep 26): The oldest Czech road race, the 114th edition of Praha-Bechovice 10 km run was held in cold, windy and rainy weather. National titles went to Milan Kocourek (31:27) and Ivana Sekyrova (37:51). She beat the multiple champion Petra Kaminkova (37:53).


BERGEN (NOR, Sep 25): Berlin silver medalist Trond Nymark won the Nordic 50 km walk championships in good 3:54:22.


OSLO (NOR, Sep 26): Winners of Oslo Marathon were also crowned national champions. Andreas Hoye got 2:29:21 and Fride Vullum Bruer in debut 2:45:34.


BACUCH (SVK, Sep 25): Fresh from fast times in Beijing best slovak walkers won the international event at home. Matej Toth the 10 km in 40:52 ahead of Rafal Fedaczynski of Poland (40:59) and Ukrainian Nazar Kovenko (41:22). Zuzana Malikova was the best in women race in 45:49 ahead of Lithuanian Brigita Virbalyte (46:49).


ST. PETERBURG (RUS, Sep 26): Oleksandr Borisyuk of Ukraine won the Kazankina St. Peterburg road mile in 4:18.0 ahead of Aleksey Popov 4:18.3 and veteran Vyacheslav Shabunin 4:18.7. Oksana Belyakova was the best woman in 4:44.4.


NIIGATA (JPN, Sep 24-26): At Japan Corporate teams championships excellent 10 000 m race. Top four Kenyans clocked sub 27:30 times with Paul Tanui (8th world World CC Championships) getting 27:22.32. Second Josphat Ndambiri 27:22.78, third John Thuo 27:25.09 and fourth Gideon Ngatuny 27:26.02. Best Japanese Tomoya Onishi as fifth 27:50.72 (life time best). In women 10 000 m Ryoko Kizaki achieved 32:16.40 over multiple national champion Kayoko Fukushi 32:18.96. Other notable results were in distances the 15:25.40 by Ann Karinji of Kenya in the 5000 m (running 15:59.42 heat in the same day). Jonathan Ndiku was the 1500 m winner in 3:39.27 and Ethiopian Nahom Mesfin got the steeple (8:21.36). In sprints Shintaro Kumara won the 100 m (10.31, +1.1) and Kenji Fujimitsu the 200 m (20.82, -0.3). Solid 10 000 m track walking for Koichiro Morioka (39:07.84) and Mayumi Kawasaki (43:01.60). Hammer world leader Koji Murofushi achieved 76.04 to win and solid 796 (+1.5) in long jump for Yohei Sugai.


LYNCHBURG (USA, Sep 25-26): Joe Detmer broke the double decathlon world record at the 21st edition of the World championships for Ultra Multi Events. Detmer managed 14 571 points over the 20 events, while scoring 7741 points in the 10 traditional events. Marie Williams won the double heptathlon with a score of 7775 points.


BORGO VALSUGANA (ITA, Sep 25-26): Women of Fondiari SAI Atletica and men of Atletica Vomano won the national clubs campionships in the highest category. Impressive the 13.72 (-0.2) at 110 m hurdles by Latvian guest Stanislav Olijars. Giuseppe Gibilisco cleared 520 in pole vault and Stefano Dacastello leaped to 798 (+2.0) in long jump. 2004 Olympic winner Ivano Brugnetti walked the 10 000 m in 40:52.95 and Latvian shot pur record holder Maris Urtans achieved 18.62 to win his event. Double for Tanzanian female runner Zakia Mrisho with 4:15.92 and 15:55.82. Former world champion in steeple Docus Inzikuru of Uganda won her event in 9:53.02. It is her first sub 10 minutes steeple since July 2006 that means in more than four years. Elena Scarpellini cleared 435 in pole vault.


MOLFETTA (ITA, Sep 25-26): At A2 Club Championships meet European hammer medalist Nicola Vizzoni achieved 73.35. Moldovan guest Zalina Marghieva registered 68.54 in women competition.


CAIRNS (AUS, Sep 25): Final day of Oceanian Championships saw Nelson Stone winning the 200 m in new national record for Papua New Guinea 21.09 (+0.5). Samoan Margaret Satupai (18) won the women shot put with new senior national record 16.34 m. Former world champion Beatrice Faumuina won the discus (58.32) for New Zealand.







KINGSTON (JAM): World Youth and junior 100m champion Dexter Lee will return to Jamaica to train with his high school coach Claude Grant who leads the Herbert Morrison high track and field program trackalerts writes. It was also confirmed by his agent Claude Bryan. Trackalerts writes that this could be the beginning of Grant's plan to start a track club in the country.


SYDNEY (AUS): Craig Mottram will lead the Australian team at the Chiba Ekiden Relay in Chiba, Japan on November 23rd. In 2009 Mottram also led the team, running 13:22 over the first 5K while Australia finished 7th in 2:11.35. Also on the team will be Cassandra Fien (5km), Liam Adams (10km), Clare Geraghty (5km), Steve Kelly (10km), Jessica Trengove (7,195km) announces athletics.com.au.


COLORADO SPRINGS (USA): Television network NBC will air over 200 hours from the 2012 London Olympic Games. The air time is an increase of about 25% compared with the Beijing Olympic Games NBC Universal Sports chairman Dick Ebersol announced. NBC will televise its 7th straight Olympic Games and expects its cable partners to expand their coverage by 100 hours and average 50 hours per day.


ROMA (ITA): Italian bronze winner from Beijing olympic walking race Elisa Rigaudo gave birth to a daughter Elena. She plans to return to competition on time for Daegu 2011 and London 2012.


MINSK (BLR): Slovak triple jump record holder Dmitrij Valukevic married with Russian triple jumper, seventh from Olympic Games in Beijing Viktoriya Gurova. They already have a son Georgiy who was born in June this year. "The wedding will last three days," Valukevic was quoted.


NAIROBI (KEN): James Templeton, manager of 800 m world record holder David Rudisha, said for Kenyan newspaper The Standard that Rudisha could still run faster next year and believes the athlete could be the first to break the 1:41 barrier. Next year Rudisha's main goal will be in winning the IAAF World Championships in Daegu.


LOS ANGELES (USA): 1960 Olympic decathlon champion Rafer Johnson has received the Fernando Award in recognition of his more than half a century of volunteer work in the San Fernando Valley. Johnson has been active in the Southern California Special Olympics in a variety of positions. He has also been active in fundraising and on the board of directors for the New Directions for Youth, an agency that provides services and programs to at-risk youth and families. Johnson has also participated with the group "Ready, Set, Gold!" - a Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games - and worked on behalf of the Fair Housing Council, the Center for Assault Treatment Services and Kids in Sports.


PORTLAND (USA): Kara Goucher gave birth to her first child on Friday September 24th. Colton Mirko Goucher is the son of Kara and Adam Goucher. Kara Goucher hopes to return to international distance running as soon as possible and has the 2012 Olympic Games in mind where she wants to compete in the marathon.


NEW DELHI (IND): All 71 countries eligible to compete in the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi have confirmed they will send their teams to the Games even though Mike Fennell, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation, admitted that concerns about security and health stays a major topic for all countries sending teams. He claimed that it is not over yet and that there is yet to be done major work ahead of the start of the Games next weekend. The Commonwealth Games are the biggest sporting event staged in India since the 1982 Asian Games.


LONDON (GBR): The first athlete to test positive for HGH, former British rugby league international Terry Newton, has committed suicide after being given a two-year ban writes insidethegames. Newton was suspended by the UK anti-doping after testing positive in November 2009, a positive test that was considered a breakthrough in the anti-doping world. Newton admitted to making the biggest mistake of his life and has said he will regret it for the rest of his life, he leaves behind two young daughters.


KINGSTON (JAM): Usain Bolt´s book 9.58 reached Jamaica. Writes Trackalerts. His story, in his own words, beautifully illustrated with dozens of specially commissioned photographs. It's about a skinny kid from the parish of Trelawny, where they harvest the best yams in the world. It's about growing up playing cricket and football in the warm Jamaican sun, then discovering that he could run fast, very fast. It's about family, friends and the laid-back Jamaican culture. It's about Auntie Lillian's pork and dumplings and Dad's grocery store in the sleepy village of Sherwood Content.







ALEPPO (SYR, Sep 18-20): The winning hammer mark of Mohamed Al-Zankawi of Kuweit at the West Asian Championships was 76.72 m.



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