Ebuya Cranks 45:16 (1O Miles) at BUPA Great South Run, by Alfons Juck, Note by Larry Eder


22,000 runners ran the BUPA Great South Run in Portsmouth, England on Sunday. World Cross Country Champ Joseph Ebuya cranked a fast 45:16 for the ten mile course, breaking the course record by forty seconds! Congrats to all of the finishers this weekend!

If you thought track was done, Christophe Lemaitre ran 20.8 this weekend at the French Club championships. It's gotta be time soon for Mr. Lemaitre to relax, sip some rose and take a couple weeks off!

EME NEWS (OCT 24, 2010)




PORTSMOUTH (GBR, Oct 24): Cross World Champion Joseph Ebuya won the 21st Bupa Great South Run in Portsmouth. He clocked new course record at 10 miles 45:16 (before 45:56). Second steeple record holder Saif Saeed Shaheen of Qatar 46:37 and third Vincent Yator, another Kenyan 47:28. Fourth best European Briton World Indoor participant Scott Overall in 47:37. Marathon specialists Austrian Gunther Weidlinger (48:07) and Euro winner Viktor Rothlin (48:43) were at positions 6 and 9. Also women race had a clear winner in Kenyan Commonwealth gold medalist Grace Momanyi in 52:03. Second Freya Murray 52:27 ahead of Hungarian Aniko Kalovics 53:01. Italian Anna Incerti was fourth 53:34 and Stephanie Twell 6th (53:52). Women course record 51:00 remained untouched. In total 23 000 runners participated.



CHUNCHEON (KOR, Oct 24): Last year Rome winner Benjamin Kiptoo won the 65th Chosunilbo Chuncheon Marathon in new course record 2:07:54 and will recieve 50 000 USD for the position and another 30 000 USD for the event best. In good weather second Benson Barus in 2:08:53 just beat David Kisang 2:08:54. Three more Kenyans followed Boniface Mbuvi 2:09:27, Luka Chelimo 2:10:11 and Anderson Chirchir 2:12:01 (all lifetime bests). Favorite Deriba Merga was a non-finisher. Women did not had elite fields and the winning time of home Kim Sun-Jung was 2:43:39.



BEIJING (CHN, Oct 24): Gena Siraj of Ethiopia won a rain-lashed Beijing Marathon, but the 25 year old only eased clear of 38 year old Gert Thys of South Africa in the final kilometre; and the dreadful conditions resulted in a winning time of 2.15.45, one of the slowest times in the event's 30 year history. Thys, in what he reckoned was probably his 40th marathon in a career that began at the age of 13, finished second in 2.15.56 and pacemaker Matthew Sigei of Kenya stayed in the reckoning after his stint at the front, and came back from sixth place with 10k to run, to finish third in 2.16.01. Coach Haji Adilo said that in good weather Siraj should be able to run at 2:06-2:07 level. Last year's winner and race favorite, Sammy Mugo dropped off the pace at 35k and finished sixth (2:17:49). The women's race was a one-two for China. Former winner Chen Rong was a long-time leader, with her colleague and training partner Wang Jiali nowhere to be seen. But Wang appeared on the close horizon with 35 of the 42.195k completed, and swept past her pal shortly afterwards, to win in 2.29.31, fifteen seconds ahead of Chen. Another Chinese, Wang Xiao Shu was third in 2.30.21, and the People's Republic dominated proceedings, with eight in the top ten. Best non-Chinese was Kenyan Winfrida Nyansikera in 2:32:50 as 5th and best European Olesya Nurgalieva of Russia 2:34:37 as 9th. Writes Pat Butcher, more on his blog www.globerunner.org. The 2010 Beijing Marathon drew almost 30 000 runners from 48 countries and regions.



ANNECY (FRA, Oct 24): European Athlete of the Year 2010 French sprinter Christophe Leimatre is still competing. At French Club Championships of his category he won the 200 m in 20.80 (0.0). His team Aix-les-Bains was third in men category, behind winning Grenoble and second Franconville.



LJUBLJANA (SLO, Oct 24): More than 18 000 runners (from them 6500 in marathon) participated in all races at 15th Ljubljana Marathon. Holder of the best marathon debut Kenyan Evans Rutto won the race in 2:10:17 and missed the course record of Williams Biama (was 6th this year in 2:12:12) from last year only by two seconds. His first prize was 13 000 E. He was followed by team-mates Philemon Tarbei (2:10:44) and Joseph Lomala (2:10:55). Best European was Ukrainian Mykola Antonenko as 5th clocking his second fastest of the career 2:11:51. Slovenian title for Mitja Kosovelj as overall 12th (2:24:33). Women winner Tiruwork Mekonnen of Ethiopia achieved 2:37:16. Primoz Kobe won the Half Marathon in 1:04:55 and Sonja Roman got 35:26 in the 10 km.



CASABLANCA (MAR, Oct 24): Ethiopian Shumi Gerbaba was the winner of the 3rd Casablanca Grand Marathon achieving new course record 2:09:03 in his debut at the distance. Shumi is a known person in Morocco as he already won the Casablanca 10 km race and the Royal Air Maroc Half Marathon. Second place for best home runner Rachid Kisri with a fast 2:09:10 in front of another ethiopian Girma Beyene Gezahu 2:09.52. Kenyan Hillary Kipchumba, who was leading for a long time ended the race in the fourth position (2:10:02). In the women race Ethiopian Tadesse Yeshimebet also got a new event best 2:31:10. Second another Ethiopian Kedir Zahara (2:36:49) ahead of experienced Russian Larisa Zyusko (2:37:13). "I wanted to run under 2:27 but that was not possible today, I will return to the country for Marrakech marathon next year," said the women winner.



TOULOUSE (FRA, Oct 24): New course record at 3rd Toulouse Marathon with 5000 participants. Kenyan Benjamin Bitok not only defended his last year title but also improved the event best to 2:12:37. Second Patrick Korir 2:14:21 and third Russian Mikhail Kulkov 2:14:46. Women win for Russia as Yelena Kozhevnikova posted 2:45:59.



VENICE (ITA, Oct 24): African wins at jubilee 25th Venice Marathon. Kenyan Simon Mukun clocked 2:09:35 after a duel with Ethiopian Sahle Betona Warga who was second in 2:09:47. For both lifetime bests. Third another Kenyan Peter Nderitu (2:10:52). Ethiopian women winner Makda Harun Haji who was here last year fourth achieved personal best 2:28:08. Second was Kenyan Elizabeth Chemweno in 2:29:21 ahead of Russian Yelena Rukhlyada who achieved new personal best 2:30:41. Migidio Bourifa, seventh at the European Championships in Barcelona, crossed the finish-line in 2:15:18 (overall 9th) taking his third Italian Marathon title after Rome 2007 and Treviso 2009. Marcella Mancini who was 6th took the women national title in 2:37:23.







DEBNO (POL, Oct 24): Because of the April tragedy in Poland the 37th Debno Marathon was held in autumn along with national championships. Kenyan Joel Komen was the overall winner (2:15:00) with second Radoslaw Dudycz getting the national title (2:16:15). Female winner was also title getter Dorota Gruca in 2:39:19.


BILBAO (ESP, Oct 23): Bilbao Night Marathon had Kenyan Samwell Kalya in 2:19:44 as winner ahead of Benjamin Korir (2:19:58). Best woman came also from Kenya as Margaret Atodonyang achieved 2:49:28. Nearly 2000 runners participated.


AMMAN (JOR, Oct 22): Second Amman International Marathon registered new course records for both elite winners. Kenyan Benjamin Serem achieved 2:17:05 ahead of Ethiopian Abraham Belete 2:17:16 (PB). Ethiopia posted top two women. Alemnesh Eshetu 2:43:52 and Sisay Arsedi 2:43:54.


DRESDEN (GER, Oct 24): Kenyan Henry Tororei won the 12th Dresden Marathon in 2:17:25. In women category Prisca Kiprono clocked 2:48:32 ahead of Poland´s Krystyna Kuta 2:48:56.


MADRID (ESP, Oct 24): European marathon silver medalist Chema Martinez won the inaugural Carrera Pronino in Madrid after 30:39 at 10 km. In total 4700 participants were registered.


TRONDHEIM (NOR, Oct 24): Norwegian triumph on home soil at Nordic CC Championships. Home team won 6 out of 8 gold medals. In senior race at 9 km Sondre Nordstad Moen achieved 27:47 ahead of Dabaya Badyaso 27:48 and Swedish star Mustafa Mohamed 28:11. Best overall was Kenyan guest Hillary Kipchumba (27:47). Best Finnish Jussi Utriainen was 5th (28:27) and best from Danemark Morten Munkholm 6th (28:32). In women 7.5 km Karoline Bjerkeli Grovdal achieved 26:41 to beat team-mate Kirsten Maraton Melkevik 26:47 and Sandra Eriksson of Finland (27:08). Johann Brugge of Norway was the best junior (19:36 at 6 km) and only non-Norwegian individual win for Saara Nikander of Finland in women junior 4.5 km race (16:53). In teams Norway won all categories except of junior women where Sweden was the best side.


MONTEREAU (FRA, Oct 24): Good 10 km win for Abraham Niyonkuru of Burundi here after 28:41 ahead of Kenyan Geoffrey Terer 28:50. In women category Josephine Kimuyu got 32:17.


YOKOHAMA (JPN, Oct 24): Again solid distance times by young Kenyans in Japan. At Nittai University Distance meet Clement Langat clocked 13:19.76 in the fastest 5000 m race. The day before in the 10 000 m Bitan Karoki clocked 27:53.55.


MAR DEL PLATA (ARG, Oct 23): Another Argentinian record for talented Youth Olympic Games javelin winner Braian Toledo (17). With senior implement he achieved new national junior and U23 record 71.12. His Youth world all-time best is 89.34 with 700 g javelin.


ELCHE (ESP, Oct 23): Former 800 m world medalist Mayte Martinez won the 5th road mile in Elche. In men´s race Esteso brothers dominated, Juan Carlos was the winner ahead of Pedro.


GROTTAMMARE (ITA, Oct 24): Youth Olympic Games winner Anna Clemente won Italian youth walking championships with 46:42, Leonardo Serra was the best boy in 45:22. In the senior race which was part of Italian walking Grand Prix Marce De Luca won in 41:32 and among women Sibilla Di Vincenzo (44:40).


GENT (BEL, Oct 24): Belgian CC series Lotto CrossCup started its 29th edition with traditional relays. Nearly 2300 participants came. Men´s winning team was Olympic Essenbeek Halle (27:54) with top runners Tom Van Hooste and European junior CC champion Jeroen D´Hoedt. Women winner was the team Daring Club Leuven 18:27. Next race will be on November 7 in Mol.







NEW YORK (USA): Kenyan Magdalene Chemjor who claimed after Saturday´s cross country race she is in preparation for New York Marathon is not going to run the Big Apple race. That was confirmed by elite runners coordinator David Monti.


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