Wilson Kiprotich Kipsang broke the Commerzbank Franktfurt course record with his fine 2:04;57 and Caroline Kilel ran 2:23:25, her PB. Congrats to the management team at Frankfurt who have built the race into an institution in German running!
KIPSANG 2:04:57 AND KILEL 2:23:25
FRANKFURT (GER, Oct 31): Excellent results at the 29th Commerzbank Frankfurt Marathon. Kenyan Wilson Kiprotich Kipsang won with a sensational course record of 2:04:57. The 28 year-old Kenyan clocked the tenth fastest time ever run at the distance and became the eighth fastest marathon runner worldwide in only his second marathon (debuted in spring in Paris with 2:07:13 as third). The Frankfurt Marathon became only the fourth marathon behind Berlin, Rotterdam and Dubai with a sub 2:05 course record. Tadese Tola (Ethiopia) was second with 2:06:31. Kenyans Elijah Chelimo (2:07:04) and Philip Sanga (2:07:11) took third and fourth at the finish-line in the "Stadthalle". Also to note the 5th place of Ugandan Daniel Chepyegon in PB 2:08:24 and best European was the Russian Grigoriy Andreyev as 20th (2:14:08). The women's race produced a world-class course record as well. Kenya's Caroline Kilel surprisingly beat the Ethiopian favourites clocking career best 2:23:25. Dire Tune was second in 2:23:44 (also PB) while defending champion Agnes Kiprop from Kenya was third in 2:24:07 (personal best). Fourth Isabellah Andersson improved her own Swedish record to 2:25:10 ahead of another Ethiopian favorite Mare Dibaba 2:25:27. Sixth place for Kenyan-born Dutch runner Hilda Kibet with personal best 2:26:23, seventh Ukrainian Yulia Ruban another lifetime best 2:27:44 beating Russian Yelena Sokolova (2:28:01), Kenyan Hellen Kimutai (2:28:38) and Hungarian Aniko Kalovics (2:30:56) at next places to top ten. In total 12 475 runners from 76 countries competed in the marathon (total in all races 22 165 - a new record) in ideal weather, at the start 10-12 degrees, only slight wind, no rain. As Ken Nakamura points out, the 2010 is first year in the history with three sub 2:05 times. Also the top ten average of perfomers is the best ever 2:05:20 and the season is not over yet. Top ten of Frankfurt marathon is now 2:06:53 what is the 8th best ever.
BETT AND DRAZDAUSKAITE
ATHENS (GRE, Oct 31): The unheralded Raymond Bett of Kenya broke the race record in the Athens Classic Marathon. In the 2500th anniversary year of the Battle of Marathon, Bett clocked 2.12.40, taking two seconds off the time run by his compatriot Paul Lekuraa two years ago. Pre-race favorite Jonathan Kipkorir was second in 2:14:05 and third Edwin Kimutai got 2:15:21 to make the Kenyan sweep on the podium. Fourth Henryk Szost of Poland was the best European after 2:15:28, he was also the best within Military World Championships. Rasa Drazdauskaite of Lithuania was even more of a surprise. A world class runner, Drazdauskaite was competing in the concurrent World Military Championships, and not listed among the elite. But she was never headed and, with 2.31.06, took over two minutes off the women's record of 2.33.19, set by Svetlana Ponomarenko of Russia in 2007. Runner up was also a Russian, Olga Glok , who had been one of the pre-race favourites, but finished close to three minutes down, in 2.33.51. Svitlana Stanko of Ukraine was third, in 2.38.59. This was Drazdausakaite's fourth marathon, but undoubtedly her best. Her fastest time, 2.30.29, came in Frankfurt exactly a year ago. But this Marathon to Athens course, which has a relentless uphill section of close to 21k (half the distance) is reckoned to be the hardest of the world's famous marathons, contributing, by general consensus, to adding four minutes to a marathoner's potential time on a flatter course. For example, Abel Anton of Spain, one of the celebrated guests for the anniversary of the 'Battle' won the world title here in 1997, in 2.13.16, whereas his best is 2.07.57 in London the following year. Stefano Baldini of Italy, who won the Olympic title here in 2004, in a course record (as opposed to race record) 2.10.54, said he cycled the course the following year, "and it was harder by bike. I said to myself, how did I run 2.10.54 on this course, and in summer too?" Writes Pat Butcher. Greek titles for Michail Parmakis (2:20:48 as 15th) and Konstantina Kefala (2:40:36 as 5th).
FAST TIMES AT HIGH ALTITUDE
NAIROBI (KEN, Oct 31): Again new champions at the Standard Chartered Nairobi International marathon. As The Nation writes little known David Tumo Barmasai and veteran Helena Kiprop claimed the Sh1.5 million prize (nearly 20 000 USD) as they were crowned the winners. Run at an altitude on a bright sunny morning in temperature rising slightly above 20 degrees Celsius was not an easy task. Barmasai clocked in this conditions impressive 2:10:31 ahead of Philemon Gitia 2:11:11 and Vincent Kiplagat Sittuk 2:12:09. In women race Kirop, the Prague Marathon champion, won her first local marathon in also very good 2:31:11. Second was another more than experienced runner Leah Malot 2:33:41 ahead of Frashiah Nyambura 2:35.09. Magdalene Chemjor was fourth (2:38:19).
ATHENS (GRE): Paco Borao of the Valencia Marathon has been elected to the position of World President of AIMS, The Association of International Marathons and Distance Races. AIMS represents 300 races in over 90 countries, from the Boston Marathon (USA) to Paris (France) to Tokyo (Japan) to the Australian Outback Marathon. Informs AIMS website. The election took place on the occasion of the 18th World Congress of AIMS staged this week in Athens, Greece to mark the 2500th year (490BC) since the legendary Greek Soldier Pheidippides ran from the battlefield of Marathon to Athens to announce that the Persian army had been defeated. Borao (64 years old) has been Membership Director of AIMS, since he was elected to this position at the 10th World Congress of AIMS in Barcelona in 1996. Borao succeeds Hiroaki Chosa of Japan who retired at the Athens congress after 20 years in function. The other new directors elected to the AIMS Board include: Keisuke Sawaki of Yokohama Marathon (Japan), Guy L Morse of the Boston Marathon (USA) and Fernando Jamarne of the Santiago Marathon (Chile). Al Boka of the Las Vegas Marathon (USA) was re-elected as Treasurer. IAAF President Lamine Diack presented the IAAF Silver Award of Merit to outgoing AIMS President Chosa.
SINDELFINGEN (GER): German decathlon World Championships 9th placer from 2007 Arthur Abele has big plans after two years of injuries. He wants to qualify for European Indoor Championships in Paris in heptathlon and also aims for top 8 position at World Championships in Daegu later in the summer.
HAVANA (CUB): Olympic winner and world record holder Dayron Robles is back in training. As agencies are reporting, he has recovered from last season injuries and has plans for 2011. "The problems in the summer are behind me and I'm training hard, looking forward to next season, which will be very extensive," the 23-year-old athlete told Reuters after a conditioning session in the sunny Cuban capital. Robles confirmed he is in full training. Except of Daegu his another goal is the Panamerican title in October in Mexican Guadalajara. Robles also plans to run indoors next season. His coach Santiago Antunez said he plans to run 5-6 meets indoors and about 10 races outdoors.
NAIROBI (KEN): The Standard Group has donated Sh400,000 (around 5000 USD) for Sunday's Standard Chartered Nairobi International Marathon. The amount will be used to increase the prize money of the 10 km runners.
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): Britain´s bid for 2016 European Athletics Championships, along with Croatia (Split) and the Netherlands (Amsterdam) is expected to be represented by Birmingham. The city recently announced plans for an £12.25 ($19.41 million) redevelopment of Alexander Stadium designed to enable the arena to stage major international events. Martin Mullaney, the Councillor in charge of Leisure at Birmingham City Council, also told the City Cabinet last month that they had already started investigating the possibility of launching a bid. Informs insidethegames. The European Championships has never been staged in Britain. Birmingham will host in summer also the Samsung Diamond League meeting which will be switched from Gateshead.
BRISTOL (GBR): Kenya's double Olympic gold medallist Kip Keino is to visit Bristol next week to open a new stadium named in his honour and to seal a deal for his country's athletes to train in the area before the London 2012 Games.
CASSIS (FRA, Oct 31): Kenyan Philemon Limo won the 32nd edition of Marseille-Cassis at 20.308 km in rain with 1:01:35. Second Ethiopian Belete Assefa (1:02:30) ahead of Kenyan Robert Ndiwa (1:02:35). Best home runner James Theuri achieved 1:04:45 as 9th. Kenyan women win for Diane Chepkemoi after 1:10:36
AUCKLAND (NZL, Oct 31): Athens 2004 Olympian Dale Warrander won the Auckland Marathon in 2:19:22 and claimed also his third national title at the distance. Ten years younger Sam Wreford was second and improved to 2:19:56. Next in plan for Warrander is the Rotterdam Marathon in April with the aim to qualify for Daegu. Shireen Crumpton defended women title in course record 2:45:51.
LUZERN (SUI, Oct 31): At the 4th Luzern Marathon better results by women. German Julia Wagner won in 2:47:36 and Swiss champion Patricia Morceli was the best at the half distance (1:13:52).
LAUSANNE (SUI, Oct 31): Ethiopian Hailu Begashaw who has 2:16 on his credit won the 18th Lausanne Marathon in 2:20:03.
GLARUS (SUI, Oct 30): Kenyan wins at the 26th edition of the city race. Frederic Musyoki won the men´s 7.85 km in 23:09 and Jane Muia the women category at the same distance (26:45).
BAILE FELIX (ROU, Oct 30): Ancuta Bobocel won the women´s 8 km at Romanian CC Championships. Second place for Paula Todoran ahead of Simona Maxim. National champion in men 10 km was as expected Marius Ionescu beating Cristinel Irimia and Florin Enache. Official results at federation web-site are not indicating results, just positions.
CASTELLON (ESP, Oct 30): European junior long jump record holder and world junior medalist Eusebio Caceres is still competing. He won the 100 m in 10.92 (+0.5) at Spanish Junior Club Championships. Titles went to boys of Playas Castellon and girls of Puerto de Alicante.
SEATTLE (USA, Oct 30): The biggest anticipation from NCAA CC Conference Championships was connected to the Pacific 10 event. Both team competitions were won here by Stanford over Oregon. In the men´s 8 km Stanford trio got the full podium. Elliot Heath (23:01) ahead of Jake Riley (23:01) and Chris Derrick (23:01). Fourth was the best Oregon runner Luke Puskedra (23:06). Jordan Hasay won for Oregon the women 6 km in 19:45 ahead of Kathy Kroeger (19:50).
STILLWATER (USA, Oct 30): In the Big 12 Championships Oklahoma State dominated the men´s 8 km. Ethiopian Girma Mecheso (23:57) won over German Fernandez (23:59) and Colby Lowe (23:59). Women 6 km winner was Kenyan Rose Tanui (20:05), member of winning Texas Tech Team.