2011 BMW Berlin Marathon: Makau Sets WR, Lagat, Simpson Wins Fifth Avenue Mile, Keitany runs 1:07:34 in Lisbon, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder


Makau_PatrickFL1-Berlin11.JPGPatrick Makau, 2011 BMW Berlin Marathon, (time on finish clock is wrong), photo by PhotoRun.net

Patrick Makau showed his stuff in Berlin today, breaking World Records at 30k and the marathon distance, hitting the marathon in 2:03:38! Bernard Lagat and Jennie Simpson won the Fifth Avenue Miles on Saturday and Mary Keitany ran 1:07:34 for the half marathon in Lisbon, Portugal.

BERLIN (GER, Sep 25): The 38th BMW Berlin Marathon lived up to all expectations, with the seventh world record in 13 years, this time for defending champion Patrick Makau of Kenya, who first broke Haile Gebreselassie, then took the Ethiopian legend's world record from him, with 2.03.38. Writes Pat Butcher. Such was the damage done behind him when Makau streaked away after 27 kilometres, that one of the pacemakers, also a Kenyan, Stephen Chemlani hung in and finished second, in 2.07.55; with another Kenyan, Edwin Kimaiyo third in 2.09.50. Gebrselassie, who stopped in discomfort when Makau surged away, recommenced and briefly reclaimed second place, but eventually dropped out at the 35 kilometre point. There was another Kenyan success in the women's race. Florence Kiplagat, the 2009 world cross country champion, who had dropped out of her only previous marathon, in Boston in April, was never headed. While Florence Kiplagat did indeed finish her first marathon today in Berlin, the race cannot be considered her debut. At Boston last April she ran through half-way in 1:11:42, and recorded her final split at 30-K in 1:42:59 before dropping out. World record holder, Paul Radcliffe, returning from childbirth and a barren two years competitively, stayed with Kiplagat for 12 kilometres, before gradually dropping away. Kiplagat won by almost as big a margin as Makau, with her 2.19.44. Radliffe was passed by the steady starting local hero, Irina Mikitenko at 33k, and the German went on the take second, in 2.22.18, with Radcliffe a creditable third in 2.23.46. Of the moves which disposed so successfully of Gebrselassie, Makau said afterwards, "It is one of my tactics. I did some zig-zags, to confuse him. I had a lot of energy, and wanted to tire him. He was trying to use me, to maintain the pace, and I wanted to run alone, either behind him or to the side, so I did a zig-zag to one side and he followed, I did it to the other side, and the next time, I couldn't see him. "This (world record) is very special for the Kenyans, especially beating the Ethiopians. Everyone in Kenya will be happy for me. My manager is getting a lot of calls from Kenya, and I hear there were lots of people watching TV in bars, and breaking bottles when they saw the world record". Women winner Kiplagat said, "I have some problems wearing spikes (spiked running shoes), so I won't be running on the track or doing cross country anymore. I'm a marathoner now". And the latest addition to the elite sub-2.20 club. Radcliffe was more circumspect. "I'm not particularly happy, either with my time or my place. I came here wanting to win; I didn't really have a time in mind, although I thought I was in 2.22 shape. I probably went out too fast, and I had a bad patch between 37 and 38k. I could see the Ethiopian (Habtamu, who finished fourth) coming back to me, and people were telling the gap was getting closer, 'ten seconds, eight seconds, etc,' . So I'm not particularly happy, but there are a lot of positives to take out of it. The foot I had operated on two and half years ago gave me no problems at all today. I need to race more, get back into racing mode". Uncharacteristically Haile Gebrselassie declined to attend the press conference, to explain his forfeit, but his manager Jos Hermens said that, while it may be, "the end of an era, of record breaking for Haile, it's not the end of his career. "He had a breathing problem, like he had in London (in the past). It's exercise-induced asthma. He has a 'puffer', but he hasn't used it in ages, and he didn't use it this morning. He's back in the hotel now and he's fine. He needs to find a fast course now, to do 2.04, 2.05, and qualify for London (Olympics). We originally planned to run a fast time here, then go to Tokyo (Jan/Feb), but Tokyo is not a fast course. He might have to run Dubai (third week in January). He can still run 2.05, but maybe by then, others will be running 2.02. He's had a great career, 20 years at the top, but age is eventually going to catch up. But it's his dream to run in a fifth Olympics". Also to note fourth Felix Limo 2:10:38 and fifth great debut by Briton Scott Overall 2:10:55. In women race fourth Atsede Habtamu 2:24:25 PB by one second with best Russian Tatyana Petrova fifth 2:25:01 PB. The trio of Italians followed Anna Incerti 2:25:32, Rosaria Console 2:26:10 and Valeria Straneo 2:26:33, for all life-time bests. Japanese Eri Okubo was 9th 2:28:49 ahead of Dutch Miranda Boonstra 2:29:23 (career best). 40,963 Runners from 125 nations had entered the 38th edition of the race. One million people lined the streets of the German capital. Notes also added from the organisers and RRW.

BERLIN (GER, Sep 25): Patrick Makau clocked also another world record on Sunday in Berlin. His 30 km split 1:27:38 was clearly better than the previous 30 km mark 1:27:49 by Haile Gebrselassie from the Berlin race in 2009. Peter Kirui the pacer would have been even quicker as he was ahead of Makau at that point but was a non-finisher. If Kirui finished then he (not Makau) will be the record holder.

KEITANY CR 1:07:54
LISBOA (POR, Sep 25): Kenyan HM World record holder Mary Keitany won the Half-Marathon of Portugal in new course record 1:07:54. Keitany is unbeaten in HM since 2009. She defended her last year title ahead of Helena Kiprop 1:08:57, Caroline Kilel 1:10:30 and Rita Jeptoo 1:10:34. US Desiree Davila as fifth was best non-Kenyan 1:11:27 and home Dulce Felix best European clocking 1:13:34 as 9th. Silas Sang who won here in 2008 and 2009 achieved his third triumph in 1:01:13 beating Lucas Rotich 1:01:38 and Benson Olenakery 1:02:19. Best European Hermano Ferreira of Portugal was 7th (1:03:56) and European Marathon champion Viktor Rothlin of Switzerland 11th (1:04:47). Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius was as special guest of the event.

PARS WL 81.89
SZOMBATHELY (HUN, Sep 23): World leading mark at the end of the season. World silver winner Krisztian Pars achieved in fourth series at 3rd Pal Nemeth Memorial impressive 81.89 m. Previous top mark of the season from early June by Russian Aleksey Zagorniy (81.73). For Pars third best mark of the career and also his best since July 2008. Second German Markus Esser 76.16 ahead of Kristof Nemeth 75.53 and Poland´s Szymon Ziolkowski 74.92 and Oleksiy Sokyrskyy of Ukraine 74.31.

NEW YORK (USA, Sep 24): Bernard Lagat and Jenny Simpson won the 31st edition of the Fifth Avenue Mile in humid, overcast conditions. This double USA victory also marked the first time two Americans won the event since 2000. Lagat, 36, out-kicked defending Fifth Avenue champion Amine Laalou of Morocco, crossing the finish line in 3:50.5, his fastest time here in four appearances at the race. Laalou was second in 3:51.7, followed by David Torrence sporting a freshly shaven Mohawk who took third in 3:52.4. Simpson made up about ten meters on Kenyan 10 000 m world medalist Sally Kipyego in the final quarter to win her debut road mile race in 4:22.3. Kipyego just managed to hold of the charging Hannah England to capture second; both women were clocked in 4:22.6. Diamond Race winner Morgan Uceny, who was a favorite in the field finished sixth. Defending champion Shannon Rowbury finished seventh. Both Lagat and Simpson earned $5000 in prize money for their victories, part of a $30,000 total prize money purse. Informs Race Results Weekly.

WARSZAWA (POL, Sep 25): New course record at 33rd Warszawa Marathon. Sammy Kibet clocked impressive life-time best 2:08:17 ahead of Mussau Mwanzia 2:13:22 and Ethiopian Mohammed Temam 2:13:41. Fourth and best homer runner was Artur Kozlowski 2:14:01 PB beating Michal Kaczmarek 2:14:13 PB and Marcin Chabowski 2:14:32 also PB. Ukrainian Sviatlana Stanko was the best woman in 2:31:28 with Kenyan Rael Jepyator second 2:34:23 and best home runner Olga Ochal third 2:37:58.


SARAJEVO (BIH, Sep 23): The 12th International Junior Meeting of Friendship in Sarajevo was held as a part of celebration of Centenary of Modern Athletics in Bosnia and Herzegovina and 15th anniversary of the IAAF Athletic Meeting of Solidarity - Sarajevo in 1996. The competition was held in 8 event in Men's and Women's competition with participation of 130 competitors from 8 countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Hungary, Slovenia, Serbia, Turkey and Bosnia and Herzegovina). Best countries were boys of Hungary (43) ahead of Croatia (40) and Turkey (33.5) and girls of Croatia (43) ahead of Slovenia (38) and Serbia (36). Best results in junior boys competition by Croatian Mateo Ruzic in the 400 m (48.71) and Serbian Marija Stambolic in girls competition at 800 m (2:07.99).

TOKUSHIMA (JPN, 23-25): At Japanese Corporate Championships Daegu 9th placer Paul Tanui clocked impressive 27:37.67 win at 10 000 m ahead of Edward Waweru 27:37.99 and John Thuo 27:38.27. Fourth place for Josphat Ndambiri 27:41.13 beating Gideon Ngatuny 27:46.04. Daniel Gitau won the 5000 m in 13:32.25 ahead of Jonathan Ndiku 13:34.06. Women races winners were Kasumi Nishihara 32:17.59 and Kenyan Sally Chepyego 15:23.09.

KOZIENICE (POL, Sep 23): Czech Daegu finalist Jan Kudlicka won the 1st international pole vault meet here with 555 ahead of Denis Yurchenko of Ukraine 530. Top Polish vaulters were not competing.

SAO PAULO (BRA, Sep 24): At Troféu Bandeirantes meet superb long jump by Mauro Vinicius da Silva who leaped to 827 (+1.1). It is new personal best for the Beijing Olympian.

BELLINZONA (SUI, Sep 24): Long jumper Irene Pusterla leaped to Swiss triple jump record 13.42 m.

SULMONA (ITA, Sep 24-25): In the best group of Italian Club Championships Fabio Cerutti posted 10.30 (-0.1) in the 100 m and steeple world champion Ezekiel Kemboi won the 5000 m (13:50.61). On the women side Nigerian Agnes Osazuwa clocked 11.37 (+0.7) in the 100 m, Libania Grenot 23.59 (-0.8) in the 200 m, Marzia Caravelli 13.13 (+1.3) in the hurdles. Anna Giordano Bruno cleared 440 in the pole vault and Sibilla Di Vincenzo achieved 21:21.29 at 5000 m walk. Champions are men of L'Atletica Riccardi Milano and women of Audacia Record Atletica.

MACERATA (ITA, Sep 24-25): In the second level club championships in Italy European champion Simona La Mantia won long jump 613 and her speciality with 13.53.

ORVIETO (ITA, Sep 24-25): Third level of Italian Clubs registered 74.51 in hammer by Marco Lingua and 65.39 by Moldova´s Marina Marghieva. Emmanuele Di Gregorio scored a sprint double 10.54 and 21.20.

MEDELLIN (COL, Sep 23-24): Brazilian Aldemir Gomes da Silva clocked 10.36 (0.0) to win the 100 m at South American Junior Championships. Second Diego Palomeque of Colombia achieved 10.45 and won the 200 m in 20.94. Youth Olympic winner Braian Toledo of Argentina was the best in javelin 74.04 and home Eider Arevalo posted impressive 39:56.01 to win the 10 000 m walk. Brazilian Tamiris de Liz won both girls sprints in 11.43 and 23.35.

HELSINGBORG (SWE, Sep 24): Olympic winner Estonian Gerd Kanter ended his discus season with a win in Sweden. At the meet in Helsingborg his winning mark was 65.64 m.

YOKOHAMA (JPN, Sep 24): Kenyan newcomer James Rungaru Nittai Univ. Time Trials men's 10 000 m A-heat with a solo 27:22.53 life-time best, going out at sub-27 pace without accompaniment and lapping the entire field. Toyota's B-Kenyan, Rungaru ran 15 seconds faster than Paul Tanui's winning time at Friday's National Corporate T&F Championships 10000 m and 16 seconds faster than Toyota's A-Kenyan John Thuo ran at the national meet. His nearest competition, Ethiopian Fekele Assefa finished in only 28:36.63. Informs Brett Larner on his blog.


TORONTO (CAN, Sep 24): Reid Coolsaet and Dayna Pidhoresky won the 2011 Canadian 10 km Championships in Toronto held in conjunction with Canada Running Series' Oasis Zoo Run and the Timex National Road Race Series Finale. In the men's 10km race Reid took the Canadian crown for his third Championship title this year in 29:33.7. Eric Gillis finished just behind Reid for silver in 29:41.3 and Giitah Macharia won the bronze in 30:13.7. Pidhoresky was timed with 33:44.7 ahead of Megan Brown and Malindi Elmore in 33:52.7 and 34:23.6.

VOLKERMARKT (AUT, Sep 25): Gunther Weidlinger won the Austrian 10 km road title with 29:52. On the women side Andrea Mayr with 33:59. Both winners will run the Frankfurt Marathon on October 30.

UDINE (ITA, Sep 25): Kenyan wins at Udine Half-Marathon. Stephen Kibet clocked 1:00:20 ahead of William Chebor 1:01:10 and Charles Kimeli 1:01:45. Best European Daniele Meucci as 11th in solid 1:02:30 PB. Women winner Pauline Njeri clocked 1:10:44 beating Joyce Jemutai 1:12:34 and Fridah Chepkemoi 1:13:45. Fourth Ana Dias of Portugal 1:15:43.

GETXO (ESP, Sep 24): Fifth edition of road mile race here winners were Moroccan Kamali Majdoubi 4:23 and Zulema Fuentes-Pila uin 5:12.

BURGOS (ESP, Sep 24): Javier Abad with 4:17 beat strong field at road mile here. Second Diego Ruiz 4:18, third Manuel Olmedo 4:18 ahead of Juan Carlos Higuero also 4:18. European 1500 m champion Arturo Casado was 7th (4:22). Women winner Iris Fuentes-Pila 4:56 ahead of Isabel Macias 4:57 and Natalia Rodriguez 4:58.

UTRECHT (NED, Sep 25): Kenyan Philip Langat won the 61st edition of ABN AMRO Singelloop with 27:28. Second Timothy Kiptoo 27:43 ahead of Nicholas Kemboi 27:51. On women side Winnie Jepkemoi finished as first in 31:31. Second Elizabeth Cherono 32:11 ahead of Rkia el Moukim of Morocco 32:12. In total 10 000 runners were registered.

CAPE TOWN (RSA, Sep 25): Kenyan Amos Maiyo pulled away from a field of 1800 runners to win the Cape Town Marathon in 2:14:55. Informs SA media. Second home runner Raphael Segodi achieved 2:16:47. Zimbabwean women win for Chiyedza Chokore with 2:46:31. Second her team-mate Margaret Mohohoma 2:47:01. Stephen Mokoka was the best in the 10 km (28:45), on the women side Irvette van Blerk in 33:20.

REMICH (LUX, Sep 25): Leonard Langat clocked 1:01:07 to win the 50th jubilee edition of Dexia Route de Vin Half-Marathon. Close second Joseph Kiptum 1:01:08 ahead of Moroccan El Hassan Elabbassi 1:01:13. Women winner was Ethiopian Abebech Afework 1:10:30.

BELFORT (FRA, Sep 25): Kenyan Luka Kanda won here the 28th Le Lion Half-Marathon in 1:02:50. Second Ethiopian Azefa Gebremariam 1:03:43. In women race Eshetu Degefa scored Ethiopian win 1:13:45. Some 3700 participants were registered.

VERSAILLES (FRA, Sep 25): Ethiopian wins at classic road race Paris-Versailles at 16 km. Atsedu Tsegay clocked 47:39 ahead of Eritrean Samson Kiflemariam 48:02 and Moroccan Abdel El Mouaziz 48:07. Best French runner Abdelatif Meftah was fourth (48:13) ahead of best Kenyan Moses Kipruto 48:39. Haftu Goitetom was the best woman in 53.41 beating Kenyan Sarah Chepchirchir 53:57.

TORINO (ITA, Sep 25): Ethiopian wins at Torino Half-Marathon. Yirsaw Atalay 1:03:49 and Melat Yisak 1:12:41.

PRAHA (CZE, Sep 25): Kenyan Elisha Sawe won the oldest road race in Europe, the 115th edition of Bechovice-Praha 10 km race, with a time of 29:56. Second Milan Kocourek defended Czech 10k road title in 30:05 ahead of 2009 winner Jan Kreisinger 30:33. Ivana Sekyrova defended her women title in 36:03.

BUCURESTI (ROU, Sep 25): Moldava´s steeple specialist Ion Luchianov won the Petrom Cross at Constitution square in Bucuresti with 8:13 ahead of Alexandru Ghinea 8:16. Best woman Ancuta Bobocel was timed with 8:58.

LIDINGO (SWE, Sep 24): Kenyan Lewis Korir won the Lidingoloppet at 30 km in 1:34:54.

STOCKHOLM (SWE, Sep 25): Marathon national record holder Isabellah Andersson won the Tjejmilen race at 10 km in 33:25 ahead of Jeri Emeru 33:28.


NAUMBURG (GER, Sep 24): German Melanie Seeger won here the women 20 km walking race in 1:29:20 and fulfilled the olympic standard. Second Ines Henriques of Portugal 1:30:40 ahead of Canadian Rachel Seaman 1:33:33 what is new Canadian record. Men 20 km winner during the International walking meet was Mexican Ever Palma in 1:21:02, he is still a junior and debuted at the distance. Second was Denis Simanovich of Belarus 1:21:15 and third Canadian Inaki Gomez 1:22:06. Spanish veteran and record participant at World Championships Jesus Angel Garcia won the 50 km race in impressive 3:48:11. Second Robert Heffernan of Ireland 3:49:28 and third Carsten Schmidt got the national title at the distance with life-time best 3:54:54. Three more walkers went under 4 hours.

BACUCH (SVK, Sep 24): In the 4th edition of the international road walk meeting Russian Pyotr Trofimov won the 10 km in 40:18.5 ahead of his team-mate Aleksandr Yargunkin 40:37.1 and Poland´s Dawid Tomala 40:51.7. Best Slovak was Anton Kucmin 41:03.8 ahead of favorite Matej Toth 41:30.9. Agnieszka Dygacz of Poland was the best woman in 44:54.2 beating Anastasiya Yatsevich of Belarus 45:09.4 and Brigita Virbalyte of Lithuania 45:18.0.

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