Galen Rupp has entered U.S. Marathon Team Trials, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

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Galen Rupp, 2011 NYC Half marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Galen Rupp, per EME news, has entered the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for the Marathon, to be held in Houston, January 14, 2011. Rupp, the America record holder at 10,000 meters, and 5,000 meters indoors, would be running his first marathon. His half marathon debut last spring in New York city was pretty impressive. Watch for upcoming pieces on the Trials from RBR.

Rupp_Galen-USout11.JPGGalen Rupp, 2011 USA Outdoor Champs, 10,000m, photo by PhotoRun.net




KOECH BEATS A. BEKELE CLEARLY
BRUSSELS (BEL, Dec 18): World junior indoor record holder Isaiah Koech achieved a top win at the Brussels IAAF CC Permit race in Laken Park. He clocked 32:32 at 10.5 km ahead of fresh European Champion from Velenje Atelaw Bekele (33:17) and another Kenyan Gilbert Kirui (33:19). Nine-time European CC gold medalist Sergey Lebid of Ukraine was 7th (34:10). Kenyan double in women 6 km for Caroline Chepkwony (21:17) and world youth champion Faith Kipyegon (21:18). Ethiopian living in Belgium Almensch Belete was third (21:25) ahead of Dutch Adrienne Herzog (21:34). Britons Hatti Dean (21:44) and Stephanie Twell (21:45) were 6th and 7th.

SOI OVER MERGA
HOUILLES (FRA, Dec 18): Kenyan Edwin Soi beat in the 40th jubilee Corrida de Houilles the World CC Champion Imane Merga of Ethiopia by one second (28:17 and 28:18 at 10 km). Third place for another Kenyan Isaac Mukundi (28:22) and fourth olympic medalist Micah Kogo (28:26). Best European Youssef El Kalai of Portugal was 7th (28:33) ahead of best French Denis Mayaud (28:52). Kenyan Margaret Muriuki was the best woman in 31:29 beating Ethiopian Azemra Gebru 32:06 and Italian Anna Incerti (32:08). Best French Sophie Duarte was 8th (33:36).



OTHER RESULTS


VENTA DE BANOS (ESP, Dec 18): Kenya's Philemon Kimeli Limo and his compatriot Priscah Jepleting clinched respective victories at the '32th Cross Internacional de Venta de Baños' held on a less cold than usual day with the thermometer marking 6ºC by the time of races. Informs IAAF. Limo clocked 31:57 at 10.6 km ahead of European silver winner Ayad Lamdassem (32:18) and home veteran Chema Martinez (32:26). Jepleting who is former track world medalist got 22:47 at 6.8 km just one second ahead of Italian Nadja Ejaffini (22:48) and home Dolores Checa (23:20). Steeple world champion 2009 Marta Dominguez in her comeback races after pregnancy was 7th (24:11).

SENDAI (JPN, Dec 18): Team Dai-chi Life in 2:17:17 won the All-Japan Corporate team Women's Ekiden Championships. Leading the race from the stage one to the finish, Dai-ichi Life won the 31st edition of the event. This year, for the first time in history of the race, it was held over the six-stage marathon distance course from Matsushima to Sendai, the largest metropolis in Tohoku (North East) district, the area devastated by the earthquake and tsunami nine months ago. Second Panasonic clocked 2:18:15 and third Sekisui Chemical 2:18:25. Best in the first stage was Yoshimi Ozaki (7 km in 22:17). Kayoko Fukushi was third best in third stage (10.9 km in 36:00).

HOFU (JPN, Dec 18): Best Mongolia´s marathon runner Serod Bat-Ochir won the Hofu marathon in 2:11:56 ahead of this years Japan sensation Yuki Kawauchi. He competed in second marathon in two weeks after Fukuoka and clocked 2:12:33. Best woman Hisae Yoshimatsu achieved 2:44:28.

MUNCHEN (GER, Dec 17): World indoor pole vault silver medalist Malte Mohr cleared from short approach (12 steps) 565 at an local indoor Christmas meet. Second Fabian Schulze mastered 535 also from short approach.

LAUSANNE (SUI, Dec 17): Eritrean Chengere Tolossa won the Lausanne Midnight Run at 7.5 km clearly in 24:37.9.

KISUMU (KEN, Dec 18): Kenyan media are informing that Joseph Biwott successfully defended his Safaricom Kisumu marathon title, when he crossed the finish line in 2:13:41 (course record) while Melbourne marathon champion Irene Mogaka was crowned the women winner in 2:38:00 (also a CR). Biwott braved the sunny morning to lead pack of over 1000 athletes. Perez Chepkorir clocked 2:40:21 to finish second with Mercy Jemutai coming third in 2:41:30.

TAIPEI (TPE, Dec 18): Fast times at Fubon Taipei Marathon. Ethiopian Yemane Adhane the 2:06 runner won in new course record 2:10:24. In women race Kenyan Helena Kiprop achieved another event best with solid 2:27:36. Both will get more than 65 000 USD for the records. Adhane told the local media after the race that his transit flight from Bangkok was delayed because he was grilled by immigration officials about the purpose of his visit to Taiwan. His plan to arrive early and recover from his jet lag before the race therefore fell through, he said.

PISA (ITA, Dec 18): Pisa Marathon winners came from Eastern Europe. Belarus Oleg Gur got 2:20:14 and Russian Mariya Malysheva 2:50:38.

KAUNAS (LTU, Dec 14): Rytis Sakalauskas posted at local indoor meet 6.77 in the 60 m.



OTHER NEWS


OSAKA (JPN): Brett Larner informs that half-marathon national record holder Kayoko Fukushi announced that she will run the Osaka International Women's Marathon (January 29) in a bid to make the London Olympic team. Her coach Tadayuki Nagayama commented, "We're looking forward to the race, including the chance for some payback for 2008 [where Fukushi was 19th in 2:40:54 in her debut]. Fukushi's only stab at the marathon since then was her 2:24:38 best at October's Chicago Marathon. In Osaka she will face Athens Olympics marathon gold medalist and national record holder Mizuki Noguchi who declared for Osaka some time ago.

LAGOS (NGR): Tributes have been paid to Sunday Bada Nigeria's former Olympic 400 metres silver medallist and world indoor champion, who has died suddenly at the age of 41. Bada, who was technical director of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), was described by Henry Amike, a former 400m hurdler and now President of the Nigeria Olympic Association, as the country's best ever athlete and administrator. Amike told NationSport in Lagos that Bada was "one of a kind", adding that in terms of medals, the sprinter "stood tall" over other Nigerian athletes. "We don't know what happened, he just left the Stadium at 7.00pm and an hour later we were told that he was dead. He was not ill, he was very healthy. Apart from being a good athlete, he was a good administrator," said Amike. Informs insidethegames.

BADEN-BADEN (GER): Four track athletes made it into topten in the German Sports Personality of the Year poll. Best were world champions Robert Harting and Betty Heidler, both at position number five. Basketball star Dirk Nowitzki was the male winner ahead of Formula 1 hero Sebastian Vettel. In women section the win for Magdalena Neuner the biathlon star. The vote was done by 1500 sports journalists in the country (65th edition). Also in men top ten Matthias de Zordo as 6th and David Storl as 9th.

HOUSTON (USA): Over 300 athletes have entered the USA Olympic Trials Marathon, scheduled for Saturday, January 14, in Houston. Regular on-line entries had to be completed by 5:00 p.m. Eastern time last Friday, but USA Track & Field (USATF) will accept late entries through next Wednesday, December 21, until 5:00 p.m. Eastern time. American 10 000 meter record holder Galen Rupp has surprised the running world by entering the 2012 US Olympic Trials. It will be his marathon debut. 

BRUSSELS (BEL, Dec 18): World junior indoor record holder Isaiah Koech achieved a top win at the Brussels IAAF CC Permit race in Laken Park. He clocked 32:32 at 10.5 km ahead of fresh European Champion from Velenje Atelaw Bekele (33:17) and another Kenyan Gilbert Kirui (33:19). Nine-time European CC gold medalist Sergey Lebid of Ukraine was 7th (34:10). Kenyan double in women 6 km for Caroline Chepkwony (21:17) and world youth champion Faith Kipyegon (21:18). Ethiopian living in Belgium Almensch Belete was third (21:25) ahead of Dutch Adrienne Herzog (21:34). Britons Hatti Dean (21:44) and Stephanie Twell (21:45) were 6th and 7th.

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