Haile Wins in great 27:39! by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Haile Gebrselassie is running well, and his world leading 10k on the roads can attest to that! His 27:39, which gave him a seventeen second victory, at the Bupa Great Run Manchester.  Please note that, Haile is scheduled to run the 10,000m at the FBK Hengelo Meeting, which is next weekend, Sunday, May 27. 

Haile Gebrselassie, photo by PhotoRun.net (2012 Tokyo Marathon)

Haile wins in great 27:39

MANCHESTER (GBR, May 20): Haile Gebrselassie showed with a fifth victory and achieved in a pulsating 2012 World leading time of 27:39 that despite setbacks in his marathon career he is still the master craftsman ahead of his young pretenders over 10 kilometres. Informs David Martin. 

 On a Sunday morning where former World 10,000 metres gold medallist Linet Masai of Kenya was equally dominant when taking the women's title in 31:35 produced a dazzling display as he flew around the streets of the north west of England's capital city. Gebrselassie achieved his 17th victory in 19 appearances since making his 10km road debut in Dongio 18 years ago where he finished runner up.

Gebrselassie's dominant run where he passed through the half distance in 13:31 saw his second split of 14:08 lower the world lead fellow countryman Kenenisa Bekele posted when winning last month's SPAR Great Ireland Run in Dublin with a time of 27:47. "That wasn't really on my mind but yes, it is nice that it happened," said Gebrselassie with his usual beaming big smile after his fourth consecutive Mancunian win after having picked up the first of the five in 2005 in what was then a UK All-Comers' record of 27:25. 

His next target is track 10 000 m on Sunday May 27 in Hengelo. Second Tsegaye Kebede 27:56 ahead of world marathon leader Ayele Abshero also 27:56, fourth Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda 28:19 and fifth marathon WR holder Patrick Makau 28:21. Best European Spanish Carles Castillejo 6th in 28:35 with Sergiy Lebid 7th 28:36. Italian Nadia Ejaffini was great second in 31:52 beating Kenyan Doris Changeiywo 32:04. Best Briton Charlotte Purdue in 32:13 fourth ahead of Ana Incerti 32:23 and Mara Yamauchi 32:28. 
Callender 10.07 in the 100 m
RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA, May 20): Brazilian Athletics Tour ended with fifth meeting, the 28th Grande Premio Brasil Caixa (IAAF World Challenge), on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro, the olympic place in 2016. In 24 degrees new good quality meet record in the women steeple by Moroccan Salima El Ouali in 9:31.03. Men´s 100 m produced fast 10.07 (+1.5) by Emmanuel Callender of Trinidad ahead of Jamaican Dexter Lee 10.21, Gerald Phiri 10.22 and Marc Burns 10.25. In expected jumps Yarisley Silva of Cuba again beat world champion Fabiana Murer in pole vault (460 to 450). Home olympic winner Maurren Maggi continued in winning, this time with 669 (-0.5) in the long jump. Another Brazil win for Rosangelo Santos in the women 100 m in 11.21 (+0.6) over favorites Sheniqua Ferguson of Bahamas 11.30 and US Lauryn Williams 11.32. Superb discus improvement and new Brazilian discus record for Ronald Juliao 65.41 over Cuban Jorge Fernandez 63.89. Laila Ferrer improved in women javelin to 60.21. Geisa Coutinho won the 400 m in 51.79, in men´s race Anderson Henriques 46.12 with US hurdler Kerron Clement third in 46.53. Mozambique´s Kurt Couto was the best in the 400 m hurdles in 49.71 over Andres Silva of Uruguay 49.78. Kenyan Anthony Chemut achieved solid 1:45.27 in the 800 m ahead of Brazilian Diego Martins 1:45.62. In remaining events Alexis Copello of Cuba won the triple jump 17.17 (+0.2), US Nichole Denby the 100 m hurdles 13.24 (-0.1), Jamaican Richard Phillips 13.63 (-0.2) at 110 m hurdles. In relays fast times for Brazilian teams 43.01, 38.63 (over All-Stars 38.87 Lee, Burns, Callender, Phiri) and 3:31.79. Only in men 4x400 m Venezuela got 3:01.88 over Cuba 3:02.21. 
Nazarov and Cosby IAAF HT Challenge winners
RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA, May 19): IAAF Hammer Challenge continued one day before the Rio meet with both competitions. Dilshod Nazarov won again in Brazil the men competition with 76.97. Belarus Sergey Kolomoets was second with 75.77. In women event US win for Jessica Cosby 71.80. Second Moldova´s Marina Marghieva 71.34 and third South American record holder Jennifer Dahlgren 70.45. 

Reese 685 in the long jump
TUCSON (USA, May 19): Elite meet second day registered US record holder Jill Camarena-Williams season best 19.82 in shot put over Michelle Carter 19.18 and life-time best for Sarah Walker 18.79. In men´s competition new PB for Kurt Roberts 21.14 ahead of Bosnian Kemal Mesic new PB 20.81. World champion Brittney Reese leaped to 685 (+1.8) in the long jump. Kara Patterson got 60.36 in the javelin and two males went over 80: Corey White 80.95 and Cyrus Hostetler 80.37. Nick Ross cleared 226 life-time best in the high jump. 

Zang-Milama 11.03 NR 
PORT OF SPAIN (TRI, May 19): Quantum Invitational here had Ruddy Zang-Milama of Gabon clocking new national 100 m record 11.03 (+1.1). US Calesio Newman won both men sprints in two personal bests 10.07 (+0.4) and 20.31 (+0.6). Fast women 200 m by Porscha Lucas 22.65 (+0.9). 400 m winners Natasha Hastings 51.71 and Bahamian Ramon Miller 45.78. Jamaican Roxroy Cato got personal best 49.03 at the 400 m hurdles. Hurdles were wind assisted. US Ronnie Ash 13.26 (+2.6) and Nikita Holder of Canada 12.74 (+3.4). Impressive senior national record and junior area record Keshorn Walcott of Trinidad in javelin 78.94. 

Stambolova 54.04 WL
IZMIR (TUR, May 19-20): Bulgarian Vania Stambolova won on Sunday during second day of Turkish Clubs League the 400 m hurdles in world leading 54.04. Home javelin record holder Fatih Avan registered European leading mark 2012 85.60. From first day to add sensational improvements of young Turkish female steeple runners to olympic qualifiers. Gamze Bulut 9:34.88 EL and Ozler Kaya 9:38.32. Esref Apak achieved 76.53 in hammer, Aydemir Esma in women 1500 m 4:09.06 and European champion Nevin Yanit windy 13.28 (+2.3) at 100 m hurdles. US guest Ty Akins won the 110 m hurdles in 13.67 (+1.8) and Kenyan Edwin Cheruiyot Soi the 5000 m in 14:00.43.


THESSALONÍKI (GRE, May 19): Periklís Iakovákis made his season début in the 400m hurdles, clocking a satisfying 49.93 in the 'Níkos Zahariádis Memorial' meet. The most impressive performance of the evening was credited to long jumper Yeóryios Tsákonas, who improved his pb with a massive 8.14 (+1.9). Both athletes achieved Helsinki standards and now set their goals in reaching Olympic qualifying marks. Running against the wind, Konstadínos Douvalídis won the 110m hurdles with 13.68, shortly after setting a new pb in the 100m (10.55), while in the throws, Yeóryios Trémos and Yervásios Filippídis opened the season with 59.62 and 79.82, in the discus and the javelin respectively.

LEFKOSIA (CYP, May 19): Greek javelin thrower Spirídon Lebésis showed early form in his first competition of the season, and while still in training stage, he registered an Olympic A-standard and new personal best with 83.02, during the 'Matsia' Spring Championships.

KATOWICE (POL, May 19): Olympic finalist Artur Noga started with good 13.61 (+1.6) and 13.63 (+1.7) in finals into the hurdles season here. 

BYDGOSZCZ (POL, May 19): At Academic National Championships Kamil Krynski improved to 20.80 (0.0) at the 200 m and Szymon Kiecana cleared 224 in the high jump, also PB.

VESZPREM (HUN, May 19): Balazs Baji posted windy 13.59 (+2.5) at 110 m hurdles and Marcell Deak Nagy opened with 46.34 in the 400 m. 

SENTA (SRB, May 19): At international meet here Bosnian Hamza Alic won the shot put with 19.99 ahead of Milan Jotanovic 19.30. Running star Amela Terzic won the 1500 m in 4:18.82. 

COPENHAGEN (DEN, May 19): Nordic Challenge in 10 000 winners were Norwegian Asbjorn Ellefsen 29:47.03 and Sweden´s Louise Wiker 34:28.50.

NOTTWIL (SUI, May 19): Lithuanian guest Rytis Sakalauskas sprinted here to 10.28 100 m win. Andreas Kundert achieved 13.71 (+0.6) in the hurdles.

ESPOO (FIN, May 19): Top shape for Lithuanian combined eventer Austra Skujyte with 187 in the high jump and 16.01 in the shot put.

HALLE (GER, May 20): Second day of throwing meet devoted to U23 category saw new Norwegian hammer senior record for Eivind Henriksen with 75.56. Irina Rodrigues won the discus with 62.91, new Portugal U23 record. 


LUXEMBOURG (LUX, May 19): New course record in rain at ING-Europe-Marathon. Kenyan Bellor Yator achieved 2:13:45 ahead of another Kenyan Kiprotich Kirui 2:19:39. Ethiopian Mahlet Melese was the best woman in 2:45.56.

DOURO (POR, May 20): Sara Moreira won for third time the Douro Vinhateiro half maraton in 1:10:55 ahead of Monica Silva 1:14:47. Rui Pedro Silva was the top male runner in 1:05:14.

RIGA (LAT, May 20): Riga Marathon winner Kipkorir Kurgat of Kenya was timed with 2:16:54 ahead of Japanese Shimizu Tomoya 2:16:58. Russian Inaida Aleksandrova was the best woman in 2:37:37. 

COPENHAGEN (DEN, May 20): Home winner of Copenhagen Marathon was Martin Parkhoi in 2:24:49. Best woman Barbara Sanchez of Ireland 2:41:17.

WURZBURG (GER, May 19): Kenyan John Kirui won the marathon here in 2:18:13. Lydia Rutto as top woman 2:42:37.

KASSEL (GER, May 20): Daudi Joseph of Tanzania won the Kassel Marathon in life-time best 2:14:47 ahead of Kenyan Hosea Kipkemoi 2:14:59. Salome Biwott of Kenya achieved 2:35:22 as women winner.

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