One of the biggest paydays ever in road racing, the innovative B.A.A. Boston Distance Medley, won by Allan Kiprono and Kim Smith. That should open some eyes for the elite distance community, with Kiprono and Smith winning $100k each for have best combined times over the three race series, which inclues 5k, 10k, and Half marathon events. Kiprono ran 13:48 for 5k, 28:37 for 10k and 1:01.44 for the half marathon distance. Smith ran 15:26 for 5k, 31:36 for 10k and 1:10:57 for the half marathon distance.
Kebede course record 2:04:38
CHICAGO (USA, Oct 7): Chicago Tribune informs that with a stunning effort over the second half of the race Sunday, Tsegaye Kebede became the first Ethiopian man to win the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and broke the year-old course record by nearly a minute in 2:04:38. It is also fourth fastest time of the year 2012. Moses Mosop of Kenya clocked 2:05:37 last year. Second Feyisa Lilesa 2:04:52. The winner covered the second half in 61:43 after a first half in 62:55. It was an Ethiopian sweep, with Tilahun Regassa third in 2:05:26. The top U.S. finisher, Dathan Ritzenhein, lowered his personal best by more than two minutes to take ninth in 2:07:47 (the third fastest U.S. ever). Last year's runner-up, Wesley Korir of Kenya, bettered his personal best by two seconds (2:06:13) while finishing fifth. Fourth Sammy Kitwara debuted with superb 2:05:54 as the top Kenyan of the day. Kenya's Rita Jeptoo raised her arms in celebration, but it was Ethiopian Atsede Baysa who narrowly edged out her in 2:22:03. Only in 2009 were the winners also separated officially by just one second, but the official records do not separate times by less than a second (2:22:04 for Baysa). Third Kenyan Lucy Kabuu 2:22:41 and fourth title defender Liliya Shobukhova 2:22:59 what is European leading time of 2012. Fifth position Caroline Rotich 2:23:22 ahead of Russian Mariya Konovalova 2:25:38. Best US runner Renee Metivier-Baillie 2:27:17 in great debut as 8th. With the help from Chicago Tribune website.
Big pay day for Kiprono and K. Smith
BOSTON (USA, Oct 7): Race Results Weekly informs that with their convincing victories at 12th B.A.A. Half-Marathon here, Allan Kiprono of Kenya and Kim Smith from New Zealand locked up the inaugural three-race B.A.A. Distance Medley title, collecting USD100,000 each, the largest non-marathon prize in all of road running. Kiprono's time of 1:01:44 was a course record, while Smith's mark of 1:10:57 was just five seconds off of Caroline Rotich's event record from 2010. Second Lani Rutto 1:01:55 and third Sam Chelanga 1:03:22. Ireland´s Alistair Cragg was fifth (1:04:10). Ethiopian Aheza Kiros was second woman in 1:12:50.
CHICAGO (USA): Ken Nakamura stats after Chicago Marathon: with 2:04:38 Tsegaye Kebede ran non-Boston US all comers record. Chicago now has 6th fastest course record. It is now faster than London & New York, among World Marathon Majors. Regassa, with 2:05:26, ran 4th fastest marathon debut. The season 2012 now has 11 sub-2:05 (prev record 7 in 2011), 21 sub-2:06 (prev record 17 in 2011) 37 sub-2:07 (prev high was 36 in 2011) and 69 sub-2:08 (prev high was 64 in 2011). After today, top 10 average for Chicago marathon has improved to 2:05:34, fifth fastest in the world. Kebede's top 5 average has improved to 2:05:21, 4th best behind G Mutai, Haile, and Makau. Feyisa Lilesa is now the fastest 23 years old, replacing Wanjiru who recorded 2:05:10 in 2009 London. Shobukhova improved her top 5 average to 2:20:48, but she is still 3rd behind Radcliffe and Ndereba. The year has 35 sub-2:24 performances highest ever. Prev high was 29 in 2011. The season has 73 sub-2:26 performances, highest ever; previous high was 69 in 2011.
GIFU (JPN, Oct 6-7): At 67th National Sports Festival Mahai Sugimachi of Brazil clocked 49.13 at 400 m hurdles. Masashi Eriguchi won the 100m in 10.29 (+0.6). In the 10 000 m track walking Yusuke Suzuki achieved 40:10.16 ahead of junior Takumi Saito 40:11.71.
MARRAKESH (MAR, Oct 7): Winners of the 10 km road race were Hafid Chadi 28:09 and Ethiopian Moges Betlehem 33:19.
SAN JOSE (USA, Mar 7): San Jose Rock and Roll Half Marathon winners are Canadian Simon Bairu 1:03:28 ahead of Sergio Reyes 1:03:31 and Scott Bauhs 1:04.29. In women, category Clara Peterson 1:12:52.
SOLVANG (USA, Mar 6): Kenyan Silas Kisorio won the Solvang Mile in California with 4:11.65 and got 1000 USD prize.
ZAGREB (CRO, Mar 7): Kenyan Wycliffe Biwot won the 21st Zagreb Marathon in 2:25:08, Serbian Ana Subotic was the top woman 2:43:32.
FRIBOURG (SUI, Mar 7): Kenyan wins at 79th Murtenlauf at 17.45 km. Shadrack Kimaiyo got 54:52 and Nancy Koech 1:03:18.