KIPSANG AND GALIMOVA IN HONOLULU
HONOLULU (USA, Dec 9): Fighting sometimes strong trade winds, Wilson Kipsang of Kenya and Valentina Galimova of Russia won the 40th Honolulu Marathon, leading a field of over 25,000 runners to the finish line at Kapiolani Park adjacent to Waikiki Beach. Kipsang clocked 2:12:31 in his debut at the event, while Galimova ran 2:31:23 to move up from third place at last year's race. Both athletes won USD 40 000 in prize money. Marcos Geneti held on to finish second in 2:13:08, followed by Kiplimo Kimutai (2:14:15), James Ivuti (2:14:55) then Julius Arile (2:15:17). Taku Harada was the first Japanese finisher, clocking 2:25:23 in 9th place. Defending champion Woynishet Girma was timed in 2:32:22, and was nearly caught by American Stephanie Rothstein Bruce who ran her own race and finished third in 2:32:47. She's the first American to make the top-4 here since Amy Legacki finished fourth in 1995. From Race Results Weekly.
KENYAN 300 M INDOOR RECORD
KENT (USA, Dec 8): Kenyan Carvin Nkanata who is studying in USA won the 300 m at Golden Flash Gala indoor meet in fast 33.13 ahead of Bryce Spratling 33.48. It is new Kenyan indoor record and third fastest ever by an African (32.36 Frankie Fredericks and 33.04 Rabah Yusif).
CANCUN (MEX, Dec 9): Kenya´s Julius Keter and Jerona Kimaiyo won the 28th Cancun International Marathon, where Ethiopia‚s Emere Reta, the first runner to cross the finish line, was disqualified. Reta crossed the finish line in 2:18:25, but was disqualified as he did not did not have his bib number visible. Victory went to 24-year old Keter (2:19:35) ahead of his countryman Isaac Kimaiyo (2:20:27). Kimaiyo took the top honours among women after a 2:39:20 effort, followed by US Aroa Mart (2:43:01) and fellow Kenyan Jemeli Tarus (2:43:10).
LISBON (POR, Dec 9): Russian Oleg Marusin won the 27th Lisboa Marathon in 2:19:02, second Bruno Farga in 2:23:03 is the national champion. The same goes to women winner Anabela Tavares in 2:45:44.
MALAGA (ESP, Dec 9): At 3rd Malaga Marathon the winners had a problem in the route of the course. They took a wrong way (organisation mistake), judges will still analyze the route of in the coming days to try to validate the results. For the moment Moroccan winner Abdelhadi El Mouaziz has 2:24:39 and Gemma Arenas 2:47:59.
CASTELLON (ESP, Dec 9): Kenyan Simon Kamama clocked good 2:11:32 to win the 3rd Castellon Marathon ahead of team-mates Kennedy Kwewei 2:14:04 and Hosea Kipkemoi 2:16:47. Top woman was Leah Jerotich 2:42:14. Former World champion Martin Fiz finished at age of 49 as 8th in 2:29:57.
DALLAS (USA, Dec 9): Dallas Marathon had Eastern European winners. Russian Vladimir Safronov in 2:19:38 and Belarussian Nastasiya Padalinskaya 2:43:55.
REGGIO EMILIA (ITA, Dec 9): Moroccan winner Jaouad Zain at the 17th Reggio Emilia Marathon in 2:18:21 ahead of Said Dourmi 2:18:53 and best Italian Carmine Buccilli 2:19:28. In women category Italian Elisa Stefani clocked 2:37:54 ahead of Croatian Marija Vrajic 2:53:51.
ROME (ITA): Dancesport is set to be included on the programme when the European Games makes its debut at Baku in 2015 in what could be the next step to it achieving Olympic recognition. It is expected to be confirmed as one of two non-Olympic sports, along with karate, when the full programme is finalised next March following the decision by the European Olympic Committees (EOC) in Rome yesterday to hold the Games. The move to include dancesport is bound to lead to criticism and derision but Patrick Hickey, President of the EOC, believes that it will help establish the European Games on the international calendar. „The European Games are not meant to be a carbon copy of the Olympics," he told insidethegames. „We want to be different, we want to be innovative."
HONOLULU (USA): Beijing Olympic Decathlon gold medalist Bryan Clay found running his first marathon both challenging and satisfying, even thought he did not race it competitively. He and wife Sarah trained for and ran today's 40th Honolulu Marathon together, clocking 4:46:31. „It was a beast," Clay said immediately after crossing the finish line. „The decathlon is a completely different animal. I think that it helped that I was running with my wife and not trying to be competitive. If you put a competitive atmosphere to this thing I think it would hurt you bad." Informs Race Results Weekly. It not clear as of now whether Clay will continue in 2013 in his decathlon career or not.
NAGASAKI (JPN, Dec 2): At time trials Kazuhiro Maeda clocked 28:24.17 in the 10 000 m. Rie Kawauchi was on top in women 5000 m with 15:41.60.
KUMAMOTO (JPN, Dec 8): National record holder Kayoko Fukushi achieved 15:46.95 in the 5000 m here.
CARBONDALE (USA, Dec 8): US NCAA medalist Jeneva McCall showed top shape early of the indoor season with shot put improvement to 19.10 (she did not had over 18 before) and another PB in weight throw 23.78.
BLOOMINGTON (USA, Dec 8): Canadian High jump olympic medalist Derek Drouin completed here a full pentathlon with 8.22 at the hurdles, 689 in long jump, 11.59 in shot put, 215 in high jump and 2:49.76 at 1000 m.
MANHATTAN (USA, Dec 8): Puertorican sprinter Carlos Rodriguez posted at All Comers meet 6.78 (60 m) and 33.64 (300 m) solid times.
COLLEGE STATION (USA, Dec 8): Prezel Hardy won the 60 m at Reveille Invitational with 6.73. Texas AM clocked solid 3:06.82 in the 4x400 m.
CARDIFF (GBR, Dec 8): UK international 800 m runner Joe Thomas returned from injury with solid 1:18.06 at the 600 m here.
GRANOLLERS (ESP, Dec 9): Judit Pla in 21:35 won the women 6.5 km at the 46th Granollers CC race ahead of Kenyan Sarah Kerubo 21:47. Moroccan Ilias Fifa as top male runner achieved 28:43 at the 10 km.
GUADIX (ESP, Dec 8): Irish walking record holder Robert Heffernan won the 27th Grand Prix walking race here at 5 km in 20:23. Women winner Anhoa Pinedo 14:02 at 3 km.