MERGA AND KIBET
BOLZANO (ITA, Dec 31): In the 38th New Year's Eve run in Bolzano the duel between Kenya and Ethiopia ended in a tie. Cross Country World champion Imane Merga from Ethiopia won the duel against his compatriot Muktar Edris in a long finish in 29:12.3 and 29:12.7. Cross specialist Serhiy Lebid from Ukraine finished surprisingly third in 29:31. Fourth US Scott Bauhs just over Silas Kipruto (29:32.4 and 29:32.5). In the women's race, World silver medalist at 5000 m Kenyan Sylvia Kibet topped the field at 5 km in 16:21 ahead of two Ethiopians. Second Afera Godfay (16:23) and third Worknesh Degefa (16:25). Italian Silvia Weissteiner was fourth 16:42 over Margherita Magnani 16:50 and Moroccan Btissam Lakhouad 16:54.
TSEGAY AND P. JEPTOO
LUANDA (ANG, Dec 31): Ethiopian Atsedu Tsegay closed his year when winning the 57th Sao Silvestre de Luanda in front of over a million spectators who lined the streets of the Angolan capital. He clocked 28:17 at 10 km. Second Kenyan Alex Korio 28:30 and third another Kenyan Stephen Kibet in 28:32. Some 1000 runners participated in 30 degrees hot weather. Marathon olympic silver medalist Priscah Jeptoo was the top woman in 32:31 ahead of Pasalia Chepkorir 32:44 and Mercy Jerotich 32:59. Here the top Ethiopian was World CC medalist Azemra Gebru as 5th in 33:17.
RECORD FOR KOMON
PEUERBACH (AUT, Dec 31): The 32nd Peuerbach Silvesterlauf registered new course record at men 6.8 km when road world record holder Leonard Komon clocked 18:32. He improved the former top time from 1999 by 14 seconds. Second Geoffrey Kirui 18:32 and third European Champion Polat Arikan from Turkey 19:05. Fourth another Kenyan Amos Mitei 19:10 and fifth top Austrian Andreas Vojta 19:30 just ahead of another Kenyan Cornelius Kangogo 19:31. Seventh Austrian top marathon runner Gunther Weidlinger 19:36 who was running for first time since his injury during the Olympic marathon. Fresh European junior CC Champion Amela Terzic from Serbia ended her junior career with a win in 16:03 at 5.1 km ahead of world class German marathon runner Irina Mikitenko 16:07. Another Serbian Sonja Stolic was distant third 16:33. Top Austrian Andrea Mayr 5th 16:46. Some 10 000 spectators followed the race in nice and sunny weather (4 degrees).
T. BEKELE AND BURKA
MADRID (ESP, Dec 31): Ethiopian wins at the San Silvestre Vallecana at 10 km. Gelete Burka clocked impressive 30:53 and clearly beat former track world champion Linet Masai 32:13. Third best Spanish Diana Martin 32:32. Marta Dominguez was 7th 33:59, European medalist Natalia Rodriguez 9th 34:41 and Jessica Augusto of Portugal 10th 35:00. Olympic 10 000 m medalist Tariku Bekele was the best male in 28:29. Second Ayad Lamdassem 28:45 and third Roberto Alaiz 29:08 ahead of Manuel Penas 29:21.
KENYANS IN SAO PAULO
SAO PAULO (BRA, Dec 31): The classical 88th edition of Sao Silvestre here was dominated by Kenyans. Edwin Kipsang won the men 15 km in 44:05 ahead of Joseph Aperumoi 44:14 and Mark Korir 44:20. Best Brazilian Giovani dos Santos was fourth in 44:51. Maurine Kipchumba as best woman clocked 51:42 with Juma Sakilu of Tanzania third 52:11 and Elizabeth Rumokol third 52:50.
C. HARRER AND KIPSIRO
TRIER (GER, Dec 31): Corrina Harrer won the 5 km at Silvesterlauf here in 16:05 ahead of Sabrina Mockenhaupt (16:13) who could not so register and fourth win here. Third Anna Hahner 16:16 and fourth best Kenyan Cynthia Kosgei 16:19. Ugandan Moses Kipsiro won the men 8 km in 22:41. Kenyans followed with Dickson Kimutai 22:43 and Alex Kibet 22:45. Best European German Arne Gabius as 7th in 23:06.
MEUCCI BEATS LALLI
ROMA (ITA, Dec 31): European medalist Daniele Meucci won the 2nd edition We Run Rome 10 km in 28:45. Second Kenyan Nicholas Togom 28:51 and third European CC Champion Andrea Lalli 28:57. Portugal legend Rui Silva was fifth in 30:11. Ethiopian Embet Bedada was the best woman in 32:37, second Nadia Ejjafini 33:17 and third Ukrainian Tetyana Holovchenko 33:59.
OTHER ROAD RESULTS
NEW YORK (USA, Dec 31): While a 20-minute-long fireworks display boomed overhead, Delilah DiCrescenzo (21:07) and Christian Thompson (18:49) of the NJ-NY Track Club won 34th Emerald Nuts Midnight Run in Central Park in comfortably cold conditions. About 4000 fun-runners, many in festive costumes, finished the hilly four-mile race behind them. From RRW.
SOEST (NED, Dec 31): Ethiopian Sifan Hassan won the women 6 km at Sylvestercross in Netherlands with 22:30. Second Belgian veteran Veerle Dejaeghere 22:32 and third Almensh Belete 22:45. Home Khalid Choukoud won the men 10.4 km in 34:56 ahead of two Belgians Soufiane Bouchikhi 35:41 and Abdelhadi El Hachimi 35:47.
BIETIGHEM (GER, Dec 31): Rico Schwarz clearly won at 11.1 km in 33:47 here, top woman was Jana Soethout 38:14 ahead of Katharina Heinig 38:47.
SOEST (GER, Dec 31): Favorite Torsten Graw won the 31st Silvester Run from Werl to Soest at 15 km with 45:59. Top woman was Nina Stocker in 55:16.
VITORIA (ESP, Dec 31): Ethiopian Waka Chaltu won the women race at 4.8 km at the 30th Vitoria-Gasteiz race in 21:35. Second Marta Tigabea 21:49 and third Jewar Rehida 23:02. Ivan Fernandez topped the men field in 19:06 beating Ethiopian Moleta Baisa 19:18 and Ugandan Moses Kibet 19:23.
BEASAIN (ESP, Dec 31): Hamid El Mouaziz of Morocco won the 39th San Silvestre race in 25:44 at 9 km. Second Mohammed Blal 25:49 and third Hicham El Amrani 25:52. Malika Asahssah was the best woman in 30:28.
CREVILLENTE (ESP, Dec 31): Eritrean Kiflom Slum was the best at 26th San Silvestre Crevillentina with 29:06 at 10 km. Second Abderrahim El Asri 29:45 and third Kidane Tadese 29:57. Moroccan Khadija Sammah topped the women field after 33:59 ahead of Azucena Diaz 34:19 and Fatima Ayachi 34:53.
BERLIN (GER, Dec 31): Johannes Riewe (34:00) and Birte Schulz (40:25) are the senior winners at the 37th Berlin Silvesterlauf.
GERSTHOFEN (GER, Dec 31): German CC Champion Tobias Grobl won the 46th race in Gersthofen with 29:19 at 9.7 km. German marathon champion 2005 Monika Schuri won the women race in 36:21.
NURNBERG (GER, Dec 31): New course record 29:18 at 10 km by Manuel Stockert at 10th Silvesterlauf. Triathlon specialist Kristin Moller was the best woman in 36:58.
HERNE (GER, Dec 31): Steffen Uliczka in 30:10 and Eleni Gebrehiwot in 33:09 won the Silvesterlauf of Herne.
GIPPINGEN (SUI, Dec 31): Eritrean Uqubit Berhane won the Stausee-Lauf at 7.53 km in 22:11 ahead of Portugal´s Bruno Albuquerque 22:44. Swiss Joelle Fluck was the top woman at 7.53 km (26:53) 21 seconds ahead of Ethiopian Bayush Eshtuu.
GOTEBORG (SWE, Dec 31): Musael Temshegen of Eritrea won the Goteborg Sylvesterloppet at 10 km in 31:33. Top woman Charlotta Fougberg 35:26.
MAEBASHI (JPN, Jan 1): Konica Minolta won in 4:51:32 the New Year´s ekiden ahead of Toyota Kushu 4:55:24 and Honda 4:55:25.
CHIA (COL, Dec 31): Colombian Erika Abril who is London Marathon olympian won the 26th San Silvestre de Chia at 12 km with 39:10. In men 15 km Ethiopian Alene Reta won in 49:08 ahead of Kenyan Eric Kimaiyo 50:02 and best home runner Jose Alirio Carrasco 50:32.
AMADORA (POR, Dec 31): Manuel Damiao and Sara Moreira won the 38th edition of Sao Silvestre da Amadora. Damiao clocked 29:29 ahead of Moldova´s Roman Prodius 29:57 and Eritrean Amanuel Mesel 29:58. Moreira was more clear winner in 32:42 at the 10 km. Second Clarisse Cruz was timed with 34:33 and third Nazareth Weldu of Eritrea 34:45. Latvian marathon runner Jelena Prokopcuka was 8th in 36:31.
GALDAKAO (ESP, Dec 31): Sergio Sanchez won the San Silvestre de Galdakao in 24:40 at 8.4 km. Second Kenyan Emmanuel Kipsang 24:41 and third Hamid El Mouaziz of Morocco 24:44. Ethiopian Trihas Gebre won the women 4.2 km in 13:52. Second Spanish Paula Gonzalez 14:07 and third Malika Asahssah of Morocco 14:12.
SZYDLOW (POL, Dec 31): Radoslaw Kleczek won the oldest Silvester Race in Poland, the 33rd edition here in 24:01 at 8 km. Second Ukrainian Dmytro Lashyn 24:12. Women winner Hanna Hosenko of Ukraine clocked 27:22 ahead of another Ukrainian Olena Burkovska 27:26 and Belarus Svitlana Kudelic 27:27.
TOKYO (JPN, Jan 1): Winners of traditional New Year Walk were Takumi Saito 1:23:41 in men 20 km and Kumi Otoshi 44:45 in women 10 km.
SALO (FIN, Dec 30): Minna Nikkanen cleared solid 430 in indoor women pole vault.