March 2015 Archives
GUIYANG (CHN, Mar 28): Ethiopia and Kenya as expected dominated at the World CC Championships first time held in China. They won all 12 individual medals and finished one-two in all four team standings. At the end Ethiopia was better 5-3-3 with Kenya 3-5-1. Remaining four team medals went to Bahrain (twice), Eritrea and Uganda. Best non-African (and non Bahrain) individual position was the 15th place of Spain´s Trihas Gebre in women senior race. Ethiopian runners won both junior races, Letesembet Gidey and Yasin Haji . In junior girls both other medals also for Ethiopia (Dera Dida ) and Etgegn Woldu (), in junior boys for Kenya (Geoffrey Korir and Alfred Ngeno ). Women senior race had Agnes Tirop winning the gold for Kenya (26:01) over Ethiopians Senbere Teferi (26:06) and Netsanet Gudeta (26:11). The title defender Emily Chebet was 6th (26:18). In the most anticipated men senior race top two for Kenya with versatile Geoffrey Kamworor after winning last year World Half-Marathon title now the CC gold 34:52 over Bedan Karoki 35:00 and best from Ethiopians third Muktar Edris 35:06 as third. Ethiopia won all team titles but one, junior boys was for Kenya. Best European runners were Maria Larsen of Denmark (junior girls, 30th,), Yemaneberhan Crippa from Italy (junior boys, 20th, 24:52), Trihas Gebre from Spain (women, 15th, 27:50) and Polat Arikan Kemboi from Turkey (men, 22nd, 36:40). Best teams France (girls, 11th), Italy (boys, 8th), Spain (women, 7th) and Spain (men, 12th). Next edition of World CC Champs will be held in 2017 in Kampala, Uganda.
SECOND WAVE OF TOP NAMES FOR DRAKE RELAYS
DES MOINES (USA): The 106th Drake Relays end of April announced second wave of top names for this year. In women hurdles Dawn Harper-Nelson will clash with Queen Harrison, Lolo Jones, Brianna Rollins, Eurochamp Tiffany Porter and indoor revelation Sharika Nelvis. They will also compete in the traditional shuttle relay. Great also men 400 m hurdles with Javier Culson against Michael Tinsey, Johnny Dutch and Briton Dai Greene. Women 400 m is offering Sanya Richards-Ross, Francena McCorory, Jamaican Novlene Williams-Mills and Natasha Hastings. In the women 400 m hurdles former World champ Lashinda Demus is going to clash with Georganne Moline for example. French star Teddy Tamgho is facing in triple jump US top two stars Christian Taylor and Will Claye. In women high jump Chaunte Lowe with Spanish Ruth Beitia will be two veterans clashing.
(Editor's note: Hy-vee is sponsoring the Drake Relays once again, and we applaud their support! I really like the competition and focus on rivalries. It is what I like on the Pre Classic as well. Rivalries make our sport exciting!)
GUIYANG (CHN): Kenya are expected to re-affirm their supremacy at World CC Championships in Guiyang. The 2015 squad looks fired up to extend its dominance, banking on a mix of upstarts and the experienced athletes. , the 24-member team had a light training at Uhuru Gardens along Lang'ata Road, then returned to YMCA South C hostels before leaving Jomo Kenyatta International Airport aboard Ethiopian Airlines in the evening to Guangzhou, where they made a stop-over and then connected to Guiyang. Kipsang Kamworor, the team captain and 2011 world cross country junior champion, said they were under no pressure to perform well. "What remains now is to go and make our nation proud in China. We will give our best since we have all trained well and together and remain focused on the task ahead," said Kamworor. Janet Kisa, the Commonwealth 5000m and African cross-country silver medallist, is the women's team captain. Writes East Standard. "Training has been wonderful. We have done the speed work and other aspects of training. And the discipline has been high, very high. There is also unity. This team is ready to take on the world. The team is ready to go out and conquer the world," team manager John Kimetto said. The squad trained in residential camp for about a month at the high altitude St Marks Teachers Training College in Kigari, Embu, that stands at 1350 m above sea level. In last edition in Bydgoszcz Kenya won 3 out of 4 individual races and 2 out of 4 team scores.
PARIS (FRA): After his debut competition (16.78 in Eaubonne) triple star Teddy Tamgho launched his first music single. Tamgho who is a rap enthusiast sings in the song "Champion" with rapper Mafia K´1 Fry OGB. It evokes all the obstacles of the life of the world indoor record holder. His next competition is planned for end of April at Drake Relays in Des Moines. From L´Équipe.
LISBON (POR): The 25th Lisbon Half Marathon takes place . Double World and Olympic champion Mo Farah (60:00, 2014) may be the star of the men's field, but he is by no means the fastest. That title falls to the 9th fastest of all-time, Stephen Kibet of Kenya (58:54, 2012), the winner of the October Lisbon half marathon. The defending men's champion Bedan Karoki will not be returning as he is on the Kenyan team for the World Cross Country, but last year's runner-up Silas Kipruto (59:39, 2010) will toe the start line. Micah Kogo (59:07, 2012) will be another top Kenyan challenger, while World half marathon bronze medallist Guye Adola (59:06, 2013), who won the New Delhi half marathon in November may lead the Ethiopian charge. Belgium's Bashir Abdi, who missed most of the cross country season due to an injury, will make his debut. In the women's race, Priscah Jeptoo is the 5th fastest of all-time, with the 66:11 she ran to win the RAK half marathon in 2013. She has also run 65:45, but on the record ineligible Great North Run course. Her competition in Lisbon includes, Rose Chelimo (68:40, 2014), who is unbeaten this season, running a quick 68:53 in Adana. The home nation will be well represented by Sara Moreira (70:08, 2010) and Ana Dulce Felix (68:33, 2011). 2004 Olympic Champion Mizuki Noguchi of Japan is also in the field. The men's course record is also the world record, 58:23 by Zersenay Tadese in 2010.
RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA): Usain Bolt will run his first international meet of the season in Rio De Janeiro on , report ESPN Brazil. This will be the third year in a row that Bolt has competed in the Mano a Mano athletic challenge, which this year will move from Copacobana beach to the Brazilian Jockey Club. The multiple world and Olympic gold medallist will in the 100 m race against two other international sprinters and one local athlete. Bolt ran 10.06 (-0.9) at the meet in 2014.
I have watched Ryan Hall race since he was a high school phenom. His Houston Half marathon performance in 2007 just showed how good he was, and his first London was mind boggling.
With a 13:16 5,000m pb, a 10,000 pb run in a 120 mile week, and his 2:04.55, Ryan Hall has the ability to win not only a World Marathon Majors title, but an Olympic or World marathon medal.
In my mind, Ryan Hall has squandered his talent. I could not even believe his performance in LA Marathon.
So, I sat down this evening and wrote my beef with Ryan.
This was after hearing his social media note on his run at ASICS LA Marathon.
Something, I felt, had to be said, and written.
Chris Chavez wrote this piece for RunBlogRun today. Chris Chavez writes for ESPN.com and several other sites. We asked Chris to ask some of the top finishers about their thoughts on the LA Marathon course and what the marathon trials course looks like to them. Here are their thoughts....
CUENCA (ECU, Mar 14): Angela Tenorio of Ecuador again improved the South American U23 and junior record and national senior record to excellent 11.09 (+0.8) in the 100 m. She is now 8th best all-time junior. At this South American Grand Prix meet in pole vault Jose Pacho twice improved the national record to 522 and 526 cm. In the men 100 m Diego Palomeque won in 10.35 over 200 m Olympic finalist Alex Quinonez 10.37 and Andy Martinez of Peru 10.43. In 10 000 m walk Cristian Chocho 41:55.50 and Brazilian Erica Sena 47:43.50.
Rod Dixon's Kids Marathon Foundation runs to success! by Jeff BenjaminOver 4000 Students from over 250 schools -grades 8 & under- from the Los Angeles Unified School District Beyond the Bell Branch + 1000 Students from the Inland Empire and Chino Hills School District, together with Students from Glendora participated at the Final Mile Celebration at Dodger Stadium on March 8 2015. Together with these students of the KiDSMARATHON 'in school' programthere were 12,000 family and parents to cheer them on, as they ran their Final Mile of their MARATHON. 25,000 Students started training January 12 to accumulate 25.2 over the period of 8-10 weeks. They ran into Dodger Stadium over a distance of 1.2 miles thereby finishing the Marathon distance to great cheers and applause!
KiDS Marathon, a view from a participant, courtesy of KIDSMarathonFoundation.org
Tenorio 11.18 over 100 m South American junior record
QUITO (ECU, Mar 1): Ecuador´s super talent in sprint and World Junior and Youth medalist Angela Tenario improved at the Los Chasquis track her own South American junior record here to excellent 11.18. She returned from one month training in Orlando, Florida.