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Some fine performances in Karlsruhe, Germany, at the first IAAF World Tour on 3 February. My highlights of the meet:

1. Raphael Holzdeppe, clears 5.88m PB! WTF? Oh, it is odd year so may be good for Raphael. Holzdeppe is a fine vaulter, but, well, mercurial. This guy won the World Champs in 2013 in Moscow, always dangerous. Hope to see him vault higher! Holzdeppe defeated

2. Su Bingtian, what a nice opener for the 60 meters! 6.47 for Su Bingtian, after a 6.53 first round. Watch Su Bingtian this season. This guy has sub 10 second 100 meter endurance and his start, is well, very good!

3. Lea Sprunger, won the 400 meters in 52.03. The former heptathlete, now 400m hurdler is looking quite good this early in the season. Sprunger, who is quite tall, runs well on the 200 meter track and has the strength to get through rounds and then, run a fast final.

4. Genzebe Dibaba, in the rarefied indoor air, Genzebe ran 3:57.45, the second fastest women all time, and only her in front of the numero deux team. Who will battle her indoors? Could be fascinating double in Birmingham!

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HOUSTON (USA): After winning the Houston Half Marathon in 60:01, New Zealand's Jake Robertson will make his marathon debut in Lake Biwa in March, informs LetsRun. He will therefore miss the World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia and the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.

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RunBlogRun: Jake Robertson is making the evolution from trackster to marathoner. His win at Aramco Houston Half Marathon was pretty impressive. The Lake Biwa Marathon is early March should be a good one for Jake.

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Mergia vs M. Dibaba
DUBAI (UAE): Three-time winner Aselefech Mergia and former world champion Mare Dibaba will head the women's field for the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon on January 26. Ethiopia's Mergia is the fastest in the field with her PB of 2:19:31, while compatriot Dibaba, the 2015 world champion, has clocked 2:19:52. They will face defending champion Worknesh Degefa of Ethiopia in the bid for the $200,000 first prize. "We are excited to have two huge talents leading the women's field," said event director Peter Connerton. "Aselefech Mergia has won every time she has raced here, while Mare Dibaba has won World Championship and Olympic medals since finishing third in Dubai in 2012."
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RunBlogRun opines: RunBlogRun looking forward to covering the Dubai Marathon LIVE this year! Watch for our coverage of pressers and event with pressers on January 24 and event on January 26, 2018!

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The 46th year of the Chevron Houston Marathon and the 16th year of the Aramco Houston Marathon are now in the books. Here's how the race played out for the nearly 40,000 in the 5k, half marathon and marathon.

Mare Dibaba 1.jpegMare Dibaba, 2015 World Champ, 2016 Rio Olympic bronze medalist, will battle the field at 2018 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon, photo courtesy of Dubai Marathon
Mergia.jpegAsefelsch Mergia, three time winner of Standard Chartered Dubai marathon, photo courtesy of Dubai marathon
Well, the 2018 Standard Chartered Dubai marathon just upped their race, with the addition of three time Asefelch Mergia and 2015 World Champ, 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Mare Dibaba for the January 26, 2018 race! Here's the release and watch for our announcement of @runblogrun's LIVE coverage of the race this year.

The Dubai Marathon will be held in Dubai, U.A.E. on January 26, 2018. The Standard Chartered Dubai International Marathon has become the first important global marathon of the New Year. With his silver medal at the recent World Championships marathon in London in August 2017, Tamirat is focused on defending his title in Dubai from last year!

Worknesh Degafa, who had run 17 times for the half marathon under 70 minutes, debuted in Dubai last year with a 2:22 win and $200k for her victory. Degafa will be back in Dubai to defend her title from 2017.

Watch for more athletes to be announced over the next couple of weeks!

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Ethiopia's Tamirat Tola and Worknesh Degefa will be back to the defend their titles at the 2018 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon on January 26, photo courtesy of Dubai Marathon.

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