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Baldini_StefanoM-Athens19.JPGStefano Baldini, just after a fine 2:57 at Athens 2019, photo by Victah Sailer/ AMA

I was in Athens in 2004. It was a furnace. It was not Doha 2019, but the heat and humidity was amazing. Stefano Baldini ran the finest marathon of his life in 2004 Athens, taking gold. Meb Keflezighi took the silver, giving the US its first male Olympic medalist since Frank Shorter in 1976. Deena Kastor took the bronze, again, a first US women's medal since 1984 and Joan Benoit Samuelson.

This is a fun story. Baldini joined the 20,000 at the Athens Marathon. His story came from Race News Service, which is Joerg Wenig and Andy Edwards.

1-Komen_JohnFH-Athens19.JPGJohn Komen takes 2019 Athens Marathon, photo by Victah Sailer/

Baldini_StefanoR-Athens19.JPGStefano Baldini finishes the Athens Marathon, photo by Victah Sailer /

This report was provided by Race News service, our global partner in providing authentic content on the global world of marathoning. Watch for audio coming on the Athens Marathon later this week. Thanks to Joerg Wenig and Andy Edwards for their fine work.

Desisa_Lelisa-BostonMar19.jpgLelisa Desisa, photo by

Lelisa Desisa and Ruth Chepngetich were named Marathon Runners of the Year. Both Lelisa and Ruth won the World Championship Marathons in Doha last month. Desisa won the 2018 NYC Marathon marathon and took 2nd in the 2019 Boston marathon as well as winning the 2019 WC in Doha, in a final sprint.

Chepngetich_RuthFH1-Doha19.jpgRuth Chepngetich, photo by

Ruth Chepngetich won the Istanbul 2018 marathon and the Dubai 2019 Marathon as well as taking the hot and humid marathon in October 2019!

Rupp_Galen1d-USOlyT16.jpgGalen Rupp, photo by

Galen Rupp is made for the marathon. His 10,000m and 5,000m speed will always help him make a surgical break, when the time comes, in the marathon. He had a bad one in Boston, but, in pulling out at 19 miles, Rupp did not sustain too much damage. His race this weekend in Prague could be a good one.

In this interview with David Monti, we learn more from what Galen did not say. He turned off the Boston experience in order to focus on the task at hand. He was not being uncommunicative, the guy genuinely has no interest in the past bad experience. You can be sure Galen Rupp, Coach Alberto Salazar and team debriefed.

Also, Galen Rupp loves the track. Last year's 10,000m in Sacramento did not make him a happy camper. Galen is a very competitive guy, and he did not like being beat. One can expect a few forays into 25 laps so he can end on a winning note. But, who knows, I may be totally off my rockers.

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Holzdeppe_Raphael-Lausanne15.jpgRaphael Holzdeppe, photo by

Sprunger_LeaQ-London17.jpgLea Sprunger, photo by

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.

Robertson_JakeH-Houston18.JPGJake Robertson, Guye Adole, Aramco Houston Half Marathon, photo by

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.

Mergia_AselefechFV-Dubai15.jpgAselefech Mergia, photo by
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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."
Mergia_AselefechR-Dubai15.jpgAselefech Mergia, the thrill of victory, Dubai Marathon 2015, photo by
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!

Worku_BazuFH-Houston18.JPGBazu Worku wins 2018 Chevron Houston Marathon, photo by

Degefa_BiruktayitFL1a-Houston18.JPGBurukatayit Degafa, winner of 2018 Chevron Houston Marathon, photo by

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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