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Berhanu celebrating his win in Dubai, 23 January 2015, photo from Race news service

Berhanu hopes for Beijing from EME news and Race News Service

DUBAI (UAE): The fresh winner here and World leader 2015B Lemi Berhanu said after the race he wants to run the World Championships marathon in Beijing: "I would never have thought that I could win this race. It was my dream to do this in Dubai one day, but not this year! With around one kilometre to go I sensed that I could succeed," said the youngster, who had won his debut race in Zurich last year with 2:10:40. He has now improved by more than five minutes and is unbeaten in two races. "If my federation selects me then I would really like to run the marathon in the World Championships in the summer," said Berhanu, who said he had no idea what to do with the prize money of 200,000 Dollar. "I never thought about the money. I really don't know what I will do with it." Women winner Aselefech Mergia said: "I told myself after having my daughter that I could win a marathon again. We used the prize money from my first two wins in Dubai [2011 and 2012] to begin building a hotel back home, now we'll be able to complete the job." From the Race News.

(Editor's note: Berhanu, in his second marathon, kicked butt in the Dubai marathon. Obviously quite talented, it will be fun to see him shake it up with the World Championship crowd. Wanting to see how fast Mr. Bekele recovers from Dubai. Was a bit concerned that his Dubai, London was a bit adventuresome. )
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Abel Kirui Training Group, February 2012, photo by PhotoRun.net


Once a week, Justin Lagat, our long time correspondent from Kenya, gives us a view into racing and training in his homeland. Today, Justin discusses the realities, for many, of how to plan their long runs. 
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Meb Keflezighi has achieved what most baseball fans only dream of! The 2014 Boston Champion threw the first ball in Fenway Park on 23 April 2014. Topp's Baseball cards included Meb in their First Pitch collection, which goes on sale on February 6.

I am going to get a packet! Somewhere, in the attics of my parents house, lies my box of baseball cards from the 1960s with Willie Mays, Bob Gibson, Curt Flood, Dal Maxvill, and Red Schoenidist! Well, at least I think so, but that was 1974. 

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Lemi Berhanu upsets them all! photo by Giancarlo Colombo, PhotoRun.net

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Aselefech Mergia holds off Gladys Cherono, photo by Giancarlo Colombo, PhotoRun.net

The Dubai Marathon had some surprises for us, namely, an Ethiopian intersquad meet for the men and a nail biting battle for the women, coming down to one second on the clock difference between a three time defender and a debut marathoner! On the men's side, Lemi Berhanu, up until now a 2:10 marathoner, just knocked off five minutes from his pb!

Kenenisa Bekele did not finish, as he looked okay at 28k and by 29k, he was done, sore, under trained and thinking happy thoughts just does not do it. Bekele has much to learn about the distance after three events, it seems. Fascinating how no one knew that Renato Canova had both Bekele and the men's winner as current 
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The IAC, the management for Patrick Makau, Joyce Chepkirui and Wilson Chebet sent us this media piece and some great quotes and links! 
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Paula Radcliffe, at Berlin 2011, photo by PhotoRun.net


If you want your event to stand out, find the local story angle. What is the currency for the local market. The approach that Nova International is doing with Paula Radcliffe picking out six women who have notable stories makes lots of social media sense. 
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Junior men's 6km race ( Winner, Fredrick Kipkosgey in Kenyan kits),
photo by Justin Lagat 

Justin Lagat, our correspondent from Kenya, wrote this piece last weekend on the Uasin Gishu XC. We thank Justin Lagat for all his enthusiasm and writing, providing our North American, European readers, and his countrymen and women with an unique view into Kenyan running. 
The saga of Russian Race Walkers continues. This info was compiled by EME News. This is Russia's "Lance Armstrong" moment. Race Walking is a prized tradition in Russia and their performances have been well received and celebrated in Russia. 

The clamp down in Russia, not only on walkers, but various other athletes is an indication, I believe, of how dire the situation is. Leadership in the sport understands what is at stake here, with our sport. 

Some of the greatest stars of Russian race walking have been given bans from three years, two months, to eight years to life time. Read the series of updates below from EME News. 

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Sergey Bakulin, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Amy Hastings Cragg wins RNR PF Chang's Arizona, photo by Nils Nilsen

The PF Chang's race is a historic event.  It was there, way back in 2006, that I interviewed Haile Gebrselassie for the first time, thanks to the late Mike Long. Always impressed with RNR events, my visits this past fall at San Jose and during the summer at San Diego showed me that our sport continues to grow. 
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PHOTO: Janet Bawcom prior to the 2014 USA Half-Marathon Championships 
in Houston 
(photo by David Monti for Race Results Weekly)


David Monti did this piece on Janet Bawcom, on the eve of her race at the Aramco Houston Half Marathon on Sunday, January 18, 2015. 

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