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EME NEWS (OCT 12, 2008)
KIPLAGAT AND TADESE WINS THIRD GOLD
RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA, Oct 12): Kenyan-born Dutch runner Lornah Kiplagat won for third time in a row the autumn IAAF running championships which is now back to Half Marathon. In hot weather in Rio de Janeiro she clocked high quality 1:08:37. Silver for Ethiopian Aselefech Mergia and bronze for Kenyan Pamela Chepchumba. The same happened after another great solo to Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea who achieved 59:56 to win the men race. Here second Kenyan Patrick Makau Musyoki (1:01:54) and third former Kenyan and now Qatari Hassan Abdullah (1:01:57).
MUTAI 2:07:49 COURSE RECORD
EINDHOVEN (NED, Oct 12): Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai won the 25th Eindhoven Marathon clocking new course record 2:07:49. His team-mates from Kenya completed the podium with second Phillip Manyim 2:09:31 and third Joseph Kiprotich 2:09:33. Women race also saw Kenyan win for Lydia Kurgat with 2:33:39. Dutch champions were Greg van Hest with improvement to 2:15:38 (also standard for World Championships in Berlin) and Nadja Wijenberg with 2:42:28. Title defender Philip Singoei of Kenya gave up at 30th km due to hamstring injury.
HARTFORD (USA, Oct 11): Patrick Moulton won the 15th Hartford Marathon with 2:21:49. Female winner is Ethiopian Abrha Serkalem with PB of 2:38:37.
MELBOURNE (AUS, Oct 12): The biggest marathon in Australia winner was on Sunday in Melbourne Ethiopian Asnake Befikadu clocking 2:17:46. Japanese female win for Mai Tagami achieving 2:38:46. Australian half marathon championships were won by Shane Nakervis (1:05:58) and Cassie Fien (1:15:14). In total more than 20 000 runners competed in all races.
KOBE (JPN, Oct 11): Kenyan junior Christine Muyanga won the 5000 m at 16th Kobe Distance Meet with 15:40.78. She is 17 years old. In the 10 000 m race Winfridah Kebase of Kenya clocked 31:51.19 ahead of Flomena Cheyech (31:58.50) and British olympic 6th marathon placer Mara Yamauchi 32:14.88.
TRENTO (ITA, Oct 11): Kenyan Moses Mosop won the 10 km road race â€žGiro Podistico Internazionale della cittaâ€š di Trento – Giro al Sas” with 28:29. The 2005 World Championships bronze medalist at 10 000 m beat clearly former marathon world champion Jaouad Gharib of Morroco (28:57). Third place for Kenyan David Toniok (29:17) ahead of best home runner Andrea Lalli (29:32). The Olympic marathon winner 2004 Stefano Baldini was sixth (29:35).
ST. PETERBURG (RUS, Oct 11): At road mile named after Olympic winner and former world record holder Tatyana Kazankina (was present at the event) Valentin Smirnov won the male race with 4:01.6. Experienced Vyacheslav Shabunin was second (4:01.8). Natalya Yevdokimova was the women race winner clocking 4:53.0 beating Tatyana Gudkova (4:56.4) and Kseniya Stepanova (5:00.1).
MOSCOW (RUS, Oct 11): Vladimir Safronov won the Simonov Memorial cross country race. At 6 km he clocked 18:24. Oksana Belyakova was the best woman (21:51).
LONDON (GBR): Kelly Holmes has predicted that Britain’s athletes will be a success at the Olympics in London despite falling short of their target at Beijing this year. Dame Kelly, the double Olympic 800 and 1500 metres gold medallist in Athens in 2004, claimed that there had been encouraging signs from the British team in Beijing even though they won only four medals, one short of the target set by National Lottery distributor UK Sport. She said:
â€žIn Beijing we had more finalists and more personal bests, but we want more
medals and I think they are on their way. Athletics is a showcase for the
Olympic Games, so the expectation is that the sport will produce more
medals. I think we have got young hopefuls and hopefully the experiences
they have had in Beijing will mean they come to the fore in 2012.” Infomrs
LONDON (GBR): Nearly half the countries that participated in the Beijing Olympics failed to tell officials where their athletes were so they could be drug tested outside of competition, a new report has discovered. The report, published by independent observers for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said 102 of 205 countries represented in the Chinese capital did not provide Olympic officials with information about their athletes’ whereabouts. Informs insidethegames.com. They lauded the increased number of overall tests (4,770), blood tests (969) and tests for EPO (Erythropoietin) (817) and human growth hormone (471), along with some specifically targeted tests.
OSLO (NOR): Great Norwegian versatility. Ingunn Hultgreen Weltzien, member of the Norwegian team winning the team competition in 24th WMRA World Mountain Running Trophy is also a further World junior champion in orienteering (sprint) in 2006. Also a member of the Norwegian team winning the FIS Junior World Ski Championships 4×3.3km relay in 2006.
Used with permission of Alfons Juck, EME News.