Paulson, Hartman take Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, Abdi takes Medtronic 10 Mile, Marathon Updates, by Alfons Juck, Deep thoughts by Larry Eder



Ilse Paulson, Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, US Champs, winner, photo by

Congratulations to Ilse Paulson, who made up a 40 second deficit and took over the lead at 24 miles to win her debut in 2:31:49 over Colleen de Reuck at the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon. Congrats to Jason Hartmann, who ran his personal best of 2:12:09 to win by nearly one minute in the men's race at the Medtronic.


Jason Hartmann, the Medtronic Twin Cities 2009 men's winner, photo courtesy of

And finally, congratulations to Abdi Abdirhaman, who ran his pb in winning the Medtronic 10 Miles, a US champs distance in 46:35.


Abdi Abdirhaman, the Medtronic 10 Mile champ, US Championships, photo courtesy of



KOSICE (SVK, Oct 4): Two of three aims of the organisers were fulfilled. The 86th International Peace Marathon of Kosice (the oldest in Europe) had record breaking participation of more than 5000 runners in all races. Also Ukrainian Olena Burkovska in her debut improved the 20 years old course record (2:31:28 by Alena Peterkova in 1989) by 38 seconds with 2:30:50. Only the goal to improve the male course record (2:09:53 by Kenyan William Biama in 2007) did not happen as the winning Kenyan Jacob Chesire clocked life-time best of 2:10:59, the third best mark in the history of Kosice race (also faster was last year winner Dejene Yirdawe of Ethiopia 2:10:51) but was alone at the last nearly 20 km and struggled with the wind.

In sunny, but windy weather the pace was fast at first 5 km (14:55) followed by 30:27 at 10 km and 45:51 at 15 km what was 2:08:40 pace (by Kenyan pacemaker Elijah Tarus). At the half-mark still sub 2:09 was possible with 1:04:18 and after 25 km when pacemakers faded the future winner took the lead but nobody really helped him. He was still at sub 2:10 at 35 km (1:47:22) with more than 100 metres lead but could not increase his pace but still managed to and finishl 8 seconds ahead of his personal best 2:11:07 from Venice Marathon 2008 (was second). Chesire is 27 years old and completed his 6th marathon, his prize money will be 9000 E. „This was a great race for me, unfortunately nobody helped me after 25 km, I was fighting against the wind, otherwise the time would be under 2:10,“ said Chesire. Unkown Ethiopians in their first races outside their country from Haji Adilo coaching group achieved excellent times and life-time bests. Both are claiming they were running 2:15 and 2:16 in Addis Ababa. Shume Legese as second 2:11:36 and Kedir Kassa as third 2:11:39. Fourth Yusuf Songoka of Kenya clocked solid 2:12:51 and fifth Ketema Tadesse of Ethiopia 2:13:28. To complete top six by 3 Ethiopians and 3 Kenyans, Wilson Chelal was sixth in 2:14:24. In all cases best results for the positions 2-6 in the history of the race. First European was Belarus former European junior track medalist Stsiapan Rahautsou who debuted with 2:19:39 as 8th. Imrich Pastor won his third Slovak title in a row but was not satisfied with final time of 2:28:35 and 10th position.

In women race 4 Africans tried hard with the pace (1:15:22 at half-mark) but after 27 km Ukrainian debutant (28 years) Olena Burkovska speeded up the pace and increased her lead at 30 km to 100 m until 4:09 minutes at the end. She had so far 1:15:06 half-marathon best and for her this was a real break-through race. "I m not too surprised, I was specially preparing for this race. The others were not running consistently today, I really wanted a fast time,“ said the student of Farmacology in Kyiv who also has a five years old daughter Anna. She won int total 10 000 E (more than the best man) and said that she will use it to buy a new flat. Second 20 years old Ethiopian Radiya Adlo Roba improved in her 4th marathon the PB to 2:35:00. Third Kenyan Florence Chepkurui missed her PB by nearly one minute with 2:36:01. In next places Ethiopians followed in marathon debuts. Amelwork Fikadu 2:37:48 and Dihihinet Damsaw 2:48:03. Slovakian Ingrid Petnuchova finished as next (6th) in 2:57:28 and defended her national title from last year. In women races best times in the history for positions 1-4. Former Slovak prime minister Mikulas Dzurinda finished as 151th in excellent 3:22:08 at age of 54 years in his 24th marathon.

Special guest was double Olympic winner Waldemar Cierpinski who also run a leg in a special promotional relay and promised that he might come back next year and run the full distance at age of 60. Kosice is special for him as he run here his first international marathon in 1974 and also the last in 1985, but never won.


men: 1. Jacob Chesire, KEN 2:10:59 PB 9000 E, 2. Shume Legese, ETH 2:11:36 PB 4000 E, 3. Kedir Kassa, ETH 2:11:39 PB 2000 E, 4. Yusuf Songoka, KEN 2:12:51 1500 E, 5. Ketema Tadesse,ETH 2:13:28 1000 E, 6. Wilson Chelal, KEN 2:14:24 600 E, 7. William Todoo Rotich, KEN 2:17:16 500 E, 8. Stsiapan Rahautsou, BLR 2:19:39 (debut) 400 E, 9. Petr Pechek, CZE, 2:26:50, 150 E, 10. Imrich Pastor, SVK 2:28:35 (national champion) 100 E

women: 1. Olena Burkovska, UKR 2:30:50 10 000 E (debut), 2. Radiya Adlo, ETH 2:35:00 PB 2000 E, 3. Florence Chepkurui, KEN 2:36:01 1000 E, 4. Amelwork Fikadu, ETH 2:37:48 800 E (debut), 5. Dihihinet Demsew, ETH 2:48:03 500 E (debut), 6. Ingrid Petnuchova, SVK 2:57:28 150 E (national champion)

Other winners:

M40: 1. Peter Tichy,SVK 2:30:09, M50: 1. Vladimir Pribula, SVK 2:56:28, M60: 1. Jaroslav Horny, SVK 3:08:54, M70: 1. Jiri Brezina,CZE 4:36:08

W35: 1. Oksana Ovechkina, RUS 3:49:36, W40: 1. Anna Balosakova, SVK 3:21:57, W50: 1. Alena Krchakova, SVK 3:29:57

half-marathon: 1. Miroslav Vanko, SVK 1:09:53, women: 1. Katarina Beresova, SVK 1:17:35

In total now 273 sub 2:20 men times and 175 sub 3:00 women times are registered in the history of the race.

KOLN (GER, Oct 4): At 13th Koln Marathon for first time the 2:10 barrier was broken. Kenyans Evans Ruto and Samson Bungei clocked as first and second new course record 2:08:36. Third Adam Khamis of Bahrain achieved new national record 2:09:09 (he is former Kenyan Hosea Kipkemboi). Home hero Sabrina Mockenhaupt was able to run a marathon only six weeks after Berlin World Championships and although tired she won clearly in 2:30:12. Second and third Kenyans Rose Nyangacha 2:38:07 and Prisca Kiprono 2:46:21. In the men race from positions four to 12 all Kenyans and all with sub 2:20 times.

ST. PAUL (USA, Oct 4): Ilse Paulson (only 20 years old) improved to excellent 2:31:49 to get the US women marathon title. She also secured her qualification to US Olympic Marathon trials 2012 with winning the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon. 45-years old Colleen De Reuck was second in excellent 2:32:37. Jason Hartmann as male winner also clocked career best 2:12:09 ahead of Kenyans Augustus Kavutu (2:13:03) and John Njoroge (2:13:26). Best European Grigoriy Andreyev of Russia as 5th (2:13:59).

BRUSSELS (BEL, Oct 4): At Brussels Marathon in all races 8500 runners participated. Kenyan Abraham Potongole debuted with 2:15:20 ahead of Belgian Rik Ceulemans (2:17:36) and another Kenyan William Suparimuk (2:18:36). Home Virginie Soenen was the best woman in 3:07:12.

INVERNESS (GBR, Oct 4): At Loch Ness Marathon Kenyan wins for Simon Tonui (2:20:13) and Joice Kirui (2:48:25).

BREGENZ (AUT, Oct 4): At Austrian Marathon also Kenyan win for Samson Sparimuk in 2:15:59 beating his team-mate Titus Kipchumba (2:16:18). Selina Cherono was the best woman in 2:37:59 ahead of Belarus Volha Salevich 2:39:22.

BUDAPEST (HUN, Oct 4): The 24th Budapest Marathon saw 13 300 runners. Kenyan Moses Chepkwony was the winner in 2:25:16 with Ferenc Biri second in 2:25:25 (national title). Andrea Szederkenyi-Takacs was the leading woman and got the national title in 2:44:32.

PESCARA (ITA, Oct 4): Danunziana Marathon winner was Kenyan Nicodemus Biwott with 2:17:33. His team-mate Matthew Rugut achieved 1:04:41 as Half-Marathon winner.

BELAYA TSERKEV (UKR, Oct 3): At 6th marathon here also national titles of Ukraine for 2009 were given. Aleksey Rybalchenko clocked 2:17:55 to win ahead of Nikolay Yukhimchuk 2:18:23 and debuting Aleksey Matviychuk 2:19:12. Women winner was Anna Peshkova with life-time best 2:47:55.


LISBON (POR, Oct 4): Silas Sang won the Half-Marathon of Portugal in good 1:00:20 and defended his title from last year. Second was world marathon silver winner from Berlin Emmanuel Mutai who clocked 1:00:39. Third Nicholas Kiprono achieved 1:01:01. Best European Rui Pedro Silva of Portugal with 1:03:33 ahead of Spanish “Chema” Martinez (1:03:39). Helen Kiprop was the best woman in 1:10:26 beating home top runners Dulce Felix (1:10:44) and Marisa Barros (1:11:07).

NANCY (FRA, Oct 4): French marathon record holder Christelle Daunay who is in preparation for New York City Marathon improved at Nancy Half-Marathon to second fastest by a French woman 1:09:19 and won. The national best is 1:09:15 by Nadia Prasad in 1996. Male winner Kenyan Lawrence Rotich achieved 1:03:50.

BREDA (NED, Oct 4): Kenyan triumph at Breda Singelloop in Half-Marathon. Winning Joseph Kiptoo achieved 1:01:04 ahead of Julius Aryle (1:01:07) and Abraham Rotich (1:01:59). At the end of top ten the best Europeans. Netherlands Greg Van Hest as 9th (1:04:48) and Austrian Martin Steinbauer as 10th (1:04:54). Joan Aiyabei took also the women title for Kenya (1:13:42) with Czech Petra Kaminkova beeing the best European as 4th (1:18:35).

FREIBURG (SUI, Oct 4): Kenyan junior John Mwangani won the 76th Murten-Freiburg road race at 17.17 km clocking 52:37. Behind him Eric Nyonsaba of Burundi 53:23 and Ethiopian Tesfaye Eticha (53:55.7). Also women winner was a Kenyan as Helen Musyoka got 1:01:29.9 ahead of Swiss Martina Strähl (1:01:43.9).

MINNEAPOLIS (USA, Oct 4): Three-time Olympian Abdi Abdirahman completed a successful tune-up for next month‘s ING New York City Marathon today when he won the USA 10 mile title at the Medtronic TC 10 Mile today in Minneapolis. For Abdirahman, of Tucson, Ariz., who ran a personal best 46:35, it was his second national 10 mile title; he also won in 2005. Writes Race Results Weekly.

VOLPIANO (ITA, Oct 4): Nahash Rugut of Kenya won the 7th Half-Marathon Abate Guglielmo with 1:04:36.

EISENSTADT (AUT, Oct 4): Austrian Half-Marathon title winners were here Markus Hohenwarter (1:08:05) and Ursula Bredlinger (1:20:28).

WIEN (AUT, Oct 3): At 61st International road race (Hohenstrassenlauf) Kenyan Franics Kimurgor achieved 42:47 at 14.3 km and Hungarian Livia Toth was the best woman in 50:59.

ORENBURG (RUS, Oct 3): Russian Cross-Country titles for Alena Samokhvalova at 6 km (19:48, ahead of Oksana Belyakova 19:53) and Aleksey Reunkov at 10 km (29:54). U23 titles for Irina Sergeyeva (20:17 at 6 km) and Egor Nikolayev (29:41 at 10 km).


BEYROUTH (LIB, Oct 4): Fourth day of athletics at Francophone Games saw French national record holder Manuela Montebrun winning the hammer with games record 70.26 m ahead of Romanian Bianca Perie (67.67). Other French titles for Gabriella Kouassi in heptathlon (5460) and Vincent Favretto in pole vault (540). Morroco celebrated three golds. Hayat Lambarki won the women´s 400 m hurdles (58.40), Chakir Boujattaoui was the best in men´s 5000 m (13:42.72) and Zaid Laroussi in marathon (2:24:08). Women´s marathon winner was Rwanda´s Epiphane Nyirabarame (2:44:36). Morrocan national record holder in steeple Hanane Ouhaddou lost in finish the battle for gold (10:07.40) to Romania´s Ancuta Bobocel (10:05.01). African Championships medalist Hugo Mamba won the triple jump gold for Cameroon with solid 16.78 (-0.3). In heats Stephane Buckland of Mauritius was the fastest at 200 m with 20.78 (0.0). World finalist Amine Laalou won here already the 1500 m and was the fastest in 800 m heats (1:51.15). The athletics competition will end here on Monday.

KREMS (AUT, Oct 3): During Austrian 50 km walk championships also Polish walkers fighted for the titles. The winner Rafal Sikora improved to good 3:52:33. Second Lukasz Nowak achieved 3:58:57.

SARAJEVO (BIH, Oct 3): The 10th International Friendship Meeting for juniors saw men and women teams of Hungary beeing the best. Top individual results were announced the 400 m by Hungarian Zoltan Kovacs (47.67) and long jump by world junior champion Ivana Spanovic of Serbia (639).


COPENHAGEN (DEN): Italy believes Rio de Janeiro‘s selection as the 2016 Olympics host has given it an opportunity to host the 2020 Games, with Rome and Venice both announcing plans to bid less than a day after the Brazilian city‘s stunning victory here last night. Giovanni Petrucci, the President of the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI), believes that the International Olympic Committee‘s (IOC) decision to award the Games to Rio makes it more likely the Games will return to Europe in 2020. Writes Immediately after Petrucci‘s statement, Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno and a group of politicians from the Northeastern Veneto region announced their candidacies. Rome was considered the favourite for the 2004 Games but lost to Athens. CONI will decide next year on Italy‘s bid, with presentations to the IOC due in 2011. The IOC vote for the 2020 Games will be held in 2013. Italy has the highest number of IOC members with five - Mario Pescante, Ottavio Cinquanta, Franco Carraro, Francesco Ricci Bitti and Manuela Di Centa. Pescante is running for IOC vice-president next week and is one of the organisation‘s most influential members

As always, a special thanks to Alfons Juck, EME News.

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