Eliud Kiptanui runs 2:05:29, destroying VW Prague Marathon’s men’s CR: 2:05:29, photo courtesy of Volkswagen Prague Marathon.
Well, as they used to say in the ad world: Farvignugen! On the sleeply little streets of Prague, in the Czech Republic, Eliud Kiptanui ran the third fastest marathon of 2010! His 2:05:39 was nearly seven minutes better than his only previous marathon, the Safaricom Marathon in Kisumu,Kenya. On December 6, 2009, Eliud ran his first marathon in a 2:12:17. Four months later, and nearly seven minutes faster, it should be further disheartening for his competitors to find out that Mr. Kiptanui is all of twenty-one years old!
On the women’s side, Helena Kiprop promised and delivered. Ms. Kiprop promised a 2:25 marathon before the race, and her 2:25:29 broke the previous course record (2:26:33) by one minute, four seconds! And just below this paragraph, our globerunner, Pat Butcher puts the race in perspective for us!
Kenya going to the Vienna Marathon three weeks ago, but an explosive
performance, winning the Volkswagen Prague Marathon in 2.05.39 this morning
(Sunday) has rocketed him into the top 20 marathoners in history.
conditions in Kenya four months ago was won in 2.12.34. Such was his torrid pace
in Prague that Yemane Tsegay of Ethiopia, second in 2.07.11, and Nicholas
Kipruto Koech of Kenya, third in 2.07.23 were also under the previous record of
2.07.48, set last year by another Kenyan Patrick Ivuti, who suffered from
injuries this year, and could only finish 19th in 2.21.20.
break the women’s course record. She dominated the race, breaking away at
halfway, and winning in 2.25.29, over a minute faster than Italian Maura
Viceconte’s record of 2.26.33, set back in 2001, now seen as the dark ages of
rivals to think Kiptanui was a pacemaker. But that was dispelled in the latter
stages of the race. There is a saying among marathoners that the race really
begins at 35k, and when Kiptanui ran away from the last of his rivals at that
very stage of the 42.2k race, no one was in any doubt that he would win.
last summer had dropped off the pace into fifth place, leaving his colleague
Getu Feleke to lead the vain pusuit of Kiptanui. But while the youngster was
running the second half of the race almost a minute faster than the first, in
62.23 to 63.16, the minor places underwent a radical change. Tsegay regrouped,
to finish second, while Koech got the better of Feleke for third.
was in humid conditions with the temperature well over 30C. But, he won there by
over seven minutes.
“I was expecting a better time than 2.12,” said Kiptanui
immediately after the race here with, one feels, a degree of understatement. “I
thought I could do 2.08, 2.09, but 2.05 is incredible, I’m very happy”.
17th all-time, on a list led by Haile Gebrselassie, with 2.03.59, on the rapid
Berlin course. Kiptanui’s manager, Volker Wagner was on hand, reminding everyone
that the Prague course, with several kilometres of cobblestones is far from
being the fastest in the world.
and Berlin,” said Wagner. Asked about a faster time in, say Berlin, Kiptanui
responded, “If the field is good, I can go faster”.
further possibilities. But in common with many of his compatriots, including
Kirop who runs a foundation so that deprived girls can get schooling, Kiptanui’s
first thought, when asked what he would do with the money, was for his family.
“My brothers (two) and sisters (three) are still in school, I have to assist
disappointment. “Some people might think 2.07.11 is a good time,” the 25 year
old Ethiopian said at the press conference. “But I’m not happy with this time.
What I think is a good time is 2.05”.
the half-marathon here, it’s my favourite course, I’m very happy because it was
my first marathon”.
ran with friends until 20k, then pushed it until 35k. I’m very happy, because
it’s the first time I’ve won a marathon in my career”.
Alevtina Ivanova of Russia through for second in 2.27.36. Kasim held on for
third in 2.29.54.
place/bib no. name country time
1 36 Eliud KIPTANUI KEN 2.05.39
2 Yemane TSEGAY ETH 2.07.11
3 11 Nicholas
KOECH KEN 2.07.23
4 9 Getu
FELEKE ETH 2.08.04
5 13 Wilson
KIPROP KEN 2.09.09
6 12 Denis
NDISO KEN 2.10.51
7 4 Kenneth
MUNGARA KEN 2.10.53
8 6 Dereje
DEBELE ETH 2.11.13
9 5 Solomon
10 37 Josephat
KEIYO KEN 2.12.21
1 F1 Helena
KIROP KEN 2.25.29
2 F5 Alevtina
IVANOVA RUS 2.27.36
3 F4 Ashu
KASIM ETH 2.29.54
4 F122 Yulya
RUBAN ROM 2.31.13
5 F11 Florence
CHEPSOI KEN 2.32.18
6 F7 Larisa
ZYUSZKO RUS 2.32.55
7 F2 Lyubov
8 F6 Eyerusalem
KUMA ETH 2.39.15
9 F117 Valentina POLTAVSKA/UKR
10 F112 TetIana MESENTSEVA/UKR 2.40.05