2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon: the Mosop and Shobukhova Show, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Moses Mosop, 2011 Nike Pre 30k World Record, photo by PhotoRun.net

Notice the shirt. It says, "Stop Mosop", modeled after the famous 'Stop Pre' shirt that Gerry Lindgren put on after the 1972 U.S. Olympic Trials where Steve Prefontaine and George Young dueled.

Well, no one could stop Moses Mosop today, who ran a 2:05:37, in his second marathon (after his blazing 2:03:06 all conditions run at the BAA Boston Marathon race). Moses was banged up this summer, and ran this race on, yes, you read it right, six weeks of training!

And no one could stop Liliya Shobukhova, who won her third straight Bank of America Chicago Marathon today, in 2:18:20, the second fastest performer EVER, a new Russian Federation record and a very definite selection to the London 2012 marathon team for Russia.

CHICAGO (USA, Oct 9): Despite warm weather superb winning times at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon for Moses Mosop and Lilya Shobukhova. Kenyan holder of the second fastest marathon time ever Moses Mosop showed despite beeing behind in preparation due to a leg problem superb front running style and won in 2:05:37 (halves 1:02:54 and 1:02:43). It was in his second marathon after Boston this spring a new course record and fifth fastest in the world 2011 in case we do not count Boston. "The most challenging was the part between 25 and 35 k as I was not in the top shape due to my leg problem. But I m happy I fulfill my promise, not to attack the world record but to get the course record. My body allowed only that," he said for the nbcchicago.com broadcast. Late Sammy Wanjiru had the previous one with 2:05:41 from 2009. Mosop with his wife, Berlin marathon winner Florence Kiplagat they are for sure the best marathon couple ever. After this great win he still needs to fight for the third olympic place in Kenyan squad as the other two were already promised to world champion Abel Kirui and world record holder Patrick Makau. Second Wesley Korir improved his personal best to 2:06:16 as did the third Bernard Kipyego the former sub 27 10k track runner in his fourth marathon to 2:06:29. Ethiopian Bekana Daba was fourth in 2:07:59 ahead of US record holder Ryan Hall 2:08:04. Sixth placer and 2008 winner here Evans Cheruiyot clocked 2:10:29. Russian Lilya Shobukhova made this race even a bigger show for her and won for third time in a row in 2:18:20 (1:09:25 and 1:08:55). This is new Russian record, second all-time fastest perfomer behind Paula Radcliffe. With that time she also achieved a world lead 2011 and most probably also the London Games selection. For the winners 100 000 USD and for breaking the course record another 50 000 USD. For Shobukhova (a 40 000 USD time bonus) also now WMM win (second after last year) is assured and that means another 500 000 USD. "Im very happy to be able to make the history here today. For me everything was just perfect, pacemakers, weather. I would give to this race a ten out of ten," said Shobukhova accompanied during the interview not only by her agent Andrey Baranov (also as translator) but also husband and daughter. Second Ejegayehu Dibaba debuted greatly in 2:22:09 (her longest competition before Sunday was a 10k). Also satisfaction for third placed Japanese Kayoko Fukushi who in her second outing at the distance posted impressive 2:24:38 PB. Fourth Ethiopian Belaynesh Zemedkun the Honolulu last December winner with new PB 2:26:17. French record holder Christelle Daunay was fifth 2:26:41 and big improvement for sixth placer Claire Hallissey from Great Britain who went down from 2:36:13 last year NYC to 2:29:27 in Chicago.

KIPCHUMBA 2:05:48 AND RONO 2:24:33
EINDHOVEN (NED, Oct 9): Kenya's Jafred Chirchir Kipchumba set a new course record when he won the Marathon Eindhoven in a personal best of 2:05:48. The previous course record in the Dutch city was 2:07:01 set by Kenya's Geoffrey Mutai in 2009 while Chirchir Kipchumba, 28, smashed his previous best of 2:08:10 set when finishing second at the 2010 Toronto Marathon. Only four other marathons in the world this year have had faster winning times. Second Nathaniel Kipkosgei improved to 2:06:28 debut and third Mike Kipyego to 2:06:48 PB. Only fourth the favorite Tadesse Tola of Ethiopia (2:07:13). Four more runners went under 2:10.  Georgina Rono made it a double victory for Kenya in Eindhoven when she won the women's race in a course record and personal best of 2:24:33. Second Shitaye Bedaso of Ethiopia 2:25:09 life-time best ahead of Feyese Tadese Boru 2:25:20 and Rael Kiyara of Keyna 2:25:33 personal best. Fifth place for home runner Hilda Kibet 2:26:36 (third fastest of her career).

SHEFFIELD (GBR, Oct 9): Jo Pavey her future career ambitions firmly fixed on competing in next year's London Olympic Games admitted disappointment when beaten into second place by Gemma Steel at the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run.
Pavey whose next major marathon will be in New York early next month had no answer when her younger rival piled on the pressure in the final two kilometres of their 10km race to win emphatically in a time of 32:52. Pavey clocked 33:12 and third Maria McCambridge of Ireland 34:39. Kenya's Micah Kogo the former World record holder for 10km and the fastest performer at the distance this year showed his class with a a comfortable victory (28:45) ahead of Chris Thompson (29:03) and Andrew Lemoncello (29:57).

BERLIN (GER, Oct 9): World record holder at the distance Kenyan Leonard Komon won the Asics Grand 10 in Berlin with fast 27:15. He missed his course record from last year win by 3 seconds battling with a head-wind. Komon also equalled the world lead of Micah Kogo from spring race in Brunssum. Second Josphat Bett 27:46 ahead of Henry Kiplagat 27:52. Fourth best German Arne Gabius in 28:58. Briton Mara Yamauchi was clear women winner in 32:19 in her first race of the year. Also for her this was a new course record.

GRONINGEN (NED, Oct 9): New world best for Kenyan African Games fourth placer Vincent Yator (and 13:04 track 5km runner) at the 25th edition of Four Miles of Groningen. With his 17:06 he improved by one second the former mark of Yenew Alamirew from 2010 and Eliud Kipchoge from 2007. Track star Kenenisa Bekele in his fourth ever road race was second in solid 17:11 ahead of another Kenyan Gideon Kipketer 17:15 and title defender Yenew Alamirew 17:22. Best Dutch Jesper van der Wielen was 8th (18:10). World medalist Sylvia Kibet won the women race in 19:40 (here the world best is 19:20) also beating Ethiopian Emebet Anteneh 19:42. Best European Iwona Lewandowska of Poland as 5th (20:41).

CARPI (ITA, Oct 9): Kenyan Nicholas Kurgat won the 24th Maratona d´Italia, Memorial Enzo Ferrari in new course record 2:08:36. Second Betram Keter 2:09:27 and third Gezu Belete of Ethiopia with 2:10:34 PB. Ethiopian Deribe Godana won the women race in 2:32:22 ahead of Italian Eliana Patelli who improved to her first sub 2:40 with 2:36:18 and Russian Venera Sarmosova 2:36:50.

LA ROCHE SUR YON (FRA, Oct 9): European champion and world medalist Christophe Lemaitre ended his season on a high note. At the U23 Club Championships he clocked impressive 10.12 against -1.2 wind at the 100 m.


PARIS (FRA, Oct 9): Kenyan John Mwangangi won the 20 km of Paris with fast 58:15. Second Ethiopian Feyisa Bekele 58:23 ahead of Moroccan Mustapha El Aziz 58:26 and Ethiopian Gishu Jida 58:46. Among 23 000 participants the best woman was also Kenyan Sarah Chepchirchir in 1:06:17 beating her team-mates Myriam Wangari 1:06:16 and Rose Chelimo 1:06:24.

MELBOURNE (AUS, Oct 9): Australian media are informing that Kenyan cattle farmer Japhet Kipkorir won his second consecutive Melbourne Marathon on Sunday in 2:11:12, just ten seconds outside his own course record. Compatriot Julius Karinga, who ran with Kipkorir for the first 29km, was second in 2:13:17 with six-time national steeplechase runner Peter Nowill third in 2:19:23 to claim the Australian marathon title. Commonwealth Games 2010 silver medallist Irene Mogaka made it a Kenyan double, winning the women's race in 2:35:12, more than seven minutes clear of 44-year-old mother of five Margaret Njuguna. Third was Newcastle triathlete Kirsten Molloy, who ran a massive PB of 2:43.44. More than 27 000 people took part in all races. High-profile competitors included Olympian and new mum Cathy Freeman, who tackled the 10km event.

BUENOS AIRES (ARG, Oct 9): Kenyan Simon Njoroge won the 9th International Buenos Aires Marathon in new course record 2:10:29. Second Ben Kipruto 2:12:59 and third Tony Kiprop 2:13:11. Home win in women category ba Andrea Graciano in 2:46:25. Some 7500 runners were registered here.

BUCURESTI (ROU, Oct 9): Ethiopian Getu Metaferia won the Bucuresti Marathon in 2:17:21. Russian Marina Kovaleva was the best woman with even higher quality 2:32:20. Around 2000 participants in the marathon which also incorporated national championships - here the titles for Gheorghea Surlea 2:26:34 and Daniela Cirlan 2:42:26.

ZAGREB (CRO, Oct 9): Bosnian Lucy Kimani (Kenyan origin) won the 20th Zagreb Marathon in 2:34:57 course record. Second title defender Russian Veronika Lopatina had 2:39:01. Ethiopian men win for Yared Admasu in 2:17:42. Here the course record of 2:16:45 remained.

GRAZ (AUT, Oct 9): Kenyan Edwin Kemboi won the 18th Graz Marathon in 2:14:58. In the women category new course record for the Kenyan winner Esther Wanjiru 2:32:12 as she was overall fifth. In the half-marathon Austrian star Andrea Mayr posted new course record 1:12:44 and came close to her national mark 1:12:14.

MUNCHEN (GER, Oct 9): German favorites won the 26th Munchen Marathon. Richard Friedrich clocked 2:19:25 and title defender Bernadette Pichlmaier 2:38:00. In her preparation for Frankfurt Marathon Susanne Hahn won the half-marathon in 1:13:00.

ESSEN (GER, Oct 9): German wins at 49th RWE Marathon in  Essen. Matthias Graute clocked 2:20:57 and Silvia Krull 2:43:29.

PISA (ITA, Oct 9): Kenyan Eric Chirchir won the Pisa half-marathon in 1:02:55 just two seconds ahead of Jean Baptiste Simukeka of Rwanda in new personal best 1:02:57. Moroccan Hanane Janat won the women race in life-time best 1:12:57.

PORDENONE (ITA, Oct 9): Another fast half-marathon in Italy won by Ethiopian Dereje Hailegeorgis 1:02:55 in close finish with Moroccan Hakim Radouan also 1:02:55. Also in women race an Ethiopian win for Ayalem Woldemichael 1:13:27.

FAMECK (FRA, Oct 9): Herve Davaux won the French 50 km walk title in 4:02:08.


LONDON (GBR): Denis Oswald, chairman of the London 2012 International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission, has promised that the Olympic governing body will back the British Olympic Association (BOA) on their lifetime ban for drug cheats despite the major Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruling on the issue. "It's clearly stated in the Olympic Charter that each National Olympic Committee has the right to establish eligibility rules for their athletes," said Oswald here at a press conference in central London that concluded the ninth IOC Coordination Commission inspection of the capital. In a press conference dominated by the CAS ruling, London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe said that he too supported the BOA policy on doping. "I believe it is appropriate for an autonomous sporting organisation to lay down whatever bylaws they need," said Coe. Insidethegames informs.

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