2011 BUPA Great Birmingham Run Won by Haile in 1:01.29, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Haile Gebrselassie, 2011 BMW Berlin Marathon,
photo by PhotoRun.net

Less than one month ago, Haile Gebrselassie dropped out of the BMW Berlin Marathon, with less than seven kilometers to finish. On Sunday, October 23, 2011, Haile won the BUPA Great Birmingham Run in 1:01.29, winning by fifty-eight seconds. Let's see where he runs his next marathon, Dubai or Tokyo...




BIRMINGHAM (GBR, Oct 23): Legendary olympic winner and world record holder Haile Gebrselassie after dropping out of last month's BMW Berlin Marathon bounced back to winning form with a runaway victory at the Bupa Great Birmingham Run. Gebrselassie content in the early stages to follow a sedate pace set by Essa Rashed, turned on the power between seven and eight miles to break clear for an untroubled success in a time of 1:01:29. Qatari Essa Rashed finish runner up in 1:02:28 while Morocco's Abderrahime Bouramdane fourth in last month's IAAF World Championships Marathon, was third clocking 1:03:57. "It was a fantastic race for me except for the wind and it was really hard between 11 and 12 miles. It reminded me of the sort where I do my training back home in Addis Ababa," said the World's greatest ever distance runner who after his Berlin setback will contest his next marathon in Tokyo in February. He is also scheduled to run 15 km in November in Nijmegen. Gemma Steel added to her growing reputation when adding Louise Damen to the list of the top British women she has beaten this year when also flying to a lifetime best mark of 1:12:21. Second Damen got 1:13:51. With help from David Martin.



VENICE (ITA, Oct 23): Excellent women course record at the 26th Venice Marathon. Kenyan Helena Kirop clocked fast personal record and fastest ever here 2:23:37 (former CR was 2:27:02). Title defender Ethiopian Harun Makda achieved as second also fastest of her career 2:27:30 with third place going to another Ethiopian Fantu Jimma 2:30:25. Best European as fifth the Russian Yevgeniya Danilova clocking 2:33:35. Also in men´s race at the San Marco square finish the winner of 2010 was second. Kenyan Simon Mukun with 2:09:19. Ethiopian winner Tadese Aredo was faster by 6 seconds (2:09:13). Third and last under 2:10 was another Ethiopian Debebe Wolde 2:09:57. Italian veteran Danilo Goffi at age of 38 was the best European as 7th in good 2:14:41. 7000 runners participated.



LJUBLJANA (SLO, Oct 23): New course record at the 16th Ljubljana Marathon. First ever sub 2:10 result here is 2:08:29 by Kenyan Daniel Too. He will get 19 000 EUR in prize money and record bonus. Interestingly he equaled his best from Paris 2010 when he was 5th. Second Joseph Lagat achieved 2:08:50 PB and third Michael Chege in debut 2:09:12. Also under 2:10 Ethiopians Berhanu Shiferaw 2:09:19 PB and Alemayehu Shumye 2:09:38 at positions 4 and 5. In women category also a Kenyan win for Lydia Kurgat in 2:33:01 ahead of team-mate Jane Rotich 2:33:42 PB and Ukrainian Olha Kotovska 2:35:04. Best Slovenian Neza Mravlje as 5th in lifetime best 2:42:00. In total 12 036 runners participated in all races.



BILBAO (ESP, Oct 22): Second fastest ever marathon in Spain at the Bilbao Night Marathon. Moroccan Abdellah Taghrafet improved his personal best and course record to 2:08:21. As per Tilastopaja it was his debut with 1:01:36 half best from 2010. Way back second placer Tewodros Ashaw of Ethiopia 2:19:19. Women winner Meseret Terefe of Ethiopia achieved 2:53:36 ahead of Spanish triathlete Cristina Alles 2:56:17.



CHUNCHEON (KOR, Oct 23): New course record also at 65th Chosunilbo Chuncheon International Marathon. Kenyan Stanley Biwott achieved 2:07:03 ahead of Olympic 8th placer Yared Asmeron of Eritrea 2:07:27. For Biwott big personal best but for Asmeron new Eritrean record. He was better by one second than Samuel Tsegay last weekend in Amsterdam. Third another Kenyan Nelson Kirwa got 2:10:46. In domestic women race Jung Hee Oh was timed with 2:41:23. IAAF informs that men winner will get 50 000 USD for victory and 20 000 USD for the course record.



TOULOUSE (FRA, Oct 23): Kenyan Patrick Korir clocked 2:11:36 to win the 5th Marathon du Grand Toulouse. It was new course record and personal best for last year second placer. Second title defender Benjamin Bitok in 2:12:22. Women winner Alice Serser from Kenya got 2:37:06 personal best ahead of Ethiopean Shewaye Kebede who debuted in 2:38:24. In total record participation of more than 4000 runners in all races.



GUADALAJARA (MEX, Oct 23): Athletics started at Pan-Am Games with new Games record. Jamy Franco of Guatemala won the women 20 km walk in new event best 1:32:38. It was also new PB for her. She was 19th at World Championships and previous games record was 1:34:19 by Mexican Graciela Mendoza in 1999. Silver went also to Guatemala when Mirna Ortiz the national record holder (1:32:30) clocked 1:33:37. Bronze for another Daegu participant Ingrid Hernandez of Colombia in 1:34:06. Still to be held on Sunday men 20 km walk and women marathon. Track action starts on Monday.







PORTLAND (USA, Oct 17): Commonwealth Games discus winner Krishan Poonia during her training camp in Oregon again improved her season best to 62.25 m.


NANCHANG (CHN, Oct 21-22): More top junior marks at the 7th City Games in China. Tilastopaja reports that World youth silver winner Wang Chanyu improved at 800 m to 2:02.96. Also in other distances personal bests for Guan Yue 4:11.25 in the 1500 m and Li Jiayi 15:43.71 in the 5000 m. On the boys side Xu Xiangchao achieved personal best 49.87 in the 400 m hurdles (will be 18 next week) and Zheng Dongsheng posted 10.35 in the 100 m (+0.6).


OITA (JPN, Oct 22): Impressive high school time in the men´s 5000 m by Kenyan Charles Ndirangu 13:15.44 at Oita Challenge Games.







BROOKLYN (USA, Oct 22): The inaugural Rock 'n' Roll New York 10 km in Brooklyn's Prospect Park saw Bronx's Ketema Nigusse took first place in the men's race in 29:02. Bekelech Bedada of New York City was the best in women´s race in 34:08.


BOIS GUILLAUME (FRA, Oct 23): French Half Marathon titles for Djamel Bachiri 1:04:27 and Fatiha Klilel-Fauvel 1:12:38.


GRODNO (BLR, Oct 23): Olga Kravtsova won the 6 km race at the Belarus CC Championships in 20:44. Second Olga Rezkaya (21:22) and third Marina Domantsevich (21:45). Sergey Platonov won the men´s 8 km in 24:32. Second Igor Teteryukov 24:47 and third Maksim Pankratov 24:53. In short races wins for Natalya Koreyvo 10:16 (3 km) and Sergey Cheberyak 12:01 (4 km). The event was also selection for European CC Championships in December in Velenje.


GUADIX (ESP, Oct 22): Poland´s Agnieszka Dygacz won the 3 km walk race at the Alcalde Memorial in 14:34. Men´s 5 km race winner was Luis Manuel Corchete in 21:06 ahead of Jakub Jelonek of Poland 21:14.


ELCHE (ESP, Oct 22): 6th road mile winners here came from Morocco. Samir Bouychamane 4:16 in men´s category and Fatima Ayachi in women´s (5:00).


DRESDEN (GER, Oct 23): Kenyan Isaac Cheruiyot won the 13th Dresden Marathon in 2:21:51. In women race Ethiopian Ayisha Bonsa got 2:43:39 ahead of Kenyan Prisca Kiprono 2:48:29 and Poland´s Krystyna Kuta 2:49:33.


ROSTOCK (GER, Oct 22): The team from Kiel won the 6th Crosstock Team Cross race at 18 km from 47 participating teams. In the team of the winners also German steeple champion Steffen Uliczka who achieved during his part 51:38. Teams were composed of three runners.


HOLE (NOR, Oct 22): Top Norwegian marathon runners competed again the 10 km road races. Urige Buta won the Hytteplanmila event in 28:56 ahead of Eritrean Musael Temsegen 28:58 and Swedish Eric Senorski 29:53.

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