Fast race in Amsterdam, Close race in Toronto, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

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The weekend had some tremendous marathons, which, were fast and close. We are in marathon season, and each weekend, we see fast marathons around the world! The marathon in Toronto was a case in point. Kenneth Mungara won the men's race by two seconds. In the race, also Ed Whitlock ran a 3:15 marathon at the age of 80 and Fajua Singh, at the age of 100, became the oldest guy to finish a marathon.

EME NEWS (OCT 16-17, 2011)

AMSTERDAM (NED, Oct 16): Wilson Chebet narrowly failed to break the course record at the TCS Amsterdam Marathon on Sunday but Tiki Gelana successfully smashed the women's mark which had stood for nine years. Chebet the pre-race favourite after the leading group passed the halfway point in 1:02:38, was on target to lower the time of 2:05:44 which Ethiopia's Getu Feleke set in last year's race. The Kenyan hit the front after 35km but despite pushing hard ran out of steam in the last two kilometres to finish in 2:05:53 with fellow countrymen Laban Korir - making his marathon debut - runner up in 2:06:05 and the pacemaker from the leading group Eric Ndiema third in 2:06:07. His time is world junior best in marathon. Six runners ran under 2:07:00 on the very fast and flat terrain but Ethiopia's two-time Olympic 10,000 silver medallist Sileshi Sihine in his first marathon failed to finish. Fourth Nicholas Manza 2:06:34, fifth Elijah Keitany 2:06:53 and 6th Paul Biwott 2:06:54. 8th placer Samuel Tsegay with 2:07:28 achieved new Eritrean record. Best European was Dutch Michel Butter with 2:12:59 PB in his second marathon. Gelana sliced 11 seconds from the course record belonging to her fellow Ethiopian and All-Time Great Gete Wami with a time of 2:22:08 ahead of fellow countrywomen Eyerusalem Kuma, the 2009 winner who also clocked a personal best 2:24:55. Behind them Lornah Kiplagat after achieving the the Dutch qualifying standard for the 2012 Olympic Games with a time of 2:25:52. Fourth Genet Getaneh 2:25:57 beating Russian Nailya Yulamanova 2:26:39 and Kenyan Penihah Arusei 2:28:38. With help from David Martin.

TORONTO (CAN, Oct 16): Kenneth Mungara was given a hard fight almost to the finish line by Shami Dawit before winning a fourth successive Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. The Kenyan, holder of the Canadian All-Comers' record of 2:07:58 achieved in last year's race was in the windy conditions slower on this occasion taking victory in a time of 2:09:49. That saw him withstand the challenge of Ethiopia's Dawit who was only two seconds behind in his slipstream with Canada's Reid Coolsaet third in 2:10:55. Coolsaet apart from setting a new personal best which was the second fastest ever behind Jerome Drayton's National record of 2:10:09, also celebrated breaking for a second time, Athletics Canada 2012 Olympic standard of 2:11:29. Koren Yal won the women's race in 2:22:43 ahead of fellow Ethiopian Mare Dibaba after the pair went through the half distance in a very quick 1:08:36. Yal started to pull clear after 30km ahead of 21-year-old Dibaba who herself finished in a very respectable 2:23:25. Russia's Silviya Skvortsova placed a distant third in 2:27:51. 100 year old British Sikh Fauja Singh completed the race in 8:25:16. Ed Whitlock an 80-year-old Canadian also set a world best for his age class of 3:15:51.

REIMS (FRA, Oct 16): Kenyans and Ethiopians dominated the 28th Reims Marathon. Tsega Demassew lead an Ethiopian triumph with 2:09:44 ahead of Hailu Dogaga 2:09:52. Pre-race favorite Richard Limo was the best Kenyan as third in 2:10:02. Top 12 clocked under 2:14. In the women category Julia Mumbi of Kenya fulfilled the favorite role in 2:29:36 win. At the podium then Ethiopians Bedasa Abderash 2:29:47 and Ayelew Lemma 2:32:26. Solid half-marathon winners were Kenyan Philemon Yator in 1:01:47 (best French Benjamin Malaty 8th in 1:04:20) and Ethiopian Atsede Bayisa 1:09:58 (Natalia Starkova of France fourth 1:12:34).

ISTANBUL (TUR, Oct 16): Kenyan Vincent Kiplagat won the 33rd Eurasia Marathon in 2:10:58 and defended so his title in cold and rainy conditions. Ethiopians followed with Tariku Jifar 2:11:31 and Tsegay Gebrselassie 2:13:39. Turkihs Bekir Kareyel was 6th in 2:15:48. Alemitu Abera won the women race in 2:27:56 beating her Ethiopian team-mates Fatuma Sado 2:28:01, Tsega Gelaw 2:28:38 and Ashu Kasim 2:30:37. Best European was Russian Albina Mayorova as fifth 2:31:16 and best Turkish Sultan Haydar as 7th 2:35:06.


(POL, Oct 16): Kenyan Cosmas Kyeva improved his best to 2:11:53 to win the 12th Poznan Marathon in Poland. Best home runner Artur Kern clocked new personal best 2:17:15 to finish third behind another Kenyan Joel Kosgei 2:16:42. Poland´s Arleta Marloch was the best woman in 2:39:12 beating Kenyan Pamela Chepkoech 2:40:47.

COLUMBUS (USA, Oct 16): Matthew Folk of USA 2:19:47 and Ann Alyanak 2:41:53 won the Columbus Marathon.

VERBANIA (ITA, Oct 16): Ethiopian Dibaba Tola won the Lago Maggiore Marathon in 2:13:49 with women win also going to Ethiopia for Ifa Geletu 2:43:14.

DETROIT (USA, Oct 16): Poland´s Wioletta Kryza won the Detroit Marathon and defended her title in 2:44:09. Men´s winner Derek Nakluski of Canada achieved 2:28:22 ahead of Russian former middle distance star and now marathon masters runner Vyacheslav Shabunin 2:29:36. The Russian debuted in marathon this April in Poland with 2:19:15.

DES MOINES (USA, Oct 16): African wins at Des Moines Marathon. Kenyan James Kirwa got 2:12:54 and Ethiopian Atalelech Asfaw 2:37:55 in women race.

PALMA DE MALLORCA (ESP, Oct 16): German 2002 European medalist Sonja Oberem at age of 38 won the Marathon here in 2:51:53. She is more a hobby runner currently.


BEINWIL AM SEE (SUI, Oct 15): European marathon champion Viktor Rothlin was second at half-marathon here with 1:04:49. Winner Daniel Kiptum of Kenya clocked 1:04:29.

CARDIFF (GBR, Oct 16): Kenyan wins at Cardiff Half Marathon. Edwin Kiptoo achieved 1:03:27 and Alice Mogire 1:11:26.

CREMONA (ITA, Oct 16): New Italian HM record at the Maratonina Città di Cremona for Nadia Ejaffini with 1:08:27. Second Valeria Straneo was timed with 1:09:42 and third Fatna Maraoui 1:10:08. In men´s race Eric Chirchir achieved 1:02:17 ahead of Mark Bett 1:02:21 and Rwandan Jean-Baptiste Simukeka 1:02:24 PB.

ST. DENIS (FRA, Oct 16): Kenyan Moses Kwambai won the St. Denis Half-Marathon 1:02:50, women winner Miriam Wangari achieved 1:11:10.

TACHIKAWA (JPN, Oct 15): Kenyan Cosmas Ondiba achieved 59:26 at 20 km during Hakone Ekiden qualifiying race. Yusuke Sato was second 59:28.

MADRID (ESP, Oct 16): Mohammed Blal of Morocco clocked 29:06 to win the 31st Carrera de la Ciencia at 10 km ahead of Kenyan Charles Ngolepus 29:15.

ROMA (ITA, Oct 16): Italian walking Grand Prix 10 km race winners were Giorgio Rubino 39:48.3 and Rossella Giordano 45:50.4. Second placers in good quality fields olympic winner Alex Schwazer 39:49.4 ahead of Jean-Jacques Nkouloukidi 39:58.7 and in women category Eleonora Giorgi 46:06.4 and Elisa Rigaudo 46:25.1.

BONDOUFLE (FRA, Oct 16): At Coupe de France meet European champion Renaud Lavillenie cleared 550 in the pole vault, Melina Robert-Michon got 61.04 in discus and Melanie Melfort cleared 185 in the high jump. European junior champion Quentin Bigot improved with 6kg hammer to superb 82.84 what is new junior national record. He missed the world junior record of Spanish Javier Cienfuegos 82.97 only by 13 cm.

VESZPREM (HUN, Oct 15): Zsofia Bacskay (14 years old) is another hammer talent emerging from Hungary. She achieved new national best in the U16 category with senior hammer 59.74 m. The so far brightest hammer talent Romanian Bianca Perie had at her age (14) 58.67 so the mark of Bacskay is the best ever at the age of 14 during the year when the athlete was considered as 14. Perie still 14 but in the year when she achieved 15 that means in 2005 got 65.13.


BEIJING (CHN): Mirko Jalava clarifies the Beijing Marathon women winner. Apparently there were two distance runners in China named "Wei Jie" this season. The other one decided to change her name to "Wei Xiaojie" to avoid confusion. The winner of the Beijing marathon is a 22-year-old athlete, the same as the winner of Zhengzhou marathon earlier this season in 2:26. She is from city of Dalian in Liaoning Province. The other one is born in 1993 and ran 15:40.31 5000m and 32:53.63 10000m there. She is from Jiangsu Province.

AMSTERDAM (NED): Usual stats from Ken Nakamura. After Amsterdam, Wilson Chebet's top 3 average time since 2008 is 2:05:51, eighth fastest in the world. Chebet's winning time of 2:05:53 is the 13th sub-2:06 performance of the year,
which is a highest ever season total in history. After today, top 10 average for Amsterdam marathon is now 2:06:12 (up from 2:06:25). Laban Korir's 2:06:05 is the third fastest debut marathon (behind Mosop and Evans Rutto). Eric Ndiema ran fourth fastest debut marathon. Best 7th (2:07:08 by John Kiprotich), 8th (2:07:28 by Samuel Tsegay) place time were recorded in Amsterdam. 6 runners have broken 2:07 in Amsterdam, which tied the record held by 2008 London & 2011 Boston marathon. With 3 more sub-2:24 marathon today (1 in Amsterdam, 2 in Toronto), number of sub-2:24 (for women of course) performer for the year is now 21, and number of sub-2:24 performances for the year are 23, both records. Laban Korir, Eric Ndiema, Nicholas Manza Kamakya and Paul Biwott are 85th, 86th, 87th and 88th runner to went under 2:07.

ROME (ITA): The Run For Food 10K was held in Rome on October 16th. Multiple olympic winner Carl Lewis, in his position as ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization, was the starter of the event.

BERLIN (GER): World discus champion Robert Harting will undergo surgery on his left knee. Harting, who will turn 27 one day after the surgery, has been suffering from the patella tendon on his left knee during the season and now takes the time to address the lingering issue. To demonstrate the surgery ahead, Harting has added footage of his previous knee surgery on his website

ARONA (ESP): More than 250 key decision makers from the 50 European Athletics Member Federations had gathered for the annual conclave, the European Athletics Convention. It ended on Saturday with publication of European Athletics Calendar 2012 and forum for national federations leaders where they spoke also about how to integrate the road running scene into the national federations activities.


DAKAR (SEN): Abdou Seye, the first athlete from Senegal to get an Olympic medal, passed away aged 77 in the night from 13/14 October. Competing for France as Senegal was not yet recognised as an independent country by sports institutions, the sprinter clinched the 200m bronze medal (20.7) at the 1960 Olympic Games in Roma behind Italy's Livio Berruti and USA's Lester Carney. Back in Senegal, he helped set up the Senegalese National Olympic Committee and was also an national coach and the technical director of the Senegalese federation. Seye's burial was held in presence of IAAF president Lamine Diack. Seye and Diack had known each other since primary school. Thanks to Carole Fuchs.

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