Geoffrey Mutai Wins 2011 ING NYCM, Emmanuel Mutai wins 2010-2011 World Marathon Majors, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Geoffrey Mutai, 2011 ING NYCM Marathon, photo by

Goeffrey Mutai's brilliant victory in New York yesterday was a message on several fronts: Get over the Boston brouhaha-the course is downhill and uphill, perhaps not a record course, but BEST All Conditions, and Mutai running Boston and winning there in April 2011, crushing the course record and then coming to New York and decimating the course record. Geoffrey ran his race, negative splitting on a ruthless course, with one of the best fields ever assembled.

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EME NEWS (NOV 6, 2011)

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G. Mutai very fast 2:05:06, surprise women winner Dado
NEW YORK (USA, Nov 6): Boston winner and holder of the fastest marathon time ever in any conditions Geoffrey Mutai won the ING NYC Marathon in new course record 2:05:06 (also fastest ever in November). In the 42nd edition also second and third went under the 2:07:43 course record of Tesfaye Jifar in 2001. Second London winner Emmanuel Mutai 2:06:28 and third Ethiopian Olympic medalist Tsegaye Kebede 2:07:14 (1:03:17 half). All will recieve 70 000 USD bonus for beeing faster than course record. Winning bonus is 130 000 USD. Fourth was title defender Gebre Gebremariam 2:08:00 ahead of double world champion Jaouad Gharib of Morocco 2:08:27 (fastest ever at his age). Best US runner Meb Keflezighi (winner in 2009) in 2:09:13 as last under 2:10 was sixth. Kenyan Mathew Kisorio debuted with 2:10:58 as 8th and Swiss European Champion Viktor Rothlin was the best European as 11th in 2:12:26. In a dramatic change of things Ethiopian Firehiwot Dado won the women race in fast 2:23:15 personal best and fourth fastest winning time. She debuted here and has three Rome marathon wins in her record. Bronx resident Buzunesh Daba also improved her best to 2:23:19 as second. Third place remained for Kenyan London marathon winner Mary Keitany. She was leading most of the race (1:07:54 fast half split) and looked like a clear winner, after 35 km started to fade and ended third as last year in 2:23:38. Ana Dulce Felix of Portugal was sensational fourth placer in life-time best 2:25:40 just 6 seconds ahead of New Zealand record holder Kim Smith (2:25:46, missed her national mark only by 25 seconds). Under 2:30 also sixth Boston winner Caroline Kilel of Kenya 2:25:57 ahead of Caroline Rotich 2:27:06, Sweden´s Isabellah Andersson 2:28:29, Briton Jo Pavey 2:28:42 (second marathon) and Russian Galina Bogomolova 2:29:03. Interesting to note the debut of track world finalist Lauren Fleshman as 16th in 2:37:23. Record number of 47 107 runners started into sunny but windy and cool conditions. 650 000 USD was the amount for prize money. It was jubilee 10th Kenyan male win here, only second for an Ethiopian woman.

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E. Mutai gets WMM
NEW YORK (USA): With his second place in New York marathon  Emmanuel Mutai wins the 5th World Marathon Majors award with 70 points. He will get so the share of one million USD prize together with women winner Lilya Shobukhova of Russia who was already confirmed winner before NYC marathon with 90 points. Kenyans won all editions (R. Kipkoech Cheruiyot, twice Wanjiru and Lel), Shobukhova also once before won the series (other wins for Mikitenko twice and Wami of Ethiopia). In men´s top five second fresh NYC winner Geoffrey Mutai (65) ahead of world record holder Patrick Makau (60), Tsegaye Kebede (51) and Gebre Gebremariam with Moses Mosop (both 40). World champion Edna Kiplagat is second with 60 points in women rankings with Mary Keitany third (45) and Bezunesh Bekele fourth (30) followed by five runners with 25 points (Erkesso, Kilel, F. Kiplagat, Kebede, Dado).


Spotakova Czech AOY (for 5th time)
PRAHA (CZE): Barbora Spotakova, the javelin world record holder won the Czech Athlete of the Year award for fifth time in a row on Saturday evening. She got 1313 points in a poll of 132 experts organised by Czech Athletics Federation. She recieved the award during the traditional glittering ceremony in one of top Prague Hotels at famous Ventseslas Square during live transmission in the main Czech public TV channel in Saturday evening prime-time. The top cultural present for her was the famous singer Karel Gott. Second place for high jumper Jaroslav Baba (1113). Close order at next positions. Hurdler Zuzana Hejnova had 825 points ahead of European indoor champions Denisa Rosolova (807) and Petr Svoboda (782). Sixth position for Daegu 4th placer in javelin Vitezslav Vesely (771) with pole vaulter Jirina Ptacnikova 7th (528) and veteran decathlete Roman Sebrle 8th (305, he was the only missing during the evening, already in training camp in Florida). Top ten which was awarded in person was completed by two European U23 medalists Pavel Maslak (200 m, 176) and Katerina Cachova (heptathlon, 166). Legendary javelin thrower Jan Zelezny who won this poll as an athlete seven times got his first coach of the year award. Breakthrough of the year Trophy for sprinter Pavel Maslak (succeeded among seniors, semifinals at 200 m in Daegu) and Junior of the year is discus thrower Marek Barta. 

OTHER RESULTS (sub 2:10 in Porto and Seoul)

SOWETO (RSA, Nov 6): Michael Mazibuko clocked 2:19:04 to win the Soweto Marathon just one second ahead of Moeketsi Mosuhli from Lesotho. But Lesotho got the women title when Mamorallo Tjoka clocked 2:43:40 to win beating Briton Emma Gooderham 2:43:57.

PORTO (POR, Nov 6): Kenyan Philemon Baaru clocked not only new personal best but also new course record at 8th Porto Marathon with 2:09:51. He improved the former mark of Lawrence Saina by one second (2:09:52 in 2006). Second Kennedy Kemwoi 2:09:54 and third Jonas Mutai 2:12:54. Paulina Chepchumba was the best woman after 2:41:24.

SEOUL (KOR, Nov 6): Kenyan favorite James Kwambai won the JoongAng Seoul Marathon in solid 2:08:50 in rain and cold. Second David Kiyeng 2:09:21 and third Ethiopian Yemane Tsegay 2:10:47. Best woman in domestic field was Kyung Hee Choi in 2:40:49.

MOL (BEL, Nov 6): Belgian series Lotto CrossCup continued with round two in Mol. Veteran Veerle Dejaeghere won the women´s 6.2 km in 21:50 ahead of Dutch runners Sifan Hassan 22:08 and Helen Hofstede 22:13. Ethiopian Dame Tasama won the 9.2 km men´s competition in 28:12 beating Lander Tijtgat 28:33 and Pieter Desmet 28:38.

AJO (ESP, Nov 6): European 1500 m champion Arturo Casado won the 17th road race in Ajo at 6.2 km in 18:08. Second Eritrean Workhen Fikre 18:11 and third Moroccan Hicham El Amrani 18:22. In women´s 2.7 km Zuelma Fuentes-Pila 8:44 with Isabel Macias second 8:47.

COLMAR (FRA, Nov 6): Kenyan wins at Colmar 10 km road race. Alfred Cherop in 29:34 and Leonidah Mosop in 33:32.

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NEW YORK (USA, Nov 5):  The inaugural NYRR Dash to the Finish 5-K saw two sprint finishes in Central Park, as Briton Chris Thompson and American Sara Hall broke away on West Drive en route to crossing the famous ING New York City Marathon finish line first.  The competition, which featured more then a dozen Olympic Games hopefuls, served as an appetizer for Sunday's ING New York City Marathon. With a chilling wind and temperatures just above freezing, breath was visible as the 5,050 runners left the start adjacent to the United Nations on First Avenue.  Thompson clocked 13:52.11 ahead of Aaron Braun 13:52.66 and Dathan Ritzenhein 13:55.38. Hall´s time was 15:55.17 beating Julie Culley 15:59.53 and Kenyan world medalist Sally Kipyego 16:02.62. Former marathon medalist Deena Kastor was 13th 16:23.66. Informs RRW.

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NAGOYA (JPN, Nov 6): Komazawa University won the 43rd All Japan Collegiate team Men's Ekiden Championships in 5:15:46 ahead of Toyo University 5:16:19 and Waseda University 5:21:06.

TALA (KEN, Nov 5): IAAF informs that at the opening Kenyan CC series event Lucy Kabuu won the women 8 km in 26:29 in the return of Commonwealth gold medalist 2006. Nicholas Togom in 34:55 was the best at 12 km ahead of Linus Chumba 35:01. In the junior races, Africa Cross Country gold winner, Japheth Korir was forced outside the medals (4th in 22:58) in the men's 8km (winner William Sitonim 22:52), while an entirely new crop of runners came to the fore in the corresponding junior women 6km run (winner Mercy Chebwogen 19:42 at 6 km).

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