Airtel Delhi Half Marathon: Four Women under 1:08, 32,000 run in BLOM Beirut Marathon, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

In the United States, the last week has been one of cross country championships, Turkey Trots and this weekend held three FootLocker Cross Country Regional Champs and several NXN Champs. It has been a huge weekend around the world for our sport, as the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon had over 30,000 and the BLOM Beirut Marathon had 32,000 in its several races! On top of that, a survey of the 15 largest Turkey Trots across the U.S. showed just over 155,000 participating.

Later this week, from Wednesday, November 30 to Saturday, December 3, the national convention for USA Track & Field will be held. Many topics are simmering, including the furor that Nick Symmonds has created with his Facebook page and comments on the dearth of sponsoring logos on track uniforms. There will be also several other subjects of interest, including the lack of a new CEO, the direction of the Board of Directors, London 2012, and the amazing success of Team USA with the on then off search for the CEO.

RBR will be visiting the USA Track & Field convention and we look forward to updating our readers on the machinations of the governing body of the world's best track team.

EME NEWS (NOV 27, 2011)




NEW DELHI (IND, Nov 27): The seventh edition of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, has returned to its original course after three years and saw excellent times. Last year second placer Lelisa Desisa won in fast 59:30 ahead of junior world CC medalist Geoffrey Kipsang 59:31 and Mike Kigen 59:38. Fourth Sammy Kitwara clocked 1:00:09 beating Philemon Limo to fifth 1:00:32. Commonwealth Gold medalist Lucy Wangui was the best woman in 1:07:04, the second fastest time of the year. World marathon bronze winner Sharon Cherop was second in 1:07:08 and last year winner Aselefech Mergia from Ethiopia third 1:07:21. Fast splits for Kabuu and Cherop 15:41 at 5 km, 31:31 at 10 km, 47:48 at 15 km and 1:03:43 at 20 km. In high quality field fourth Belaynesh Oljira (1:07:27) ahead of Lydia Cheromei 1:08:50 and Mare Dibaba 1:08:58. In total 9 women went under 1:10. For both winners 25 000 USD first place prize money. Indian media are reporting among the celebrities who attended the event were Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan and actress Bipasha Basu. Best Indian Suresh Kumar was 20th (1:04:08), in women race Lalita Babar as 19th (1:17:38). Best European in women race was Ukrainian Olga Kotovska as 16th (1:15:37). Women´s 3rd and 4th place times are the best ever. More than 30 000 participated in different races. With help from Murali Krishnan.


YEGO 27:30

HYDERABAD (IND, Nov 27): Another fast race of the day in India was the 10 km of Hyderabad where Kenyan Daniel Yego achieved 27:30 ahead of his team-mates Philip Yego 27:35 and Martin Mukule 27:38 with John Kosgei fourth 27:39. Ethiopian Kalkidan Lema was the best woman in 33:12.


I.   KOSGEI NEW CR 2:07:59

VALENCIA (ESP, Nov 27): Kenyan Isaiah Kosgei achieved new course record at the 31st Divina Pastora Valencia Marathon 2:07:59 ahead of other Kenyans Francis Bowen and Nicholas Kemboi both timed with 2:08:01. It is also second best course record in Spain after Barcelona marathon (2:07:30). Jimma Abo of Ethiopia was the best woman in 2:34:23 beating Spanish runner Marta Esteban 2:38:05. In 10 km races wins for Bahraini Mostapha Riyadh 29:26 and Moroccan Malika Assahsah 32:25. In total 7000 runners participated.



FIRENZE (ITA, Nov 27): Ethiopian wins also at new course of Florence Marathon. Berga Bekele was the best in 2:09:52, his third career sub 2:10 time. Asha Gigi confirmed her position as the top woman of the field with clear 2:31:36 win. Second places for another Ethiopian Gela Hailu Seifu 2:10:17 and Moroccan Janat Hanane 2:34:20, for both lifetime bests. Best European was Bartosz Mazerski of Poland as 8th (2:19:22) and Briton Joasia Zakrzewski as 5th in 2:41:22, personal best at age of 35.



SAN SEBASTIAN (ESP, Nov 27): Winners of 34th San Sebastian Marathon were Moroccan Btami Otmane 2:20:26 and home runner Claudie Behobide 2:47:42.



LA ROCHELLE (FRA, Nov 27): Kenyan John Komen improved not only his best 2:08:06 but also the course record 2:09:44 at the 21st La Rochelle Marathon. He won in excellent 2:07:13. Also fast second Daniel Limo 2:08:39 (PB) and third Nahashon Kimaiyo as in last year 2:10:44. After Paris now La Rochelle has the second fastest course record in France. Former 8:05 steepler Eliud Barngetuny debuted in marathon at age of 35 as 6th in 2:18:05. Ethiopian Ture Chatu was the best woman in 2:36:09.



BEIRUT (LIB, Nov 27): Ethiopians won and clocked new course records at BLOM Beirut Marathon. Tariku Jifar, the experienced sub 2:10 runner achieved 2:11:14 to beat Kenyans Sammy Malakwen 2:11:31 and James Rotich 2:13:16. French Larbi Es Raidi was the best European as 7th in 2:14:42. Seada Kedir improved her best to be the best woman in 2:31:38 ahead of Bizunesh Urgesa 2:32:52 and French 40 years old Swetlana Pretot 2:33:07. IAAF informs about 32 000 runers in different races and prominent starter was legendary hurdler Edwin Moses.



VANCOUVER (CAN, Nov 26): The weather didn't cooperate but that didn't stop great racing at Jericho Beach Park in Vancouver, B.C., site of the 2011 Canadian Cross Country Championships. Cameron Levins successfully defended his title in the men's senior age category (32:04). Finishing second in the men's senior 10 km race was Barry Britt (32:49) ahead of Chris Winter who took the bronze in 32:51. Due to a technical glitch caused by massive amounts of rain the men's senior results official times have yet to be confirmed. Kendra Schaaf took the Canadian title in the women's 7 km senior race in a time of 25:00 minutes. Megan Brown took silver in 25:08 ahead of Dayna Pidhoresky from Tecumseh, Ont., claiming bronze in 25:47.



BARCELONA (ESP, Nov 27): One of the most traditional races in Spain, the 88th edition of Jean Bouin event saw Moroccan Ilias Fifa winning the 9.8 km in 30:05 ahead of Kenyan Kiprono Menjo 30:08. Firehiwot Goshu of Ethiopia was the best woman in 22:07 ahead of Amina Denboba 22:50 and top Spanish runners former world champion Marta Dominguez 22:53 and miler medalist Natalia Rodriguez 23:56.







DUBLIN (IRL): European Olympic Committees chairman Patrick Hickey, the President of the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI), has resigned from a key Government Task Force designed to make sure that Ireland exploits the potential benefits of London hosting the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. Hickey quit the London Coordinating group because he claims that it is not achieving anything. „I have become disillusioned over the last two years about the lack of progress on main key issues, most of which have been highlighted in the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics Task Force reports," Hickey wrote in a letter of resignation sent to Ireland's Sports Minister, Michael Ring.


LONDON (GBR): SportAccord has joined forces with global sports television agency IEC in Sports, to bring to the world a series of multisport events through a new range of consultancy and broadcast services. The new media platform will be used for the first time in an event that will some of the world's best brains competing in bridge, chess, draughts, go and xiangqi - Chinese chess - in the World Mind Games, which will take place from December 8 until 16 in Beijing. Informs insidethegames.


KINGSTON (JAM): Inspirational dinner in Tracks and Records of Kingston owned by Usain Bolt. The fastest man on earth welcomed there Sir Richard Branson, the English business magnate, best known for his Virgin Group of more than 400 companies. Branson is the 4th richest citizen of the United Kingdom.


LONDON (GBR): At the Aviva UK Athletics Awards Evening on Saturday night at the Park Plaza Westminster Hotel saw Mo Farah getting the Aviva Series Performance of the Year Award. Another world champion Dai Greene got The Best Athletics Performance 2011. The Elite coach of the year is Malcolm Arnold and club of the year Sedgefield Harriers.


PORTLAND (USA): informs that China's enormous emerging economy presents an immense opportunity for global players, and Nike is among the names making a sprint into this market. The athletic footwear and apparel giant has expansion plans in the promising Asian market to keep its top line running strong. China has become one of Nike's largest markets, and the company is looking to ramp up investment and double revenue in the country to $4 billion by 2015. Nike currently operates through 7,500 stores in China and is planning to open new ones and increase production.


NEW YORK (USA): Participation in Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 24) running races--commonly called turkey trots--rebounded in 2011 after barely growing last year, according to an annual survey of events compiled by Race Results Weekly. A survey of 20 well-established races in 15 states with a total of 155,264 finishers showed 14.4% growth in finishers from 2010, dramatically more than the less than 1% growth last year.

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