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Kipchoge 2:04:42 WL 

Photo courtesy Reuters: LONDON (GBR, Apr 26): The London Marathon provided exciting battles in both the men’s and women’s races, with Eliud Kipchoge and Tigist Tufa the victors (only third Ethiopian women winner and first after 14 years). Kipchoge was always to the fore in the men’s race, tucking in behind the pacemakers. Geoffrey Mutai was the first big favourite to drop off the lead pack, after about an hour. Emmanuel Mutai started to suffer 15 minutes later, losing real contact after 30km. World record holder Dennis Kimetto surged to the front with 7km to go but then dropped of shortly after, only to fight back to the leaders again. Then Kipsang and Kipchoge accelerated through the tunnel at 1:54 into the race, shedding Kimetto and Stanley Biwott. Kipchoge surged at 2:02:30 and Kipsang had no answer. Kipchoge breasted the tape in 2:04:42 World lead, winning the London Marathon in his first appearance, 13 seconds off the course record. It was his fourth marathon victory in five appearances and afterwards he stated his desire to compete at the World Championships. Kipsang finished next in2:04:47, with Kimetto third in 2:05:50, his lowest ever finishing position in a marathon. Stanley Biwott (2:06:41), Tilahun Regassa (2:07:16) and Sammy Kitwara (2:07:43) rounded out the top six. Spain’s Javi Guerra improved a lot to run 2:09:33 (2nd fastest European 2015), with Russia’s Aleksey Reunkov the next European in 2:10:10, 11 seconds ahead of cross country legend Serhiy Lebid (2:10:21). Emmanuel Mutai came in 11th in 2:10:54. Geoffrey Mutai did not finish, neither did Tsegaye Mekonnen or Samuel Tsegay. The women’s race was billed as a race between the Fantastic Four Kenyans, but Ethiopia came out on top, Tufa triumphing in 2:23:22. Aselefech Mergia and Florence Kiplagat were the most active at the front in a cautious women’s front pack, which at times slowed, allowing the chasers to regain contact. Edna Kiplagat was the first contender to suffer. At around the two hour mark, Tirfi Tsegaye and Tufa made the decisive break, with Tufa soon making her own bid for home. Keitany led the chase, finishing runner-up in 2:23:40, with Tsegaye next in 2:23:41.  Mergia (2:23:53), F. Kiplagat (2:24:15), Jemima Sumgong (2:24:23) and Priscah Jeptoo (2:25:01) completed the top 7. After leading for stages, Ana Dulce Felix finished top European in 8th with a personal best of 2:25:15. Volha Mazuronak of Belarus also recorded a personal best, 2:25:36. Last year’s champion Edna Kiplagat had to settle for 11th in 2:27:16, while Spain’s Alessandra Aguilar fell short in her national record attempt, running 2:29:45 as 15th. Turkey’s Elvan Abeylegesse failed to finish.  Paula Radcliffe received much support in her final marathon, the world record holder finished in 2:36:55 as best from starting as non-elite women. Best non-elite male was Ian Kimpton in 2:15:55. With help of Alberto Mazzucchelli.

Ethiopian double
WARSZAWA (POL, Apr 26): There was an Ethiopian double at the 3rd Orlen Warsaw Marathon, until Sunday World leader Lemi Berhanu winning the men’s race in 2:07:57 and Fatumo Sado the women’s in 2:26:25. Lemi made it two marathon victories this year, having won in Dubai. He was followed by strong Kenyan half marathoner Robert Chemosin (2:08:05, debut) and Ethiopia’s Markos Geneti (2:08:11). Sado, the women’s winner, was also racing in her second marathon of 2015; she was 5th in Houston. Kenya’s Mercy Kibarus finished 2nd here in a big PB of 2:27:06, with Ethiopia’s Chaltu Waka (2:29:30) also improving. The top European was Belarus’ Maryna Damantsevich (2:30:07). The Polish men’s title went to Henryk Szost (2:10:11 as 9th) ahead of Jakub Nowak (2:14:09) and Artur Kozlowski (2:14:43). Best woman (not national champs) from home country was Izabela Parszczynska as 10th in 2:49:46 PB.  In the 10 km races Kenyan Hillary Maiyo won in 28:45 and on the women side Dominika Napieraj 32:46 ahead of Agnieszka Mierzejewska 32:48 and miler Renata Plis 33:07.

Kenyan double
MADRID (ESP, Apr 26):  Kenya took both titles at the Rock ’n’ Roll Madrid Marathon. Ezekiel Kiptoo Chebii ran 2:12:00 to successfully defend his men’s title in cold and rainy conditions. He was followed by Stanley Kipchirchir Koech (2:12:30) and Pharis Kimani (2:12:57) making it a Kenyan 1-2-3. Monica Jepkoech was the women’s winner, her winning time of 2:33:42 was just three seconds ahead of Ethiopia’s Marta Tigabea (2:33:45). Third Meseret Legesse also Ethiopia 2:34:32.  In the half marathon wins for Silas Muturi 1:03:32 and Vanessa Veiga 1:19:32, in the 10 km Jose Manuel Abascal 31:52 and Diana Martin 34:59. Some 5400 runners competed.
L. Rotich and M. Hailu
HAMBURG (GER, Apr 26): The 30th Haspa Hamburg Marathon was won by Kenya’s Lucas Rotich and Ethiopia’s Meseret Hailu in slight rain. Rotich continued his ascent in the marathon world, recording a one second personal best of 2:07:17. Eritrea’s Ghirmay Ghebreslassie made a good improvement on his best, running 2:07:47 for second. Kenya’s Stephen Chebogut (2:08:01 PB) and Philemon Rono (2:08:18) took 3rd and 4th. Mongolia’s Ser Od Bat Ochir ran2:10:15, his third fastest marathon; while Kenya’s Micah Kogo had to settle for2:10:37. Brazilian Marilson dos Santos was 9th in 2:11:00. Norway’s Koen Naert had a good debut, running 2:13:39 as 13th with Spanish Ivan Fernandez 14th in2:13:43. Hailu, the pre-race favourite, ran 2:25:41 to win the women’s race, although far from her 2:21:09 best, it is her second best performance. Two time world 5000 medallist Sylvia Kibet made a strong debut, running 2:26:16 for 2nd. Namibia’s Beata Naigambo ran a personal best of 2:27:28 to place 3rd. As best European fourth placed Diane Lobacevske of Lithuania 2:28:57 ahead of Russian Alina Prokopyeva who equaled her best 2:29:18. Sixth German Sabrina Mockenhaupt in 2:32:41. With the help of Alberto Stretti.


DONGYING (CHN, Apr 26): Ernest Ngeno and Helena Kirop secured a Kenyan double at the Yellow River Estuary International Marathon. Ngeno ran 2:11:47, missing out on the course record by three seconds. He held off a strong challenge by his compatriot Ishmael Bushendich, who finished two seconds back (2:11:49). Robert Kwambai ran 2:13:26 for 3rd. Kirop clocked 2:31:36 to win the women’s race. Ethiopians Tsehay Desalegn (2:34:42) and Mestawet Tufa (2:34:51), the defending champion, also made the podium.

DUSSELDORF (GER, Apr 26): At the Marathon Dusseldorf, Marius Ionescu of Romania and Annie Bersagel of the USA came out in top. Bersagel successfully defended her women’s title, running a personal best of 2:28:29, despite falling at 10km after being clipped by another athlete. She hopes to switch to a part time role at her job as an advisor is an investment company to prepare for the US Olympic marathon trials. Ionescu prevailed in 2:13:19 over Belgium’s Abdelhadi El Hachimi (2:13:46) in the men’s race. German hope Andre Pollmächer dropped out with a foot problem after 26km.

ANTWERP (BEL, Apr 26): Florent Caelen won the DVV Antwerp Marathon in2:16:08 and fulfilled the Olympic standard for Rio 2016. Second Lander Van Droogenbroeck 2:19:46, best woman Mieke Dupont 2:58:39.


ISTANBUL (TUR, Apr 26): Kenya’s Evans Kiplagat (1:00:13) and Gladys Cherono (1:06:42) were the winners’ of the Istanbul Half Marathon.  Leonard Langat and Joseph Kiptum made it a Kenyan 1-2-3. Helah Kiprop ran 1:08:23 to finish as the runner-up in the women’s race. Ethiopia’s Muluhabt Tsega was third. Cherono´s time is fourth fastest in the World 2015 and also her personal best. 

NICE (FRA, Apr 26): Kenyan James Rungaru won the Nice Half-Marathon in fast 1:00:12 after leading alone with 14:00, 28:04, 42:16 and 56:58 splits. Behind him more Kenyans Elijah Tirop 1:00:57 and Norbert Kigen 1:01:20 with best Ethiopian 4th Tubuja Megersa 1:01:39. Ednah Kimaiyo with 1:10:47 and Alemayehu Hirot 1:14:01 were the top two women. 

BARCELONA (ESP, Apr 26): In the "Sagrada Familia" road mile Adel Mechaal was the male winner in 4:06 ahead of Marc Alcala 4:09 and Llorenc Sales 4:12. In the women category Solange Perreira 4:49 over Elian Periz 4:52 and Lidia Rodriguez 4:53.


KOBE (JPN, Apr 26): Kenyan Williams Sitonik achieved at Hyogo Relay Carnival World leading 27:42.99 in the 10 000 m. Second Kenta Murayama 28:09.28. In the 1500 m Ronald Kwemoi 3:37.94 and Enoch Omwamba 3:38.78 PB. Top two women in the 10 000 m registered personal bests Michi Numata 32:25.08 and Ai Inoue 32:39.04. Good but windy long jumping for Kota Minemura 808 (+2.1, legal 778 -1.2) and Yohei Sugai 807 (+2.2, legal 796 - 0.4).

PHILADELPHIA (USA, Apr 25): Additions to Penn Relays, in men 4x200 m 1:24.42 for Guyana is new South American record. In the university men 4x400 m also to note LSU as winners in 3:02.61. In the 4x800 m World leads for Georgia Tech men 7:18.84 and Villanova women 8:26.36. Jamaican Calabar (with top talent Michael O´Hara) were the winners of high school 4x100 m (39.63) and 4x400 m (3:09.97).

PITESTI (ROU, Apr 25): Some interesting results from junior match Romania – Ukraine – Israel – Cyprus. Aleksandru Mihata Novac won men javelin with 73.71 and Andrei Toader topped men shot put with 19.78 (6kg). From Ukrainian side Volodymyr Myslyvchuk was best in hammer with 68.01 (6kg), Vladyslav Mazur leaped to 758 (+2.7) in men long jump and Daria Diachenko to 13.08m in women triple jump.

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