EME NEWS (NOV 5, 2017)
Flanagan makes history
NEW YORK (USA, Nov 5): Shalane Flanagan made a decisive move in the last three miles to defeat three-time champion Mary Keitany and Ethiopia’s Mamitu Daska to become the first American woman to win the New York Marathon since 1977. With splits of 76:18/70:35, Flanagan, 36, broke the tape in Central Park in 2:26:53 ahead of Keitany (2:27:54) and Daska (2:28:08) with Edna Kiplagat fourth in 2:29:36. Allie Kieffer was fifth in a big PB of 2:29:39 while triathlon specialist Sara Dossena from Italy was sixth on her debut in 2:29:39 (0.5 between them). Seventh in new PB Czech former nordic skiier Eva Vrabcova 2:29:41 and last under 2:30 with 2:29:56 as 8th Kellyn Taylor. Flanagan covered the 5km between 35-40km in 15:53 and her last five miles were: 5:09, 5:08, 5:10, 5:03, 5:12. In the men’s race, two-time world cross country champion Geoffrey Kamworor secured the first marathon win of his career in 2:10:53, holding off a late surge from former champion Wilson Kipsang (2:10:56) with Ethiopians Lelisa Desisa (2:11:32) and Lemi Berhanu (2:11:52) third and fourth respectively. Switzerland’s Tadesse Abraham was the top European finisher in fifth (2:12:01) while Abdi Abdirahman was the top US finisher in seventh in 2:12:48 despite falling at a feed station in the first 10km. In his farewell race, former winner Meb Keflezighi, 42, was 11th in 2:15:29. The winners both earned $100,000 for the victory, while Flanagan and Abdirahman picked up $25,000 as the top Americans, part of a guaranteed purse of $850,000. Flanagan also won a $10,000 time bonus for breaking 2:27:00.
Keitany and Tirunesh leading
NEW YORK (USA): Shalane Flanagan made history at the TCS New York City Marathon and is also the first American woman, since 2006, to win an Abbott World Marathon Majors race. She beat AbbottWMM champion and three-time New York winner Mary Keitany to earn 25 Series XI points and is now third in the women’s standings alongside Rose Chelimo and Gladys Cherono. Keitany chased her home to take the runner-up spot, adding 16 Series XI points to the 25 she earned in April when she broke the tape first at the Virgin Money London Marathon. She’s now tied at 41 points atop the leaderboard with her Ethiopian rival Tirunesh Dibaba. Geoffrey Kamworor’s first marathon win puts him at the top of the men’s leaderboard with 25 points alongside USA’s Galen Rupp and fellow Kenyans Geoffrey Kirui, Daniel Wanjiru and Eliud Kipchoge. Next WMM race is Tokyo Marathon on February 25, 2018. From WMM website.
HANGZHOU (CHN, Nov 5): Ethiopians scored a double in the Hangzhou Marathon with Azmeraw Bekele and Muluhabt Tsega claiming the victories in course records of 2:10:33 and 2:28:08 respectively. Bekele won ahead of Kenya’s Samuel Theuri (2:10:36) with Ethiopian Abdi Fufa third (2:10:41). Tsega led an Ethiopian clean sweep in the women’s race ahead of Tinbit Gidey (2:28:15) and Tsehay Desalegn (2:28:35).
SEOUL (KOR, Nov 5): Kenya’s Thomas Kiplagat won the Joongang Seoul International Marathon in 2:09:13 from Ethiopia’s Abdiwak Tura (2:09:26) and Kenya’s Alfers Lagat (2:09:33). Last under 2:10 was fourth Abdela Godana of Ethiopia in new PB 2:09:45.
PORTO (POR, Nov 5): Kenya’s Monica Jepkoech won the Porto Marathon in a course record of 2:26:58 from Salome Rocha (2:31:01) while Jackson Limo won the men’s race in 2:11:34 from Daniel Pinheiro (2:17:57).
NICE (FRA, Nov 5): Ethiopia’s Dejene Kelkilew won the Marathon des Alpes Maritimes Nice-Cannes in 2:12:09 from Kenyans Cosmas Birech (2:12:20) and Alfred Kering (2:12:31) with Japan’s Yuki Kawauchi sixth in French debut in 2:15:02. Ethiopians took a one-two in the women’s race through Tejitu Siyum (2:33:21) and Meseret Gola (2:36:38).
SOWETO (RSA, Nov 5): Irvette van Zyl took victory on home soil in the Soweto Marathon (1600m above sea level) in 2:41:06 ahead of Mapaseka Makhanya (2:44:37) while Lesotho’s Tshepo Mathibelle won the men’s race in 2:19:41 from Ethiopia’s Sintayehu Legese (2:20:56).
OTHER ROAD RACES
LAAYOUNE (MAR, Nov 5): Kenyan Shadrack Korir won the Laayoune half-marathon in 62:10. Second Bahrain´s Hassan Chani 62:22 and third Ethiopian Biksegen Demekekasaw 62:44 with best home runner Aziz Lahbabi fourth in 62:49. Women winner Keltoum Bouaasriya clocked 75:02. From Carole Fuchs.
LEEDS (GBR, Nov 5): Eilish McColgan won the Leeds Abbey Dash 10K in 32:05 ahead of Emma Mitchell (32:51) while Sam Stabler won the men’s race in 29:13. The race acted as the England Athletics 10km Championships.
AGADIR (MAR, Nov 5): Gladys Yator from Kenya won here the 10 km road race in 33:36 ahead of Ethiopian Etalemahu Zeleke 34:10. Hicham Amghar was the best male in 28:22 beating Mohamed Ziani 28:29. From Carole Fuchs.
NAGOYA (JPN, Nov 5): Riding a wave of rapid improvement since the start of the season, Kanagawa University pulled off a perfect race to beat favorites Tokai University and Aoyama Gakuin University and win its first National University Men's Ekiden Championships title since 1997 in one of the fastest times in event history. In the 49th edition of the event at 106.8 km (8 stages) winners clocked 5:12:49.
PARIS (FRA, Nov 5): In the fifth edition of Ekiden de Paris winning team Unirun clocked 2:14:33 ahead of Adidas Runners Paris 2:14:49 and USM Malakoff 2:20:05. Some 1400 teams participated. Women winners Barbes Runners 2:51:07 and in the mixed category Racing Club de France Issy Avia 2:26:45.
MORLAIX (FRA, Nov 5): Kenyan winners at the St Pol de Léon - Morlaix 10 km road race. Paul Melly 28:28 and Mercyline Jeronoh 32:46. Second places for Stephen Ogari 28:30 and Woldu Mekdes 32:59.
VALENCIA (ESP, Nov 5): Sergio López and Fátima Ayachi won the road race here at 5.8 km part of the circuit Divina Pastora. Lopez clocked 17:50 and Ayachi 20:14.
BALATONKARATTYA (HUN, Nov 5): At the 57th World Military CC Championships men winner at 4.6 km short course was French Djilali Bedrani 13:27 ahead of Algerians Rabah Aboud 13:32 and Hicham Bouchicha 13:33 with Italian Lorenzo Dini fourth 13:36. Seventh French European steeple champion Yohan Kowal 13:51. Winning team Algeria ahead of France and Italy. Romanian Roxana Birca won women 4.6 km in 15:28 over Katarzyna Kowalska from Poland 15:44 and another Romanian Cristina Simion 15:47. In women teams France ahead of Poland and Italy. Kenyan Stephen Ogari (running for French military) was third in the long course in 35:22 behind the Algerian winner Ali Guerine 35:11.
JAEN (ESP, Nov 5): Former European CC Champion won the Cross del Aceite de Torredonjimeno at 9 km in 28:33. Way behind second Sebastian Martos 30:09 and third Alvaro Aranda 31:07. Esther Hidalgo took women 7.5 km in 30:27.
VALSUGANA (ITA, Nov 5): Valeria Roffino won the senior women’s 7km at the Cross Valsugana in 22:53 and Michele Fontana won the men’s 9km in 25:16.
MOL (BEL, Nov 5): Belgium's Soufiane Bouchikhi won the senior men’s 9.2km at the Easykit CrossCup series in Mol in 28:45. Poland’s Katarzyna Rutkowska won the senior women’s 5.5km in 19:30.
GRODNO (BLR, Nov 4): Sergey Platonov clocked 24:21 over 8km and Nina Savina 20:58 over 6km to win Belarussian cross-country championships. Sergey Kravchenya 25:09 and Yelena Borisenko 22:16 were fastest at the same distances in the U23 category. Artem Logish topped short 4km course with 11:50, Ilona Ivanova finished first among women over 3km in 10:08.