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Sunday, 05 November 2017 16:31

News from around the World - EME News (Nov 5, 2017)

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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: 5:095:085:105:035:12. 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.

An increasing number of cities today stage marathon races as part of their annual menu of events but there is only one which can claim to be the original: The “Athens Marathon. The Authentic“ will be run on November 12 on the original course with the start in the small coastal town of Marathon and finishing in the old Olympic arena of Athens, the marble Panathenaic Stadium. It was this same route which the runners trod for the first Marathon of modern Olympic era in 1896.

Mebrahtom Keflezighi, is surely one of the greatest American marathoners ever. Of that there is no doubt, but for far too long his Americanness was doubted, without cause. A man who, in terms of running, was born and raised in California, deserves all the credit anyone has ever attributed to him in boosting the level and profile of distance running in the USA. All great things must come to an end, and this weekend's New York Marathon will be the swan song of one of the all-time greats. Be sure to be along the course in one of the five boroughs, or watch live on tv (ESPN2 starts their coverage at 9am), and see Meb race one last time. He'll race with heart, just like he always has.

Shura Kitata Tola of Ethiopia and Kenya’s Vivian Cheryuiot won the top prizes at the 36th edition of the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon. Kitata chopped almost two minutes off his personal best in difficult conditions while Cheruiyot, the reigning Olympic 5,000m champion but now concentrating on road racing, improved her best for the marathon to 2:23:35 after her distance debut in London this April. Kitata ran 2:05:50 to win the men's title and his compatriots Kelkile Gezahegn (2:06:56) and Getu Feleke (2:07:46) ensured a clean sweep for Ethiopia. The Ethiopians Yebrgual Melese (2:24:30) and Meskerem Assefa (2:24:38) finished second and third behind Cheruiyot in the women's race. The women's champion had been on course to improve the course record of 2:21:01 but was slowed by strong winds in the closing stages.

Friday, 27 October 2017 11:53

Frankfurt Marathon plans to turn up the heat

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The Mainova Frankfurt Marathon has been a springboard for a number of promising marathon runners in the past. The most prominent example is Wilson Kipsang, who won in Frankfurt with 2:04:57 in 2010 and then returned a year later, missing the world record by only four seconds and his time 2:03:42 remains the course record to this day. Two years later Kipsang broke the world record in Berlin. Back in 2008 Robert K. Cheruiyot came to Frankfurt to run his first race outside Kenya. He broke the course record with 2:07:21 and then won the Boston Marathon with a course record of 2:05:52 in 2010. “The Mainova Frankfurt Marathon is an immersion heater for elite athletes,” said Race Director Jo Schindler during a press conference before the 36th edition on Sunday.



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