EME News December 15th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan
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EME News December 15th, by Alfons Juck, note by Kevin Mangan

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USA Club Cross Country Nationals was this weekend and provided some excellent racing on what was by all accounts a real cross country course. It was a tough European-style course at bit of altitude that was real cross country, not just a flat, fast golf course. Cross country is not about the times, its about competition. The big winners of the day were Laura Thweatt and Joseph Gray. The Beasts TC, which is the Brooks Beasts plus Adidas runner Brie Felnagle won easily for the women's team race with Deborah Maier and Angela Bizzarri leading the charge. Brent Vaughn led Champions League Athletic Performance to the narrowest of victories, a one point win over ZAP Fitness. By all accounts, it was a great day of racing on a great course in beautiful Bend.

EME NEWS (DEC 15, 2013)
NEW DELHI (IND, Dec 15): Last road race with bright World class field the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon ended with Ethiopian Atsedu Tsegay demolishing the excellent field in new course record 59:12 (also fourth best performer 2013). Previous course record 59:15 was set by countryman Deriba Merga in 2008. He was followed home by Kenyans Geoffrey Kipsang in 59:30 and reigning World HM Champion Wilson Kiprop 59:49. Kipsang, the fastest athlete of 2013 (58:54) was coping with the loss of his 17-year-old brother Elais, who passed away on Friday and did wonderfully to overcome his grief and run a brave race, but was thwarted in his bid to win the race as a tribute to his brother by a strong running Tsegay. Also fourth Kenneth Kipkemoi went sub one hour 59:55. In good weather the pace was 14:02, 28:04. The women’s race, also chasing a course record, failed in its bid due to a slow start, but picked up in the later stages and was won by Kenyan Berlin Marathon winner Florence Kiplagat in 1:08:00. Kenyan sweep was completed by Gladys Cherono finishing second in 1:08:03 and Lucy Kabuu taking third place in 1:08:10. Ethiopians followed with Meseret Hailu 1:09:05 and Wude Ayalew 1:09:21. World CC Champion Emily Chebet finished 6th in 1:09:22. The men’s and women’s winners will get 25 000 USD from the total prize money 210 000 USD. Some 31 000 plus runners competed.
HOFU (JPN, Dec 15): Mongolia‘s Serod Bat Ochir ran 2:09:00 to win his third Hofu Yomiuri Marathon title running side-by-side in a duel with civil servant runner Yuki Kawauchi until 32 km before kicking away for the win in his first-ever sub-2:10 and new national record. His previous national mark was 2:11:05 from Oita Marathon in 2012. In his eleventh marathon of 2013 Kawauchi finished in 2:09:15 for 2nd. Fourteen days ago at the Fukuoka International Marathon Kawauchi was 3rd in 2:09:05, vowing „to go where nobody has gone before“ in Hofu. With a second sub-2:10 just fourteen days after Fukuoka he took twenty-eight days off his own world record for the shortest time ever between sub-2:10 marathons. Informs Brett Larner.
LAKE PLACID (USA): 2005 100 m World Champion Lauryn Williams continues in top results in her new sport bob-sleigh. The U.S. women earned silver and bronze medals in World Cup in Lake Placid. Elana Meyers partnered with track sensation Lauryn Williams for a silver medal performance, followed 0.22 seconds by Jamie Greubel and Katie Eberling in third. Meyers and Williams were just 0.02 seconds from Canadians Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse after clocking a first run of 56.65 seconds. Williams, who raced in only her second World Cup event today, helped push Meyers to the second fastest push time of the event, 5.51. “I was incredibly nervous,” Williams said. “It is just that pressure for the rookie to do well, especially with Elana coming off of two wins, and I wanted to get a streak going for her. I only had two practices this week before jumping in her sled. I know how to run fast, but there is a steep learning curve with the running and hitting the sled. If I can get that stuff perfect, we are going to be golden.” Agencies are informing.
MANHATTAN (USA, Dec 14): At Winter Invitational in Kansas Puertorico sprinter Carlos Rodriguez posted 6.72 at the 60 m and 33.60 PB in the 300 m.
ROXBURY (USA, Dec 14): The NCAA Champion Abbey D´Agostino is in early good shape with 5000 m win at Jay Carisella indoor meet 15:40.55.
ZAPORIZHYA (UKR, Dec 14): Andriy Rubel cleared here at indoor competition 223 cm in the high jump, just 1 cm below his indoor PB.
PISA (ITA, Dec 15): At the 15th Pisa Marathon home win for favorite Massimo Leonardi 2:20:39. In women category Briton Holly Rush (36) won with 2:41:52 ahead of Romanian Paula Todoran 2:43:17 and best Italian Ilaria Zaccagni 2:47:18.
TAIPEI (TPE, Dec 15): Kenyan wins at the Taipei Fubon Marathon. Josphat Kamzee topped the men race and defended his title in 2:14:10 ahead of Ethiopian Yemane Adhane 2:14:17 and Julius Ndiritu 2:15:19. The women race was also controlled by Kenyans Rebecca Kangogo Chesire winning in 2:33:20, while Rachel Jemutai second with 2:34:38 and Helena Kirop ranked third with 2:37:07. More than 70 000 runners participated in all races.
MELBOURNE (AUS, Dec 15): South Australian Kim Mottrom has taken out the 2013 men’s Australian 50km Race Walking Championship at Fawkner Park in Melbourne this morning in his first-ever attempt at the distance in 4:28:12. At the 20km mark Ian Rayson registered a split of 1:37:24 to hold a lead of almost eight minutes on Mottrom (1:45.10). After winning today’s race, which was also the official Selection Trial for the IAAF World Race Walking Cup to be held in Taicang, China on 3-4 May 2014, Mottrom now plans to compete at the Australian 20km Race Walking Championships in Hobart on 2 February next year. In the 20 km which was not a championships race Brendon Reading in 1:26:29 beat Olympic medalist Jared Tallent 1:27:23. Tallent said after the race that he was happy with his form despite the unanticipated pitstop he was forced to take. “I was happy with my progress, my hamstring is a lot better,” Tallent said. “I had a recent injury after the World Championships so that’s feeling good now. I’m really excited just to get back into training and looking forward to the rest of the domestic season.” The women’s 20 km invitational race walk was taken out by visiting international Mari Olsson of Sweden in 1:39:34. In winning the men’s 10km Under 20 invitational walk in 42:16 Jesse Osborne easily surpassed the 46:30.00 junior qualification standard for the 2014 World Race Walking Cup. Informs Athletics Australia.
BEND (USA, Dec 14): On a chilly, snow-filled day in Oregon nine teams and multiple individuals took home titles at the 16th annual USATF National Club Cross Country Championships held at River’s Edge Golf Course. The Beasts Track Club from Seattle took home the women’s open title with five top-15 finishers. Leading the club was Deborah Maier and Angela Bizzarri who turned in a 3-4 finish to help Beasts to the women’s title with 34 points. On the men’s side, Champions League Athletic Performance captured the men’s open title, led by Brent Vaughn’s fourth-place finish (31:20). Champions League clinched the men’s crown by the narrowest of margins, defeating ZAP Fitness Reebok by one point, 127-128. Top individuals were in women 6 km Laura Thweatt 21:43 over Amy Van Alstine 22:03, in men race at 10 km Joseph Gray 31:05 and Sean Quigley 31:11. From USATF website.
GETAFE (ESP, Dec 15): At the walking competition Trofeo de Marcha Cerro Buenavista new Spanish junior road record at 10 km for 5th from European Juniors this year Marc Tur in 40:17. Second Alvaro Martin 40:28. World youth medalist from Donetsk Diego Garcia was third in new Spanish Youth record 40:55. In women race Maria Jose Poves won in 45:29. Second Brigita Virbalyte of Lithuania 45:47 and third Anhoa Pinedo 46:47.
VENTA DE BANOS (ESP, Dec 15): The 34th edition of the Cros Internacional de Venta de Banos had Kenyan Cyprian Kotut as the winner in 31:58 at the 10.68 km after finish fight with another Kenyan and steeple specialist Jairus Birech also 31:58. Third best Spanish Ivan Fernandez 32:32. Fourth Ugandan Geoffrey Kusuro 32:43 and fifth Javier Guerra 32:47. In women 6.64 km Mercy Cherono won in 23:08 over Ethiopian Ababel Yeshaneh 23:11. Fifth best Spanish Iris Fuentes-Pila.
SION (SUI, Dec 14): At the Christmas road race Kenyan wins for Patrick Ereng 20:07at 7 km and in very close women race Jane Muia 16:18.4 (5 km) over Cynthia Kosgei (16:18.5). Second Abraham Kipyatich 20:09 and third Bernard Matheka 20:17. Fourth best non-Kenyan Maksim Pankratau of Belarus 20:20. In women race third triathlon olympic winner Nicola Spirig 16:27.
ZURICH (SUI, Dec 15): The day after at the 37th Zurich Silvesterlauf the same runners dominated. Patrick Ereng won the men 9 km in 26:12 and in another close finish this time Cynthia Kosgei beat Jane Muia at 6.6 km 21:23.0 and 21:23.1. Kenyans had the full podium in men category with Abraham Kipyatich second 26:17 and Bernard Matheka third 26:24. Fifth Belarus Maksim Pankratau as top European 26:40 and best Swiss Mario Bachtiger as 6th 26:44. In women race Fabienne Schlumpf with 21:37clearly beat Nicola Spirig 21:47 for the third place.

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