• Kipchoge defeats all-star field in the London Marathon

    Eliud Kipchoge defeated reigning two-time champion Wilson Kipsang and world record-holder Dennis Kimetto to claim victory in the 35th edition of the Virgin Money London Marathon  -

    Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge defeated arguably the strongest ever field assembled for the Virgin Money London Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on Sunday (26).

    The race was pitted as a head-to-head between reigning two-time champion Wilson Kipsang and world record-holder Dennis Kimetto but they had to settle for second and third respectively behind the wily Kipchoge, who improved his marathon record to four wins from five starts.

    His sole loss came at the hands of Kipsang when he set the since-beaten world record of 2:03:23 in Berlin in 2013 but Kipchoge had his revenge today, outpacing the reigning champion in the last two kilometres.

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  • Annie Bersagel clocks personal best despite a fall

    (photo: Norbert Wilhelmi / METRO GROUP Marathon Duesseldorf) Annie Bersagel fell early in the race but recovered to defend her title in the METRO GROUP Marathon Duesseldorf. The American showed great determination to go on and clock a personal best of 2:28:29. In good weather conditions Marius Ionescu of Romania won the men’s race with 2:13:19. Adding other running events staged parallel to the marathon a total of 18,000 runners entered the METRO GROUP Marathon Duesseldorf.

    For financial reasons there was only a very limited elite field in Sunday’s race. However organisers are hopefully that the situation will be much improved again next year.

    Chasing her personal best which she ran last year in Duesseldorf with 2:28:59 the race against the clock began with some sort of a shock for Annie Bersagel. Around the 10 k mark the defending champion tumbled to the ground after an athlete running behind her had touched her accidentally. But the 32 year-old was quickly on her feet again and continued despite some bad scratches and bruises. Guided by pacemakers she then passed the half way mark in 1:13:40, which was 20 seconds faster than planned. At that stage there was no serious rival left in the race. Brazil’s Sirlene De Sousa Pinho was well behind early on, trailing Bersagel by almost five minutes after eight kilometres. She then dropped out after 13 k due to cramps.

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  • Defending champion Annie Bersagel targets another personal best

    Defending champion Annie Bersagel will be the main contender in Sunday’s METRO GROUP Marathon Duesseldorf. The American hopes to further improve her personal best she ran last year in this race with 2:28:59. While elite fields for this edition had to be cut drastically for financial reasons there are hopes for a national winner in the men’s race. With the Rio Olympic Games already in mind André Pollmächer intends to go for a sub 2:12 time. Adding other events at shorter distances a total of 18,000 runners have entered the METRO GROUP Marathon Duesseldorf.

    There are hopes that next year the METRO GROUP Marathon Duesseldorf will return to higher standards again. However this year the fastest man in the elite field is former Maroccan Abdelhadi El Hachimi who competes for Belgium. Already 40 years of age he has a personal best of 2:11:30 from 2011. Last year El Hachimi clocked 2:12:45 in Berlin.

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  • ESPN Announces Historic Live Television Coverage Schedule for NCAA DI Outdoor Championships

    Fans of collegiate track & field have long clamored for national, primetime television exposure – particularly for the sport’s crown jewel event, the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

    The wait is over: On June 10-13 from Eugene, Oregon, the Championships – featuring star-studded teams and world-class athletes – will take center stage on ESPN, the Worldwide Leader in Sports.

    The Championships’ first-ever ESPN and ESPN2 primetime broadcasts on Friday and Saturday were announced as part of network’s 12-hour live television programming schedule for all four days of the meet.

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  • Heather Kampf, Meghan Peyton to Compete at Drake Relays April 23-24; Kampf Defends Title at Grand Blue Mile; B.A.A. Mile and Mt. SAC Results

    Minneapolis/St. Paul – April 22, 2015 – Team USA Minnesota’s Heather Kampf and Meghan Peyton will compete on the track at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, with Kampf running the 800 meters on April 24 and Peyton in the 5000 meters on April 23.  As part of the Drake Relays week of festivities, Kampf defended her title at the Grand Blue Mile on April 21.

    At the Hy-Vee Night at the Drake Relays on Friday, Kampf will be among the top invited athletes who will compete in the women’s 800 meters which will be held at 8:00 p.m.  She has a best in the distance of 2:00.04. 

    Peyton will run the 5000m at the Drake Relays Distance Carnival on Thursday with the open women’s race at 8:40 p.m. on the Blue Oval track.  She has run 15:41.1 in the 5000.

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