Robert Chemosin and Shuko Genemo win in windy Vienna

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Robert Chemosin won the Vienna City Marathon, clocking a fine 2:09:48 in very windy conditions. After two Ethiopian victories in the past two years this edition was dominated by the Kenyans again. Charles Cheryuiot (2:10:09), Suleiman Simotwo (2:10:15), Silas Limo (2:10:16) and Raymond Choge (2:11:07) finished in places two to five. There was however an Ethiopian winner in the women’s race: Shuko Genemo ran 2:24:31, which is the second fastest time in the history of the event. Debutant Ruti Aga of Ethiopia was second in 2:25:27 while Kenya’s Doris Chengeywo followed well behind with 2:31:50.

Exactly 42,511 runners from 126 nations entered the various events of the 33rd Vienna City Marathon, which is Austria’s biggest sporting event and an IAAF Gold Label Road Race. This is the second highest entry figure in the history of the race and just around 200 runners short of the record. It is the fourth time in a row that the Vienna City Marathon registered more than 40,000 athletes.

Lusapho April goes for the course record, Anna Hahner wants to secure Olympic qualification in Hannover

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( PHOTO: HAJ Hannover Marathon / Christopher Busch) Olympic marathon qualification could be a valuable additional prize for South Africa’s Lusapho April and Germany’s Anna Hahner, who are among the favourites for Sunday’s 26th edition of the HAJ Marathon Hannover. April hopes to improve the course record of 2:08:32 which he ran three years ago on this very flat course in Hannover. If he succeeds the South African would become the first male winner to take the Hannover title for a third time. While late entries are still accepted organizers have already registered a record number of more than 20,000 athletes. This includes races at shorter distances staged parallel to the marathon. The HAJ Marathon Hannover is an IAAF Silver Label Race.

Debutant David Kogei could be in for some drama at the Vienna City Marathon

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Theatre of Emotions - this is the motto of this year’s Vienna City Marathon and additionally it is the title of a remarkable book on marathon running which was published by the organizers. On stage today during the pre-race press conference in Vienna were some of the elite men’s runners. While Kenya’s Levy Matebo Omari features the fastest time on the start list with a personal best of 2:05:16 there could well be an upset in Sunday’s race. Fellow-Kenyan David Kogei heads a list of four debutants who might be in for a surprise. Adding other running events staged parallel to the Vienna City Marathon on Sunday organizers have registered more than 42,000 runners for the 33rd edition of the event, which is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race. The marathon will be shown live and worldwide on the internet at:

Five women target sub 2:25 in Vienna City Marathon

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In recent years the Vienna City Marathon has developed strongly regarding the international significance of the race. Superstars Haile Gebrselassie and Paula Radcliffe competed in the half marathon staged parallel to the marathon, overall entry figures rose by one third within five years to more than 42,000 and the men’s course record stands at a world-class time of 2:05:41. However there is one record that looks a bit out of date: The women’s course record of 2:23:47 is from 2000. It was Italy’s Maura Viceconte who ran this time in Vienna. Organizers hope that the women’s winner of the 33rd edition of the Vienna City Marathon will at least come near to the mark or may be finally break it on Sunday. Five women are targeting times of sub 2:25 in this IAAF Gold Label Road Race which will be shown live and worldwide on the internet at:

Sam Chelanga Becomes the First American to Win Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Since 1990

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Veronica Nyaruai Wanjiru of Kenya Wins Women's Race on the Third Stop of the 2015-16 PRRO Circuit - April 3, 2016, Washington, DC - Thirty-one year-old Sam Chelanga, a naturalized American citizen who was born in Kenya, won the 44th Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile in a time of 48:25.1 today. The last American male to win Cherry Blossom was Chris Fox in 1990. Twenty-six year-old Kenyan Veronica Nyaruai Wanjiru won the women's race in a time of 53:11.6. Conditions were less than ideal, with temperatures in the mid-30s and winds gusting up to 40 miles per hour during the race, thus slowing all runners' times considerably.

After the race, Chelanga told reporters: "My coach said, 'just do the race, don't worry about the wind,' so that's what I did."

Meseret Defar, Joshua Cheptegei Prevail at Carlsbad 5000

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Bernard Lagat Shatters his own Masters World Record; Christian Cushing Murry and Julie Ertel place first in Men’s and Women’s Masters - SAN DIEGO – April 3, 2016 – Sunshine and speed: those two words perfectly embodied the Carlsbad 5000 on Sunday. The 31st edition of the world’s fastest 5K took place with thousands of runners taking to the streets of one of California’s most-scenic seaside towns.

The ultimate showdown for the day took place last with the men’s and women’s elite divisions that started after 11 a.m. Ethiopian Meseret Defar, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in the 5000 and the top-seeded runner on Sunday lived up to expectations to clearly dominate the woman’s race. The 32-year-old Defar’s time for the 5K was 15:02. Kenyan rival Caroline Kipkirui came across the line second in 15:13. Susan Kuijken, of the Netherlands was third in 15:28.