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Farah shatters European half marathon record in Lisbon

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After breaking the world indoor best for two miles in Birmingham last month, Mo Farah was in record-breaking form again almost one month to the day at the 25th edition of the EDP Lisbon Half Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on Sunday (22).

Contesting his first half marathon since winning the Great North Run last September, Farah claimed his second win on the bounce at this distance in a British and European record of 59:32.

In warm and breezy conditions, Farah sliced 20 seconds from Fabian Roncero’s long-standing record. For good measure, his 20km split of 56:27 was 24 seconds faster than the European record set by Roncero en route to his now-beaten half marathon record.

Caroline Chepkwony returns to Vienna for another duel with Anna Hahner

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Caroline Chepkwony hopes to take revenge when she returns to the Vienna City Marathon to compete against defending champion Anna Hahner. The Kenyan was sensationally beaten by Germany’s rising marathon star a year ago when she faded badly in the final stages. Organisers hope for a similarly thrilling women’s contest on 12th April. A total of seven women with personal bests between 2:25 and 2:30 are on the start list. Defending champion Getu Feleke is the favourite in the men’s race. The Vienna City Marathon is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

Last April Caroline Chepkwony looked certain to take a second marathon victory in a row. The 2013 Lubljana champion, who clocked her personal best of 2:27:27 in that race, was almost two and a half minutes ahead at the 35 k point. However the picture changed dramatically in the final few miles. The Kenyan suffered of stomach problems and could barely jog. With 300 metres to go Anna Hahner passed her and stormed to a totally unexpected victory in this Gold Label Road Race. The German clocked 2:28:59 with Chepkwony 19 seconds behind in second place. Later in the year Anna Hahner confirmed her performance when she improved to 2:26:44 in the Berlin Marathon.

SPORTISIMO PRAGUE HALF MARATHON ON MARCH 28

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High Quality Dozen challenge Honours in Prague - The Czech capital will stage one of the highest calibre half marathon races anywhere in the world on March 28: a dozen runners with personal bests under 61 minutes will be on the start list for the Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon. The women’s race is just as strong in prospect with nine athletes showing fastest performances of under 70 minutes. Leading the charts for fastest career times are Leonard Komon and Lucy Kabuu. The Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon is an IAAF Gold Label race.

“This is, of course, one of the strongest fields we’ve ever had in Prague. We’ve never had 12 runners with personal bests of under 61 minutes in the race. I think we can look forward to some great competition,” says Carlo Capalbo, President of the organising team.

Bekele withdraws from London Marathon

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The Virgin Money London Marathon on 26 April has lost Kenenisa Bekele due to an Achilles injury but it has recruited Geoffrey Mutai and Aselefech Mergia to their elite rosters - Kenenisa Bekele has been forced to withdraw from the Virgin Money London Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on 26 April due to a right Achilles injury sustained during the Dubai Marathon in January.

“Unfortunately, I have had to pull out of this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon because of the problems I had while running in Dubai,” said Bekele, the world 5000m and 10,000m record-holder.

“I desperately wanted to run in London this year, but the injury to my Achilles has not healed sufficiently for me to compete against such a great field.

“I hope to be back in 2016 and ready to challenge the best marathon runners in the world in London.”

DIII Standout Josh Dedering of UW-LaCrosse Joins Team USA Minnesota; Meghan Peyton Finishes 8th at USA Marathon Championships

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – March 17, 2015 – Team USA Minnesota has added Josh Dedering – a DIII standout runner who graduated from the University of Wisconsin–LaCrosse in 2014 – to its roster.  He will focus on distances from the 10k up through the marathon.

At LaCrosse, Dedering was a cross country All-American, the WIAC Conference champion in the indoor 5k, and qualified for the DIII NCAA Nationals in the indoor 5k and outdoor 10k.  During his collegiate career, he was the 2013 WIAC Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year, a three-time Capital One Academic All-American, and a six-time USTFCCCA Academic All-American.  He has degrees in Sport Management and Business Administration.

After graduation, Dedering took to the roads and finished fifth at the Medtronic TC 10 Mile last October, won the Madison Half Marathon in November and the Fiesta Bowl Half Marathon in December.  In January 2015, he ran a personal best of 1:03:31 at the USA Half Marathon Championships in Houston and obtained his 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier.

Limo, Kimaiyo Win LA Marathon Titles

Written by Scott Bush, Running USA Wire.

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Jared Ward ran away over the final miles to win his first USA Marathon championship, while 2008 Olympian Blake Russell pulled away late to win the American women's title - LOS ANGELES (Sunday, March 15, 2015) – Warm temperatures may have slowed the fields slightly, but the action was as hot as ever at the ASICS LA Marathon Sunday morning. As the race got underway, American favorite Ryan Hall shot to the lead, stringing out the men’s pack and separating himself from the U.S. contingent, as the USATF Marathon Championships were contested in conjunction with the event.

Hall couldn't hold on to his early front-running margin,  losing his two minute lead over the American chase pack just past the halfway point in the race. As Matt Llano, Daniel Tapia and Jared Ward ran by Hall, he tried to maintain form, only to veer off to the side and officially drop out.

In the women’s race, an early group of over a dozen athletes, whittled down to eight athletes by the halfway marker, led by Olga Kimaiyo and Natalya Puchkova, while Americans Blake Russell, Brianne Nelson, Becky Wade, Heather Lieberg and Sara Hall all still maintained contact with the leaders.