Marathons

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.

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.”

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.

Benjamin Kiptoo heads men’s elite field, defending champion Souad Ait Salem returns

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(photo: Lisa and Anna Hahner (right) during a press conference in Hannover by HAJ Marathon Hannover) Kenyan winners of marathons in Paris and Fukuoka will clash at the HAJ Marathon Hannover on 19th April. Organisers of the event, which is an IAAF Silver Label Road Race, have announced major contenders for Germany’s rising spring marathon. Benjamin Kiptoo won the Paris Marathon in 2011 and Josphat Ndambiri took the prestigious race in Fukuoka in 2011. Kenyans will be favourites in the men’s race while the women’s defending champion Souad Ait Salem of Algeria returns. The HAJ Marathon Hannover will see its 25th edition on 19th April and boosts a very flat course.

Benjamin Kiptoo is the runner who features the fastest personal best with a time of 2:06:31. With this result he took the Paris Marathon four years ago. Kiptoo won two more marathons with times inside 2:08. In 2009 he was the winner in Rome in 2:07:17 while a year later he triumphed in Chuncheon (South Korea) with 2:07:54. The 36 year-old could not match those results recently, but the fast course in Hannover will provide a fine opportunity for good times.

Changes Made to Boston Marathon Field

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American athletes Matthew Tegenkamp and Adriana Nelson added to elite field for April 20 race - BOSTON - Two American athletes have been added to the roster for the 2015 Boston Marathon. One previously announced entrant, Ethiopia's Ejegayehu Dibaba, has been dropped from the field due to a leg injury.

Matthew Tegenkamp is a two-time Olympian on the track and the American record-holder in the outdoor two-mile (8:07.07).  He made his marathon debut at the 2013 Chicago Marathon, finishing 10th in 2:12:28. At the 2014 New York City Half Marathon, he finished seventh and top American in a personal best 1:02:04. Highlights of his career include two national titles in the 3,000m indoors and a national title in the 5,000m outdoors. He is one of only five American men to have broken the 13-minute barrier in the 5,000m (12:58.56). A three-time World Championships participant, Tegenkamp has finished as high as fourth in the 5,000m. As a junior runner, Tegenkamp finished fifth at the 2011 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, behind Dathan Ritzenhein and Kenenisa Bekele. The 2015 Boston Marathon will be Tegenkamp’s second marathon. 

“It’s an honor and privilege to have an opportunity to compete in America’s greatest race,” says Tegenkamp.  “This being my first time on the Boston course I don’t know what to expect, but I will bring my competitive fire and fitness.”