Marathons

Mark Kiptoo and Aberu Kebede win Frankfurt Marathon, German Arne Gabius runs sensational sub 2:10 debut

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“This is Your Day”. That was the motto of the BMW Frankfurt Marathon. When Mark Kiptoo was twelve kilometres away from the indoor finish in the Festhalle he felt a pain in his calf muscle and later lost a couple of metres. Trailing the leaders he thought about the motto and told himself: “Just hang on – this could still be my day!” It was indeed. Last year’s runner-up went one better: Kiptoo won the race with 2:06:49 from fellow-Kenyans Mark Kiptoo and Mike Kigen, who ran 2:06:59 and 2:07:08 respectively.

Defending champion Vincent Kipruto of Kenya finished a disappointing 13th in 2:12:09 while highly rated Ethiopian Tsegaye Mekonnen dropped out after the 30 k mark. But another runner besides Kiptoo enjoyed a day to remember: Arne Gabius ran a sensational debut with 2:09:32, which is the first sub 2:10 time by a German since 1990. It is also the third fastest time by a European this year.

There was an Ethiopian victory in the women’s race with Aberu Kebede clocking a fine 2:22:21, which is the ninth fastest time in 2014, discounting the non-record eligible course of the Boston Marathon. Sharon Cherop of Kenya was second with 2:23:44, Ashetu Bekere (Ethiopia) took third in 2:24:59.

Tsegaye Mekonnen inspired by Haile Gebrselassie aims for Ethiopian national record in Frankfurt Marathon on Sunday

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Photo: Tsegaye Mekonnen and Meselech Melkamu with the elite race coordinator Christoph Kopp in Frankfurt (PHOTORUN) - None other than the great Haile Gebrselassie, the current Ethiopian record holder in the marathon, has encouraged Tsegaye Mekonnen to attack that same mark in the BMW Frankfurt Marathon on Sunday. It´s also thanks to Haile that Tsegaye has chosen Frankfurt for his latest marathon outing. The 19 year-old teenage sensation clocked a stunning though unofficial world junior best of 2:04:32 when he took the Dubai Marathon in January. Now he hopes to improve this mark and has also set his sights on the personal record of Ethiopia’s superstar: Gebrselassie ran the current national best of 2:03:59 in Berlin in 2008, which was a world record at the time.

While Tsegaye Mekonnen hopes to become the first non-Kenyan men’s champion since 2001 there is also the possibilty that Germany’s oldest city marathon will have its first double Ethiopian win on Sunday. Aberu Kebede and Meselech Melkamu are strong contenders in the women’s race. They all appeared confident in Frankfurt.

Petersen, Folts win Janus Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Marathon, 5th edition race welcomes 15,000 runners, debuts new course and 10K

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Petersen, Folts win Janus Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Marathon,  5th edition race welcomes 15,000 runners, debuts new course and 10K - DENVER (October 19, 2014) – As far as he knew, twenty-six-year-old Andy Wacker was fully prepared for this morning’s Janus Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Marathon & ½ Marathon. He was sure the race started at 8 a.m. and arrived an hour early to stretch. But as he made his way to the start line, he noticed other runners rushing by in a big hurry. Very quickly, panic set in.  He wasn’t an hour early. He was seriously late, arriving with just a minute to spare before the gun went off.

“I didn’t get to warm up quite like I wanted to and I definitely sprinted from my car and luckily got to the start line just in time. Don’t ever make that mistake!” he said, laughing. “It was way too close.”

In the end, his mixup didn’t cost him anything except a little extra energy. Wacker would go on to win the half marathon in one hour, five minutes, 42 seconds. He ran alongside fellow Boulder resident Brent Vaughn for the first few miles, before making his move and maintaining his lead from mile 5 to the finish. Vaughn would finish in third place in 1:08:17, behind Benjamin Zywicki in second at 1:07:54.

Korir leaves it late in Toronto

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Laban Korir came through in the last three kilometres to win the men's race at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon while Mulu Seboka won her third marathon of the year in the women's race

Kenya’s Laban Korir, a training partner of Emmanuel Mutai and Eliud Kipchoge, came through late to win the men’s race at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, an IAAF Silver Label Road Race, on Sunday (19).

In cold conditions, Korir chased down the leaders in the final three kilometres and pushed on for victory in 2:08:15.

“I was not expecting to win the race. I was targeting to be in the top three as I said at the press conference,” said Korir, although he was slightly outside his target time.

Defending Champion Rita Jeptoo and Two-Time Olympic Medalist Eliud Kipchoge Claim Victory in Chicago

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The sixth Nike Northside/Southside Challenge again featured local high school athletes competing in a cross-country race covering the final 2.62 miles - CHICAGO (Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014) -- The 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon saw a record 40,802 runners crossed the finish line in Grant Park under ideal weather conditions. The men's race saw a Kenyan sweep with Eliud Kipchoge stealing the show in 2 hours, 4 minutes, 11 seconds, and Sammy Kitwara and Dickson Chumba dueling for second, with Kitwara out-striding Chumba.

"They say if you have a will, then you will be successful," said Kipchoge, winning his first World Marathon Major and third marathon. "I had a will to transition to the marathon and that is why I have been able to win so well."

In the women's race, Rita Jeptoo (KEN) easily defended her title, breaking the tape in 2:24:35. Mare Dibaba (ETH) held on for second in 2:25:37, and current half-marathon world record holder, Florence Kiplagat (KEN), secured a podium finish in 2:25:57.