Marathons

Tsegaye Mekonnen continues the debutants’ winning streak to break world junior record

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Marathon novices mantained their domination in Dubai: a debutant won the Standard Chartered Dubai title for the third consecutive occasion in this IAAF Gold Label Race. Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Mekonnen continued this impressive sequence as the 18 year-old sprang a surprise, running 2:04:32 in his first marathon. This achievement improved the unofficial World Junior Record by breaking the record set by Eric Ndiema (Kenia), who ran 2:06:07 in Amsterdam 2011.; also unprecedented was a sub-2:06 performance by an 18-year-old, let alone breaking 2:05.

There was much pre-race talk about the possibility of another debutants’ winner.But the athlete in this context was not Tsegaye Mekonnen. It was Atsedu Tsegay, who had recently impressed with a half marathon victory in New Delhi and was targeting a sub 2:05 time. Dubai is known to produce surprises, and it was no different on Friday: While Tsegay did not finish his debut, fellow-Ethiopian Tsegaye Mekonnen stormed to victory, upsetting the experienced marathon runners as well.

DEFENDING CHAMPION FACES LAST YEAR’S RUNNER-UP IN 2014 ASICS LA MARATHON

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Erick Mose, Julius Keter Among Top International Elites with Eyes Set on the Win - LOS ANGELES (January 23, 2014) — A stacked line-up  of more than 20 of the world’s most competitive distance runners—including defending men’s champion Erick Mose and 2013 men’s runner-up Julius Keter—headline the field for the 2014 ASICS LA Marathon, which will be held on Sunday, March 9th 2014.

This year’s ASICS LA Marathon, which will once again follow its popular Stadium to the Sea course, starting at Dodger Stadium and finishing near the Santa Monica Pier, will be the 29th edition of the race, which became an annual event following the historic 1984 Olympic Game in Los Angeles.

Meselech Melkamu and Meseret Hailu ready to attack 2:20 barrier in Dubai

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(photo: Meselech Melkamu (left) and Meseret Hailu on JumeirahBeach with the Burj Al Arab Hotel in the background.T aken by: Giancarlo Colombo / photorun.net ) Standard Chartered DubaiMarathonlive on the internet - Meleselech Melkamu and Meseret Hailu are ready to attack the 2:20barrier in Friday’s Standard Chartered DubaiMarathon, which is an IAAF Gold Label Race. The respective marathon best performances of the two Ethiopian stars are only eight seconds apart. While Melkamu will be the fastest in the field on Friday with 2:21:01, Hailu’s PB stands at 2:21:09. “We want to run fast, we want to run sub 2:20and we will work together,” said Meselech Melkamu on the eve of the race.

“To run below 2:20is our goal, this is why we have come to Dubai,” said Meseret Hailu, with Meselech Melkamu taking on the role of interpreter. 18 women have so far broken the prestigious 2:20barrier in marathon history. In Dubaithree runners have achieved that feat with the course record standing at Aselefech Mergia’s (Ethiopia) time 2:19:31in 2012.

Can Debutant Atsedu Tsegay maintain Debutant’s record of success in Dubai?

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A combination of the biggest pot of prize money and most pancake-flat course among the major marathons means that extraordinary results can be expected in Dubai. The Standard Chartered DubaiMarathonhas maintained that sequence and the tantalising prospect of a world record remains. The 15th edition will feature a men’s race where two sub 2:05runners return to the premier running event of the region: Markos Geneti (Ethiopia) and Jonathan Maiyo (Kenya) are among the favourites for the 200,000 Dollar first prize. The women’s race looks like an Ethiopian duel between Meselech Melkamu and Meseret Hailu. The Standard Chartered DubaiMarathonis an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

The course has undergone minor changes because of construction works and now has the potential to be faster than ever with just two corners and two U-turns left for the whole distance. Additionally the lowest and the highest points of the 42.195 k are just six metres apart. “Dubaiis a developing city, so we constantly have to adapt. But we always look to improve the course,” said Event Director Peter Connerton.

Boston Marathon reveals their fastest ever field

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Organisers of the Boston Marathon have announced the elite field for the 118th edition of the IAAF Gold Label Road Race on 21 April.

Reigning champions Lelisa Desisa and Rita Jeptoo will return to defend their titles, but will be challenged by Boston’s fastest ever field, comprising 46 athletes from 13 countries.

It includes Olympic medallists, previous winners of Chicago, New York City, Tokyo and Boston, and champions of more than 80 global marathons.

Seven men in the field have run faster than 2:05:30, including Desisa, who took the silver medal in the marathon at the 2013 IAAF World Championships.

Dennis Kimetto may be Desisa’s strongest challenger. The 29-year-old Kenyan holds the 25km world record and has a marathon best of 2:03:45 from his 2013 Chicago victory when he broke the course record.