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Japhet Kosgei and Zsofia Erdelyi win in Duesseldorf, Hendrik Pfeiffer qualifies for Rio

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Japhet Kosgei won the 14th edition of the METRO GROUP Marathon Duesseldorf. Taking into account the weather conditions with cold temperatures, wind and a couple of hail showers he clocked a fine time of 2:10:46. Defending champion Marius Ionescu of Romania took second with a personal best of 2:13:00 while Germany’s Hendrik Pfeiffer ran a superb debut in difficult conditions. The 23 year-old was third, but more important qualified for the Olympic marathon with a time of 2:13:11. Hungary’s Zsofia Erdelyi dominated the women’s race, winning with 2:35:37 from Beverly Ramos of Puerto Rico, who clocked a national record of 2:36:31. Belgium’s Hanna Vandenbusche was third in 2:39:50.

Adding other running events staged parallel to the marathon a total of around 17,000 runners entered the METRO GROUP Marathon Duesseldorf. „We are really happy and proud that Hendrik Pfeiffer snatched a ticket to Rio today. That was a superb bonus to a great event,“ said Race Director Jan Winschermann.

Deep Fields Expected to Compete for $132,000 Prize Purse at the 2016 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon Events

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Stephen Njoroge returns to defend marathon title; Ethiopians Alem Kifle and Hailemaryam Ayantu Dakebo headline women’s field; $40,500 American Development Program bonuses also available - PITTSBURGH – Deep international fields are expected in both the men’s and women’s race for the 8thDICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, set for Sunday, May 1.Stephen Njoroge of Kenya will return to defend his title in the Steel City after winning last year’s race in 2 hours, 15 minutes and 19 seconds. EthiopiansAlem Kifle and Hailemaryam Ayantu Dakebo lead the women’s race with personal bests of 2:30:13 and 2:33:51, respectively.

This year’s DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events offers a guaranteed $132,000 prize. The purse also includes American bonuses totaling $40,500 as part of the American Development Program, a P3R initiative to increase exposure and racing opportunities for emerging American runners.

Sanga hopes to break Duesseldorf’s course record, Ionescu and Ramos target national records

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Patrick Sanga hopes to bounce back in style when he runs the METRO GROUP Marathon Duesseldorf on Sunday. The Kenyan missed out on the Hannover Marathon two weeks ago because of a visa problem and now intends to break the course record at another German race instead. This mark stands at 2:07:48. While defending champion Marius Ionescu goes for the Romanian record of 2:12:30 women’s favourite Beverly Ramos of Puerto Rico targets her own national best of 2:41:56. Germany’s Hendrik Peiffer hopes to snatch a ticket for Rio at the last moment, running his marathon debut on Sunday. He will need to run faster than 2:13:57. Adding a relay event organisers of the METRO GROUP Marathon Duesseldorf have registered around 16,000 runners for their event. „I expect to see a very interesting race and just hope that the weather will be fine,“ said Race Director Jan Winschermann.

Ethiopian double at Boston Marathon with wins for Hayle and Baysa

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Ethiopia's Lemi Bernanu Hayle and Atsede Baysa won at the 2016 edition of the Boston Marathon, the 120th running of the IAAF Gold Label Road Race, crossing the line in 2:12:44 and 2:29:19 respectively on Monday (18).

Hayle pulled away from defending champion and Ethiopian compatriot Lelisa Desisa with about a mile to go as the latter came home wearily 47 seconds in arrears with Yemane Tsegay finishing third in 2:14:02, just holding off the Kenyan former champion Wesley Korir by three seconds.

The hot weather in the second half of the race, with temperatures over 20 degrees Celsius, contributed to the modest times.

Meselech Melkamu breaks course record, Tesfaye Abera wins Hamburg

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( Photo: Haspa Marathon Hamburg / Hochzwei ) Ethiopia’s Meselech Melkamu smashed the course record by more than two minutes in the Haspa Marathon Hamburg. Finishing in 2:21:54 despite windy conditions she made a strong statement regarding the selection of Ethiopia’s marathon Olympic team. Fellow-Ethiopian and defending champion Meseret Hailu was second with 2:26:26 while Germany’s Anja Scherl caused an upset with a tremendous run for third place. Improving by more than eight minutes to 2:27:50 she has secured Olympic selection.

Ethiopia’s Tesfaye Abera took the men’s race in 2:06:58. Achieving his second marathon win this year after taking Dubai in a world lead of 2:04:23, he should gain selection for the Olympic team. Kenyans Philemon Rono and Josphat Kiprono followed in second and third with 2:07:20 and 2:10:44 respectively.