Marathons

Cheshari Jacob takes Hannover, second win in a row for Souad Ait Salem

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( photos: Cecilia Wenig / HAJ Hannover Marathon )Cheshari Jacob and Souad Ait Salem won the 25th edition of the HAJ Hannover Marathon on Sunday. In very good weather conditions 31 year-old Kenyan Jacob clocked 2:09:32. In a close finish Ethiopia’s Chala Bekele had been in the lead briefly in the final kilometre but then had to settle for second in 2:09:42. Martin Kosgey of Kenya also ran a sub 2:10 time with 2:09:50 for third place.

Algeria’s national marathon record holder Souad Ait Salem built a big lead during the second half and clocked a fine 2:27:21. The 36 year-old missed the course record by just 14 seconds. Olha Kotovska of Ukraine was second with 2:29:13 and South Africa’s Mapaseka Makhanya clocked a personal best of 2:31:02 to take third.

Adding other races at shorter distances the HAJ Hannover Marathon had a record entry of slightly over 20,000 runners. The event is an IAAF Silver Label Road Race.

Kenyans target course record in Hannover jubilee race while Souad Ait Salem looks for second victory in a row

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(photo: Cecilia Wenig / HAJ Marathon Hannover) The jubilee edition of the HAJ Hannover Marathon will be boosted by the strongest elite entry in the history of the event. Six Kenyan men are on the start list with personal bests of sub 2:08 for the 25th edition of the race. Among them are Benjamin Kolum, who won the Paris Marathon in 2011 with 2:06:31, and Josphat Ndambiri. He took the Fukuoka Marathon in the same year with 2:07:36. The defending champion Souad Ait Salem of Algeria is the favourite in the women’s race again. She is the fastest on the start list with a personal best of 2:25:08. The HAJ Hannover Marathon is an IAAF Silver Label Road Race. Adding other running events staged parallel on Sunday a record number of 19,000 athletes have so far registered.

On a very flat course organisers hope for a course record in the men’s race on Sunday. It was two year’s ago when South Africa’s Lusapho April clocked 2:08:32 in Hannover. This is the mark that is targeted. With a currently good weather forecast though perhaps some wind pacemakers will be instructed to guide the first group to a 63:30 half marathon split time.

HOW TO WATCH THE 2015 BOSTON MARATHON

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Universal Sports Network and UniversalSports.com Present LIVE National Coverage of the 2015 Boston Marathon on Monday, April 20 starting at 8:30 a.m. ET - UniversalSports.com’s Finish Line Web Cam Returns due to Overwhelming Response Watch the “Let’s Do This, Boston” spot on YouTube

LOS ANGELES (April 15, 2015) - Universal Sports Network, the national television and digital media home of the Boston Marathon, will provide LIVE television and online coverage of the 119th running of Boston’s epic event on “Marathon Monday,” April 20, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. ETUniversalSports.com will live stream all of the network’s broadcast coverage to authenticated users.

Prior to the highly anticipated race, Universal Sports will air a special preview show LIVE from the finish line on Boylston Street featuring analysis of the elite field and interviews on Saturday, April 19, at 4 p.m. ET.

Prague and the Promises of Patrick Terer: last year’s Champion returns

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( photo: Last year’s winner Patrick Terer, provided by Volkswagen Prague Marathon) Can Patrick Terer keep his second promise to the organisers of the Volkswagen Prague Marathon? The relationship between the prestigious marathon and the Kenyan goes back to 2013. The organisers were able to bring the athlete to Prague after he’d had problems acquiring a visa, leading to the Kenyan only arriving in the Czech capital at late notice. Despite an exhausting journey, Terer ran strongly and finished third with a personal best of 2:10:10. “Many thanks to the organisers for bringing me to Prague. Next year I’ll come back and win,” said the Kenyan at the post-race press conference.

No sooner said than done – the winner of the 2014 Volkswagen Prague Marathon was Patrick Terer! Despite adverse weather conditions he again ran a personal best and made this fresh promise at the press conference: “I’d been hoping for a time between 2:07:30 and 2:07:50 and failed. But if I can run here next year, I promise I’ll run 2:07:00!” That’s why Patrick Terer will be running the Volkswagen Prague Marathon for the third time on May 3 – this time as defending champion and wearing start number 1.

World Class Field Assembled for 2015 B.A.A. 5K

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Defending champion Molly Huddle, two-time winner Ben True set to kick off Boston Marathon® weekend at B.A.A. 5K - BOSTON – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced an elite field of Olympians and returning champions for the 2015 B.A.A. 5K, to be held on Saturday, April 18, two days prior to the 2015 Boston Marathon®. Defending women’s champion Molly Huddle will return to the streets of Boston, while two-time winner Ben True comes back seeking to be the first athlete to earn three B.A.A. 5K titles.

The 2015 B.A.A. 5K will have a field size of 10,000 entrants and will start and finish at Boston Common. A prize purse of $39,900 (USD) will be awarded equally to the top male and female finishers. In addition, professional runners are eligible for a $5,000 (USD) bonus for event record times established at the B.A.A. 5K. Bonus incentives will also be available for professional runners for multiple top finishes at B.A.A. events in 2015.  

Defending champion Molly Huddle of Rhode Island looks to build upon her race for the record books at last year’s B.A.A. 5K. In 2014, Huddle came from behind to break the finish tape first on Charles Street, running a time of 15:12 which tied the event record. Huddle, a 2012 Olympian and the American record holder for 5,000 meters on the track, returns to Boston’s Back Bay with hopes of becoming the first repeat women’s champion in race history.