(Photos: HAJ Hannover Marathon / Norbert Wilhelmi) Lusapho April took the HAJ Hannover Marathon for the third time after 2011 and 2013. The South African became the first male runner in the history of the event to achieve three victories. While he clearly missed his own course record of 2:08:32 his time of 2:11:27 should be enough to clinch a place in the Olympic marathon in Rio this summer. Kenyans Martin Kosgey and Moses Masai followed in second and third place with 2:11:54 and 2:15:43 respectively. In partly windy but otherwise fine conditions Edinah Kwambai of Kenya won the women’s race with a personal best of 2:29:17 from Germany’s Anna Hahner who clocked 2:30:35. Salome Biwott (Kenya) was third in 2:30:47. Including races at shorter distances the 26th HAJ Hannover Marathon had a record entry of more than 21,000 runners. The event is an IAAF Silver Label Road Race.
Robert Chemosin won the Vienna City Marathon, clocking a fine 2:09:48 in very windy conditions. After two Ethiopian victories in the past two years this edition was dominated by the Kenyans again. Charles Cheryuiot (2:10:09), Suleiman Simotwo (2:10:15), Silas Limo (2:10:16) and Raymond Choge (2:11:07) finished in places two to five. There was however an Ethiopian winner in the women’s race: Shuko Genemo ran 2:24:31, which is the second fastest time in the history of the event. Debutant Ruti Aga of Ethiopia was second in 2:25:27 while Kenya’s Doris Chengeywo followed well behind with 2:31:50.
Exactly 42,511 runners from 126 nations entered the various events of the 33rd Vienna City Marathon, which is Austria’s biggest sporting event and an IAAF Gold Label Road Race. This is the second highest entry figure in the history of the race and just around 200 runners short of the record. It is the fourth time in a row that the Vienna City Marathon registered more than 40,000 athletes.
( PHOTO: HAJ Hannover Marathon / Christopher Busch) Olympic marathon qualification could be a valuable additional prize for South Africa’s Lusapho April and Germany’s Anna Hahner, who are among the favourites for Sunday’s 26th edition of the HAJ Marathon Hannover. April hopes to improve the course record of 2:08:32 which he ran three years ago on this very flat course in Hannover. If he succeeds the South African would become the first male winner to take the Hannover title for a third time. While late entries are still accepted organizers have already registered a record number of more than 20,000 athletes. This includes races at shorter distances staged parallel to the marathon. The HAJ Marathon Hannover is an IAAF Silver Label Race.
Theatre of Emotions - this is the motto of this year’s Vienna City Marathon and additionally it is the title of a remarkable book on marathon running which was published by the organizers. On stage today during the pre-race press conference in Vienna were some of the elite men’s runners. While Kenya’s Levy Matebo Omari features the fastest time on the start list with a personal best of 2:05:16 there could well be an upset in Sunday’s race. Fellow-Kenyan David Kogei heads a list of four debutants who might be in for a surprise. Adding other running events staged parallel to the Vienna City Marathon on Sunday organizers have registered more than 42,000 runners for the 33rd edition of the event, which is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race. The marathon will be shown live and worldwide on the internet at: www.vienna-marathon.com
In recent years the Vienna City Marathon has developed strongly regarding the international significance of the race. Superstars Haile Gebrselassie and Paula Radcliffe competed in the half marathon staged parallel to the marathon, overall entry figures rose by one third within five years to more than 42,000 and the men’s course record stands at a world-class time of 2:05:41. However there is one record that looks a bit out of date: The women’s course record of 2:23:47 is from 2000. It was Italy’s Maura Viceconte who ran this time in Vienna. Organizers hope that the women’s winner of the 33rd edition of the Vienna City Marathon will at least come near to the mark or may be finally break it on Sunday. Five women are targeting times of sub 2:25 in this IAAF Gold Label Road Race which will be shown live and worldwide on the internet at: www.vienna-marathon.com