Marathons

Annie Bersagel clocks personal best despite a fall

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(photo: Norbert Wilhelmi / METRO GROUP Marathon Duesseldorf) Annie Bersagel fell early in the race but recovered to defend her title in the METRO GROUP Marathon Duesseldorf. The American showed great determination to go on and clock a personal best of 2:28:29. In good weather conditions Marius Ionescu of Romania won the men’s race with 2:13:19. Adding other running events staged parallel to the marathon a total of 18,000 runners entered the METRO GROUP Marathon Duesseldorf.

For financial reasons there was only a very limited elite field in Sunday’s race. However organisers are hopefully that the situation will be much improved again next year.

Chasing her personal best which she ran last year in Duesseldorf with 2:28:59 the race against the clock began with some sort of a shock for Annie Bersagel. Around the 10 k mark the defending champion tumbled to the ground after an athlete running behind her had touched her accidentally. But the 32 year-old was quickly on her feet again and continued despite some bad scratches and bruises. Guided by pacemakers she then passed the half way mark in 1:13:40, which was 20 seconds faster than planned. At that stage there was no serious rival left in the race. Brazil’s Sirlene De Sousa Pinho was well behind early on, trailing Bersagel by almost five minutes after eight kilometres. She then dropped out after 13 k due to cramps.

Defending champion Annie Bersagel targets another personal best

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Defending champion Annie Bersagel will be the main contender in Sunday’s METRO GROUP Marathon Duesseldorf. The American hopes to further improve her personal best she ran last year in this race with 2:28:59. While elite fields for this edition had to be cut drastically for financial reasons there are hopes for a national winner in the men’s race. With the Rio Olympic Games already in mind André Pollmächer intends to go for a sub 2:12 time. Adding other events at shorter distances a total of 18,000 runners have entered the METRO GROUP Marathon Duesseldorf.

There are hopes that next year the METRO GROUP Marathon Duesseldorf will return to higher standards again. However this year the fastest man in the elite field is former Maroccan Abdelhadi El Hachimi who competes for Belgium. Already 40 years of age he has a personal best of 2:11:30 from 2011. Last year El Hachimi clocked 2:12:45 in Berlin.

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.