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 / ) 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.

Kandie, Cole Win P.F. Chang's Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon

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Canadian Rob Watson and Brit Jess Peterson win the half-marathon titles - PHOENIX (Jan. 19, 2014) - On a picture-perfect winter day in the Valley of the Sun, Kenya’s Solomon Kandie triumphed at the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon, which featured a new finish line at Tempe Beach Park for the first time in the event’s 11-year history.

The 35-year-old clocked a 2 hour, 21 minutes flat for the 26.2-mile race, which started in downtown Phoenix and ran through the city of Scottsdale before finishing in Tempe.

A lead pack of three hit the halfway mark in 1:10:41, including Kandie, who previously finished second in the event in 2011, and Americans Tim Eisenga and Thomas Puzey. Eisenga, who ran stride for stride with Kandie for the first half of the race, was the first to fade just before mile 20. Puzey held strong for nearly 4 more miles, but Kandie proved to be the class of the field making his move at mile 24 to finish with the victory.

Worku defends Chevron Houston Marathon title

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Keflezighi and Burla runaway winners at USA Half Marathon Championships - Two returning champions claimed their second Houston wins and a pair of first-time victors were convincing winners Sunday at the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon. 25,000 runners enjoyed superb weather conditions and a brand new course in front of raucous fans in a festival atmosphere to produce some of the best races in event history.

It took Bazu Worku almost 26 miles to shake fellow Ethiopian Getachew Terfa, but over the final half-mile the defending champion pulled away to win the Chevron Houston Marathon in 2:07:32, the third-fastest time in race history. Terfa crossed the line 22 seconds later at 2:07:54, and unheralded Mexican Jose Antonio Uribe shattered his personal best with a 2:08:54 to place third. The top American finisher was former Georgia star Ian Burrell, who was seventh with a lifetime best 2:13:26.