Marathons

Kenyans romp to a clean sweep in Lisbon

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Kenyan runners scored a clean-sweep of victories at the Rock ‘n’ Roll EDP Lisbon Marathon and Rock ‘n’ Roll Vodafone Half-Marathon, both IAAF Gold Label Road Races, on Sunday (5).

In the marathon, Samuel Ndungu scored his second career win by a comfortable margin although his task was made easier when Lawrence Kimaiyo - one of his main rivals - was tripped by the pacemaker at 29km.

Ndungu, who won the Otsu Marathon on his debut two years ago in 2:07:04, didn’t approach this time but the Kenyan came through to win by more than two minutes in a Portuguese all-comers' record of 2:08:16.

Jeptoo, Biwott Withdraw from the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon

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2013 Boston Marathon champion Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia and 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon runner-up Jemima Sumgong of Kenya will join previously announced, sensational professional athlete fields on Sunday, November 2. - NEW YORK - Previously announced defending women’s champion Priscah Jeptoo and 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon runner-up Stanley Biwott, both of Kenya, have withdrawn from the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon (to be run on Sunday, November 2) due to leg injuries, it was announced this week by Mary Wittenberg, president and CEO of New York Road Runners.

2013 Boston Marathon Champion Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia and 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon runner-up Jemima Sumgong of Kenya have been added to the previously announced professional athlete fields of American and international record-setters and distance-running greats.

Pennel, Erb Win USA Titles at Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon

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Hussein wins record fifth USA Masters Championship, Piers wins third masters title - ST. PAUL, Minn. (October 5, 2014)First-time marathoner Tyler Pennel of Blowing Rock, N.C. and last year’s women’s third-place finisher Esther Erb of Richmond,Va. earned victories at the 33rd Medtronic Twn Cities Marathon Sunday.  Pennel clocked 2 hours,13 minutes, 32 seconds on the course that starts in downtown Minneapolis and finishes on the State Capitol grounds in St. Paul. Erb ran 2:34:01.

The victorious pair earned USA Marathon Championship titles with the wins and pocketed $25,000 each for their efforts.

Pennel, who was content to be part of a seven member lead pack at the half-way mark, was building a lead by mile 21 that stretched to a comfortable 29 seconds by the finish line. Jared Ward of Provo, Utah finished second in 2:14:00, while Scott Smith of Oklahoma City was third in 2:14:40.

Dennis Kimetto makes marathon history on the streets of Berlin while Tirfi Tsegaye’s patience is rewarded with women’s world lead at the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON (plus photos)

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A new chapter in the marathon was opened with a magnificent flourish by Dennis Kimetto in Berlin on Sunday (September 28). In only his fifth race at the distance, the Kenyan smashed the 2:03 barrier a year after his compatriot Wilson Kipsang had brought the world record down to 2:03:23 on the same course. Kimetto’s is the tenth world record on a course which makes full use of Berlin’s flat terrain and gentle corners. The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON is an IAAF Gold Label race and part of the World Marathon Majors Series.

Emmanuel Mutai finished second in 2:03:13, ten seconds inside the old record while Ethiopia’s Abera Kuma broke through to the marathon elite with third place in a personal best of 2:05:56.

Ethiopia’s Tirfi Tsegaye fulfilled her ambition of ascending to the top place on the podium as the 2012 Berlin runner-up took just over a minute off her personal best to win in 2:20:18, the fastest time in the world this year and nine seconds ahead of her training partner Feyse Tadese. Shalane Flanagan attacked early in the race and led through halfway, on course to break the American record, but faded to finish third in what was nonetheless her fastest ever time of 2:21:14.

Women’s Trio set sights on entry to exclusive marathon club in BMW BERLIN-MARATHON

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The Ethiopian duo of Tirfi Tsegaye and Feyse Tadese together with Shalane Flanagan of the USA hope to be knocking on the door of an exclusive distance running club when the 41st edition of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON gets underway at 8.45 am on Sunday (September 28). The trio aim to break the 2:20 barrier for the marathon, a landmark achieved by 18 women so far in history. Five have that distinction in Berlin with Kenya’s Florence Kiplagat the last to succeed in that attempt with her time of 2:19:44 in 2011. The women’s course record of 2:19:12 has remained in the possession of Japan’s 2004 Olympic Marathon champion Mizuki Noguchi since 2005. The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race and a World Marathon Majors (WMM) event.

Tirfi Tsegaye lives in Addis Ababa but hails from Oromia, one of the most fertile sources of Ethiopia running talent, including Kenenise Bekele. The winner of the Paris title two years ago, Dubai last year and Tokyo this February is very much aware of that heritage.

“I’m proud to come from Oromia and to have grown up in the capital of Arsi. I know all about our running tradition and want to represent that here on the streets of Berlin.”