MIAMI - Eithiopian Tesfaye Alemayehu crushed his competition by more than five minutes in recording his first career marathon win at the 9th ING Miami Marathon on Sunday morning.
Surging away from Mai Ito at 38.7Km, Yukiko Akaba, who became a prohibitive favorite after Yumiko Hara pulled out of the race, won the 30th Osaka Women’s Marathon with 2:26:29 on Sunday. The time was slow because of strong wind, which unfortunately turned headwind in the last half. Thus Akaba, although she won the race, the half of the requirement for making the World Championships team, she was unable to crack 2:26, the other half of the requirement for making the team. However, Keisuke Sawaki of the JAAF, was quite impressed with Akaba’s performance, and thus barring the emergence of couple unexpected runners running very fast in Yokohama and Nagoya, Akaba is likely to make the team.
HOUSTON (Jan. 30, 2011) - On Sunday morning under the threat of inclement weather, Bekana Daba and Mamitu Daska continued the Ethiopian dominance at the Chevron Houston Marathon with victories in 2 hours, 7 minutes, 4 seconds and 2:26:33 respectively. Daba's time, in his second marathon, was a personal, course and state record, while Daska became the third fastest woman all-time at the event.
Elite men's field includes four sub-2:14 marathoners to challenge Wardian - MIAMI - (January 21, 2011) - On Sunday, January 30, Michael Wardian is returning to Miami to defend his title at the 2011 ING Miami Marathon®, with plans to use the race as the kind of springboard that propelled him to seven marathon victories around the country last year.
Countrywoman Kasim headlines the women's field; prize purse exceeds $139,000; sold-out field of 11,000 - HOUSTON - (Jan. 23, 2011) - Defending Chevron Houston Marathon champion and course record holder Teshome Gelana returns to Houston to defend his 2010 title. Last year, Gelana's time of 2 hours, 7 minutes, 37 seconds shaved 15 seconds off the previous course record set in 2009 by fellow Ethiopian Deriba Merga. A sold-out marathon field of 11,000 is expected on Sunday, January 30 for the 39th edition.