BOSTON – Perfect weather, a generous tailwind and fabulous competition made the 115th Boston Marathon the fastest men’s marathon ever run, while Desiree Davila came within two seconds of history in the women’s race.
Kim Smith, who ran a half marathon this year in New Orleans in 1:07.36., took the lead right away, hitting the mile in 5:18, two miles in 10:37, and just three miles in 16:07. Kim has a personal best of 2:25:38, run at the 2010 Virgin London Marathon. The pack is back about twenty meters.
The difference is, that Kim Smith could actually win this thing. We shall see how it goes..Kim Smith hit the 5k in 16:41. Note that Ms. Smith has some pretty tight hip flexors, her running is pretty unique. Four miles hit in 21:27, with Smith's lead out to 30 seconds! READ MORE>>>
Madrid, Spain – Kenya’s Moses Arusei stamped his authority at the 34th ‘Maratón Popular de Madrid’ held today in the Spanish capital to set a new course record of 2:10:58 in the process. The 26-year-old got the better of the defending champion Thomson Cherogony also of Kenya who ran under his previous record with a 2:11:03 effort to take second.
LOS ANGELES - Universal Sports presents live multi-platform coverage of the 2011 Boston Marathon. The network’s nationwide coverage will begin on Monday, April 18, 2011 at 9:30am ET.
The 115th running of the race will feature over 26,000 entrants from 67 different countries and all 50 states. Runners are competing for the prestigious title of champion of the Boston Marathon, the world’s oldest marathon, as well as a first place prize of $150,000 for both the men’s and women’s winners. The commentators for the race will include Boston Marathon veterans Al Trautwig (play-by-play) and Larry Rawson (analyst).
As part of the multi-platform coverage, the network’s website, www.universalsports.com, will provide LIVE race coverage, full on-demand replays and highlights of the event on a subscription basis, as well as news updates. Also, the Universal Sports Facebook and Twitter platforms will have live interactive updates throughout the race.
London, UK - Emmanuel Mutai and Mary Keitany produced two superb performances at the Virgin London Marathon this morning to win the men’s and women’s titles at this IAAF Gold Label Road Race for Kenya by impressive margins.
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