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Wilson Kipsang and Geoffrey Ronoh are set to renew their rivalry while Mary Keitany makes her RunCzech debut in Olomouc

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(Photo: Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon) The sixth edition of the Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon will feature the latest episode of the duelling training partners when Wilson Kipsang and Geoffrey Ronoh stand on the start line in the Czech Republic on Saturday, June 20 while the Kenyan theme of excellence will be boosted by the women’s former world record holder at the distance, Mary Keitany. The Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon is an IAAF Gold Label road race and forms part of the seven events in the RunCzech series.

A year ago Wilson Kipsang was the world record holder in the marathon and Geoffrey Ronoh a little known member of Kipsang’s illustrious training group in Kenya. That impression changed dramatically in the course of just over one hour as Ronoh beat Kipsang by eight seconds to win the Olomouc title in 60:17, his debut at the distance and only his second race at elite level outside of Kenya. The duo, who remain training partners, will renew their rivalry and both have shown the kind of form in 2015 which suggests another epic contest is in prospect.

Ward, Scherf Victorious at USATF 25 km Championships

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GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan --Jared Ward pulled away late to win his second consecutive USATF Running Circuit race, while Lindsey Scherfbroke away over the final miles to win her first national title, Saturday morning at the USATF 25 km Championships in Grand Rapids, Michigan, hosted by the Fifth Third River Bank Run.

The USATF 25 km Championships are the fifth stop on the 2015 USATF Running Circuit. The top 15 finishers at each race on the circuit qualify to compete in the2015 .US National 12K, which takes place on November 15 in Alexandria, Virginia.

A moderate early pace kept the men’s pack intact, as all the pre-race favorites ran in stride for much of the first half of the race. Four-time Olympian Abdi Abdirahman (Tucson, Arizona), Brett Gotcher(Aptos, California) and defending champion Christo Landry(Charlotte, North Carolina) led the charge through 10 km, passing through in 30:10.

Sutume Kebede breaks Ethiopian 25 k record in BIG 25 Berlin, Abraham Cheroben defends with a world lead

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Ethiopia’s newcomer Sutume Asefa Kebede produced a stunning performance in the BIG 25 Berlin on Sunday. The 21 year-old stormed away after the start of the traditional 25 k race and kept going right to finish line in the historic Berlin Olympic Stadium, smashing the Ethiopian record with a time of 1:21:55. Despite very windy conditions she was 19 seconds faster than Ejegayehu Dibaba in Chicago in 2011. Kebede’s time is a world lead and the fifth fastest ever run at this distance. The Ethiopian was more than four minutes faster than second placed Kenyan Winny Jepkorir who clocked 1:25:59. Elizeba Cherono of Kenya was third with 1:26:59.

Abraham Cheroben defended his title with a world lead of 1:12:31. The Kenyan was almost a minute ahead of Temesgen Daba Ejerssa. The Ethiopian took second in 1:13:28 while Kenya’s Kenneth Kipkemoi was third with 1:14:18.

11,480 runners registered for the 35th edition of the BIG 25 Berlin, which back in 1981 was Germany’s first major city road race.

KENYANS RUTTO AND LIMO EARN THEIR FIRST BLOOMSDAY LAURELS

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May 3, 2015—Don't trust your training partner. That might be the motto of the 39th Lilac Bloomsday Run, at least in the men's race, as pre-race favorite Allan Kiprono, who was shooting for a rare third title here, failed on several tries to reel in his friend and training partner Lani Rutto. In the end, Rutto held off Kiprono's repeated surges and raced to an eleven-second victory on the challenging Bloomsday course. And while the men's race broke open early by virtue of some mid-race heroics by Rutto, the women's battle wasn't decided until the final 300 meters, when newcomer Cynthia Limo finally sprinted in front of two other contenders to capture her first Bloomsday crown.

The field of 46,913 who signed up for this year's Bloomsday were treated to ideal weather, with cloudless skies, virtually no wind, and temperatures at the start in the mid-40s. Those conditions were embraced by the nearly two dozen men who ran together for a 4:37 first mile. Defending champ Kiprono asserted himself into the lead shortly after that on the first uphill at about a mile-and-a-half, but his time in front was brief. Rutto caught up shortly after at Cemetery Hill, and the pair ran side-by-side as they passed three miles, with a half dozen others close behind. Then, as the runners turned onto Ft. George Wright Drive, Rutto make a stunning surge. By four miles he had a 50-meter lead.

KIPRONO TO BATTLE FOR THIRD BLOOMSDAY VICTORY KENYAN SENSATION LIMO HOPES TO ADD BLOOMSDAY TO HER RESUME

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Spokane, Washington—Last year's Bloomsday champion, Allan Kiprono, is back to defend his title this Sunday, and if successful he'll become only the second male to win three Bloomsdays. Kiprono was victorious in 2012 and again last year, and only Kenyan great John Korir has managed to win the race three times.

"Last year Allan cruised comfortably to a 29-second margin of victory, expanding his lead with each block on Broadway," said Elite Athlete Coordinator Jon Neill. "With a victory on Sunday, Kiprono has the opportunity to elevate his status to that of Bloomsday legend."

Kiprono's task won't be easy, though, as a group of topnotch road racers will be in the hunt, including 2014 runnerup Kevin Lochei and fellow Kenyans Lani Rutto, Leonard Korir, Phillip Langat, and newcomer John Muritu. Along with the Kenyans, Ethiopian Solomon Deksisa and Americans Patrick Smyth and Luke Puskedra promise to make the battle up front interesting.