Kipchoge defeats all-star field in the London Marathon

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Eliud Kipchoge defeated reigning two-time champion Wilson Kipsang and world record-holder Dennis Kimetto to claim victory in the 35th edition of the Virgin Money London Marathon  -

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge defeated arguably the strongest ever field assembled for the Virgin Money London Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on Sunday (26).

The race was pitted as a head-to-head between reigning two-time champion Wilson Kipsang and world record-holder Dennis Kimetto but they had to settle for second and third respectively behind the wily Kipchoge, who improved his marathon record to four wins from five starts.

His sole loss came at the hands of Kipsang when he set the since-beaten world record of 2:03:23 in Berlin in 2013 but Kipchoge had his revenge today, outpacing the reigning champion in the last two kilometres.

Three-Time Champion Morgan Uceny Highlights 2015 B.A.A. Invitational Mile

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Invitational races feature start/finish on Boylston Street at Boston Marathon® finish line and $14,500 (USD) prize purse - BOSTON – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced an elite field of world class competitors for the 2015 B.A.A. Invitational Mile, to be held on Saturday, April 18, two days prior to the 2015 Boston Marathon®. Three-time B.A.A. Invitational Mile champion and 2012 Olympian Morgan Uceny (USA) will look to win her fourth title, while European Championships medalist Chris O’Hare (GBR) headlines the men’s field. The B.A.A. Invitational Mile will also include Middle School 1,000 meter races and Scholastic Mile races featuring youths from the eight cities and towns of the Boston Marathon course. 

Lalang, Dibaba Win 30th Carlsbad 5000

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Bernard Lagat shatters Masters world record; Oceanside’s Anne Garrett sets 80-84 age group world record; Greg Mitchell places first in the Masters Men’s Race; Marilyn Arsenault wins first in the Masters Women’s Race - CARLSBAD, Calif. (March 29, 2015) – The Carlsbad 5000, known as the “World’s Fastest 5K,” lived up to its name on Sunday. Kenya’s Lawi Lalang (right, photo credit Kent C. Horner) was the overall winner at the 30th edition on a picturesque Southern California day.  The 23-year-old cranked out an average-per-mile pace of 4 minutes, 22 seconds to break the finish-line tape at State Street and Carlsbad Village Drive in 13 minutes, 32 seconds. Lalang was a standout runner at the University of Arizona where he garnered numerous NCAA titles. Lalang prevailed over runner-up, Wilson Too (also from Kenya), by three seconds. Third place was earned by multi-Olympic and World Championship medalist Bernard Lagat who ran 13:41.

Lagat, who is 40 years old, was the top American in Sunday’s race, but also shattered the Masters world record by 14 seconds in Carlsbad. “Running this fast at 40, it not bad at all,” he said afterwards with a chuckle. “I wanted the big one [Marc Davis’ American road record of 13:24]. I was hoping to go out a bit faster, but for some reason it didn’t happen today.” Lagat said that the additional turns on the new course didn’t faze him at all. “Instead, we had a bit of wind today and it was a little hot. The course was really nice. It was excellent. The fans are everywhere and they really helped me a lot in the last quarter mile.”

Birhanu Legese and Cynthia Kosgei take 35th Vattenfall BERLIN HALF MARATHON

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A debutant upset the favourites of the 35th Vattenfall BERLIN HALF MARATHON on Sunday: 21 year-old Ethiopian Birhanu Legese won the race in 59:45 after a thrilling sprint finish that went right to the line. He just denied Kenya’s David Kogei, who took second with 59:46. Race favourite Abraham Cheroben was third in 59:49, followed by fellow-Kenyan Richard Mendich, who also clocked a time of just inside the hour mark with 59:59. With annother four runners inside 61 minutes Germany’s best quality half marathon had again very good depth in the men’s race.

Cynthia Kosgei took the women’s race with 70:52, beating fellow-Kenyan Elizeba Cherono by four seconds. Isabellah Andersson finished third in 70:56. The Swedish runner who originally comes from Kenya was in the lead until 15 k.

32,025 runners from 106 nations entered the Vattenfall BERLIN HALF MARATHON. 23,527 finished in the German capital in fine but slightly windy weather conditions.

While the wind probably did not bother the fun runners it posed a problem for the elite athletes. For the first ten kilometres there was mostly a head wind and became obvious at the 5 and 10 k points. Split times were considerably slower than expected and the targeted time of sub 59 minutes was soon out of reach. A group of nine runners reached the 10 k mark in 28:30. This pointed to a finishing time of slightly over one hour.

Daniel Wanjiru wins as three run sub one hour

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Daniel Wanjiru stormed to a first major career win, when he took the Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon. The 22 year-old Kenyan clocked a personal best of 59:51 with two other runners achieving times inside the hour mark. Wilfred Murgor took second in 59:57, just edging out fellow-Kenyan Leonard Komon who was given the same time. There was an Ethiopian double triumph in the women’s event: Worknesh Degefa clocked a fine personal best of 67:14 in slightly windy conditions, winning from Yebrgual Melese who crossed the line in 68:21. Diane Nukuri of Burundi was third in 69:33. There was great depth in both the men’s and the women’s races. Ten men ran times faster than 61 minutes and five women finished inside 70 minutes. 12,500 runners entered the Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon, which is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

A very fast half marathon developed as soon as Czech’s football legend Pavel Nedved started the race. While he later joined in to run a section of a relay event staged parallel to the half marathon the pacemakers led a big group of almost 20 athletes to a 10 k split time of 28:08. The leading group was on course for a 59 minute finish and even the course record of 58:47 seemed not out of reach. However the windy conditions finally started to show on the split times. At 15 k (42:44) the projected finishing time was suddenly slightly over the hour mark.