Dibaba aiming for Defar’s mark in Carlsbad

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Genzebe Dibaba will be looking for her second world record of the year at the Carlsbad 5000 on Sunday where she will attempt to break Meseret Defar's world 5km record of 14:46  - Prolific record-breaker Genzebe Dibaba will be looking for her second record of the year when she lines up in the Carlsbad 5000 on Sunday (29).

Dibaba is targeting the mark of 14:46 which was set by her compatriot Meseret Defar on this course in 2006.

“I know the world record is tough, but I want to come and break it,” said Dibaba, who is making her 5km road debut this weekend.

If Dibaba breaks Defar’s mark, it will be her fifth world record - or world best - in the space of fourteen months.

Farah shatters European half marathon record in Lisbon

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After breaking the world indoor best for two miles in Birmingham last month, Mo Farah was in record-breaking form again almost one month to the day at the 25th edition of the EDP Lisbon Half Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on Sunday (22).

Contesting his first half marathon since winning the Great North Run last September, Farah claimed his second win on the bounce at this distance in a British and European record of 59:32.

In warm and breezy conditions, Farah sliced 20 seconds from Fabian Roncero’s long-standing record. For good measure, his 20km split of 56:27 was 24 seconds faster than the European record set by Roncero en route to his now-beaten half marathon record.


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High Quality Dozen challenge Honours in Prague - The Czech capital will stage one of the highest calibre half marathon races anywhere in the world on March 28: a dozen runners with personal bests under 61 minutes will be on the start list for the Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon. The women’s race is just as strong in prospect with nine athletes showing fastest performances of under 70 minutes. Leading the charts for fastest career times are Leonard Komon and Lucy Kabuu. The Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon is an IAAF Gold Label race.

“This is, of course, one of the strongest fields we’ve ever had in Prague. We’ve never had 12 runners with personal bests of under 61 minutes in the race. I think we can look forward to some great competition,” says Carlo Capalbo, President of the organising team.

Cragg Dominates, True Repeats at USATF 15K Championships

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In similar fashion to the last two years, True sprinted home to victory, bouncing back from his performance at the USATF Cross Country Championships last month - JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (March 14, 2015) - Olympian Amy Cragg (nee Hastings) dominated the women’s field to win her first USATF 15K title, while Ben True pulled away late to win his third consecutive title at the USATF 15K Championships, hosted by the Gate River Run.

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

Cragg, along with USATF Cross Country champion Laura Thweatt, led the women’s field from the gun, as a pack of nearly 20 athletes ran together for much of the first three miles of the race. As a variety of runners traded leads, including Neely Gracey, Mattie Suver and Kellyn Taylor, the field dwindled down to seven runners past the 5K mark.

Korir, Huddle Win 2015 United Airlines NYC Half

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Elmira, NY native Molly Huddle (USA) took first place in  1:08:31, tying the event record set last year by Sally Kipyego. Leonard Korir edged out Stephen Sambu in the men's race - NEW YORK (March 15, 2014) —A pair of athletes with New York roots made their mark at the 2015 United Airlines NYC Half.

Former Iona College standout Leonard Korir (KEN) won the men’s race in 1 hour, 1 minute, 6 seconds, edging out top-returning entrant Stephen Sambu (KEN) in 1:01:07, and third-place finisher Juan Luis Barrios (MEX) in 1:01:14.

“I like New York. I went to school here,” said Korir, 28, a native of Kenya who spoke only a few words of English when he first arrived in New York to attend Iona, from which he graduated in 2012 with a degree in political science. “I wanted to give all I could to win this race because I love this place.”