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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.

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.