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The men’s field includes eleven athletes with personal bests of sub 2:10. While Sondre Moen features the fastest personal best with a time of 2.05:48 the Norwegian former European record holder will concentrate on running a solid sub 2:10 race to come back from a less successful period. Therefore Abdi Fufa and Bethwel Yegon, who have both been added to the field in recent days, as well as Samwel Mailu and Titus Kimutai are more likely regarded as favorites. 

Elite Men during the race in Hamburg - Photo / Hoch Zwei

Another Ethiopian world-class runner could produce the headlines of the women’s race at the Haspa Marathon Hamburg on 23rd April. A year ago Yalemzerf Yehualaw smashed the course record with a sensational time of 2:17:23 which was also an unofficial world debut record.

Abdisa Tola won the Dubai Marathon with a world leading time of 2:05:42 running his debut at the distance. The 22 year-old Ethiopian, who is the brother of marathon world champion Tamirat Tola, pulled away with around 2k to go after briefly going off course at 39k and then re-taking the lead. Fellow-Ethiopians Deresa Geleta and Haymanot Alew Engdayehu took second and third with 2:05:51 and 2:05:57 respectively. 

Little over 15 minutes later Dera Dida completed a very rare family triumph in a major marathon: The sister-in-law of Abdisa Tola, who is married to world champion Tamirat, stormed to her biggest career win. In fine weather conditions the 26 year-old clocked a personal best of 2:21:11. Ruti Aga was second in 2:21:24 and Siranesh Yirga completed an all-Ethiopian podium clocking 2:21:59. 

There was another triumph in a major marathon for Marcel Hug in the wheelchair event. The Swiss took the marathon with 1:23:50 while Eden Rainbow-Cooper of Great Britain won the women’s race in 1:47:15.

(Photo: Women’s leading group during the Vienna City Marathon running through the Prater Park - VCM / Jenia Symonds)

Senbere Teferi, the 5k world record holder, is among a group of African runners who form a strong women’s elite field at the Vienna City Marathon. Austria’s major road running event will be staged for the 40th time and it could well be the women who produce the headlines at the jubilee edition on 23rd April.

AMERICAN FORK, Utah, Feb. 7, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- In its 38th year of honoring the nation's most elite high school athletes, Gatorade today announced Daniel Simmons of American Fork High School in American Fork, Utah is the 2022-23 Gatorade National Boys Cross Country Player of the Year. Simmons won the prestigious award for his accomplishments on and off the field, joining an impressive group of former Gatorade National Boys Cross Country Players of the Year who have combined for more than 19 National Championships.

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