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(Photo: SCC EVENTS) - The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON will get underway on Sunday, September 26 with high quality elite fields headed by the Ethiopian superstar Kenenisa Bekele on his fourth appearance in Germany’s biggest and most spectacular marathon, while his compatriot Hiwot Gebrekidan will run in Berlin’s women’s field for the first time. Gebrekidan is currently the fastest female marathon runner in the world this year. The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON  is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors and a Platinum Label Road Race, awarded by World Athletics, the international governing body of athletics.

(photo: Bettina Westermann) - Gelete Burka and Fabienne Schlumpf will head the women’s field of the Vienna City Marathon, which will take place on 12 September. With a personal best of 2:20:45 Ethiopia’s Burka will be the fastest woman ever on a start list for Austria’s most prestigious and biggest road running event. The Vienna City Marathon will see its 38th edition next week and organizers currently have registered a total of around 25,000 athletes. While this includes races at shorter distances there will be 6,000 marathon runners. Some of the events will take place on the Saturday. The Vienna City Marathon is a World Athletics Marathon Label Road Race and will be the first major international marathon featuring a strong elite field and a mass race since the start of the Corona pandemic. After providing a hygiene concept organizers received the final go ahead from the city a couple of days ago.

EUGENE, Oregon — The iconic Nike Prefontaine Classic returned to campus of the University of Oregon in Eugene for the first time since 2018 and the new Hayward Field did not disappoint. The star-studded fields with 47 medalists from the Tokyo Olympics who combined to earn 62 medals recorded two American records, four U.S. all-comers records, six world leads, three Diamond League records and eight Pre Classic records.

Olympic Stars prepare to shine at Centenary ISTAF meeting in Berlin with Tokyo contests renewed in high jump, long jump and discus - BERLIN. Those athletes who struck Olympic gold in Tokyo will have to be at their best at the centenary edition of the ISTAF meeting in Berlin’s Olympic Stadium on Sunday, September 12. Three women who stood at the top of their respective podiums in Japan will be renewing rivalry with those who challenged them all the way in pursuit of Olympic glory. Malaika Mihambo of Germany competes in the long jump, the Russian Mariya Lasitskene goes in the high jump and Valarie Allman of the USA heads the discus line-up.

Event organizers release COVID-19 guidelines to create a safe racing environment for all participants  - CHICAGO – The Bank of America Chicago Marathon announced today that it will host some of the world’s best elite athletes as it prepares for the 43rd running of the event. In addition to previously announced Americans Galen Rupp and Sara Hall, Getaneh Molla (ETH), Seifu Tura (ETH), Ruth Chepngetich (KEN), Keira D’Amato (USA), and Emma Bates (USA) are among the stars headlining this year’s field. Local natives Chris Derrick (USA) and Lindsay Flanagan (USA) are also among the top athletes in this year’s field. Adding to the excitement, past champions Daniel Romanchuk (USA), Marcel Hug (SWI), Tatyana McFadden (USA), and Amanda McGrory (USA) will race for the victory in the elite wheelchair competition.


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