Arne Gabius celebrates hier German record in Frankfurt. Photo: www.photorun.net
After 27 years of waiting, there’s a new name on the German marathon record as Arne Gabius returned in triumph to the scene of his debut at the distance last year and ran 2:08:33 for fourth place in Frankfurt. That was 14 seconds faster than the 2:08:47 set by Jörg Peter in Tokyo in 1988. The race was highly competitive with the quality to match. Ethiopia’s Sisay Lemma carried off the top prize with 2:06:26 ahead of the Kenyan duo of Lani Rutto (2:06:34) and Alfers Lagat (2:06:48). Arne Gabius in fourth place finished 59 seconds faster than his debut at the distance here last year and was also comfortably inside the German Olympic qualifying time of 2:12:15.
Read more … Arne Gabius breaks German record with 2:08:33, Ethiopians Sisay Lemma and Gulume Tollesa celebrate double win in Frankfurt
Arne Gabius has decided that the second marathon of his career will mark a return to Frankfurt, the city where the 34-year-old made such a scintillating debut at the distance a year ago. He will return to the distance classic beside the River Main for this year’s race on October 25. His debut the previous year was impressive indeed with 2:09:32 and now he has set his sights even higher, taking aim at the German marathon record of 2:08:47, set in 1988. He can expect a tough challenge from his African rivals in Frankfurt, including Alfers Lagat of Kenya, who has a best of 2:07:11 and Ethiopia’s Getachew Terfa (2:07:32). The Frankfurt Marathon and its Berlin counterpart are the only German events with the accolade of the IAAF Gold Label, the highest category of road racing awarded by the world governing body. The Frankfurt organisers expect around 15,000 participants for the race which finishes with the spectacular run into the Festhalle and entries are still open at www.frankfurt-marathon.com
Read more … Arne Gabius faces strong African opposition in pursuit of German Record in Frankfurt
Mary Keitany emerged triumphant from the sixth edition of the Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon, running the world class time of 66:38 for victory. The Kenyan improved the course record by over two minutes and achieved the fourth fastest time in the world this year for the half marathon. Her compatriots Rose Chelimo and Angela Tanui finished second and third with 68:33 and 68:41 respectively.
The outcome of the men’s race overturned pre-race expectations: the 21-year-old Josphat Kiptis produced a splendid performance to leave a world class field in his wake, winning in a personal best of 60:21 which was only four seconds outside the course record. His fellow Kenyans Jonathan Maiyo (60:32) as runner-up and Cosmas Birech (61:21) in third place completed the podium. The leading contender and former world record holder for the marathon Wilson Kipsang trailed in fifth with 62:09 and the Olympic Marathon champion Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda finished tenth in 63:07.
This latest edition of the Mattoni Olomouci Half Marathon attracted 5,500 entries and the race is and IAAF Gold Label event.
Read more … Mary Keitany smashes course record while Josphat Kiptis surprises the favourites in Olomouc
Elijah Tirop Serem led a Kenyan quartet to victory and took 20 seconds off the course record to win the men’s title at the Mattoni Karlovy Vary Half Marathon in the Czech Republic on Saturday. Serem broke away from the leading group with four kilometres left to achieve what he described as the best win of his career in 61:01. Nicholas Kipkemboi finished second in 61:13 and Bernard Bett third in 61:22. The Mattoni Karlovy Vary Half Marathon is an IAAF Silver Label Road Race.
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the winners of the METRO GROUP Marathon Duesseldorf. Norbert Wilhelmi / METRO GROUP Marathon Duesseldorf
Annie Bersagel fell early in the race but recovered to defend her title in the METRO GROUP Marathon Duesseldorf. The American showed great determination to go on and clock a personal best of 2:28:29. In good weather conditions Marius Ionescu of Romania won the men’s race with 2:13:19. Adding other running events staged parallel to the marathon a total of 18,000 runners entered the METRO GROUP Marathon Duesseldorf.
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