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6 NOVEMBER 2005: ING NEW YORK CITY MARATHON, USA

Paul Tergat won the men's race in a dramatic sprint finish writes Jim Dunaway. He finished only a metre ahead of defending champion Hendrick Ramaala. Jelena Prokopcuka made a spirited recovery in the later stages to catch the leaders and then go on to record a solid victory.

Tergat had a head-to-head battle with Ramaala over the last 400m which was only resolved when the South African crashed to the ground in his desperate lunge for the tape, while Tergat kept his feet.

Prokopcuka had dropped back with five miles to go, but revived. Susan Chepkemei, finishing second here for the third time, made a gallant fight of it. First seeing off Derartu Tulu's challenge, she violently vomited while trying to defend her lead against Prokopcuka's late surge.

MEN:
1  Paul TERGAT                 KEN  2:09:30
2  Hendrick RAMAALA            RSA  2:09:31
3  Meb KEFLEZIGHI              USA  2:09:56
4  Robert CHERUIYOT            KEN  2:11:01
5  Abdihakim ABDIRAHMAN        USA  2:11:24
6  Alberico DI CECCO           ITA  2:11:33
7  Viktor ROTHLIN              SUI  2:11:44
8  Simon WANGAI                KEN  2:13:19
9  Jon BROWN                   GBR  2:13:29
10 Isaac MACHARIA              KEN  2:14:21

WOMEN:
1  Jelena PROKOPCUKA           LAT  2:24:41
2  Susan CHEPKEMEI             KEN  2:24:55
3  Derartu TULU                ETH  2:25:21	
4  Salina KOSGEI               KEN  2:25:30
5  Bruna GENOVESE              ITA  2:27:15
6  Ludmila PETROVA             RUS  2:27:21
7  Gete WAMI                   ETH  2:27:40
8  Lidia GRIGORYEVA            RUS  2:27:48
9  Lyubov DENISOVA             RUS  2:28:18
10 Lornah KIPLAGAT             NED  2:28:28

6 NOVEMBER 2005: ATHENS CLASSIC MARATHON, GREECE

In sunny but relatively cool weather (15°C) more than 3000 runners left the village of Marathon at 08.30 writes Michalis Nikitarides. Africans again dominated this 23rd edition of the race. Six runners broke clear almost immediately, the only non-African being Tomonori Michikata. This group passed 10km in 33:55 and stuck together most of the way up the long rise towards the Greek capital. At 30km, a kilometre before starting to descend again an attack came from Sammy Chemweno and Gebremariam, but Paul Kanda and James Saina kept in touch. Saina made his winning move only 3km from the stadium.

Ethiopia's Sisay Measo had an easy win in the women's race, leading from start to finish, while Hiruet Areba repeated her second place of the previous year ahead of Greek champion Georgia Ambatzidou.

Official starter for the race was Olympic Champion Stefano Baldini, whose greatest triumph was over this same course 14 months earlier. Greek ultradistance champion Yannis Kouros returned to the race after an absence of 10 years, finishing 29th in 2:43:05.

MEN:
1  James SAINA                 KEN  2:16:05
2  Sammy CHEMWENO              KEN  2:16:15
3  Paul KANDA                  KEN  2:16:58
4  Gebremadhn GEBREMARIAM      ETH  2:17:38
5  Tomonori MICHIKATA          JPN  2:21:51
6  Michael KIMUTAI             KEN  2:22:45
7  Gerasimus KOKOTOS           GRE  2:24:52
8  Georgios KARAVIDAS          GRE  2:25:11
9  Lembros ZARAGGAS            GRE  2:27:14
10 Dmitros THEODORAKAKOS       GRE  2:30:20

WOMEN:
1  Sisay MEASO                 ETH  2:38:39
2  Hiruet AREBA                ETH  2:41:30
3  Georgia AMBATZIDOU          GRE  2:42:50
4  Elendi DONTA                GRE  2:44:37
5  Magda GAZEA                 GRE  2:47:41
6  Magdalene KARIMALI          GRE  2:49:13
7  Ekaterini FOTOPOULOU        GRE  3:00:21
8  Paraskevi GRATSANI          GRE  3:03:24
9  Maria KAKOU                 GRE  3:06:08
10 Irena KYRIAKOU              GRE  3:09:07

10km:
MEN:
1  Konstantinos POYLIOS        GRE  31:06
2  Antonis PAPANTONIS          GRE  31:26
3  Pantelis SAVVOPOULOS        GRE  31:41

WOMEN:
1  Eleni NIKOLOPOVLOV          GRE  36:37
2  Spiridoula SOUMA            GRE  36:48
3  Anna MPINASI                GRE  37:05

6 NOVEMBER 2005: BIG SUR HALF MARATHON ON MONTEREY BAY, USA

Held a few miles north of the famous Big Sur Promontory and of the Marathon course run at the end of April, this relatively new sister event drew a field of nearly 1500 men and 2000 women.

MEN:
1  Steve SUNDELL               USA  1:05:20
2  Ibrahim LIMO                KEN  1:05:38
3  Ryan BAK                    USA  1:05:53
4  Fasil BIZUNEH               USA  1:06:41
5  Lyle WEESE                  USA  1:07:05
6  Scott NAGELKERKE            USA  1:07:49
7  Miguel NUCI                 USA  1:08:29
8  Benjamin GUTIERREZ          GUA  1:10:16
9  Kevin CLARY                 USA  1:10:24
10 Ian FRASER                  USA  1:10:39

WOMEN:
1  Heather HANSCOM             USA  1:17:24
2  Alisha WILLIAMS             USA  1:18:25
3  Camille HERRON              USA  1:19:21
4  Dina ROSENTHAL              USA  1:23:14
5  Sarah HALLAS                USA  1:23:59
6  Christine KENNEDY           IRL  1:26:26
7  Jackie MCCLEARY             USA  1:26:33
8  Angela MATTHEWS             USA  1:27:58
9  Alice FRASER                USA  1:28:19
10 Ute JAMROZY                 USA  1:28:29

6 NOVEMBER 2005: UWI-SPEC INT'L HALF MARATHON, TRINIDAD

The race is organised by the Sports & Physical Education Centre on the St Augustine Campus of the University of the West Indies, lying 15km east of the island's capital, Port of Spain. Nearly 500 runners completed the course. The most notable of all was probably the schoolgirl Alika Morgan, who came in 4th.

MEN:
1  John MURIUKI                KEN  1:07:27
2  Pamenos BALLANTYNE          STV  1:08:01
3  Jefferson RIVAS             VEN  1:08:54
4  Ronnie HOLASSIE             TRI  1:10:00
5  Richard JONES               TRI  1:10:49
6  Curtis COX                  TRI  1:12:08
7  Errol WILLIAMS              TRI  1:12:26
8  Kelvin JOHNSON              TRI  1:14:23
9  Brian MAYNARD               TRI  1:15:44
10 Jules LA RODE               TRI  1:17:15

WOMEN:
1  Firaya SULTANOVA            UKR  1:16:09
2  Tatyana POZDYNAKOVA         RUS  1:22:09 
3  Neide MARCANO               VEN  1:26:31
4  Alika MORGAN                TRI  1:26:39
5  Katie RYAN                  TRI  1:27:21
6  Arietha MARTIN              JAM  1:29:30
7  Meracia JAMES               JAM  1:32:01
8  Shirma LASALDO              TRI  1:34:39
9  Ruth METIVIER               TRI  1:34:50
10 Tonya NERO                  TRI  1:37:03

12 NOVEMBER 2005: BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL MARATHON, LEBANON

The new course was more hilly than in the previous two editions, but Piet Jacobs went out alone to follow the 2:16 pace set by John Murithi as far as 24km writes Ian Ladbrooke. No one else went with pace, and as the temperature rose from 21°C at the start to 26°C at the finish, Jacobs' move was both brave and ambitious, but after he reached 39km he crumbled. He was then passed by Eshetu Bekele and Francis Kamau at 40.5km but held on for 3rd  place. He will surely improve on this performance.

In the women's race Cathy Mutwa set a determined 2:35 pace to 23km, but the group were reluctant to follow her. She kept going back to try to speed them up, to no avail. Eventually, after Mutwa dropped out, Jane Omoro led a breakaway at 27km with Louise Kangogo and Tatiana Mironova. At 33km Omoro pressed on alone for an easy win.

MEN:
1  Francis KAMAU              KEN  2:19:20
2  Eshetu BEKELE              ETH  2:19:38
3  Piet JACOBS                RSA  2:20:26
4  David KIPLAGAT             KEN  2:20:38
5  Paul RUGUT                 KEN  2:28:34
6  Wesley CHELULE             KEN  2:30:35

WOMEN: 
1  Jane OMORO                 KEN  2:42:19
2  Tatiana MIRONOVA           RUS  2:43:55
3  Louise KANGOGO             KEN  2:50:09
4  Keneli CHALA               ETH  2:52:08
5  Adenech BEYENE             ETH  2:53:53
6  Zhanna MALKOVA             RUS  2:58:23

13 NOVEMBER 2005: MONACO MARATHON

Both favourites took their titles with ease in the ninth edition of this race writes Chris Turner. After heavy overnight rain the race temperature was cool with sporadic sun. After the turnaround at Ventimiglia, just across the Italian border, runners had a slight headwind for the last 25km as they snaked back along the coast to finish in Monaco's Stade Louis II. There were 2000 runners in the marathon and another 1300 in the 10km race which began 45 minutes later. The official starter was Prince Albert II of Monaco, accompanied by Paula Radcliffe, who gave the signal from a balcony of the IAAF headquarters.

Mark Kibet led for most of the race but faded over the last 10km to finish 13th in 2:39. John Kirui headed the chasing pack as it gradually whittled down. By 35km he only had John Ngeny for company, and he gradually outpaced him as well to finish 200m clear.

Alina Tecuta had things to herself all the way. From 5km she led a group of three Russian women, but lost little time in breaking clear, after which each made their own way to the finish.

MEN:
1  John KIRUI                 KEN  2:19:08
2  John NGENY                 KEN  2:19:52
3  Andrey BRYZGALOV           RUS  2:21:20
4  Metta KIPKERING            KEN  2:22:52
5  Sergei KALEDINE            RUS  2:23:26
6  Alexander KRISTIANOV       RUS  2:24:52
7  Martin FEHLAU              POL  2:25:37
8  Robert KRUPICKA            CZE  2:25:48
9  Xavier SABOURIN            FRA  2:27:34
10 David KOECH                KEN  2:30:26

WOMEN:
1  Alina TECUTA               ROM  2:43:44
2  Elena KOZHEVNIKOVA         RUS  2:47:08
3  Ludmila AFONIOUCHKINA      RUS  2:50:52
4  Arleta MELOCH              POL  2:51:33
5  Valentina LOUNEGOVA        RUS  2:53:22
6  Magali REYMONIC            FRA  2:54:28
7  Olga BYLINKYNA             RUS  2:59:01
8  Tatyana BULYSHENKO         UKR  3:04:03
9  Patrizia GIRON             FRA  3:18:57
10 Elena PATRUCCO             ITA  3:21:16

10km:
MEN:
1  Diego FILIPPI              ITA  31:26
2  Marco RAINELLI             ITA  32:24
3  Sebastien BERNARDO         FRA  33:12

WOMEN:
1  Carolina SCAVINI           GBR  38:25
2  Ros MOTTO                  FRA  38:42
3  Mariana WEBER              GER  39:21

18 NOVEMBER 2005: PHARAONIC 100km, EGYPT

The 100km event follows a course southward from the Sakkara Pyramids near Cairo to finish beside the solitary pyramid at El Faioum and replicates a race described in Pharaonic records that was only rediscovered in recent years. The modern race can be run as an individual or as part of a five-person team. There were eight teams that finished this year's event, only the first two of which bested the fasted individual.

MEN:
1  Dewaise MAHMOUD            EGY   7:54:46
2  Paolo VENTURINI            ITA   8:28:41
3  Nail ZABAROV               RUS   9:06:46
4  Mark SCHROEDER             GER   9:12:14
5  Detlev ACKERMANN           GER  10:00:42
6  Mario SCHOENHERR           AUT  10:33:26
7  Claudia FAEDO              ITA  10:51:48
8  Eilon BEJA                 ISR  12:08:06
9  Roger JULIEN               FRA  12:03:04

WOMEN:
1  Anja SAMSE                 GER   9:57:17

TEAMS (of 5 runners):
1  Alexandria Runners         EGY   6:10:09
2  Amria Club, Alexandria     EGY   6:39:40
3  German Tour Team A         GER   7:56:36

19 NOVEMBER 2005: MTL LAGOS INT'L HALF MARATHON, NIGERIA

Top finishers came from as many as 10 different African countries West African as well as from the east and southern parts of the continent. American statistician Ken Young's analysis rated this as the fifth most competitive men's half marathon field of 2005. Millicent Doadi from Ghana had a particularly commanding win, 7.5 minutes ahead of her rivals, and set a national record.

In the men's race Fabiano Joseph confirmed his ranking as the world's no.1 half marathoner writes Pat butcher. He ran away from the defending champion, John Korir, to win in a new course record. Korir equalled the old record despite this being his first race in six months following a hamstring injury. Joseph, still under 20 at the time of the race, underlined his World Half Marathon Championship victory from six weeks earlier (see report on IAAF News pages).

At 08.00 start beside the Port of Lagos the temperature was already 27°C and 94% humidity. The sun remained obscured by cloud for the leaders, but most of the 20,000 locals on the course after 2 hours bore the full brunt of the heat. Charles Munyeki Kiama was undaunted. Just 17 and winner of the Nairobi Half Marathon in 1:01:34 three weeks before, dashed into the lead. By 5km he had only the eventual top three plus Yonas Kifle and Cuthbert Nyasango for company. By 12km he had dropped all but Joseph and Korir, but when Joseph moved ahead at 15km he cracked and dropped back rapidly. As the lead pair drew closer to the stadium finish line Joseph invited Korir to move ahead. His refusal gave Joseph the cue to move away: "When he didn't respond, I thought that I would win" Joseph said later. "I was third here in 2002 (in his international debut, aged 16) so I am very glad to win it."

MEN:
1  Fabiano JOSEPH             TAN  1:02:20
2  John KORIR                 KEN  1:03:05
3  John YUDA                  TAN  1:04:21
4  Charles MUNYEKI-KIAMA      KEN  1.05.20
5  Cutbert NYASANGO           ZIM  1.05.27
6  Philip RUGUT               KEN  1.06.25
7  James KWAMBAI              KEN  1.06.58
8  Moses NDIEMA               KEN  1.09.24
9  Yonas KIFLE                ERI  1.09.33
10 Danjuma KOPKUDDI           NGR  1.12.35

WOMEN:
1  Millicent DOADI            GHA  1:16:31
2  Faustina RAMOS             ESP  1:24:03
3  Farida MAKULA              TAN  1:25:05
4  Cecilia CRYIL              NGR  1:26:16
5  NEMPINMWA                  NGR  1:28:08

19 NOVEMBER 2005: HYDERABAD MIDNIGHT MARATHON, INDIA

Event cancelled due to region-wide floods in preceding months

20 NOVEMBER 2005: TOKYO WOMEN'S INT'L MARATHON, JAP

After two years away from running, Naoko Takahashi won this race by surging away from Elfenesh alemu at 35km writes Ken Nakamura. Two years ago it was the other way around, as alemu had overhauled her at 39km. The 35-40km section is gradually uphill and there was a headwind, but Takahashi recorded 17:09 to run away from her only remaining challengers: Alemu and Zivile Balciunaite.

"I didn't know what to expect," she said, referring to a recent injury, "but I never gave up on winning." It was her third fastest time on this course and her first marathon since breaking with her coach, Yoshio Koide. "Because of the slow [early] pace, I had to be patient", she said. Even so, the pack was reduced to nine by 5km and by 7km Michaela Botzan and Mara Yamauchi had dropped back. At 15km Petrova finished her pacing duties and by halfway (1:11:28) Svetlana Zakharova fell behind, leaving only the final top three together and another pacemaker, Alvetina Ivanova, who moved aside at 25km. Balciunaite had been behind before this, but then took the lead until Takahashi made her decisive move.

WOMEN:
1  Naoko TAKAHASHI            JPN  2:24:39
2  Zivile BALCIUNAITE         LIT  2:25:15
3  Elfenesh ALEMU             ETH  2:26:50
4  Svetlana ZAKHAROVA         RUS  2:26:55
5  Mara YAMAUCHI              GBR  2:27:38
6  Beatrice OMWANZA           KEN  2:32:10
7  Rie MATSUOKA               JPN  2:32:14
8  Lauren SHELLEY             AUS  2:33:42
9  Jackie FAIRWEATHER         AUS  2:35:57
10 Mihaela BOTEZAN            ROM  2:37:16

20 NOVEMBER 2005: PALERMO INT'L MARATHON, ITALY

MEN:
1  Hillary KIPTANUI           KEN  2:14:13
2  Hamad BIBI                 MAR  2:27:50
3  Giovanni SOFFIETTO         ITA  2:28:39
4  Matteo GIAMONA             ITA  2:39:01
5  Augusto TAMBONE            ITA  2:39:48
6  Joshua BETT                ITA  2:44:04
7  Philip KENDRICK            GBR  2:45:43
8  Benedetto PATTI            ITA  2:46:12
9  Giovanni IMMESI            ITA  2:47:18
10 Massimo CATANIA VITO       ITA  2:49:11

WOMEN:
1  Luisa BALSAMO              ITA  3:17:56
2  Roberta FALASCHI           ITA  3:20:57
3  Elisabetta COMERO          ITA  3:24:07
4  Anna ROMANO                ITA  3:30:36
5  Rene KEIJER                NED  3:31:20
6  Paola CENNI                ITA  3:49:45
7  Giuliana AMARU             ITA  3:51:07
8  Angela BUONASERA           ITA  3:56:25
9  Simone LUJIT               NED  3:57:18
10 Franceca OPPIDO            ITA  4:16:14

HALF MARATHON:
MEN
1  Francesco DUCA             ITA  1:06:25
2  Abdelkebir MARCHANE        ITA  1:12:00
3  Eric MORVAN                FRA  1:12:17

WOMEN:
1  Tatiana BETTA              ITA  1:22:04
2  Liliana CANZONERI          ITA  1:25:55
3  Clara GRANATA              ITA  1:26:03

20 NOVEMBER 2005: SAMSUNG CORPORE SAO PAULO CLASSIC 10km, BRAZIL

MEN:
1  Charles KORIR              KEN  29:38
2  Elijah VATOR               KEN  29:51
3  David CHEPKWONY            KEN  29:58
4  Cyrus CHELANGAT            KEN  30:20
5  Sergio DA SILVA            BRA  30:25
6  Orlando DE LIMA            BRA  30:35
7  Jose ELOY                  BRA  30:43
8  Adriano BASTOS             BRA  30:46
9  Marildo BARDUCO            BRA  30:51
10 Antonio SALES              BRA  30:54

WOMEN:
1  Anesie KWIZERA             BUR  34:24
2  Sirlene DE PINHO           BRA  34:41
3  Margaret TOROITICH         KEN  35:05
4  Marily dos Santos BASTOS   BRA  35:12
5  Ma Christina VAQUEIRO      BRA  35:31
6  Anne CHEPTANUI             KEN  35:38
7  Ma Luca do NASCIMENTO      BRA  35:54
8  Solange de Souza SANTOS    BRA  35:56
9  Josephine KIMAIYO          KEN  36:08
10 Nadir DE SIQUEIRA          BRA  36:16

20 NOVEMBER 2005: MARABANA MARATHON & HALF, CUBA

[No information obtainable]

24 NOVEMBER 2005: ATLANTA MARATHON, USA

MEN:
1  Urs JENZER                 SUI  2:37:43
2  Gabriel HELMLINGER         USA  2:40:48
3  Mark COUGHLIN              USA  2:41:21
4  Scott LOWE                 USA  2:45:39
5  Jason WAGNER               USA  2:46:39
6  Sean GALLAGHER             USA  2:52:02
7  Ryan FIELD                 USA  2:55:16
8  David THOROGOOD            USA  2:57:53
9  Etienne DUFOUR             USA  2:58:00
10 Joe BOWMAN                 USA  2:59:42

WOMEN:
1  Kimberly LIEB              USA  3:12:52
2  Naomi HASEGAWA             USA  3:19:24
3  Amy MCCLENATHAN            USA  3:23:32
4  Holly BEDNAREK             USA  3:25:54
5  Vicky JOHNSON              USA  3:29:14
6  Kate BOWMAN                USA  3:29:39
7  Deanna CROMER              USA  3:29:46
8  Sally BROOKING             USA  3:30:30
9  Michelle FLAGGE            USA  3:33:18
10 Angela SLOMAN              USA  3:33:35

HALF MARATHON:
MEN
1  Dennis BAER                USA  1:10:36
2  John TUTTLE                USA  1:10:47

WOMEN:
1  Donna GARCIA               USA  1:20:41

26 NOVEMBER 2005: SHANGHAI MARATHON FOR THE TORAY CUP, CHINA

MEN:
1  Han GANG                    CHN  2:13:22

WOMEN:
1  Shiujing ZHANG              CHN  2:34:25

27 NOVEMBER 2005: SEATTLE MARATHON, USA

MEN:
1  Uli STEIDL                 USA  2:24:24
2  Jesse STEVICK              USA  2:34:22
3  Gerardo AVILA              USA  2:35:03
4  Isaac BARNES               USA  2:35:48
5  James OCONNOR              USA  2:38:53
6  Andy FADER                 USA  2:43:59
7  Nick MERRILL               USA  2:44:22
8  Greg DEVORE                USA  2:46:34
9  Joel PODGORSKI             CAN  2:46:46
10 Colby TITLAND              USA  2:47:46

WOMEN:
1  Sarah OTEPKA               USA  3:07:44
2  Lisa SHILLITO              USA  3:10:00
3  Anne ARMSTRONG             USA  3:10:59
4  Christine REHWALD          USA  3:11:26
5  Jill BANISTER              USA  3:15:54
6  Jennifer YOGI              USA  3:16:24
7  Tina-Louise HARRIS         CAN  3:18:08
8  Kelsey RICHARDS            USA  3:18:23
9  Megan STEWART              USA  3:18:27
10 April COFFMAN              USA  3:21:08

HALF MARATHON:
MEN
1  John HILL                  USA  1:11:28
2  Glen WEISSMAN              USA  1:13:01
3  Leif KOHLER                USA  1:13:09

WOMEN:
1  Lauren JOHNSON             USA  1:20:52
2  Erika DALIGCON             USA  1:22:16
3  Sarna BECKER               USA  1:22:51

27 NOVEMBER 2005: FIRENZE MARATHON, ITALY

MEN:
1  Samson KOSGEI              KEN  2:11:27
2  David KIPRUTO              KEN  2:16:15	
3  Jomo KORORIA               KEN  2:18:02
4  Giacomo LEONE              ITA  2:18:04
5  Pavel NOVAK                CZE  2:18:34
6  Kristian ALGERS            SWE  2:19:22
7  Angelo CAROSI              ITA  2:19:55
8  Marek POSZEPLZYNSKI        SWE  2:20:51
9  David MITCHISON            GBR  2:22:38
10 Allesandro ALESSANDRI      ITA  2:22:41

WOMEN:
1  Alice CHELANGAT            KEN  2:30:46
2  Ivana IOZZIA               ITA  2:41:48
3  Ida KOVACS                 HUN  2:42:56
4  Helena OLOFSSON            SWE  2:44:30
5  Lisa WIKLUND               SWE  2:46:57
6  Ivana MARTINCOVA           CZE  2:55:05
7  Alessandra RONCO           ITA  2:55:35
8  Maria Grazia PIRAS         ITA  2:56:02
9  Debora TORTORA             ITA  2:58:14
10 Chiara DAMIANI             ITA  3:01:07

27 NOVEMBER 2005: APHRODITE HALF MARATHON, CYPRUS

MEN:
1  Konstantinos POULIOS       GRE  1:06:59
2  Lambros ZARAGKAS           GRE  1:07:25
3  Kostas GOUGOUSIS           GRE  1:07:47
4  Theodoros ZACHOS           GRE  1:08:05
5  Antonis PAPANTONIS         GRE  1:10:05
6  Charis KALANBOUKAS         GRE  1:14:58
7  Panikos STYLIANOU          CYP  1:15:07
8  George LOUKAIDES           CYP  1:15:53
9  Kostas PATINIOS            CYP  1:17:42
10 Michael KEENAN             GBR  1:18:38

WOMEN:
1  Georgia AMBATZIDOU         GRE  1:19:07
2  Emilia HRISTOVA            BUL  1:34:01
3  Susan MARTIN-CLARKE        GBR  1:34:43
4  Gabriele EHLS              GER  1:35:10
5  Ulrike SCMIDT              GER  1:37:50
6  Lesley DAY                 GBR  1:38:39
7  Sue LLOYD                  GBR  1:42:13
8  Irene FORTY                GBR  1:45:21
9  Anja ROSIN                 GER  1:47:40
10 Rosemarie AVERBECK         GER  1:51:08

27 NOVEMBER 2005: MARATHON DE LA ROCHELLE, FRANCE

This 15th edition started in the cold but as soon as the minute's silence in memory of the founder-President Serge Vigot (who died last January) was finished the sun had risen. His human warmth went with the runners all the way to the finish line.

The 19-year old Kenyan runner Eliap Kurgat, in only his second marathon, dominated the race. The leaders passed halfway in 67 minutes, after which Kurgat accelerated away with Hailu Abebe and Paul Korir. He ran from 25-30km in only 15 minutes.

Equally impressive was Elizabeth Chemweno, who in her debut marathon proved too strong for the experienced Helena Javornik. She led from 10km and recorded the second fastest time run in France this year. These two young runners are undoubtedly great prospects for the future.

MEN:
1  Eliap KURGAT               KEN  2:12:17
2  Paul KORIR                 KEN  2:15:34
3  David LAGAT                KEN  2:16:22
4  Hailu ABEBE                ETH  2:16:44
5  John TUBEI                 KEN  2:17:12
6  Kiprotich SEWERI           KEN  2:18:20
7  Bartosz MAZERSKI           POL  2:18:25
8  Samir BAALA                FRA  2:18:29
9  Radoslaw DUDYCZ            POL  2:20:27

WOMEN:
1  Elizabeth CHEMWENO         KEN  2:34:50
2  Helena JAVORNIK            SLO  2:40:07
3  Tatiana MIRONOVA           RUS  2:42:16
4  Genet DELBOY               ETH  2:48:04
5  Evelyne MURA               FRA  2:49:39
6  Florence SCARINGELLA       FRA  2:50:49
7  Sylvie TORREMONELL         FRA  2:52:50
8  Valentina LOUNEGOVA        RUS  2:53:15
9  Lucina PACZEK              POL  2:53:49
10 Murielle BRIONNE           FRA  2:55:19

27 NOVEMBER 2005: THAI HEALTH BANGKOK MARATHON, THAILAND

Nearly two thousand marathon runners set off from under the walls of the Royal Grand Palace. The early wave of slower starters began their race at 02.00, in a bid to finish before the temperature and traffic circulation began to rise. Another wave followed at 03.30, and the remaining runners set off at 04.00. Some relatively fast runners chose to slip into the earlier waves to get the race over in better conditions. Average conditions rose from 23C/75% humidity from 02.00-04.00 to 25C/80% humidity at 05.00. After 07.00 direct sun began to strike runners and despite lower humidity it felt very warm.

The marathon route went out to the northwest, over the Phra Pinklao Bridge over the Chow Phraya River and then westward to a turning point at 15km. They returned on the same route until 28km, just short of the bridge, and then diverted northward. Crossing the Rama VIII Bridge back over to the city side, runners then took a detour around the Chitrada Palace to make up the distance. The final stretch was around three sides of the Grand Place. All the action fell between 06.00 and 07.00 as the 10km runners set off, followed shortly after by the 5km walkers and then the first marathon finishers began to come in.

Two surprise early arrivals proved a false alarm they had turned early and were disqualified. There was a tight finish among the genuine leaders, and although the women's times were not fast, it was a competitive race. The Gardens beside the Royal Palace gradually started to fill up as more and more people finished. The gilded eaves of the Royal Palace glinted in the early morning sun and provided an inspiring backdrop for the awards ceremony.

MEN:
1  John Setanei CHEBOI        KEN  2:23:57
2  Tesfaye BERHANU            ETH  2:24:01
3  Stephen LANGAT             KEN  2:24:34
4  Jurasak SUTTICHAT          THA  2:27:04
5  William KOECH              KEN  2:27:31
6  Gideon KOECH               KEN  2:29:38
7  Jason MAYEROFF             USA  2:34:38
8  Gordae CHENMOOD            THA  2:36:22
9  Supit JANTARAT             THA  2:36:37
10 Karsten SCHIEMANN          GER  2:37:32

WOMEN:
1  Saifon PIAWONG             THA  3:02:01
2  Sakda BOONSUNG             THA  3:03:22	
3  Gedmanee SENAWONG          THA  3:05:13
4  Meseret GEBEYEHU           ETH  3:05:40
5  Olpher ORUKE               KEN  3:10:42
6  Inderesh DHIRAJ            IND  3:13:34
7  Saipin PATJUN              THA  3:14:15
8  Patsara PARSADHINPIMAI     THA  3:14:29
9  Amnuai KIAMNGULEAM         THA  3:16:24
10 Prapan KAMBURI             THA  3:16:55

27 NOVEMBER 2005: TOYOTA GREAT ETHIOPIAN RUN

Ketema Negussui produced a magnificent turn of speed to maintain a 100% home record in the men's race writes Elshadai Negash. He trailed the Kenyan Nathan Naibei into the last kilometre but came back in the final 300m to win in a new course record of 28:25. Genet Getaneh defended her title in one of the closest ever finishes in the five-year history of the race. The 20-year old trailed the diminutive Ahaza Kiros for much of the last kilometre before taking victory by a 0.3 second margin.

MEN:
1  Ketema NEGUSSIE            ETH  28:25
2  Nathan NAIBEI              KEN  28:26
3  Deriba MERGIA              ETH  28:35
4  Ibrahim JEYLAN             ETH  28:46
5  Gurmessa KUMSA             ETH  28:49
6  Dereje TADESSE             ETH  28:55
7  Worku BEYI                 ETH  29:02
8  Assefa NEGUSSU             ETH  29:03
9  Ayalew AHMED               ETH  29:03
10 Tebebew YENEW              ETH  29:07

WOMEN:
1  Genet GETANEH              ETH  33:06
2  Ahaza KIRO                 ETH  33:06
3  Yenealem AYANO             ETH  33:14
4  Yebenay MOGES              ETH  33:17
5  Azalech MASRESHA           ETH  33:24
6  Aselefech ASEFA            ETH  33:29
7  Ashu KASIM                 ETH  33:29
8  Letay NEGASH               ETH  33:31
9  Makida HAROUN              ETH  33:33
10 Yemenashu TAYE             ETH  33:48

27 NOVEMBER 2005: LAKE KAWAGUCHI MARATHON, JAPAN

MEN:
1  Ombeche MOKAMBA            KEN  2:20:
2  Kazunari SUZUKI            JPN  2:24:58
3  Takaaki MUKAI              JPN  2:25:52
4  Satoshi EMOTO              JPN  2:26:01
5  Katsumi ASADA              JPN  2:26:19
6  Sho KIMURA                 JPN  2:27:44
7  Katsuhiko ONUKI            JPN  2:28:51
8  Teruyoshi IWASAKI          JPN  2:30:19
9  Naomiki WATANABE           JPN  2:31:33
10 Tetsuji TOZAWA             JPN  2:32:17

WOMEN:
1  Chiemi TAKAHASHI           JPN  2:48:36
2  Yuka MORI                  JPN  3:03:21
3  Sui Ping WONG              HKG  3:07:22
4  Kaoru ADACHI               JPN  3:13:00
5  Sawako NOZU                JPN  3:16:26
6  Eiko TENMYO                JPN  3:20:50
7  Noriko AOYAMA              JPN  3:22:05
8  Asami ONATA                JPN  3:22:48
9  Itsumi INABA               JPN  3:23:28
10 Toshiko KAWAIDI            JPN  3:26:58
 
AROUND THE LAKE 27km
MEN:
1  Yusuke KAWASE              JPN  1:34:37
2  Ryuta SAKURAI              JPN  1:36:13
3  Ping CHUENH WONG           HKG  1:41:45

WOMEN:
1  Erika HOSHINI              JPN  1:48:18
2  Chiaki KONDO               JPN  1:51:06
3  Noriko MURAKAMI            JPN  1:57:41

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