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3 NOVEMBER 2007: TAROKO INTERNATIONAL MARATHON, CHINESE TAIPEI

MEN:
1  Nicodemus MALAKWEN             KEN  2:18:00
2  Marko MAMBO                         2:26:02
3  Yi Cai ZENG                         2:36:40
4  Ting Yin ZHOU                       2:36:41
5  Zhi Hong HE                         2:39:13
6  Shi Hua QIAN                        2:41:39
7  Shi Jie KE                          2:45:53
8  Yi Da HUANG                         2:46:00
9  Yong Fa WU                          2:46:23
10 Guang Zhao PENG                     2:47:02

WOMEN:
1  Sally JEBICHII                      2:50:00
2  Shu Hua CHEN                        2:54:47
3  Min WU                              3:00:11
4  Xiao Yu LI                          3:02:18
5  Maria PAVLOVA                       3:13:12
6  Yu Fang XU                          3:21:07
7  Pei Yu JIAN                         3:23:09
8  Rui Fang ZHANG                      3:28:17
9  Yuan Xiang GONG                     3:34:35
10 Xue Yu DAI                          3:36:43

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4 NOVEMBER 2007: ATHENS CLASSIC MARATHON, GREECE

With temperatures around 20°C and occasional light rain, winning times were much faster in this jubilee edition of the race than in previous years over the classic route from Marathon to Athens. Participation was up from 5,000 last year to 7,950 this year for all events. Among them were 4,750 marathon runners. Abel Anton, Spain's marathon World Champion from Athens 1997 and Seville 1999 ran in the 10km race.

Kenyans had won the Athens Classic Marathon three times in a row, and they again dominated. Eight of them formed the leading group at half way (68:07). At about 35km Benjamin Korir Kiprotich broke away and opened a decisive gap. "I had tried to get away earlier. But then I decided to relax a bit more and let the others catch me again. I was sure that I would win the race," said the 29 year-old who ran a personal best of 2:10:43 earlier this year when he finished third in Brescia. Defending champion Henry Tarus came in third while Georgios Karavidas, in tenth, won the Greek championship.

In the women's race the big favourite took the honours: Svetlana Ponomarenko passed halfway in 1:15:56. The 37 year-old, who had won the Frankfurt Marathon in 2006 and has a personal best of 2:29:55, ran a very consistent pace. "The weather was fine for me. I would now like to qualify for Beijing next year," she said.

MEN:
1  Benjamin Korir KIPROTICH    KEN  2:14:40 
2  Husea Kiptanui KIMUTAI      KEN  2:15:03 
3  Henry TARUS                 KEN  2:15:57
4  Michael CHEMPCHIR           KEN  2:16:52 
5  David Kimutai KOSGAI        KEN  2:17:12
6  Frederick CERONO            KEN  2:17:47 
7  Kazunari YOSHITOMI          JPN  2:19:14
8  Willie Chruyiot KIPKURUI    KEN  2:19:29
9  Mathew Serem KIPCHOGEI      KEN  2:19:45
10 Georgios KARAVIDAS          GRE  2:23:51
 
WOMEN:
1  Svetlana PONOMARENKO        RUS  2:33:19
2  Chihiro TANAKA              JPN  2:41:01
3  Magdalene GAZEA             GRE  2:41:31
4  Magdalene KARIMALI          GRE  2:46:14
5  Sisai Arsenti MEASO         ETH  2:46:43
6  Georgia AMBATZIDOU          GRE  2:49:58
7  Viktoryia ZUYEVA            RUS  2:53:38
8  Chepkoro Chemareg LOSIATAK  KEN  2:54.21
9  Einash ALEMU                ETH  2:54:53
10 Eonstantina STEFANOPOULOU   GRE  3:01:22

4 NOVEMBER 2007: JOONGANG SEOUL INT'L MARATHON, KOREA

Cool conditions allowed for fast running, and winner Joshua Chelanga just failed, by one second, to beat the course record set by Jason Mbote a year previously.

From a group of 12 runners at halfway there remained six with 10km still to run, after all pacemakers had completed their task. Only four kilometres later it became a head to head contest between Joshua Chelanga and Abderrahime Bouramdane in which Chelanga made all the running and never quite allowed Bouramdane to get on level terms.

The women's race featured an entirely domestic field, and Eung Jung Lee had no serious rival as she passed 10km with and already impressive lead. She pressed on to a solo victory and beat the old course record, set four years ago, by 58 seconds.

MEN:
1  Joshua CHELANGA           KEN  2:08:14
2  Abderrahime BOURAMDANE    MAR  2:08:20
3  Yirefu  BIRHANU           ETH  2:09:01
4  Benson BARUS              KEN  2:09:04 
5  Nicholas CHELIMO          KEN  2:09:42 
6  Hillary KIMAIYO           KEN  2:11:57
7  Samson RAMADHANI          TAN  2:13:53
8  William KIPLAGAT          KEN  2:14:20
9  Ji Young JUN              KOR  2:16:20
10 Joao NYTYAMBA             ANG  2:16:38
 
WOMEN:
1  Eun-Jung LEE              KOR  2:29:32 
2  Hae-Jin BAE               KOR  2:37:43 
3  Ho-Sun PARK               KOR  2:41:01
4  Jin-Sook KIM              KOR  2:49:10 

10km
MEN:
1  Soon-Taek YIM                  32:36
2  Young-Hak PARK                 34:53
3  Jong-Moon KIM                  35:46

WOMEN:
1  Jong-Sun YEO                   38:21
2  Hye-Won OH                     40:11
3  Kwang-Sook KANG                41:17

4 NOVEMBER 2007: UWI-SPEC INTERNATIONAL HALF MARATHON, TRINIDAD

MEN:
1  George TOWETT                  USA  1:05:13
2  Ernest KIMELI                  KEN  1:07:35
3  Oswaldo BELANDRIA              VEN  1:07:48
4  Pamenos BALLANTYNE             STV  1:09:18
5  Zepherinus JOSEPH              STL  1:09:44
6  Richard JONES                  TRI  1:10:11
7  Curtis COX                     TRI  1:13:16
8  Errol WILLIAMS                 STV  1:13:16
9  Kenrick WILLIAMS               TRI  1:13:27
10 Jason SAYERS                   STV  1:14:58

WOMEN:
1  Shermin LASALDO                TRI  1:27:17
2  Neyda MARCANO                  VEN  1:28:03
3  Christine REGIS                TRI  1:31:58
4  Paulette LUCESS                TRI  1:38:31
5  Scarla NERO                    TRI  1:41:23
6  Mellesha THOMAS                JAM  1:43:27
7  Natalie SUITE                  TRI  1:43:41
8  Wendy SHALLOW                  TRI  1:45:02
9  Amanda MAXILMILIEN             BAR  1:45:59
10 Diane HENDERSON                TRI  1:46:54

4 NOVEMBER 2007: HALF MARATHON OF ST DENIS, FRANCE

MEN:
1  Nizgimana EZEKIER                   1:02:09
2  Samson KIFLEMARIAN                  1:02:33
3  Nathan CHEBET                  KEN  1:02:39
4  Damian CHOPA                        1:02:42
5  Mickael TESFAYE                     1:02:43
6  James KIBET                    KEN  1:02:58
7  Musau MWANZIA                       1:03:02
8  Dominc RUTO                    KEN  1:03:06
9  Luka KANDA                     KEN  1:03:08
10 Philemon KIPLAGAT TERE         KEN  1:03:15

WOMEN:
1  Anne BERERWE                   KEN  1:12:58
2  Hafida GADID                        1:14:20
3  Mara YAMAUCHI                  GBR  1:14:38
4  Christine CHEPKONGA            KEN  1:15:54
5  Elisabeth CHELANGAT            KEN  1:17:06
6  Florence CHEPKURUI             KEN  1:17:40
7  Francine NISHIMIRIMA           BDI  1:18:37
8  Kristijna LOONEN               NED  1:19:53
9  Mary CHEBET                    KEN  1:27:34
10 Annie CONNAN                        1:30:17

10km
MEN:
1  Jacob KITUR                    KEN  29:38
2  Daniel GICHUKI                 KEN  29:48
3  Habtai KLIFESTIA                    30:00

WOMEN:
1  Triphuna JUPCHUMBA             KEN  36:38
2  Habibi GHRIBI                       36:41
3  Perris CHUMBA                  KEN  36:57

4 NOVEMBER 2007: BUENOS AIRES MARATHON, ARGENTINA

MEN:
1  Juan CARDONA                   ARG  2:16:07
2  Hernan CORTINEZ                ARG  2:18:30
3  Paulo DA SILVA                 BRA  2:19:40
4  Caetano DOS SANTOS             BRA  2:20:28
5  Juan HERNANDEZ GONZALEZ        ARG  2:22:09
6  Alexander RENDON               ARG  2:26:10
7  Juliano DA SILVA               BRA  2:26:18
8  Pablo CARUSSI                  ARG  2:26:46
9  Johnny SOLANO                  ARG  2:27:03
10 Pablo GARDIOL                  ARG  2:27:23

WOMEN:
1  Sirlene SOUSA DE PINHO         BRA  2:39:08
2  Estela MARTINEZ                ARG  2:43:55
3  Sonia Calizaya HUACO                2:45:05
4  Andrea GRACIANO                ARG  2:48:05
5  Maria Clara CASTRO             ARG  2:58:58
6  Aida Ignacia AGUILAR           ARG  3:05:54
7  Alejandra CALGANO              ARG  3:08:50
8  Jessica MISONISCHINIK               3:08:53
9  Mabel Soria LASTIRI            ARG  3:09:46
10 Laura Marina AZPIROZ           ARG  3:11:15

4 NOVEMBER 2007: NUEVO LEON 20km, MEXICO

MEN:
1  John KIPROTICH                 KEN  59:24
2  Ben MUTAI                      KEN  59:28
3  Isaac KIMAIYO                  KEN  59:35

WOMEN:
1  Ogla KIMAIYO                   KEN  1:07:10
2  Neriah ASIBA                   KEN  1:08:13
3  Ana Teresa PACHECO             MEX  1:16:17
4  Elida JASSO                    MEX  1:17:06
5  Yabeth ROCHA SILVA             MEX  1:19:07

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11 NOVEMBER 2007: BIG SUR HALF MARATHON ON MONTEREY BAY, USA

MEN:
1  Macdonald ONDARA            KEN  1:04:00
2  Michael AISH                USA  1:04:08
3  Fernando CABADA             USA  1:06:55
4  Joseph MUTINDA              KEN  1:07:05
5  Kevin CASTILLE              USA  1:07:54
6  Ben BRUCE                   USA  1:08:04
7  Daniel TAPIA                USA  1:11:29
8  Jim MORA                    USA  1:11:37
9  Jeff HUXHOLD                USA  1:12:26
10 Liam JONES                  USA  1:12:58
 
WOMEN:
1  Caroline CHEPTANUI          KEN  1:15:59
2  Jane KIBII                  KEN  1:16:26
3  Heather GIBSON              USA  1:16:46
4  Rebecca TALLAM              USA  1:17:25
5  Brooke WELLS                USA  1:19:31
6  Mary COORDT                 USA  1:21:29
7  Jenny WILSON                USA  1:23:54
8  Ali KLIKNA                  USA  1:25:13
9  Christine KENNEDY           USA  1:25:57
10 Katie LAYMAN                USA  1:27:19

11 NOVEMBER 2007: HANGZHOU MARATHON, CHINA

MEN:
1  Eric KIPTOON                KEN  2:18:00
2  Collins EDEP                KEN  2:18:28
3  Peter MUGO                  KEN  2:18:48
4  Joseph NGUNJIRI             KEN  2:20:10
5  Peter MUTUA                 KEN  2:20:59
6  Bo SHI                      CHN  2:21:25
7  Xianglei YANG               CHN  2:26:44
8  Zhichun LIU                 CHN  2:27:21
 
WOMEN:
1  Sainan XIE                  CHN  2:33:08
2  Pan HE                      CHN  2:39:29
3  Nian LIU                    CHN  2:39:37
4  Aiping FENG                 CHN  2:40:00
5  Huan XU                     CHN  2:43:39
6  Qin FAN                     CHN  2:49:05
7  Jing ZHANG                  CHN  2:55:21
8  Xiaoxue SONG                CHN  3:00:52

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16 NOVEMBER 2007: PHARAONIC 100km, EGYPT

INDIVIDUAL:
1  Mahmoud DEHAISE                EGY   8:56:48
2  Graham HEDGER                  GBR  10:21:45
3  Osama AHMED                    EGY  10:53:50
4  Cannon CURTIS                  USA  11:02:30
5  Beja EILON                     FRA  11:27:23
5  Eberhard WAGEMANN              GER  11:27:23
5  Marel HEINING                  GER  11:27:23

Wheelchair: 
1  William TAN                    SIN   6:47:52

TEAMS:
1  Alexandria Runners, EGY              5:31:32
2  Alexandria Runners, EGY              5:41:20
3  H.O. Alexandria, EGY                 5:42:10
4  MFO, FIJI/COL/USA                    7:08:50
5  MFO, USA/NOR                         7:16:19
6  France/Britain/USA                   7:18:02

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18 NOVEMBER 2007: TOKYO INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S MARATHON, JAPAN

Photo: Kazutaka Eguchi/Agence Shot

Mizuki Noguchi claims the course record in Tokyo

Surging away from Kenyan Salina Kosgei at 36.5km, Olympic Champion Mizuki Noguchi won in a new course record, eclipsing Eri Yamaguchi's 1999 mark of 2:22:12 writes Ken Nakamura. Noguchi became only the second runner to win all three big Japanese women's marathons — Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya. Katrin Dorre of the DDR is the only other runner to have done this. Noguchi's win gains her near-certain selection for the Bejing Olympic Marathon.

A lead pack of nine runners quickly emerged, and was down to six by 5km, passed in 16:38. The pace remained moderate due to unseasonably warm weather (17-20°C) and a head wind. Five runners passed 15km in 50:23 and a kilometre later Yoko Shibui, Noguchi and Kosgei went ahead, with Akemi Ominami and Bruna Genovese trailing. The lead trio passed halfway in 1:11:16. After the turn-around point, with the wind now behind them, the pace picked up to sub-3:20/km. The race had been billed as a showdown between Shibui and Noguchi but just before 30km Shibui lost contact. From 30-35km was covered in 16:26, the fastest split of the race. Noguchi ran the uphill 36th kilometre in 3:16, and began to pull away over the next kilometre. She covered the uphill section from 35-40km in an incredible 16:56, faster than the previous best of 17:08 by Valentina Yegorova in 1994.

Kosgei ran on to a time only 10 seconds slower than her personal best but Shibui was passed by Genovese at 38km and a kilometre laer by Ozaki. She faded to seventh in the slowest time of her marathon career.

WOMEN (ONLY):
1  Mizuki NOGUCHI                 JPN  2:21:37
2  Salina KOSGEI                  KEN  2:23:31 
3  Bruna GENOVESE                 ITA  2:27:35 
4  Akemi OZAKI                    JPN  2:28:39  
5  Hiromi OMINAMI                 JPN  2:30:24
6  Mika HIKICHI                   JPN  2:34:14
7  Yoko SHIBUI                    JPN  2:34:19  
8  Zivile BALCIUNAITE             LTU  2:34:29
9  Jessica RUTHE                  NZL  2:39:12
10 Eri OKUBO                      JPN  2:40:12

18 NOVEMBER 2007: BLOM BANK BEIRUT MARATHON, LEBANON

Photo: Rima Nehme

Start of the 2007 Blom Beirut Marathon

The Ethiopian pair of Tamrat Elanso and Adaneche Beyene Jemilu proved to be easy winners but pride of place went to the meeting organisers who ensured the race went ahead without a hitch despite Lebanon's present political situation writes David Martin.

Race president May El Khalil said "We have people from all sorts of religions and life running. They come to participate. They come for the 'Love of Lebanon'. Over 3000 from the army are participating. Really we have everybody on our side supporting us."

With a controversial Presidential election scheduled for Wednesday, organisers turned down an earlier government suggestion that the race should be postponed. They refused to concede to what occurred a year ago after the gunning down of a cabinet minister in a nation where political problems regularly develop into bloodshed between warring factions.

"Every great ciy has a marathon" said El Khalil. "During these difficult times it unites people and it becomes a space for hope and a time for celebration."

The event went ahead with positive results for Elanso and Jemilu who led a strong Ethiopian contingent to the Lebanese capital. Elanso scorched ahead of his rivals after 35km to clinch a simple victory. He slowed after breaking up the field and ran in isolation for the last 7km. He had massive encouragement, with thousands of spectators roaring him along.

The 30-year-old unknown posted a personal best and overcame more favoured rivals who had to settle for a private battle between themselves. David Kuino, this year's Bonn champion, won the joust, pushing Abraham Belete into third place for the second succesive year.

Adanech Jemilu, who had finished third in the Dubai Marathon in January, was the fastest woman in the field and also scored an easy victory.

MEN:
1  Tamrat ELANSO               ETH  2:19:46
2  David Kiplagat KUINO        KEN  2:21:51
3  Abraham Yilma BELETE        ETH  2:21:54

WOMEN:
1  Adanech Beyene JEMILU       ETH  2:41:24
2  Meseret Legese REGESA       ETH  2:48:52
3  Etaferahu Tarakegn GETAHUN  ETH  2:55:14

18 NOVEMBER 2007: STANDARD CHARTERED BANGKOK MARATHON, THAILAND

MEN:
1  John Chirchir TUBEI            KEN  2:18:27
2  Philip Tarus ROTICH            KEN  2:18:47
3  Disdery Lucian HUMBO           TAN  2:19:28
4  Geoffrey BIRGEN                KEN  2:21:58
5  Nicodemus BIWOTT               KEN  2:22:38
6  Douglas Mwiti MBUI             KEN  2:22:50
7  Cossygin Gitonga KARIUKI       KEN  2:25:32
8  Joel Kiplimo KEMBOI            KEN  2:25:34
9  Peter Kiprono RABURU           KEN  2:27:20
10 Stephen LANGAT                 KEN  2:30:06

WOMEN:
1  Fridah Chepkite LODEPA         KEN  2:51:42
2  Wioletta URYGA                 POL  2:54:24
3  Rispa Lagat CHELEGAT           KEN  2:55:04
4  Prasarthinpimai ARPASSARA      THA  3:02:56
5  Stephanie Jill HODGE           CAN  3:04:36
6  Kiamngu Lue-arm AMNUAY         THA  3:09:04
7  Senapan KETMANEE               THA  3:10:45
8  Kusuwan KAN                    THA  3:17:13
9  Kankaew MONTEAN                THA  3:23:53
10 Angie STEVENS                  AUS  3:25:55

18 NOVEMBER 2007: PALERMO INTERNATIONAL MARATHON, ITALY

Breaking the Kenyan stranglehold of previous years — 9 victories in 12 editions — a 33-year old Moroccan, resident for the last for years in Monza, won the 13th edition. Abdelhadi El Hachimi attacked decisively in the 23rd kilometre to beat off the challenge of Kenyan Ben Kipruto, who had a 2:12 timing to his credit. Kipruto slowed considerably and showed advanced symptoms of hypothermia at the finish. The weather had been untypically cold all week and there were three cases of hypothermia among the total of 1000+ runners (207 Marathon finishers, 767 in the Half Marathon).

MEN:
1  Abdelhadi EL HACHIMI           MAR  2:15:26
2  Ben KIPRUTO                    KEN  2:37:04
3  Massimo VITO                   ITA  2:37:12
4  Angelo CAMBARERI               ITA  2:42:29
5  Antonio DEFRANCESCO            ITA  2:44:25
6  Andrea GORNATI                 ITA  2:47:57
7  Werner PESCOTTA                ITA  2:53:52
8  Guiseppe GIARDIRO              ITA  2:54:08
9  Giancarlo FEA                  ITA  2:55:09
10 Giovanni NERI                  ITA  2:55:23

WOMEN:
1  Alessandra CORVAIA             ITA  3:04:21
2  Giusi CHIOLO                   ITA  3:12:28
3  Elisa VARANO                   ITA  3:15:24
4  Maria VILONE                   ITA  3:22:51
5  Nancy KLEINROCK                USA  3:25:52
6  Christine D'HAENE              BEL  3:27:31
7  Liliana SCIBETTA               ITA  3:31:00
8  Rosa SCHEMBRI                  ITA  3:37:13
9  Luisa BALSAMO                  ITA  3:43:09
10 Brigitte PORTEIX               FRA  3:46:29

HALF MARATHON:
MEN:
1  Francesco DUCA                 ITA  1:07:46
2  Roberto BELLANCA               ITA  1:12:28
3  Abdelkebir MARCHANNE                1:14:12

WOMEN:
1  Francesca PALAZZOLO            ITA  1:20:42
2  Elizabeth STOWRESKI            GBR  1:26:01
3  Carla GRIMAUDO                 ITA  1:26:52

18 NOVEMBER 2007: GUARDA TRENTINO HALF MARATHON, ITALY

MEN:
1  Eric K CHIRCHIR                  1:04:45
2  Isack KIPROTICH TANUI            1:04:45
3  Rached AMOR                      1:04:56
4  Henrik SKOOG                     1:05:34
5  Rachid JARMOUNI                  1:06:08
6  Giuliano BATTOCLETTI             1:06:53
7  Igor RIZZI                       1:07:29
8  Gerd FRICK                       1:07:48
9  Matteo PIGONI                    1:07:58
10 Gianluca PASETTO                 1:08:11
 
WOMEN:
1  Stefania BENEDETTI               1:14:22
2  Laura GIORDANO                   1:15:13
3  Julia RUBAN                      1:16:22
4  Marcella MANCINI                 1:16:33
5  Giavanna RICOTTA                 1:18:20
6  Sonia Maria CONCEICAO LOPES      1:18:28
7  Rita BARTOLI                     1:21:08
8  Hanna JONSSON                    1:21:47
9  Stefania DISCONZI                1:22:27
10 Lorenza BEATRICI                 1:22:35

18 NOVEMBER 2007: MARABANA, CUBA

The event had 4122 runners from 73 countries, with 522 in the marathon and 3600 in the Half. There was also a 10km event for paralympic competitors. One day before, in the 'Maracuba' festival, a total of 5198 races took place simultaneously throughout the country with up to two million people participating and 30,000 volunteers lending their support. Next years' races take place on 15-16 November.

MEN:
1  Henry JAEN ORTIZ               CUB  2:27:03 
2  Yausbel ARBOLAEZ HERNANDEZ     CUB  2:27:39
3  Yunier FOUWAN SANTIESTEBAN     CUB  2:32:38
4  Yoel RICARDO HIDALGO           CUB  2:34:39
5  Jose Luis BARZAGA ALCOLEA      CUB  2:36:16
6  Jorge Luis MORA ALBEAR         CUB  2:39:25
7  Elisaldo LEON ALVAREZ          CUB  2:39:39
8  Arnoldo CAMPOS RODRIGUEZ       CUB  2:42:06
9  Wilmer FONSECA ESTRADA         CUB  2:45:07
10 Marcelo COBAS REYES            CUB  2:45:09

WOMEN: 
1  Mariela GONZALEZ TORRES        CUB  2:51:18 
2  Yailen GARCIA DOMEC            CUB  2:51:19
3  Aracelis LAMOT LUIS            CUB  3:13:29
4  Yadira GONZALEZ HAITI          CUB  3:23:22
5  Asle STAURLAND                 NOR  3:43:06
6  Grit SEIDEL                    GER  3:59:59
7  Kirsten STAACK ROSENTAL        DEN  4:07:09
8  Debra AGONG                    TRI  4:16:01
9  Martina GAHNLLE                GER  4:24:48
10 Adriana MARTINEZ RIVERO        CUB  4:32:54

HALF MARATHON
MEN:
1  Aguelmis ROJAS DE ARMAS        CUB  1:04:35
2  Livan LUQUE REYES              CUB  1:05:53
3  Mauris B CASTILLO YERA         CUB  1:06:35
 
WOMEN: 
1  Dailin BELMONTE TORRES         CUB  1:17:28
2  Yudileivis CASTILLO TUMBAREL   CUB  1:19:15
3  Yarisleydis FUENTES CADET      CUB  1:19:55

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22 NOVEMBER 2007: ATLANTA MARATHON AND HALF, USA

MEN:
1  Scott P LOWE                   USA  2:39:43
2  Jeff ABBOTT                    USA  2:40:17
3  Mark COUGHLIN                  USA  2:45:48
4  Enrique SANCHEZ                USA  2:50:34
5  Archie BARRIBEAU               USA  2:51:04
6  Mike VALENTINE                 USA  2:53:31
7  Ramses AYALA                   USA  2:54:08
8  Antonio HOLGUIN                USA  2:55:52
9  Zeferino MODESTO               USA  2:56:55
10 Adam PINKSTON                  USA  2:58:56

WOMEN:
1  Kate HARTLEY                   USA  3:03:37
2  Sandra TORRES ALVAREZ          ARG  3:24:12
3  Carmen ZIMERI                  USA  3:27:04
4  Lynn A MOONEY                  USA  3:31:12
5  Araceli SCHNEIDER              USA  3:33:38
6  Shuana SWEET                   USA  3:41:32
7  Sally J BROOKING               USA  3:42:25
8  Ashley CROSS                   USA  3:43:59
9  Holly BRUCKEN                  USA  3:44:10
10 Susan E LANCE                  USA  3:44:27

HALF MARATHON
MEN:
1  Joshua MCADAMS                 USA  1:07:08
2  Tamrat AYALEW                  ETH  1:07:29
3  Ronald KURUI                   KEN  1:08:10

WOMEN:
1  Jill HORST                     USA  1:20:06
2  Donna GARCIA                   USA  1:23:39
3  Nicole DEGNER                  USA  1:26:19

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23-25 NOVEMBER 2007: 17th MALTA INT'L CHALLENGE MARATHON

Of the 140 runners who started the three-day event, 120 of them entered Valetta's Freedom Square at the end of the final 25km stage.

MEN:                         TOTAL    11.2km  6km    25km
1  Brian MAGRI          MLT  2:29:19  38:00  19:45  1:31:34
2  Charles CILIA        MLT  2:29:40  38:13  19:44  1:31:43
3  Johan GALEA          MLT  2:35:15  40:38  21:10  1:33:27
4  Stephen BORG         MLT  2:36:38  40:01  20:54  1:35:43
5  Andrew GRECH         MLT  2:38:54  40:56  21:19  1:36:39
6  Adrian MIFSUD        MLT  2:39:35  41:11  21:23  1:37:01
7  Melvin MIFSUD        MLT  2:41:51  41:10  21:23  1:39:18
8  Jimmy SACCO          MLT  2:42:05  41:19  21:37  1:39:09
9  George VELLA         MLT  2:44:09  41:33  21:54  1:40:42
10 Pawlu CAMILLERI      MLT  2:53:20  44:14  23:19  1:45:47

WOMEN:
1  Carol WALSH          MLT  2:48:12  42:59  22:50  1:44:23
2  Carmen HILI          MLT  3:01:00  46:04  24:28  1:50:28
3  Doreen VELLA         MLT  3:03:18  46:50  24:46  1:51:42
4  Laura CHAMPION       GBR  3:21:19  52:43  27:37  2:01:08
5  Jeenke DE GROOT      NED  3:24:03  53:03  27:05  2:03:55
6  Pauline VELLA        MLT  3:25:51  53:34  28:06  2:04:11
7  Francesca ARRIGO     MLT  3:31:48  53:36  28:04  2:10:08
8  Ramona ENGERER       MLT  3:32:05  54:13  28:14  2:09:36
9  Kathleen VELLA       MLT  3:39:21  56:17  29:07  2:13:57
10 Antonetta BOUWMAN    NED  3:44:28  57:11  30:27  2:16:50

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25 NOVEMBER 2007: TOYOTA GREAT ETHIOPIAN RUN, ADDIS ABABA

Tsegaye Kebede, winner of the 23rd Abebe Bikila Marathon in June, took a deserved win. Just 20, Kebede set a marathon best of 2:08.15 only six weeks earlier, in the Amsterdam Marathon.

The scorching initial pace claimed pre-race favourite Eshetu Wondimu (who dropped out at 4km). The race then turned into a two-way battle between Kebede and Ayele Abshiro, who escaped as early as the half way point. Abshiro unsuccessfully tried to get away 7.5km and when Kebede responded with his own thrust a klometre later Abshiro had little left. It was a cruel endgame for Abshiro who was powerless to respond as others came past to beat him to the podium positions. "I ran last year but I did not finish in the top twenty. It is a surprise for me to win." said Kebede after the race.

Wude Ayalew dictated the pace for much of the women's race before powering forward just after 9km to take a commanding victory.

In a characteristicly frantic start there was much jostling for strategic positions among the initial pack of 30 runners. The first clear move came from 20-year old Ayalew at 4km, and reduced the pack to 20. The second came from pre-race favourite Derebe Alemu who whittled the pack down to 12. Ayalew's penultimate launch at 7km reduced the race into a three-way battle and dropped the likes of Alemu and former two-time winner Genet Getaneh. Ayalew finally saw off Mergia's challenge with another impressive spurt of energy that clinched her victory.

MEN:
1  Tsegaye KEBEDE                 ETH  29:07 
2  Tola BANE                      ETH  29:14
3  Feysa LELISA                   ETH  29:21
4  Ayele ABSHIRO                  ETH  29:22
5  Dereje TADESSE                 ETH  29:25
6  Dereje DEBELE                  ETH  29:30
7  Zenbaba YEGEZU                 ETH  29:32
8  Dino SEFER                     ETH  29:37 
9  Tilahun REGASSA                ETH  29:37
10 Tesfaye GIRMA                  ETH  29:48 

WOMEN:
1  Wude AYALEW                    ETH  33:51 
2  Asselefech MERGIA              ETH  34:11 
3  Koreni JELILA                  ETH  34:15
4  Genet GETANEH                  ETH  34:25
5  Derebe ALEMU                   ETH  34:25
6  Derebe AYELE                   ETH  34:37 
7  Frehiwot GOSHU                 ETH  34:42 
8  Tsega GELAW                    ETH  34:43
9  Atsede HABTAMU                 ETH  34:44
10 Asselefech ASSEFA              ETH  34:59

25 NOVEMBER 2007: XXX MARATHON OF SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN

MEN:
1  Abdelhadi EL MOUAZIZ           MAR  2:12:45
2  Youssef EL KALAI               MAR  2:18:32
3  Rachid NADIJ                   MAR  2:18:32
4  Jose BLANCO MINAYA             ESP  2:25:47
5  David Martin BLAZQUEZ          ESP  2:27:00
6  Asier LARRANAGA URIGOITIA      ESP  2:27:05
7  Javier JERNO ROY               ESP  2:27:46
8  Sergio SUPERVIA PIOCINO        ESP  2:28:36
9  Iker MAYORA ELIZONDO           ESP  2:28:42
10 Ion ARZUBIALDE ELIZEGE         ESP  2:28:57

WOMEN:
1  Kristijna LOONEN               NED  2:47:12
2  Ma Luna MIGUEL-MUNOZ           ESP  2:53:00
3  Amaia ARANA ALDANONDO          ESP  2:55:05
4  Naroa ARRIETA BELTRAN          ESP  3:08:49
5  Carmen SALA FERRER             ESP  3:10:27
6  Melina SAGRERA GAZELEY         ESP  3:17:30
7  Ma Caridad MARTINEZ VILODRE    ESP  3:17:48
8  Isabel RUIZ MARTINEZ           ESP  3:19:04
9  Ana Isabel AGULLO QUILES       ESP  3:19:51
10 Edurne AZPIROZ ATXUKARRO       ESP  3:21:37

25 NOVEMBER 2007: TORAY CUP SHANGHAI MARATHON, CHINA

Both course records were broken in this 12th edition of the race writes Brendan Reilly.

On the men's side, the trio of Rachid Kisri of Morocco and Kenyans Sammy Kipkoech Tum and Joseph Riri gradually pulled away with two pacemakers to go through halfway in 65:04. Kisri went ahead shortly after 25km, getting clear of both pacemakers and his two rivals. Running solo against light but increasing headwinds, Kisri led by 250m at 36km, but weakened over the next uphill kilometre. Kipkoech and Riri, working together, finally caught Kisri at 41km. Kipkoech then put in a great kick to break the 2:13:22 course record of China's Han Gang (2005). Riri held off Kisri in the final 400m, with the pair finishing just outside the old course record.

Lidia Simon's resurgence continued. With fifth place at the Osaka World Championships, Simon is showing signs of her old self. Her major challenger in Shanghai was expected to be Japan-based Kenyan Ruth Wanjiru Kuria, who had requested a pace of 73:00 for the first half in her marathon debut. The Shanghai course put this beyond reach, as the pair came through halfway in 74:09, accompanied by a pair of pacemakers and a handful of male marathoners. As had Kisri, Simon began to pull away after the course turned north into head winds after 25km, opening an ever-widening gap on the rest of the women's field. Continuing her solo effort through the finish, Simon became the first sub-2:30:00 woman in Shanghai's history, breaking Yanan Wei's 2004 course record by 69 seconds. Japan's Kiyoko Shimahara, just resuming her own training after 6th place in Osaka, was some six minutes back in second place. Wanjiru took two falls in the second half of the race, hit once by a bicyclist and once by a pothole.

MEN:
1  Sammy Kipkoech TUM             KEN  2:13:01
2  Joseph RIRI                    KEN  2:13:23
3  Rachid KISRI                   MAR  2:13:28
4  Feng XIE                       CHN  2:15:02
5  Koichiro NAGATA                JPN  2:16:22
6  David MAINA                    KEN  2:18:18

WOMEN:
1  Lidia SIMON                    ROM  2:29:28
2  Kiyoko SHIMAHARA               JPN  2:35:41
3  Wenrong ZHENG                  CHN  2:38:10
4  Ruth Wanjiru KURIA             KEN  2:43:16
5  Yinli TANG                     CHN  2:46:46
6  Jing ZHU                       CHN  2:48:53

25 NOVEMBER 2007: MEDIA MARATON MITAD DEL MUNDO, ECUADOR

MEN:
1  Franklin TENORIO               ECU  1:04:59
2  Vladimir BURBANO GUERRA        ECU  1:05:09
3  Efren PIEDRA VINUEZA           ECU  1:05:38
 
WOMEN:
1  Judith LANDI                   ECU  1:16:41
2  Silvia PAREDES                 ECU  1:23:37
3  Beatriz CHAMORRO               ECU  1:24:51

25 NOVEMBER 2007: 13th SAMSUNG CORPORE SAO PAULO CLASSIC 10km, BRAZIL

For each of the 13 years since it was founded this race has improved in all aspects, and now draws 12,000 participants.

In the women's elite race, set off 15 minutes before the mass race, Maria Zeferina Baldaia ran side by side with Nancy Jepkosgei Kipron up to 6km, at which point the Kenyan started to draw ahead, to win by 36 seconds.

Among the men the competition lasted for the entire duration of the race. At 5km the Kenyans Titus Kosgli Kibii, Kiprono Mutai Chemwolo and Kosgei Kenneth Kiplino went ahead and alternated the lead. In the final metres Kibii had the speed to win. Luis Paulo da Silva Antunes made a late surge to overtake Kosgei for third place.

MEN:
1  Titus Kosgei KIBII            KEN  29:37
2  Kiprono Mutai CHEMWOLO        KEN  29:44
3  Luis Paolo DA SILVA ANTUNES   BRA  30:04
4  Kosgei Kenneth KIPRONO        KEN  30:09
5  Jose Telles DE SOUZA          BRA  30:12
6  Mutai KIPKEMI                 KEN  30:26
7  Domingos Nonata DA SILVA      BRA  30:35
8  Reginaldo Junior DA SILVA     BRA  30:40
9  Marildo Jose BARDUCO          BRA  30:49
10 Alex JANUARIO                 BRA  30:56

WOMEN:
1  Nancy Jepkosgei KIPRONO       KEN  34:04
2  Maria Zeferina BALDAIA        BRA  34:40
3  Chemtai RIONOTUKI             KEN  34:57
4  Eunice JEPKIRUI KIWA          KEN  35:38
5  Ma Lucia ALVES MORAES         BRA  36:06
6  Isabel Cristina FELICIANO     BRA  36:22
7  Selma Candida DOS REIS        BRA  36:29
8  Simone Alves DA SILVA         BRA  36:34
9  Nadir Sabino SIQUEIRA         BRA  37:50
10 Rosangela Figeiredo SILVA     BRA  38:58

25 NOVEMBER 2007: 14th CYPRUS APHRODITE HALF MARATHON

MEN:
1  Zsolt BENEDEK                  HUN  1:06:52
2  Lambros ZARAGAS                GRE  1:08:37
3  Bela HORVATH                   HUN  1:08:51
4  Dimos MANGINAS                 GRE  1:10:03
5  Theodoros ZACHOS               GRE  1:10:10
6  Dimitris THEODORAKIS           GRE  1:11:41
7  Theofanis SKOUFIAS             GRE  1:13:15
8  Michalis GELASAKIS             GRE  1:13:24
9  George LOUKAIDES               CYP  1:15:40
10 Michael KENNAN                 CYP  1:16:03

WOMEN:
1  Magda GAZEA                    GRE  1:17:12
2  Kathryn BAILEY                 GBR  1:18:39
3  Barbara MOLNAR                 HUN  1:22:01
4  Emilia HRISTOVA                BUL  1:36:54
5  Judy BROWN                     GBR  1:37:33
6  Belle COLLINS                  GBR  1:43:06
7  Christine HIGGINS              GBR  1:43:33
8  Deborah SHAW                   GBR  1:44:27
9  Heidi SALZBERGER               GER  1:44:39
10 Manuela HEYM                   GER  1:46:33

25 NOVEMBER 2007: LAKE KAWAGUCHI MARATHON, JAPAN

MEN:
1  Kazunobu FUSE                  JPN  2:24:19
2  Katsumi ASADA                  JPN  2:26:22
3  Kazunari SUZUKI                JPN  2:26:25
4  Hiroyuki SAITO                 JPN  2:29:05
5  Andrew WALTERS                 AUS  2:29:54
6  Masahiko HIRAO                 JPN  2:30:49

WOMEN:
1  Naoko TSUCHIYA                 JPN  2:38:18
2  Mai TAGAMI                     JPN  2:53:37
3  Chiemi TAKAHASHI               JPN  2:56:11

25 NOVEMBER 2007: 24th FIRENZE MARATHON, ITALY

The race start at Piazzale Michelangelo, across the River Arno from the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio offers a stunning view of the city. The course is mainly flat but it twists and turns all over Florence. Participants ran along the south bank of the river, coming back around the Palazzo Pitti, and past the Ponte Vecchio, crossing the river a little futher and making another out/back eastward along the north bank. Halfway came at the athletic stadium and after a downbeat section crossing the railway a couple of times the route heads in to the most spectacular parts of the city past the stunning Duomo, Campanile and Baptistery, through the Piazza della Republica, and out for a third out and back along the river, this time heading west along the north side from the 30km point. The best was saved for last, along the river to the Ponte Vecchio, sharp left and round to the Palazzo Vecchio, Loggia Dei Lanzi and the Uffizi Gallery, and back up to the Duomo at 40km. Then back to the river, and round to finish in the spectacular Piazza Santa Croce.

MEN:
1  Paul Kipkemboi NGENY           KEN  2:12:50
2  Alberico DI CECCO              ITA  2:13:52
3  Daniele CAIMMI                 ITA  2:14:47
4  Denis CURZI                    ITA  2:15:11
5  Kemei Kennedy KIMELI           KEN  2:17:17
6  Said BOUDALIA                  MAR  2:17:53
7  Samson KOSGEI                  KEN  2:21:13
8  Matteo PIGONI                  ITA  2:22:33
9  Domenico D'AMBROSIO            ITA  2:25:53
10 Mario PRANDI                   ITA  2:26:15

WOMEN:
1  Vincenza SICARI                ITA  2:33:14
2  Hirut Lagesse ABERA            ETH  2:42:39
3  Aurora PEREZ                   ESP  2:52:02
4  Loretta GIARDA                 ITA  2:53:22
5  Patrizia CINI                  ITA  2:53:49
6  Sabina MARCHILI                ITA  2:54:05
7  Laura BUZZI                    ITA  2:59:40
8  Angela STEFANI                 ITA  3:00:34
9  Karoline DOHR                  AUT  3:02:55
10 Sonja VON OPEL                 GER  3:03:28

25 NOVEMBER 2007: MARATHON OF LA ROCHELLE — SERGE VIGOT, FRANCE

With 8600 registered, the participation record was again surpassed. Hopes were also high, with a strong male elite field, that the 2003 course record of 2:11:34 would fall. But the rain fell first, just before the start, and played on the morale of the field.

Kenyan pacemakers Kyui and Kurgat led the troops. France's James Theuri, a favourite, followed closely with another Frenchman, Loc Letellier, in tow. The rain had already slowed the pace and any hope of beating the record was lost. Passing halfway in 1:06:40 James Theuri started vomiting at 27km and could not dethrone the event record holder, Elijah Yator.

The pace was now headed for a 2:13 finish with Loc Letellier, Johnstone Chebii, and debut marathon runner Akello Rutto still contesting. The trio flew away towards the finish with the 39-year old Chebii getting there first.

In the women's race Carmen Oliveras, Leopoldina Silveira and Flora Kandie formed the lead group before Kandie moved ahead at the halfway point for her second victory of the year, after winning Helsinki in August.

MEN:
1  Johnstone CHEBII               KEN  2:14:17
2  Loic LETELLIER                 FRA  2:14:37
3  Akello RUTTO                   KEN  2:14:49
4  James THEURY                   FRA  2:17:19
5  Wilson P KORKOR                KEN  2:20:34
6  John KYUI                      KEN  2:21:09
7  Nixon KIPKOECH                 KEN  2:21:16
8  Vincent PEIGNE                 FRA  2:23:44
9  Peter MUSYOKI                  KEN  2:24:23
10 Victor ROGOVOY                 RUS  2:24:47

WOMEN:
1  Flora KANDIE                   KEN  2:37:12
2  Carmen OLIVERAS                ESP  2:37:32
3  Leopoldina SILVEIRA                 2:39:30
4  Corine HERBRETEAU-CANTE        FRA  2:44:09
5  Dorota USTIANOWSKA             POL  2:44:55
6  Tatiana MIRONOVA               RUS  2:45:01
7  Genet DELBOY                   ETH  2:48:15
8  Elena KOZHEVNIKOVA             RUS  2:50:43
9  Murielle BRIONNE               FRA  2:50:46
10 Karine BELLEGO                 FRA  2:54:15

25 NOVEMBER 2007: UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON MEDICAL CENTER SEATTLE MARATHON, USA

MEN:
1  Andy MARTIN                    USA  2:27:12
2  Brett WINEGAR                  USA  2:29:12
3  Jesse WILLIAMS                 USA  2:33:10
4  Jesse STEVICK                  USA  2:34:48
5  Jimmy GRANT                    USA  2:39:33
6  Jacob BRADOSKY                 USA  2:40:02
7  James PAREJKO                  USA  2:41:46  
8  Patrick SCHRYBURT              CAN  2:45:47
9  Gennadi TERTYCHNYI             USA  2:46:01
10 David DERKACS                  USA  2:46:09

WOMEN:
1  Trisha STEIDL                  USA  2:59:21
2  Annie THEISSEN                 USA  3:01:22
3  Sarah Louise CUMBER            GBR  3:04:31
4  Annett KAMENTZ                 CAN  3:07:10
5  Marisa RUHTER                  USA  3:09:57
6  Nell STEPHENSON                USA  3:12:34
7  Tara RETHWILL                  USA  3:15:57
8  Brooke VOGEL                   USA  3:18:17
9  Rhea GEORGE                    USA  3:18:46
10 Rachel SHARP                   CAN  3:18:50

HALF MARATHON
MEN:
1  Kota REICHERT                  USA  1:09:10
2  Ben BROWN                      USA  1:11:26
3  Leif KOHLER                    USA  1:11:27

WOMEN:
1  Caryn HEFFERNAN                USA  1:21:54
2  Mary MORIARTY                  USA  1:23:20
3  Kelly STRONG                   USA  1:23:55

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