International participants came out on top in this year's edition with Belgium's Rik Ceulemans and Jeanette Seckinger USA winning the marathon, while the Half Marathon event belonged to the Jamaicans. Defending champions Andrew Gutzmore and Euleen Josiah Tanner placed third and second respectively.
MEN: 1 Rik CEULEMANS BEL 2:31:43 2 Rupert GREEN JAM 2:37:22 3 Andew GUTZMORE JAM 2:41:32 4 Christopher STEWART USA 2:47:04 5 Enos BENBOW JR USA 2:47:37 6 Lamar EDWARDS JAM 2:55:32 7 Colin GRAHAM JAM 2:57:07 8 Jermain MERCHANT JAM 3:00:22 9 David JOHNSON 3:02:00 10 Brian PHILLIPS JAM 3:07:02 WOMEN: 1 Jeanette SECKINGER USA 3:00:57 2 Euleen JOSIAH-TANNE USA 3:08:37 3 Terri REJIMBAL USA 3:24:21 4 Cara MEARS USA 3:36:58 5 Karlene BLAGROVE JAM 3:38:40 6 Alice FOLEY-KEATS USA 3:40:33 7 Tamara ROGERS USA 3:42:15 8 Marian ZOBLER USA 3:43:41 9 Linda LEAO USA 4:00:20 10 Debra THOMAS 4:01:20 HALF MARATHON MEN: 1 Kemoy CAMPBELL JAM 1:10:26 2 Kirk BROWN JAM 1:10:54 3 Gregory MCKENZIE JAM 1:11:33 WOMEN: 1 Tanice BARNETT JAM 1:28:48 2 Natoya GOULE JAM 1:28:52 3 Amoya BAILEY JAM 1:31:13
Samuel Wanjiru, the World Half Marathon record holder, won in a new course record writes Ken Nakamura. Deriba Merga of Ethiopia also finished under the previous course record with a personal best time by nearly seven minutes. Atsushi Sato, the Japanese half marathon record holder improved his best by 1:23 and staked his claim for the Olympic team. Former national record holder Atsushi Fujita finished disappointing eighth, while the current national record holder Toshinari Takaoka was tenth.
Pacemakers Isaac Macharia and Fabiano Joseph kept a steady 3 minutes per kilometre pace as contenders gradually fell behind. After passing halfway in 1:03:30 national record holder Toshinari Takaoka started to fall behind. The pace increased and by 25km, 10 runners, including pacemakers, remained. Soon it was down to Wanjiru, Sato and Merga as Fujita, Shigeru Aburaya and Kensuke Takahashi were dropped soon after 30km. Wanjiru increased the pace after 34km and Sato fell back, soon enough to avoid a dramatic slowdown. Wanjiru led Merga through a 2:52 35th kilometre. The 39th kilometre was a slow 3:11 but Wanjiru kicked at around 40.5km and the race was over.
Wanjiru plans to improve to 2:05 in a spring marathon to make the Olympic marathon team for Kenya. His second marathon will be awaited with much anticipation.
Sato is likely to be selected for the Japanese Olympic team. He married 2004 Olympic 800m competitor Miho Sugimori recently and they have a chance to make it to Beijing together.
MEN: 1 Samuel WANJIRU KEN 2:06:39 2 Deriba MERGA ETH 2:06:50 3 Atsushi SATO JPN 2:07:13 4 Yukou MATSUMIYA JPN 2:09:40 5 Shigeru ABURAYA JPN 2:10:30 6 Kensuke TAKAHASHI JPN 2:11:52 7 Daniel YEGO KEN 2:11:57 8 Atsushi FUJITA JPN 2:12:29 9 Naoki MISHIRO JPN 2:12:56 10 Toshinari TAKAOKA JPN 2:13:40
A record 5726 runners assembled in the Piazza Castello in cool conditions writes Diego Sampaolo. Recent bronze medal winners in the World Road Running Championships in Udine, Kenya's Evans Cheruiyot and Pamela Chepchumba confirmed their form in winning their races, with Chepchumba smashing her previous best of 2:29:48 set in the 2006 Paris Marathon.
A seven-man group including three pacemakers passed 15km in 45:46, 45 seconds ahead of the chasing group. Two pacers dropped out at halfway, reached in 1:04:24, after which the pace slowed slightly as runners watched each other. At 30km it was down to four men: John Birgen, Norman Dlomo, Charles Kamathi and Cheruiyot. Dlomo tried to break away at 34km. Kamathi was dropped but Cheruiyot and Birgen responded quickly and the three passed 35km in 1:47:30. Cheruiyot and Birgen then went clear. Cheruiyot's speed (he ran 59:05 in Udine) proved decisive at 39km when he pulled away from Birgen to finish in the Arco della Pace with a five-second advantage.
Margaret Okayo, the Milan record holder with 2:24:59 from 2002, hit the front early on and ran with Chepchumba, passing 10km in 33:45. Coming back from injury, she completed her test run at halfway, passed in 1:11:50. In the second half Chepchumba continued running strongly at course record pace but showed signs of fatigue at the end, and the record slipped from her grasp. This was the fourth Marathon of her career. Bahrain's Nadia Ejjaffini led Marcella Mancini by 50 seconds at 30km, but the Italian overhauled her at 40km to take second.
MEN: 1 Evans K CHERUIYOT KEN 2:09:15 2 John BIRGEN KEN 2:09:20 3 Norman MBLOMO RSA 2:10:39 4 Charles KAMATHI KEN 2:11:25 5 Ottavio ANDRIANI ITA 2:11:42 6 Josť TELEZ BRA 2:12:24 7 Vanderlei DE LIMA BRA 2:12:54 8 Mostafa ERRABAH ITA 2:14:16 9 Abdelhadi El HACHIMI MOR 2:14:35 10 Anselmo DE SOUZE BRA 2:14:44 WOMEN: 1 Pamela CHEPCHUMBA KEN 2:25:36 2 Marcella MANCINI ITA 2:34:58 3 Petra TEVELI HUN 2:35:21
Photo: Fulfords PR
Pacemaker Elijah Mbogo of Kenya ended up going the full distance and winning his debut marathon writes Pat Butcher. Two-time winner Amos Matui failed by just two seconds to catch his 19-year old compatriot. Veteran David Cheruiyot, who won Istanbul just five weeks ago, made it a Kenyan clean sweep and also finished under the old record.
In contrast to his previous marathon start, when he duly dropped out as planned at 30km, Mbogo said he every intention of finishing in Singapore if he felt good at that point.
The earlier start, 5:30am in the city-state meant that the athletes got the most temperate conditions they are ever likely to encounter in Singapore — 25°C with 40% humidity at the start — and the men's group of a dozen duly attacked Matui's 2:15:01 record. They were still together at halfway in 66:55, but when the sun came up after an hour and half and temperatures climbed towards 30°C, the field began to break up. They were on their way back into town at that point, after the long garden stretches beside the beach in the East Coast Park.
When the lead car slowed to negotiate a bend Mbogo shot off into a 100m lead, which he built up to double that with 2km to go. Even then, as Matui said later, he still thought he could win. He set out with the same will as in the last two years, but he just ran out of road.
"I knew he had a good kick, so I tried to build up as big a lead as possible," said an exultant Mbogo. I was pacing until 30k, but I saw that the group was not so strong, so I decided to attempt it. Personal bests at 10km (28:24) and the half-marathon (61:40) in Europe two months ago and nine weeks' altitude training near Mount Kenya provided the background for his victory. "I don't want to rush into another marathon yet. I want to get better times for 10km and 59 minutes for the 'half'," he said.
The women were always going to be chasing a dream time, Salina Kosgei's 2:31:55 from last year. Veteran Edith Masai of Kenya could not stay with the young Ethiopian, Alem Ashebier, when she surged away at 35km. Ashebier won with a personal best by two minutes, despite the conditions.
MEN: 1 Elijah MBOGO KEN 2:14:23 2 Amos MATUI KEN 2:14:25 3 David CHERUIYOT KEN 2:14:43 4 Francis KIPROP KEN 2:16:43 5 Michael KIMANI KEN 2:17:00 6 Henry CHERONO KEN 2:17:17 7 Patrick Tambwe NGOLE 2:17:47 8 Ashebier DEMISSU ETH 2:19:18 9 Sammy KIPRUTO KEN 2:19:36 10 Said REGRAGOUI SWE 2:20:38 WOMEN: 1 Alem Ashebier ETH 2:37:08 2 Edith MASAI KEN 2:38:07 3 Caroline KWAMBAI KEN 2:38:46 4 Emma MUTONI KEN 2:39:42 5 Madina BIKTAGIROVA RUS 2:43:28 6 Kotu MESERET ETH 2:43:52 7 Rose NYANGACHA KEN 2:45:51 8 Liliyan YAZDHAK RUS 2:46:06 9 Asami NICHIZAWA JPN 2:46:09 10 Tola EDA ETH 2:53:14
The 42nd running of the Zappos.com Las Vegas Marathon was held in near perfect weather conditions and featured, for the third year, the Megabucks challenge. In this challenge a time differential is mathematically between the elite women and elite men; this year it was 18 minutes and 3 seconds. The elite women then start ahead of the men by this amount. The first two years resulted in the men overtaking the leading woman; in 2006 this happened in only the final kilometre. This year Sylvia Skvortsova took off at a blistering pace and never looked back. She began expanding the differential in the first 3km and finished in 2:29:01 gaining not only the $25,000 "Challenge" bonus but a spot on the Russian Olympic team for Beijing. Several sub 2:10 runners, including the winner Christopher Cheboiboch, failed in their attempts to catch Skortsova.
Tegla Loroupe ran non-competitively in support of her Peace Foundation yet managed to finish third among the women. More than 16,000 runners were registered for the marathon and half marathon combined and came from all 50 of the United States and 42 foreign countries.
MEN: 1 Christoper CHEBOIBOCH KEN 2:16:49 2 Jynocel BASWETI 2:17:41 3 Philip TANUI KEN 2:20:26 4 Joseph KAHUGU KEN 2:21:13 5 Moses TAYE KEN 2:22:39 6 Sergey FEDOTOV UKR 2:22:53 7 Evgeni BOZHKO UKR 2:23:28 8 Abebe YIMER ETH 2:24:20 9 Joseph MUTINDA 2:25:37 10 Michael BRESSON USA 2:26:26 WOMEN: 1 Sylvia SKVORTSOVA RUS 2:29:01 2 Irene MOGAKA KEN 2:36:15 3 Tegla LORUPE KEN 2:41:37 4 Viktoria ZUEVA RUS 2:42:29 5 Margaret NAKINTU KEN 2:48:11 6 Kathryne KASISCHKE USA 2:54:09 7 Laura SEIMS USA 2:57:00 8 Sherry CHRISTOFF USA 3:03:09 9 Tracey TRASS NZL 3:05:17 10 Eliza C LOPILAILE USA 3:05:53 HALF MARATHON MEN: 1 Peter HESSLER USA 1:18:31 2 Sam BRANCHEAU USA 1:18:57 3 Steve DESBOROUGH USA 1:19:12 WOMEN: 1 Sarah RAITTER USA 1:23:51 2 Lisa V VENEZIANO USA 1:25:52 3 Ramona SANCHEZ USA 1:26:04
Almost 3000 participants registered for the marathon, half and mini marathon and 2356 of them completed the races. The warm and dry weather offered great conditions to the runners gathered cheerfully in Macau Stadium.
Defending female champion Phyo Un Suk, from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, retained the title while the new men's winner also came from North Korea.
MEN: 1 Kum Song RI DPK 2:17:39 2 Joseph Kadon EPETET KEN 2:17:56 3 Reuben CHERUIYOT KEN 2:18:35 4 Mikhail IVERUK UKR 2:18:38 5 Hyon U RI DPK 2:18:55 6 Christopher TOROITICH KEN 2:19:16 7 Phillip BANDAWE ZIM 2:19:46 8 Joel Kiplimo KEMBOI KEN 2:20:16 9 Feng XUE CHN 2:21:18 10 Christopher RONO KEN 2:21:53 WOMEN: 1 Un Suk PHYO DPK 2:38:26 2 Chol Sun KIM DPK 2:40:00 3 Natalya VOLGINA RUS 2:42:42 4 Edyta LEANDOWSKA POL 2:43:27 5 Kristyna LOONEN NED 2:49:01 6 Hong Lan YIU CHN 2:59:33 7 Wai Shan Dara MAN HKG 3:17:08 8 Chun Hing CHAN HKG 3:21:16 9 Lai Heong LEONG MAC 3:22:52 10 Angelina Fung Sin KONG HKG 3:29:54 HALF MARATHON MEN: 1 Kar Lun LEE HKG 1:18:32 2 Jonathan Liu Fun LAU HKG 1:18:46 3 Antonio Pereira COSTA POR 1:19:06 WOMEN: 1 Kit Ching YIU HKG 1:27:46 2 Gillian CASTKA GBR 1:28:22 3 Victoria HILL GBR 1:28:44
Victor Ledger, from the neighbouring Caribbean island of St Lucia, retained his marathon title in the Run Barbados Festival by floating away from his rivals before even reaching the halfway point on the new out-and-back course along the picturesque west coast of Barbados.
Amy Chalk had even less difficulty in distancing the opposition to retain the women's title. The half and full marathon runners started off together at 05:15 from the bandstand on the Esplanade outside the Prime Minister's office, and most of the front runners in the half marathon had also run the 10km race around Bridgetown the previous afternoon. The convincing winners of the 10km, Kenyans Philip Lagat and Janet Cheberon, repeated their wins with Lagat setting a new event record despite it being generally acknowledged that the new course is slightly more difficult than that previously run.
MEN: 1 Victor LEDGER STL 2:26:27 2 Richard JONES TRI 2:33:16 3 Samuel NJUNGA KEN 2:35:03 4 Curtis COX TRI 2:38:24 5 Pamenos BALLANTYNE VIN 2:38:50 6 Andrew GREENIDGE BAR 2:47:42 7 Kenrick WILLIAMS TRI 2:52:34 8 Keith CUMBERBATCH BAR 2:58:20 9 Adalbert BROWNE BAR 2:59:04 10 Mark GREENIDGE BAR 3:03:37 W0MEN: 1 Amy CHALK GBR 3:02:15 2 Kim GOFF USA 3:31:23 3 Elinor CROCK IRL 3:35:40 4 Helen ORIORDAN IRL 3:37:01 5 Irene GAYNOR IRL 3:44:29 6 Wendy SWALLOW TRI 4:08:01 7 Kirsten SCOTT CAN 4:11:23 8 Sandra LOWTHER GBR 4:17:13 9 Laura BRYAN BAR 4:17:52 10 Kim CORDYCE BAR 4:32:22 HALF MARATHON MEN: 1 Philip LAGAT KEN 1:05:24 2 Agustus KAVUTU KEN 1:07:48 3 Zepherinus JOSEPH STL 1:12:29 WOMEN: 1 Janet CHEBERON KEN 1:17:22 2 Tatyana CHALUK RUS 1:17:22 3 Wendy NICHOLLS GBR 1:17:44 1 DECEMBER 2007: 10km MEN: 1 Philip LAGAT KEN 29:46 2 Agustus KAVUTU KEN 31:06 3 Zepherinus JOSEPH STL 31:56 WOMEN: 1 Janet CHEBERON KEN 34:03 2 Tatyana CHALUK RUS 34:59 3 Birhan DAGNE GBR 36:44
MEN: 1 Vasco AZVEDO POR 2:19:55 2 Joao SERRALHEIRO POR 2:20:50 3 Thomas SCHUSTER GER 2:23:54 4 Antonio SOUSA POR 2:25:06 5 Luis COELHO POR 2:28:12 6 Jose JARMELA POR 2:31:28 7 Alvaro RODRIUGUES POR 2:32:46 8 Martim NUNES POR 2:35:48 9 Felix PAULOS POR 2:36:16 10 Gabriel MACCHI ITA 2:37:11 WOMEN: 1 Fatima SILVA POR 2:47:49 2 Lucinda MOREIRAS POR 2:55:33 3 Natalia PINHO POR 3:06:08 4 Anita LEIPINA POR 3:11:52 5 Arianna PASQUARIELLO ITA 3:22:40 6 Lara BRUSCHI ITA 3:23:30 7 Carmen BARGUENO 3:29:03 8 Gloria SERRAZINA 3:29:31 9 Rute SOUSA POR 3:30:20 10 Birgit LINNARZ GER 3:35:11
MEN: 1 Scott BRITTAIN CAY 2:45:23 2 Eduardo TORRES CAY 3:06:23 3 Chris SOLARZ USA 3:11:45 4 Jasper MIKKELSEN CAY 3:22:01 5 Kevin BOE USA 3:29:49 6 Jim LAUBSTED USA 3:30:41 7 Konstantin DRABKIN USA 3:31:43 8 Mark HYDES CAY 3:49:24 9 Gene BACHMAN USA 3:53:56 10 Lawton DELISSER USA 3:58:45 WOMEN: 1 Andrea KOVACH USA 3:37:02 2 Katrina ROWE CAY 3:38:59 3 Debbie SAINT GBR 4:09:47 4 Shelley RYAN USA 4:19:56 5 Kate CUTA USA 4:26:20 6 Erin LYNCH CAY 4:34:21 7 Gigi GILBERT USA 4:38:41 8 Natisha HOFFMAN CAY 4:47:08 9 Pat MCCALLUM CAY 4:47:51 10 Karen VAN RITE USA 4:58:11 HALF MARATHON MEN: 1 Marius ACKER CAY 1:17:54 2 Russ COLEMAN CAY 1:20:52 3 Neal COLEMAN CAY 1:30:12 WOMEN: 1 Maria MAYS CAY 1:28:14 2 Julie STACKHOUSE USA 1:28:29 3 Beth SCHREADER CAY 1:39:19
Franck Caldeira capped his victories in 2003 and 2006 by defending his title in this 17.8km race around the Pampulha Lagoon in Belo Horizonte. He was accompanied by a group of three Kenyans and two Brazilians, but by 10km it was between him, Paulo Roberto Paula and Mutai — but Caldeira cruised to victory brandishing a flag in the home straight to applause from all sides. "It was a hard race, despite the eventual margin of victory" said the Pan-Am Games Marathon Champion afterwards. His victory brought the Brasil vs. Kenya victory score to 5-4.
Winner of the women's race for the last three years, Lucilia Peres, had to yield to the Kenyan Nancy Kipron and Marizete Rezende. Mother-of-two Kipron won last year's Barcelona 10km in 31:52. "I saved my strength for the decisive attack," she commented. Marizete Rezende, in second, complained of breathing problems but the Queen of Pampulha Lucelia Peres simply said "I gave my best, but the competition was tough."
Ten thousand runners participated in temperatures of 28°C.
MEN: 1 Franck Caldeira DE ALMEIDA BRA 53:11 2 Paulo De Almeida PAULA BRA 54:03 3 Kiprono Chemwolo MUTAI KEN 54:10 4 Raimundo Sousa AGUIAR BRA 54:13 5 Paulo DOS SANTOS BRA 54:21 6 Titus Kosgei KIBII KEN 54:35 7 Amos MAINO KEN 54:43 8 Francisco DOS SANTOS BRA 54:47 9 Giomar DA SILVA BRA 54:50 10 Luis Da Silva ANTUNES BRA 55:03 WOMEN: 1 Nancy Kipkosgei KIPRON KEN 1:02:41 2 Marizete De Paula REZENDE BRA 1:02:50 3 Lucelia De Oliveira PERES BRA 1:03:08 4 Ma.Zeferina Baldaia RODRIGUES BRA 1:03:19 5 Edielza Alves DOS SANTOS BRA 1:04:08 6 Marily DOS SANTOS BRA 1:04:20 7 Eunice JEPTOO KEN 1:04:34 8 Pauline CHEPCHUMBA KEN 1:04:37 9 Jacqueline Jerotich CHEBOR KEN 1:04:43 10 Eunice Jepkirui KIRWA KEN 1:05:16
MEN: 1 Ka Ho CHAN 1:12:43 2 Andrew NAYLOR 1:14:23 3 Hok Lan YAI 1:14:51 4 Adrian KING 1:15:41 5 Wai Shing MO 1:19:02 WOMEN: 1 Rachel SPROSTON 1:29:53 2 Rosamund BARKER 1:30:39 3 Ada Yuen Fan LEONG 1:30:43 4 Yin Ping LEE 1:34:13 5 Hei Chi HON 1:34:47 10km MEN: 1 Andrew STEVENSON 32:41 2 Ka Man GI 34:19 3 Chris COOK 35:58 WOMEN: 1 Ying Suet LEUNG 38:25 2 Suet Fei LI 38:49 3 Tania So Ning MAK 39:51
MEN: 1 Bob ONYANCHA KEN 2:19:50 2 Peter OMAE KEN 2:20:34 3 Lazarus NYAKERAKA KEN 2:21:55 3 Stephen CHELAL KEN 2:23:38 4 Ruben CHESANG KEN 2:24:07 5 Leonardo Trejo CAMARGO MEX 2:25:05 6 Samwel Kiprotich CHEPNO KEN 2:26:46 8 Luis Cruz GUTIERREZ MEX 2:27:17 9 Rafael Encarnacion SANCHEZ MEX 2:28:03 10 Ruben Garcia GOMEZ MEX 2:28:29 WOMEN: 1 Lucy NJERI KEN 2:37:05 2 Ma Elena Valencia JIMENEZ MEX 2:41:27 3 Ma Guadalupe Santana MARIN MEX 2:54:35 4 Penelope Lona GUERRERO MEX 2:58:30 5 Misha Ruiz FERNANDEZ MEX 2:58:42 6 Liliana Cruz VALDEZ MEX 3:01:34 7 Damasco Lucilia CASTELAN MEX 3:02:24 8 Patricia Martinez AGUILAR MEX 3:06:55 9 Gisela Olalde GRANADOS MEX 3:07:31 10 Veronica Palacios NODAL MEX 3:11:10 HALF MARATHON MEN: 1 Bernal Juan Carlos ROMERO MEX 1:04:40 2 Carlos Cordero GOMES MEX 1:05:06 3 Abraham Christian EGUIZABAL MEX 1:05:42 WOMEN: 1 Marisol Romero ROSALES MEX 1:20:09 2 Liliana Merlo FERNANDEZ MEX 1:20:23 3 Karina Estrada HERNANDEZ MEX 1:20:36
MEN: 1 Javier BARRANTES CRC 2:43:44 2 Miguel GUERRERO CRC 2:46:24 3 Kenneth GUTIERREZ CRC 2:48:22 4 Charles ENGLE USA 2:54:20 5 Allan BADILLA CRC 2:59:05 6 Evan JIMENEZ CRC 3:00:25 7 Esteban JIMENEZ CRC 3:04:31 8 Mauricio OCAMPO CRC 3:07:29 9 Lesly MORALES CRC 3:08:50 10 Asdrubalk VILCHEZ CRC 3:09:04 WOMEN: 1 Margertia MARIN GUA 3:14:55 2 Christina GONZALES CRC 3:17:03 3 Gerlin RODRIGUEZ CRC 3:34:38 4 Kattia ROJAS CRC 3:44:14 5 Maria De Carmen VILLEGAS CRC 3:59:07 HALF MARATHON MEN: 1 Johnny LORIA 1:10:46 2 Eric QUIROS 1:10:59 WOMEN: 1 Delbin CARTAGENA 1:27:11 2 Zylay CARVAJAL 1:30:36
Altogether more than 2300 runners and walkers from 40 countries participated, including 950 foreigners. Apart from men, women and children there were also competition categories for amputees and wheelchair participants over four distances. Another 117 competed in two biking events.
MEN: 1 Tony SEAKINS GBR 1:18:58 2 Mok BUNTHOEUN CAM 1:22:07 3 Patrick Michel LORENTZ FRA 1:23:33 4 Nicolas FRUCHART FRA 1:23:54 5 Thomas SIEGMUND GER 1:24:04 6 Karsten Uwe LABORN GER 1:24:14 7 Yosuke MIYAZAKE JPN 1:24:40 8 Sat SAMOEUN CAM 1:24:42 9 Lars Mark CHRISYENSEN DEN 1:25:00 10 Andrew Jonathan DOUGLAS AUS 1:25:09 WOMEN: 1 Mika KUME JPN 1:34:26 2 Leng Leng KOH SIN 1:35:20 3 Mami HIROTA JPN 1:35:39 4 Patricia Anne SLOAN IRL 1:37:31 5 Jet Jon SHEPARD SIN 1:38:26 6 Lesley PERLMAN USA 1:39:11 7 Hayley WARDLE GBR 1:39:15 8 Anna ODMAN SWE 1:39:35 9 Tanya Lee PARKER NZL 1:41:59 10 Lise HARROW DEN 1:43:13 10km MEN: 1 Keang SAMOM CAM 33:38 2 Anoy KERVELL GBR 34:00 3 Pav PANYELLA ESP 35:19 WOMEN: 1 Tipawan KAENPINIT THA 47:05 2 Odile BEIGNOT FRA 47:06 3 Heather MCARRAGHER GBR 48:22
MEN: 1 Ambesse TOLOSA ETH 2:17:26 2 Jimmy MUINDI KEN 2:18:53 3 Eric MZIOKI KEN 2:21:32 4 Boniface MBUVI KEN 2:22:59 5 Aleksei ALEKSANDROV RUS 2:24:36 6 Katsutoshi SAIJO JPN 2:29:59 7 Satoru HORI JPN 2:30:13 8 Atsushi ITO JPN 2:31:01 9 Masakazu TAKAHASHI JPN 2:33:15 10 Tetsuro KATAOKA JPN 2:33:17 WOMEN: 1 Alevtina BIKTIMIROVA RUS 2:33:06 2 Akemi-Isige OZAKI JPN 2:34:21 3 Tatiana PETROVA RUS 2:35:55 4 Kaori YOSHIDA JPN 2:43:20 5 Mina OGAWA JPN 2:47:31 6 Lisa MIZUTANI JPN 2:50:53 7 Maiko KAWANO JPN 2:54:30 8 Yukiko MAKIHARA JPN 2:58:10 9 Keiko TANAKA JPN 3:01:15 10 Bree WEE JPN 3:03:21
Photos: Alan Brookes
Monterrey is Mexico's third largest city with five million inhabitants writes Alan Brookes. Located in Northeastern Mexico it is surrounded by mountains — "saddle mountain" is the landmark of the city. Parque Chipinque, an area of trails, pine trees and vistas towers 800m over the city below. Macro Plaza, the marathon starting area, stretches the length of the old city centre. Conditions were perfect as a capacity field of 2000 runners took off at 07:30. In a "battle of the sexes" 20 elite women departed 17:52 ahead of the mass field, just as dawn was breaking onto a glorious morning — clear blue skies, a chilly 7°C and no wind.
Christopher Torotich, one of a group of Kenyans living and training in Mexico, set a new course record and won one of three absorbing "battles". After a quick start, the men settled down to pass 10km in 31:23, and half-way in 1:07:16. At this point, there was still a large group of 16. Around 30km (1:35:30), former course record holder Christopher Kipyego began to push and the group soon dwindled to three Kenyans, Edilberto Mendez and Hugo Romero—both from Tlaxcala. By 34km Romero and Lazarus Nyakeraka had dropped off, shortly followed by Kipyego, as Mendez pushed the pace.
In the women's race, a group of eight reached halfway in 1:18:25, led by Mexican Karina Perez; by 30km (1:50:06) it was just Perez, Kenyan Lucy Muhani, and Angelica Sanchez. Both Perez and Sanchez are from Tlaxcala, setting the stage for the battle of Tlaxcala versus Kenya.
Everything came together dramatically between 38-39km, as first Perez broke clear of Sanchez and Muhani, then Torotich moved away from a valiant Mendez before passing the women to win the battle of the sexes as well.
Toroitich was cheered home by his Mexican wife and child. He is expected to become a Mexican citizen in the near future. Happiest of all, though, were Mendez and Perez, who are also a couple and plan to marry soon. With Mendez's 2nd and Perez's victory, in a new personal best time by almost 2.5 minutes, the happy couple took home a combined 265,000 pesos [approx USD27,500] to Tlaxcala.
Maraton Powerade Monterrey is an exciting new marathon in its second edition this year under Technical Director Ruben Romero and enjoys excellent funding and organizational and marketing support from ARCA, the Coca Cola bottling conglomerate for Mexico who have taken on the event as a gift to the community where they have their headquarters. In two short years it has become one of Mexico's premier distance events, well organized, with the promise of considerable growth.
MEN: 1 Christopher TOROITICH KEN 2:13:33 2 Edilberto Hernandez MENDEZ MEX 2:14:05 3 Christopher CHIPYEGO KEN 2:15:48 4 Hugo ROMERO MENDEZ MEX 2:16:18 5 Cornelius LEL KIRWA KEN 2:16:21 6 Samuel KIPROTICH KEN 2:16:50 7 Joseph KOECH KEN 2:18:30 8 Lazarus NYAKERAKA KEN 2:18:45 9 Gerardo Morales FERNANDEZ MEX 2:21:06 10 Miguel Angel Ibarra LOPEZ MEX 2:21:49 WOMEN: 1 Karina PEREZ MEX 2:33:48 2 Lucy MUHAMI KEN 2:34:00 3 Viola BOR CHEPLETENG KEN 2:36:38 4 Patricia Retiz GUTIERREZ MEX 2:36:40 5 Judith Ramirez HERNANDEZ MEX 2:36:43 6 Angelica Sanchez IBARRA MEX 2:37:01 7 Sara Cedillo SANCHEZ MEX 2:38:23 8 Paula Apolonio JUAREZ MEX 2:39:53 9 Liliana Merlo FERNANDEZ MEX 2:49:31 10 Isabel Orellana SANCHEZ MEX 2:50:03
MEN: 1 Eston NAGYA KEN 2:22:32 2 Philip Makau MUIA KEN 2:25:26 3 Rachid MUTISYA KEN 2:31:25 4 Fantaw HUSSEIN ETH 2:32:04 5 Muna MAHLI IND 2:35:39 6 Kasa Hun GEBREEZHER ETH 2:47:00 7 Narendra SINGH IND 2:47:16 8 RAJA IND 2:48:19 9 RAGAHVAN IND 3:22:57 10 SOMARAJU IND 3:33:05 HALF MARATHON MEN: 1 Surender SINGH IND 1:04:05 2 HABTESELASSIE ETH 1:04:06 3 Santhosh KUMAR IND 1:05:02 WOMEN: 1 Agnes Katune MUTUNE KEN 1:11:03 2 Pauline MUTWA KEN 1:12:01 3 Kavitha RAUT IND 1:14:01
MEN: 1 Hilary BETT KEN 2:17:09 2 Disdery HOMBO TAN 2:17:35 3 Elijah CHEMWOLO KEN 2:18:03 4 Steven CHEPTOT KEN 2:18:38 5 Bethuel NETSHIFHEFHE ETH 2:22:37 6 Eliap KURGAT KEN 2:26:32 WOMEN: 1 Tabitha TSATSA ZIM 2:33:01 2 Anne CHELAGAT KEN 2:38:19 3 Merima DENBOBA ETH 2:49:14
The event was delayed due to adverse weather conditions in Antarctica. Competitors waiting in Punta Arenas since 10 December finally boarded an Ilyushin-76 cargo plane on the morning of 18 December. After a 4.5-hour flight the plane landed safely on the ice at Patriot Hills (80degS).
In favourable weather conditions (-8°C, blue sky and no wind) William Tan set off early in his attempt to become the first person to finish seven marathons on seven continents in a wheelchair. He duly completed in a time of 9:48:52.
The other marathon participants got underway at 07.00 on 20 December, and conditions became extremely difficult only two hours into the race. Although the temperature remained at only -8°C to -10°C throughout, it began to snow and fog descended on the course. Eventually, freezing sleet also confronted the runners. Many found it very difficult just to see the course and 71-year old Henri Girault (FRA) unfortunately had to abandon his goal of running 100km on the seventh continent. The marathon and 100km were run concurrently because of the delayed arrival into the Antarctic, but only two of the ten originally entered for the 100km attempted to run beyond the marathon distance. Marc de Keyser (Belgium) won the marathon in a new record. Christian Schiester (AUT) took the 100km title with Susan Holiday (Great Britain) becoming the first woman ever to complete the distance in Antarctica.
1 Marc DE KEYSER BEL 4:42:32 2 Mark SCANLON IRL 4:49:13 3 Peter BELL IRL 4:52:15 4 Bernardo FONSECA BRA 5:09:44 5 Raj PATEL IND 5:49:10 6 Brent WEIGNER USA 6:17:48 7 James HEDDLE GBR 7:02:22 7 Fredrik NERBRAND SWE 7:02:22 7 Neil STANDRING GBR 7:02:22 10 Mark ANDRESEN USA 7:13:05 10 Adriano SEABRA BRA 7:13:05 100km MEN: 1 Christian SCHIESTER AUT 19:58:14 WOMEN: 1 Susan HOLLIDAY GBR 22:02:15
Photos: Djalma Vassao/Gazeta Press
After two years of Brazilian victories three-time champion Robert Cheruiyot won Kenya's 10th victory since the race became international in 1945, to equal the total of Brazilian wins when Franck Caldeira took the title last year. In the women's event Alice Timbilili took Kenya's sixth victory since the race was first run in 1975. That's one more than Brazil but one less than Portugal, for whom Rosa Mota monopolised the event from 1981-1986.
In top shape, Cheruiyot ignored the fierce heat (at race start over 30°C) and dominated from the fifth kilometre. He ran so strongly that he overtook the elite women's field that had started earlier. Alice Timbilili also went ahead of Maria Baldaia after 5km. Baldaia, who has not raced for the past few months, was later overtaken by Marizete Rezende.
MEN: 1 Robert CHERUIYOT KEN 45:57 2 Patrick IVUTI KEN 46:52 3 Anoe dos Santos DIAS BRA 47:06 4 Jacinto LOPEZ COL 47:23 5 Marildo Josť BARDUCO BRA 47:36 WOMEN: 1 Alice TIMBILILI KEN 53:07 2 Marizete REZENDE BRA 53:36 3 Maria Zeferina BALDAIA BRA 54:43 4 Edielza Alves DOS SANTOS BRA 54:52 5 Marily DOS SANTOS BRA 55:03
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