Deriba Merga ran away with the win and a new 1:02:31 course record writes Dave Keuhls. In the women's race, fellow Ethiopian Shewarge Asmare upset her more heralded countrywoman Dire Tune.
Merga wasted no time in breaking from the pack at 4km. By 10km (28:54) he had a 200m lead. Pre-race favourite Zersenay Tadese dropped out at this point. Another 10km race in Europe six days earlier, and the travel from there brought him down.
A cool, overcast morning was perfect for running. Merga appeared to be cruising as his lead grew to 90 seconds by 15km (43:52). Merga crossed the line three seconds under Fabiano Joseph's 2006 course record. “This race was very good” he said. “The altitude is high [2640m] but I am happy.”
The elite women started before the men and were the featured race for much of the early going. A pack of five settled in early: Amare, Tune, Russia's Tatiana Aryasova, Kenya's Pamela Chepchumba and Morocco's Asmae Leghzaoui. That pack held together until 14km when the two Ethiopians made a move on a bridge, the only hill on the course. They then ran together until 100m to go, when Amare sprinted past Tune.
More than 40,000 runners participated in the combined half marathon and 10km event which finished in Simon Bolivar Park.
MEN: 1 Deriba MERGA ETH 1:02:31 2 Isaac MACHARIA KEN 1:04:39 3 Ahmed BAFAY MAR 1:04:47 4 Hillary KIMAIYO KEN 1:04:54 5 Raul PACHECO COL 1:05:10 6 Constantino LEON COL 1:05:12 8 Tadesse ABRAHIM ETH 1:05:52 9 Gobin CONDOR COL 1:05:59 10 Waldir URETA COL 1:06:14 WOMEN: 1 Shewarge AMARE ETH 1:13:54 2 Dire TUNE ETH 1:14:01 3 Tatiana ARYASOVA RUS 1:14:22 4 Pamela CHEPCHUMBA KEN 1:15:04 5 Jemena MASAYAURI COL 1:15:55 6 Yolanda FERNANDEZ COL 1:16:45 7 Asmae LEGHZAOUI MAR 1:17:01 8 Gladys TEJADA COL 1:17:08 9 Bertha SANCHEZ COL 1:18:20 10 Julia RIVERA COL 1:19:11
MEN: 1 Nansen WEBER CAN 4:21:09 2 Greg WALCHLI USA 4:55:20 3 Kevin BROSI USA 7:02:08 4 Rich HOLMES USA 7:37:56 5 John WELLS USA 8:12:17 WOMEN: 1 Catherine AUCLAIR CAN 4:57:07 2= April BOULTBEE CAN 5:16:14 2= Melanee BOULTBEE CAN 5:16:14 4 Cheri POMPEO USA 7:02:08
The symbol of the world Marathon Movement the Marathon Flame - was delivered to Omsk from Greece for the 21st edition of the race. Representatives of the legendary city of Marathon, the Hellenic Athletics Federation (SEGAS) and the Athens Classic Marathon arrived on the eve of the event, headed by Mayor Spyridon Zagaris and the SEGAS representative Athanasios Vogiatzis. The handover of the Flame, from Mayor Zagaris to official representatives of the Government of the Omsk Territory and the Siberian International Marathon Organisers, took place in the expo centre.
15,000 participants from many different countries gathered at the start in the Cathedral Square to witness the lighting of the Flame. A relay of Omsk sportspeople delivered the Flame, starting with the 2009 winner of the women's race, Evgenia Danilova. Then the symbol of Peace and Victory was been conveyed by Olympic champions, World and Europe champions along the Course of the Siberian International Marathon. Double Olympic champion and honorary citizen of Athens Alexey Tischenko was the final bearer, wildly applauded by spectators.
The runners were inspired by the Marathon Flame and victory was contested between Andrey Bryzgalov and Oleg Marusin. The women's race remained undecided until 40km at which point there were still three together. Local runner Marina Kovaleva clinched victory, only the third time a resident of Omsk has won the event.
MEN: 1 Oleg MARUSIN RUS 2:17:06 2 Andriey BEYZGALOV RUS 2:19:23 3 Airat KASHAYEV RUS 2:23:18 4 Sergey KALEDIN RUS 2:24:18 5 Oleg KNYAGIN RUS 2:25:43 6 Aleksander BIRAVOV RUS 2:33:39 7 Ivan KRASNOPEROV RUS 2:36:49 8 Andrey PETROV UZB 2:37:11 9 Nikolay SHIRIKOV RUS 2:38:13 10 Evgeniy LYKOV RUS 2:38:49 WOMEN: 1 Marina KOVALIOVA RUS 2:39:45 2 Irina PERMITINA RUS 2:39:55 3 Gulnara VYGOVSKAYA RUS 2:40:04 4 Iraida ALEXANDROVA RUS 2:41:10 5 Tatiana VELKINA RUS 2:42:31 6 Ekaterina FATEYEVA RUS 2:44:26 7 Larisa ANDROSOVA RUS 2:48:08 8 Nadezhda POVALYAEVA RUS 2:49:03 9 Venera SARMOSOVA RUS 2:51:23 10 Anastasia ZUEVA RUS 2:52:51 10 km MEN: 1 Aleksiey ALEKSANDROV RUS 30:24 2 Sergey IVANOV RUS 30:28 3 Yevgeny PISHALOV RUS 30:30 WOMEN: 1 Olesa SYRIEVA RUS 34:09 2 Galina IVANOVA RUS 34:26 3 Nina PODNEBESNOVA RUS 36:22
MEN: 1 Bernard MUTAI KEN 2:46:58 2 Jian Xing QIU TPE 2:57:57 3 Shi Chang HUANG TPE 3:03:12 4 Jia Jian ZHANG TPE 3:09:50 5 Shuang Cai WU TPE 3:13:14 WOMEN: 1 Caroline Chemutai KOMEN KEN 3:22:11 2 Xiao Yu LI TPE 3:39:50 3 Yan Ling HUANG TPE 3:48:59 4 Xiu Yu DAI TPE 3:52:37 5 Jia Qian SHEN TPE 3:59:43
In front of the Helsinki Olympic Stadium 30 years ago, on 26 July 1981, 1574 runners awaited the gunshot that started the first Helsinki City Marathon. For this year's 30th anniverary edition the sun was shining and the sky was bright and cloudless (23°C) as over 6400 runners from 56 nations readied themselves at the start for their journey around the city of Helsinki — superbly beautiful in the summer. There were 885 foreign runners — more than ever; and more women took part than ever before (1692). The Helsinki City Marathon is run alongside the sea and through parkland alongside.
Girma Gezahegne Beyene won his first international marathon, while local runner Leena Puotiniemi, with a brave run, relegated Russia's Irina Pancovskay to second place for the second year in a row.
MEN: 1 Girma GEZAHAGNE ETH 2:22:36 2 James KARANJA KEN 2:23:46 3 Simion KIPROP KEN 2:26:06 4 Elias KIMELI KEN 2:30:53 5 Edward KIMOSOP KEN 2:32:44 6 Mikka PENTTINEN FIN 2:35:42 7 David KANYARI KEN 2:37:21 8 Antti NISONEN FIN 2:38:50 9 Anssi RAITTILA FIN 2:45:42 10 Hukka SAKARI FIN 2:46:54 WOMEN: 1 Leena PUOTINIEMI FIN 2:49:11 2 Irina PANKOVSKAYA RUS 2:51:46 3 Maija ORAVMAKI FIN 2:54:00 4 Eviliina MAYRA FIN 3:05:04 5 Marija MALISHEVA RUS 3:06:15 6 Jenny VUONORANTA FIN 3:09:55 7 Kukka-Maaria MUSTONEN FIN 3:14:12 8 Laura SOININEN FIN 3:19:15 9 Essi TAMMINEN FIN 3:26:24 10 Sinio PERKIO FIN 3:26:45
MEN: 1 Björn MARGEIRSSON ISL 2:33:57 2 Anthony FORSYTH GBR 2:44:51 3 David COALES GBR 2:45:26 WOMEN: 1 Rannveig ODDSDOTTIR ISL 2:57:33 2 Barbara DIETERLE GER 3:14:17 3 Sæbjörg S LOGADOTTIR ISL 3:16:29 HALF MARATHON MEN: 1 Oliver STEININGER GER 1:16:11 2 Sveinn MARGEIRSSON ISL 1:16:23 3 Thórólfur Ingi THORSSON ISL 1:19:05 WOMEN: 1 Íris Anna SKULADOTTIR ISL 1:26:55 2 María Kristín GRONDAL ISL 1:27:04 3 Kristjana H GUNNARSDOTTIR ISL 1:28:55 10km MEN: 1 Jósep MAGNUSSON ISL 34:50 2 Sigurður Böðvar HANSEN ISL 34:53 3 Tómas Zoëga GEIRSSON ISL 35:10 WOMEN: 1 Arndís Ýr HALTHORSDOTTIR ISL 39:01 2 Gerður Rún GUDLAUGSDOTTIR ISL 39:19 3 Jóhanna SKULADOTTIR ISL 39:48
MEN: 1 Brendan LUNTY CAN 2:33:21 2 Mike BOOTH CAN 2:36:42 3 David CORBETT CAN 2:40:57 4 Jack COOK CAN 2:43:52 5 Robert RENMAN CAN 2:44:54 6 Aj RANKEL CAN 2:45:43 7 Ian BLOKLAND CAN 2:48:51 8 Matthew UNDERWOOD CAN 2:49:38 9 Michael MCBETH CAN 2:51:34 10 Alex RYNN CAN 2:53:24 WOMEN: 1 Ellie GREENWOOD CAN 2:49:57 2 Kim TAYLOR CAN 2:56:08 3 Stephanie GRIFFITHS CAN 3:11:21 4 Joylin NODWELL CAN 3:11:38 5 Claudette AUGERT CAN 3:12:45 6 Rochelle MCGRAW CAN 3:17:54 7 Natalia SZYNKARCZUK CAN 3:18:34 8 Kelly DAVEY CAN 3:20:15 9 Kinue TAGA CAN 3:23:18 10 Ronke BABATUNDE CAN 3:24:17 HALF MARATHON MEN: 1 Ezkyas SISAY ETH 1:03:53 2 Kip KANGOGO KEN 1:03:55 3 Willy KIMOSOP CAN 1:07:06 WOMEN: 1 Alemtsehay MISGANAW ETH 1:18:13 2 Emily TALLEN CAN 1:18:19 3 Marilyn ARSENAULT CAN 1:20:43
The 14th edition was the first to be won by a Kenyan couple: Joshua Kemei and Eunice Kirwa have lived together for five years and have a three-year-old son, Kipchumba. Race conditions were humid (91%) but relatively cool (20°C). Kemei forced the pace from the start and opened up a big lead.
Franck Caldeira, twice champion in the Rio Half, was still recovering from an ankle injury sustained in a car crash. "This second place is a real victory" he said. "It is a proof of my recovery. I came from behind and finished only 25m down". Damião Ancelmo de Souza, third, followed Caldeira's pace. "We were right behind the Kenyans, and did not give up: from 12km, we forced the pace."
The women's race had six-strong lead group during the first half, often led by the Brazilian Marily dos Santos. She dropped to sixth in the last couple of kilometres as the Kenyan and Ethiopian women pushed on. In the final straight she re-took one of them to finish fifth, two places lower than last year. Kirwa who had saved energy for the finish, showed absolute superiority. Winner of the Vitoria 10 miles a week earlier Kirwa said that missing her son is the hardest part of being in Brazil, where she intends to stay until 5 November.
MEN: 1 Joshua K KEMEI KEN 1:04:03 2 Franck C DE ALMEIDA BRA 1:04:14 3 Damiao A DE SOUZA BRA 1:04:21 4 Titus K KIBII KEN 1:04:26 5 Minda H NAMOMISA 1:05:15 6 Giomar P DA SILVA BRA 1:05:30 7 Luis P DA SILVA ANTUNES BRA 1:05:35 8 Francisco B DOS SANTOS BRA 1:05:37 9 Valdir S DE OLIVEIRA BRA 1:06:09 10 Giovani DOS SANTOS BRA 1:06:12 WOMEN: 1 Eunice J KIRWA KEN 1:14:37 2 Shewarge A AMARE ETH 1:14:54 3 Rumokol E CHEPKANIAN KEN 1:15:06 4 Yeshanbel S ABNET ETH 1:15:10 5 Marily DOS SANTOS BRA 1:15:18 6 Nancy J KIPRON KEN 1:15:33 7 Edielza A DOS SANTOS GUIMARAES BRA 1:17:01 8 Marizete M DOS SANTOS BRA 1:17:53 9 Maria Z R BALDAIA BRA 1:19:47 10 Elizabeth E DE SOUZA BRA 1:20:48
The "Path of the Churches" race is a nocturnal celebration of culture and athletics, with locals and tourists gathering to run or to join the fun as spectators. On-third of proceeds are donated to the Special Olympics Foundation.
The sixth edition attracted 6000 registered runners, who heard the Special Olympics choir sing the Quito anthem at the start, setting the mood of celebration which is maintained throughout the entire race. The sky is lit up with fireworks and stars as the runners take off. Along the way there are bands which play typical Ecuadorian music and 11 beautiful colonial churches, mostly built in the 16th and 17th centuries, which stand out against the starlit sky.
The celebration doesn't end at the finish line. Once you complete your run you receive you medal and a bag full of commemorative goodies including a blanket to keep you warm in the crisp Andean night. Once again the fireworks fill the sky as people reunite with their families and friends. The night is vibrant with everyone celebrating the completion of their goal and the beauty of running among the unique churches of Quito and the beautiful Andes mountains.
MEN: 1 Angel M C ALMACHI ECU 31:45 2 Oswaldo J S JAMI 31:55 3 Manuel P I RAMOS 31:56 4 Roberto P A BUENANO 32:05 5 Paul C P PILALUISA 32:14 6 Eduardo M AYALA 32:10 7 Antonio J M ORTEGA 32:25 8 Vinicio G P CHICAIZA 32:51 9 Alexander F P PAZ 32:52 10 Giovanni G S VILLACRES 33:02 WOMEN: 1 Judith D A LANDI 35:44 2 Alba R C CHACHA 36:49 3 Raquel V A ACOSTA 37:06 4 Narciza J T COLLAGUAZO 37:48 5 Amparo J C SALAZAR 38:47 6 Margoth J G PAGUAY 39:20 7 Mercedes S M RUALES 39:30 8 Geanine E S SUNTAXI 39:32 9 Mercedes N N OSORIO 40:02
In one of Japan's very few mass marathons open to both sexes, 8800 runners took part. Cyrus Njui, a marathon debutante, and Yumiko Hara, running her first marathon since January 2009, won the men's and women's divisions. Njui's winning time, the second fastest ever in this race, is impressive considering the high temperature (27°C) and humidity (70%). Njui ran the second fastest time in the history of Hokkaido marathon, after Ambesse Tolossa's course record 2:10:13 in 1998. The women's race served as one of the selection races for the next year's World Championships and Yumiko Hara, now coached by the legendary Yoshio Koide, ran away from Hiroko Miyauchi over the last 10km.
Njui ran a smart race, letting Joseph Gitau first and then Mekubo Mogusu go before reeling them back to take the lead at 38km. Gitau covered 5 to 15km in under 30 mins. Mekubo Mogusu then started to chase, and caught and passed Gitau around 25.5km. Mogusu passed 30km in 1:31:22, nearly two minutes ahead of record schedule, but then slowed. Njui left Njoroge behind to chase Mogusu alone. He closed the gap on Mogusu very fast after 35km, running about 30 seconds/km faster than the tiring leader. Njoroge also passed Mogusu to move into second.
By 10km there were only three runners at the front: Yumiko Hara, Mizuho Nasukawa and Hiroko Miyauchi. Nasukawa drifted back as Hara started to push the pace. She surged at 25km to temprorarily leave Miyauchi behind, but their duel continued until 32km when Hara surged over the uphill. Hara looked tired in the final stages but held on to win. Nasukawa, who looked in trouble mid-race, worked her way back and almost caught Miyauchi as they neared the finish.
MEN: 1 Cyrus NJUI KEN 2:11:22 2 Harun NJOROGE KEN 2:13:04 3 Mekubo MOGUSU KEN 2:16:38 4 Masaru TAKAMIZAWA JPN 2:18:17 5 Tetsuo NISHIMURA JPN 2:18:31 6 Masaki SHIMOJYU JPN 2:20:06 7 Chiharu TAKADA JPN 2:20:30 8 Yoshiki OTSUKA JPN 2:21:54 9 Joseph GITAU KEN 2:21:54 10 Takayuki TAGAMI JPN 2:22:29 WOMEN: 1 Yumiko HARA JPN 2:34:12 2 Hiroko MIYAUCHI JPN 2:35:42 3 Mizuho NASUKAWA JPN 2:36:07 4 Chinami FUKAMINATO JPN 2:40:28 5 Ikuyo YAMASHITA JPN 2:41:19 6 Sumiko SUZUKI JPN 2:42:28 7 Yurti YOSHIZUMI JPN 2:43:14 8 Misuzu OKAMOTO JPN 2:48:14 9 Chihito TANAKA JPN 2:49:34 10 Hiroko YOSHITOMI JPN 2:53:27
MEN: 1 Louis Philippe GARNIER CAN 2:39:30 2 Johann-Alex SALAZAR CAN 2:40:22 3 Zepherinus JOSEPH STL 2:50:46 4 Lee-Manuel GAGNON CAN 2:54:18 5 Rejean BOURGOUIN CAN 2:55:09 6 Team ROULIER CAN 2:57:32 7 Martin GIGNAC CAN 2:57:34 8 Mark SULLIVAN CAN 2:57:42 9 Martin DUBOIS CAN 2:57:47 10 Camlien BOUDREAU CAN 2:58:00 WOMEN: 1 Nathalie GOYER CAN 2:57:43 2 Melissa CHENARD CAN 3:04:53 3 Maryse NAULT CAN 3:07:54 4 Isabelle BROSSEAU CAN 3:18:10 5 Louise VOGHEL CAN 3:18:37 6 Mylene SANSOUCY CAN 3:20:59 7 Kathleen BEAUDRY CAN 3:24:07 8 Ariane PRESSEAU CAN 3:28:52 9 Joanne NORMAND CAN 3:29:17 10 Sylvie BOISVERT CAN 3:31:21 HALF MARATHON MEN: 1 Kibet RUTTO KEN 1:04:41 2 Josephat ONGERI KEN 1:07:14 3 Francois MENARD-KILRANE CAN 1:11:27 WOMEN: 1 Krista DUCHENE CAN 1:19:15 2 Ingrid CLUZEAU CAN 1:19:52 3 Ariel LLANCALEO CAN 1:28:31
More than 1500 runners took part in the various races including a 1-mile road race, a half-marathon, relay, full marathon and the 50km ultramarathon, which incorporated the IAU World 50km Trophy Final, contested by runners from a dozen countries. There was also a Sports Conference with former Irish world champions Sonia O'Sullivan, Marcus O'Sullivan and Frank O'Mara as speakers.
Several novelty mile races were held in the city centre, including a Barman's mile. The elite mle was won by Kenya's Bethwel Birgen (4:04.8) who narrowly defeated Ireland's junior mile record holder, Paul Robinson.
The half-marathon, marathon and 50km events were organised on two half-marathon loops, but followed by four short loops around the centre of the city to complete the 50km. The course was undulating in parts and included a kilometre-long hill at 13km that was repeated at 34km.
Cool temperatures allowed some of the fastest 50km times of the year. For two-thirds of the distance Collen Makaza (ZIM), Sandile Ngunuzza (RSA) and Joseph Mphuthi (RSA) shared the workload in front, until Makaza made his decisive move at 34km. Michael Wardian (USA) claimed third place after an outstanding second half. Britain's Sue Harrison took the lead after 5km in the women's race and never relinquished it. The 50km athletes also counted as official marathon finishers en route, and there were slightly different finishing positions on the podium in the men's field as a result of Wardian's late charge.
MEN: 1 Collen MAKAZA ZIM 2:47:22 2 Sandile NGUNUZZA RSA 2:53:06 3 Michael WARDIAN USA 2:54:57 4 Kaito IWAYAMA JPN 2:56:20 5 Lucas NONYANI RSA 2:56:57 6 Malcolm CAMPBELL USA 2:58:19 7 Joseph MPUTHI RSA 3:02:41 8 Marco BOFFO ITA 3:06:54 9 Evgeni GLYVA RUS 3:09:11 10 Julian RENDELL 3:09:20 WOMEN: 1 Susan HARRISON GBR 3:15:43 2 Mary COORDT USA 3:28:31 3 Irene KAUTER NED 3:34:22 4 Helen TARANOWSKI GBR 3:37:43 5 Adela SALT GBR 3:40:10 6 Karen RUSHTON GBR 3:41:47 7 June PETRIE 3:42:19 8 Lesley TRAIN 3:45:26 9 Paola SANNA ITA 3:46:10 10 Tressa LINDENBERG 3:55:16 MARATHON MEN: 1 Collen MAKAZA ZIM 2:19:21 2 Sandile NGUNUZZA RSA 2:21:07 3 Joseph MPUTHI RSA 2:24:06 WOMEN: 1 Susan HARRISON GBR 2:45:03 2 Mary COORDT USA 2:54:18 3 Irene KAUTER NED 3:01:00 HALF MARATHON MEN: 1 Matthew BIDWELL IRL 1:11:54 2 Paul BUCKLEY IRL 1:12:55 3 Bert PILGRIM AUS 1:18:55 WOMEN: 1 Gemma COLLIER GBR 1:28:06 2 Helen CORBETT IRL 1:30:54 3 Orla NIMHUIRCHEARTH IRL 1:32:14
MEN: 1 Tapiwa CHINGADIYA ZIM 2:21:08 2 Mkosiyazi SIBANDA ZIM 2:21:42 3 Michael NGASEKE ZIM 2:25:02 4 Sipho NCUBE ZIM 2:26:10 5 Leonard KOKI ZIM 2:27:26 6 Point CHAZA ZIM 2:30:26 7 Jairos MAKONESE ZIM 2:31:33 8 Andrew CHIMBIDZIKAI ZIM 2:32:06 9 Jephias MUNONI ZIM 2:35:50 10 Victor NDLOVU ZIM 2:37:20 WOMEN: 1 Chokore CHIYEDZA ZIM 2:55:03 2 Cathrine NYAKWISHIRA ZIM 3:07:00 3 Tawapo BHIRI ZIM 3:07:55 4 Lizi CHOKORE ZIM 3:11:46 5 Rabia FILIMA ZIM 3:14:48 6 Candice LAMB RSA 3:40:46 7 Lydiah MUTIMBANYOKA ZIM 3:47:15 8 Michaela Rachel HOLLOWAY AUS 3:53:46 9 Kerry BELL ZIM 3:55:25 10 Sonja Yvonne ZITTLAU RSA 3:59:15 HALF MARATHON MEN: 1 Kelvin PANGISO ZIM 1:06:27 2 Gilbert MUTANDIRO ZIM 1:06:39 3 Elmore SIBANDA ZIM 1:07:52 WOMEN: 1 Olivia CHITAKE ZIM 1:25:28 2 Alicien MANAKE ZIM 1:32:04 3 Fungai CHINYOKA ZIM 1:35:38