MEN: 1 Laban MOIBEN KEN 2:13:50 2 Christopher KIPROTICH KEN 2:14:17 3 Khalid Kamal YASEEN 2:15:22 4 Augustus KAVUTA KEN 2:15:58 5 Franklin TENORIO ECU 2:16:27 6 Odilion CUAHUTLE 2:16:40 7 Benson MBITHI KEN 2:16:58 8 Lamech MOKONO KEN 2:18:39 9 Peter AYIENI KEN 2:18:55 10 Edward KIPTUM KEN 2:19:19 WOMEN: 1 Tatiana ARYASOVA RUS 2:29:09 2 Yuliya GROMOVA RUS 2:34:13 3 Jacqueline NYTIPEI KEN 2:37:38 4 Albina GALYAMOVA RUS 2:37:51 5 Mary PTIKANY KEN 2:40:13 6 Claudia CAMARGO ARG 2:45:18 7 Jennifer DE REGO 2:46:22 8 Katie LAYMAN USA 2:53:39 9 Kathryn KASISCHKE USA 2:53:46 10 Teresa YANEZ USA 2:59:09
With high temperatures, strong wind and a sun that shone all day, this edition of the race was the most popular yet, with half of the competitors coming from outside Spain. Kenyans and Ethiopians dominated, but the men's winner, Hosea Hogei, said "It was a hard race because of the heat and the headwind for almost all the route".
Women's winner, 20-year old Mihret Tadesse was very satisfied "to win this Marathon is very good for my sporting career".
The race festivities extended over three days, with many live acts around the city to engage the record 7,634 finishers.
MEN: 1 Hosea HOGEI KEN 2:14:42 2 Johnstone CHEBII KEN 2:16:32 3 Roger Roca DALMAU ESP 2:16:53 4 Kebede BEKELE ETH 2:18:15 5 Kiprop KORIR KEN 2:18:44 6 Teshoime TSIGE ETH 2:23:04 7 Habib MOSBAH FRA 2:23:25 8 Samson CHEBOSWONY KEN 2:23:52 9 Joan Prats ESPAR ESP 2:28:04 10 Marco A CEPEDA ESP 2:31:20 WOMEN: 1 Mihret TADESSE ETH 2:42:12 2 Mihret ANAMO ETH 2:43:43 3 Tabita KIBET KEN 2:47:49 4 Julia MYATT GBR 2:50:33 5 Margarethe LOGAVLEN NOR 2:51:58 6 Grace KYTONGA KEN 2:52:42 7 Azeb SHEWAMARE ETH 2:53:08 8 Noelia ROMAN ESP 2:58:58 9 Marina ZANARDI ESP 2:59:53 10 Maria LOPEZ ESP 3:00:54
Photos: Alan Brookes
Both Procopio Franco and Patricia Retiz recorded impressive come-from-behind victories at the 20th Anniversary race in the city of Torreón writes Alan Brookes.
Torreón is an industrial city of 1 million, at 1000m altitude, spread out across the high desert of northern Mexico and bounded by the Cerro de las Noas Mountains. It is home to the Lala milk company – one of the country's largest dairy processors and distributors – and the marathon is their gift to "La Lagunera", the city and region surrounding it. As Mexico's top marathon, it attracts tens of thousands of spectators who line the flat, 42km route in this "Fiesta Lagunera". More than 40 bands along the course cranked up the carnival atmosphere for the record field of 4,494.
Conditions were warm: 18°C at the pre-dawn starts (elite at women 06:40, others at 07:00) and Hillary Kimayo and Julius Kipyego took off like they couldn't wait to get to the post-marathon party at Bosque Venustiano Carranza – a miracle park of green grass and trees, made possible only by irrigation. They blitzed the first kilometre in 2:50, and were 14:53 at 5km. They followed up with 5km splits of 15:12 and 15:17, before the wheels started to come off. The veteran Procopio Franco, himself known as a frequently-injudicious front-runner, ran a wonderfully patient race as he worked with Guanajuato's Carlos Cordero to close the gap. By 30km he had the Kenyan pair in his sights, but Kimayo dropped Kipyego in a vain but valiant effort to stay ahead of the charging Franco. Franco floated by Kipyego, and nailed Kimayo at 36km. Kimayo hung on for second, with the surprised Cordero coming through for third, as the cheers of "México, México" rose up from the grandstand, and the relentless desert sun beat down. This was the 34-year old Franco's first Lala victory, after two seconds and a fourth place in previous editions, when he unwisely led the early charge to the front.
The women's race was almost a carbon copy drama, played out by Mexicans Dulce Maria Rodríguez and Patricia Retiz. Paced by her Kenyan training partner, Genoveva Jelegat, Rodríguez broke away early from a lead pack of six. It was not until 35km that Retiz reeled in the fading Rodríguez. This was a second major victory for Retiz who had bested Madai Perez, Mexico's top women's marathoner, at the Guadalajara Half Marathon a week earlier.
With more than 4,000 volunteers, great sponsors and tremendous crowds, Maratón Lala provides a fine example of how well Mexican marathons are doing nowadays. Lala is their showcase, providing quality and a special "fiesta" experience.
MEN: 1 Procopio FRANCO MEX 2:12:38 2 Hilary KIMAIYO KEN 2:13:08 3 Carlos CORDERO MEX 2:13:28 4 Isaac KIMAIYO KEN 2:13:58 5 Christopher KIPYEGO KEN 2:16:03 6 Julius KIPYEGO KEN 2:16:22 7 Thomas LUNA MEX 2:16:39 8 Edilberto MENDEZ MEX 2:16:51 9 Jonnatan MORALES MEX 2:17:48 10 Carlos ROMERO MEX 2:18:49 WOMEN: 1 Patricia RETIZ MEX 2:30:29 2 Dulce Maria RODRIGUEZ MEX 2:33:23 3 Karina PEREZ MEX 2:35:07 4 Judith RAMIREZ MEX 2:36:29 5 Jessica RODRIGUEZ MEX 2:36:32 6 Viola BOR KEN 2:41:14 7 Jaqueline ORELLANA MEX 2:43:27 8 Maria Guadelupe SANTANA MEX 2:43:57 9 Alicia RODRIGUEZ MEX 2:44:55 10 Ariana QUINO MEX 2:46:08
Photo: Victah Sailer
Surging away from Yared Asmeron at 36km, Mubarak Shami (formerly Richard Yatich of Kenya) won the 63rd annual Lake Biwa Marathon by 70m writes Ken Nakamura. Asmeron improved his personal best by nearly seven minutes. Satoshi Osaki closed to within 10m of Asmeron at the finish and also set a personal best. He said: "I was thinking about the Olympics and kept on pushing. I was not going to give up". As he was first Japanese and faster than Arata Fujiwara's time of 2:08:40 in the Tokyo Marathon three weeks ago, he is likely to be selected. In fourth, Yuzo Onishi said "I am frustrated that the first Japanese was only 100m ahead", especially as he cut four minutes from his personal best time. In fifth Tomoya Shimizu debuted with 2:09:23. Seven men ran sub-2:10, equalling the record set in 2003 and 2004.
Takashi Matsuyama and Koji Inagaki took the leaders of the 172-strong field through the first half with steady 5km splits at an average pace of 2:59, 2:59, 3:01, 3:00, and 3:01, although swirling wind made some of the kilometre split times look erratic. The race really began to take shape after passing halfway in 1:03:22, five seconds slower than the record pace. Right after that, Dmytro Baranovsky, 2:08 runner Masakazu Fujiwara fell behind. Eleven runners were inside record pace at 25km. At 30km, just after the last pacemaker Isaac Macharia dropped out of the race, the lead pack of four runners was split into two - Shami and Asmeron in front and Osaki and Rios just behind, while Tomoyuki Sato was still keeping close. Asmeron tried to shake off Shami, but the gap always stayed between 5-10m. Sato was only 6-7m behind Osaki and Osaki later admitted "I was scared". But Sato was unable to close the gap, which started to increase after 32km. At 33km Shami pulled alongside Asmeron, and they ran together for the next 3km. Shami's surge won him a lead of 20m within a kilometre, and by 40km he was 23 seconds ahead of Asmeron.
The comeptition behind, for the last place on the Japanese Olympic team, was still being closely fought. At 36km Onishi passed Sato to move into fifth. Osaki was slowing down, but needed to finish under 2:08:40 for Olympic consideration. At 37km Osaki realized that he had to run the final 5km in 15:36, and he soon started to pull away from Rios. With 3km to go Osaki needed to run 3:06/km. "At 40km I decided to go after the time," he said. In doing so, with a final 400m lap of 72 seconds, he just failed to catch Asmeron. Behind him Onishi passed Rios at 39km but was unable to close on Osaki. The Beijing Olympic team will be announced on 10 March. "I will wait for the good news," concluded Osaki.
MEN (only): 1 Mubarak SHAMI QAT 2:08:23 2 Yared ASMERON ERI 2:08:34 3 Satoshi OSAKI JPN 2:08:36 4 Yuzo ONISHI JPN 2:08:54 5 Tomoya SHIMIZU JPN 2:09:23 6 Jose RIOS ESP 2:09:38 7 Tomoyuki SATO JPN 2:09:59 8 Kazuki IKENAGA JPN 2:10:44 9 Masakazu FUJIWARA JPN 2:12:07 10 Toshiya KATAYAMA JPN 2:12:30
Numbers were well up on the first edition held last year, with 433 Marathon, 1017 Half Marathon, 496 10km runners and 72 Team Marathon competitors, who turned the start into a festival area. There were another 3500 fun runners. After the start the stadium became packed with supporters as they awaited the lead runner. Philip Makau broke the previous best time with his 2:16:14.
MEN: 1 Philip Makau MUIA KEN 2:16:13 2 John Kipkoskei NGENY KEN 2:19:32 3 John Musila KIOKO KEN 2:21:06 4 William Kimutai KURGAT KEN 2:25:14 5 Muammer ALTINOK TUR 2:35:07 6 Yusuf ZEPAK TUR 2:39:03 7 Kiyasettin YALCIN TUR 2:40:46 8 Murat KAYA TUR 2:42:37 9 Zekeriya DIKMENER TUR 2:42:40 10 Mustafa YOLDAR TUR 2:43:17 WOMEN: 1 Kristina LOONEN NED 2:42:55 2 Yeter GULAL TUR 2:50:02 3 Joanna CHMIEL POL 2:50:15 4 Salome Jepkoech KIMUTAI KEN 3:01:43 5 Birgit BARTELS GER 3:04:58 6 Inge RAABE GER 3:12:44 7 Elena POLYAKOVA TUR 3:13:36 8 Carmen VALERIUS GER 3:29:23 9 Lütfiye KAYA TUR 3:31:10 10 Josi GUTTENBERGER GER 3:55:54 HALF MARATHON MEN: 1 Iaroslav MUSINSCHI MDV 1:04:32 2 Isaac Kinyuha WANJOHI KEN 1:04:52 3 Moses TOO KEN 1:05:27 WOMEN: 1 Lyuba MORGUNOVA TUR 1:14:10 2 Lucia Miwhiki KIMANI BIH 1:14:49 3 Ilona BARVANOVA UKR 1:15:53
MEN: 1 Jumanne TRUWAY TAN 2:15:37 2 Andrea SYLVIN TAN 2:16:22 3 Mashaka MAUMBUKO TAN 2:16:57 4 David Kipkorir BUTOH KEN 2:17:29 5 Basweti ONYANCHA KEN 2:20:04 6 Eric KIPROTICH KIGEN KEN 2:20:09 7 Isaal KIMAIYO KEN 2:20:10 8 Malack OLE MHNGERA TAN 2:20:45 9 John BALASI TAN 2:21:59 10 Jonathan KIPRONO KEN 2:22:14 WOMEN: 1 Banuelia BRIYITON TAN 2:48:37 2 Rysper KIMAIYO KEN 2:52:13 3 Flora KAGALI TAN 2:53:47 4 Tausi SAIDI TAN 2:55:26 5 Sarah SELU TAN 2:59:03 6 Aisha RAJAB TAN 3:08:25 7 Rebecca KAVINA TAN 3:09:59 8 Sara KAVINA TAN 3:11:12 9 Philipina JOHN TAN 3:15:50 10 Beatrice MUAGURI KEN 3:22:10 HALF MARATHON MEN: 1 Damian CHOPA TAN 1:04:54 2 Marco JOSEPH TAN 1:04:58 3 Ezekiel NGIMBA TAN 1:04:59 WOMEN: 1 Fabiola WILIAMU TAN 1:23:39 2 Genevive NJOKO NGR 1:34:47 3 Joyce KUNGU KEN 1:34:53
Stage 1 (22km) Chenini - Garat Douiri
The winner of the first stage was the event specialist Jorge Balle, with a time of 1:33, followed by the Tunisian Rouissi Abdelwahed and the Swiss Helmuth Steinacher.
Luisa Zecchino won the women's event from Paola Tagliavini and the American Susan Nowell.
Former New York City Marathon Champion Orlando Pizzolata led the stretching exercises beforehand, and finished 11th overall, while Laura Fogli, a world leading runner of the same vintage as Pizzolato, finished 5th in the women's section.
Afterwards everyone relaxed to a spectacular fokloric display to round off the first day's proceedings.
4 MARCH 2008: Stage 2 (19.8km) Garat Douiri - Camp Laaraj
After yesterday's difficult stage, Sharon Kovar, last years female winner and the Race's Promotions Manager for North America, had to pull out. She had not been well in recent months but still came to the race with a group of 27 runners and also attempted to compete. Now she will work solely as a member of the race staff for the remainder of the race.
The walkers started at 09.30 and the runners at 10.30 with much cooler conditions than yesterday. Light cloud and a little wind gave some relief to the runners. The course was also easier. The path was mostly flat with hard packed sand with few areas of deep sand to plough through.
There were check points at 10km and at 16.7km, after that runners could see the camp in the distance.
The stage was won by the Tunisians Adbelwahed Rouissi and Kelid Hezhi in 1:17:22, half a minute ahead of the Swiss Helmuth Steinacher in third place with the German Jorge Balle coming in just a few seconds behind him.
Afterwards runners prepared themselves for the Night event, which is included for the unique experience of running under the Saharan night sky.
4 MARCH 2008: Stage 3 (8km) Camp Laaraj circuit
As always the night event took place under a starry sky which only the Tunisian Desert can offer.
A group from Italian State Broadcasting RAI is participating of which the leader, Gianfranco Comanducci, is pictured with the former Italian champion Laura Fogli.
Runners were sent off in groups of four at 30 second intervals, and in the reverse of their order in the overall standings.
The stage was won by the Tunisian Kelid Hezhi ahead of Helmuth Steinacher. These two athletes have been the revelation of this 10th edition of the race. Third, but only a second further behind, was Jorg Balle, who controlled his effort in anticipation of the Marathon stage and of running on the Ksar Ghilane dune on the final day of the event. The expert German runner is the real specialist in this event and knows the tactics required to succeed.
5 MARCH 2008: Stage 4 (Marathon) Camp Laaraj - Aouinet Essbat
Helmuth Steinacher beat Jorge Balle by a little over a minute to take the stage, but the surprise of the day was the performance by the Canadian Jamieson Amstrong. He came in third, 15 minutes behind the leading pair, to move up the general standings from eighth to fifth. Ivan Zufferli also moved up a place.
Luisa Zecchino continued to dominate the women's competition. She more than doubled her lead to put herself 40 minutes ahead of Susan Nowell, who overtook Paola Togliavini on this stage. The final stage involves a crossing of the dunes that make up part of the Tunisian Grand Erg before reaching the finish line in the oasis of Ksar Ghila.
6 MARCH 2008: Stage 5 (24km) Aouinet Essbat - Ksar Ghilane
After a night in the desert with the temperature dropping down to 0°C the runners departed on the final stage at 09:30 with a strong cutting wind. The first part of the course was flat, but was followed by a series of 20m high dunes before the final run in towards the oasis of Ksar Ghilane, the traditional finish of the 100km del Sahara.
Jorge Balle retained his title in the 10th edition of the race, concluding with a stage victory alongside Helmuth Steinacher. The brave Swiss, in his first experience of this kind of competition, ceded just over a minute to the experienced Balle over the entire four-day event.
The Canadian Armstrong finished a strong third on the stage, and in the overall standings this left him in fifth, just a few seconds behind Ivano Zefferli.
Luisa Zecchino further insreased her overall lead on the final stage ahead of the American Susan Nowell. Running strongly on the final stage, Luigina Rosati and Claudia Gerling moved ahead of Paola Togliavini to finish third and fourth overall. Jennifer Gourley, who had a bad marathon stage the day before, stormed through in second place to move herself back up to seventh overall.
MEN: 1 Jorge BALLE GER 8:12:43 1:33:06 1:17:56 26:51 3:15:41 1:39:09 2 Helmuth STEINACHER SUI 8:13:46 1:35:34 1:17:53 26:50 3:14:20 1:39:09 3 Hezhi KELID TUN 8:47:13 1:37:48 1:17:23 26:08 3:33:00 1:52:54 4 Ivan ZUFFERLI ITA 9:06:14 1:43:36 1:21:37 28:14 3:39:53 1:52:54 5 Jamieson ARMSTRONG CAN 9:06:31 1:49:43 1:27:23 30:17 3:30:23 1:48:45 6 Abdelwahed ROUISSI TUN 9:12:09 1:34:40 1:17:22 27:26 3:59:47 1:52:54 7 Kevin MUSCAT MLT 9:18:03 1:49:34 1:24:33 30:16 3:36:58 1:56:42 8 Jamel SAGHRAOUI TUN 9:26:37 1:44:52 1:20:35 27:55 4:00:21 1:52:54 9 Giulio SIMONELLI ITA 9:31:00 1:48:34 1:30:37 33:05 3:45:50 1:52:54 10 Davide CASSANI ITA 9:38:06 2:00:47 1:31:33 33:16 3:43:42 1:48:48 WOMEN: 1 Luisa ZECCHINO ITA 10:15:51 2:02:08 1:33:47 33:32 3:59:25 2:06:59 2 Susan NOWELL USA 11:07:22 2:11:41 1:40:14 36:19 4:21:59 2:17:09 3 Luigina ROSATI ITA 11:32:33 2:17:09 1:47:55 40:02 4:29:27 2:18:00 4 Claudia GERLING GER 11:39:58 2:18:50 1:50:42 35:35 4:32:10 2:22:41 5 Paola TOGLIAVINI ITA 11:46:18 2:08:59 1:42:08 35:55 4:28:14 2:51:02 6 Louise SIMMS CAN 11:48:56 2:19:45 1:45:32 38:24 4:35:52 2:29:23 7 Jennifer GOURLEY CAN 12:14:51 2:25:28 1:46:14 36:27 5:11:34 2:15:08 8 Catherine POULAIN BEL 12:20:05 2:37:20 1:59:18 38:56 4:32:30 2:32:01 9 Cosetta GROTTI SUI 12:24:16 2:19:51 1:49:49 39:39 4:48:31 2:46:26 10 Laura FOGLI ITA 12:25:56 2:16:42 1:52:07 38:23 4:47:43 2:51:01
Maria and Catharina Schilder, identical twins from the Netherlands, clocked identical winning times as they crossed the finish line wearing matching gear and holding hands writes Patrice Malloy. Poland's Robert Celinski, 28, dominated the men's race.
The three champions were part of a contingent of 173 athletes from 17 countries who participated in the ninth running of the event. The 126 marathon and 51 half marathon entrants were treated to relatively mild weather conditions that included near-freezing temperatures, light winds, fog and grey skies.
Held on King George Island off the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, the race features a two-loop course that includes a 1200m trek up and down an icy glacier as well as jaunts through snow, mud, rocks and glacial streams. The course treats participants to frequent penguin sightings and a tour through Russian, Chilean, Uruguayan and Chinese research bases.
Running as a pair during the entire race, the Schilder sisters, 37, overtook Denise Sauriol of Chicago at 27km. Celinski, who prepared for the hilly, rugged course by logging miles in the Polish mountains, led from the start to win by over 20 minutes.
MEN: 1 Robert CELINSKI POL 3:09:43 2 Filippo FARALLA RSA 3:30:52 3 David SMITH GBR 3:41:11 4 Stephen HIBBS USA 3:56:23 5 Joan LLOPART ESP 3:58:41 6 Jeremy BOLT USA 4:07:08 7 Bryce DUFF GBR 4:12:12 8 Timothy KRIPS USA 4:16:41 9 Christopher D'ANGELO USA 4:24:52 10 John SHEFFIELD USA 4:25:30 WOMEN: 1 Catharina SCHILDER NED 4:21:42 2 Maria SCHILDER NED 4:21:42 3 Denise SAURIOL USA 4:25:05 4 Stacey PADDOCK USA 4:28:55 5 Erin SPRAGUE USA 4:30:01 6 Laura NOTTIE USA 4:36:32 7 Paola SANDRONI USA 4:42:07 8 Andrea LUONGO USA 4:48:00 9 Mary-Ann WEBER USA 4:51:18 10 Jeanne SCHAARF USA 4:56:04 HALF MARATHON MEN: 1 Greg HALES USA 1:42:48 WOMEN: 1 Tara LUNN USA 2:06:15
Marathon debutante Yurika Nakamura convincingly surged away from her opposition with 10km to go, but has not necessarily done enough to win Olympic selection writes Ken Nakamura. Her winning time is 17 seconds slower than that recorded by Tomo Morimoto in Osaka, although Morimoto finished only second. Also in Nakamura's favour are the 16:31 and 16:44 she recorded for her 5km splits from 30-35km and 35-40km. Reiko Tosa and Mizuki Noguchi are certainties, but the Japanese selectors will decide who fills the third place on 10 March.
Although a newcomer, Nakamura ran like a veteran, surging into a 17 second lead by 35km and was unchallenged thereafter. Yoshimi Ozaki, another marathon debutante, finished second. 2000 Olympic champion Naoko Takahashi, who attracted most media attention before the race, fell behind the leaders early, at 9km, and finished a disappointing 27th in 2:44:18. It was by far her slowest marathon time.
The race started slow and 31 runners passed 5km in 17:53. Takahashi was one of the seven dropped before 10km (35:47). The halfway split of 1:14:43 was the slowest since 1997. Yumiko Hara surged at 25km, before Naoko Sakamoto took over at 28.5km, leading a group of six clear. On an uphill section at 31km Chika Horie surged and Sakamoto and Hara lost ground. Slightly more than one kilometre later Nakamura upped the pace with kilometres of 3:13 and 3:14. "I kept on pushing, imagining that someone was just behind me. I was also thinking I must at least break 2:26," she said.
Yuri Kano tried to stay close to the leader, but with 5km to go Ozaki passed her to move into second.
WOMEN (ONLY): 1 Yurika NAKAMURA JPN 2:25:51 2 Yoshimi OZAKI JPN 2:26:19 3 Yuri KANO JPN 2:26:39 4 Yumiko HARA JPN 2:27:14 5 Chika HORIE JPN 2:27:16 6 Megumi OSHIMA JPN 2:29:03 7 Yumi HIRATA JPN 2:29:23 8 Maya NISHIO JPN 2:29:34 9 Harumi HIROYAMA JPN 2:29:50 10 Naoko SAKAMOTO JPN 2:30:21
MEN: 1 Sergiy LEBID UKR 1:03:32 2 Abdelkebir LAMACHI MAR 1:04:01 3 Adi BOUAFIF MAR 1:04:08 4 Nahashon RUGUT KEN 1:04:35 5 Joachim NISHIRIMANA BDI 1:06:38 6 Armando SANNA ITA 1:06:45 7 Tito TIBERTI ITA 1:06:52 8 Mirko ZANOVELLO ITA 1:08:33 9 Marco BRAMBILLA ITA 1:08:50 10 Tommaso VACCINA ITA 1:09:57 WOMEN: 1 Melissa PERETTI ITA 1:14:50 2 Monica BOTTINELLI ITA 1:22:09 3 Emanuela BRIZIO ITA 1:23:14 4 Elisa PAVENETTO ITA 1:26:20 5 Cecilia MORA ITA 1:26:24 6 Cristina PIERI ITA 1:27:49 7 Ilaria ZACCAGNI ITA 1:28:48 8 Annalisa BOMBELLI ITA 1:29:24 9 Elisabetta COMERO ITA 1:29:36 10 Graziella CONSOLI ITA 1:30:26
MEN: 1 Alexsander MEDHANIE ERI 2:15:24 2 Samuel GOITOM ERI 2:17:48 3 Khalid EN GUADY FRA 2:21:58 4 Djuro KODZO BIH 2:32:50 5 Giuseppe VELETTI ITA 2:37:25 6 Hrvoje KOVAC CRO 2:37:50 7 Corrado REGGIANI ITA 2:38:01 8 Roberto BIANCHI ITA 2:38:17 9 Goran MURIC CRO 2:38:38 10 Marco VERARDO ITA 2:41:16 WOMEN: 1 Antonija ORLIC CRO 2:57:52 2 Daniela SCUTTI ITA 2:58:59 3 Lorenza BEATRICI ITA 3:01:51 4 Rossella PIOVESAN ITA 3:08:12 5 Elsa MARDEGAN ITA 3:19:57 6 Ramona VALENTINI ITA 3:20:20 7 Veronika JURISIC CRO 3:29:19 8 Tiziana CARUSO ITA 3:30:33 9 Paola COCCATO ITA 3:33:19 10 Anna PEDRAZZINI ITA 3:35:23
Kenyans dominated this second edition of the race, with start and finish in the Praca Charles Miller. In winning their races Kiprono Mutai and Eunice Kirwa both set new course records. In the struggle for Olympic qualification Vanderlei de Lima, who took the bronze medal in Athens, and Maria Zeferina Baldaia were highest placed among the Brazilians. The accompanying "quarter" marathon attracted 6000 participants and transformed the area into a grand festival.
Mutai, 21 years old, was flattered to defeat De Lima, who he regarded as an icon of the sport. Eunice Kirwa was also surprised with the margin of her win as she arrived from Kenya only two days before the race. With Franck Caldeira absent because of a virus De Lima was the main draw of the event. He said he was not yet in 100% condition but his run had given him the confidence needed to fulfil his dream of participating in his fourth Olympic Games. He will run the Turin Marathon on 13 April in an attempt to qualify. Maria Zeferina Baldaia is also gradually returning to top form and will pursue her challenge for an Olympic place in the Hamburg Marathon on 27 April.
MEN: 1 Kiprono C MUTAI KEN 1:04:02 2 Vanderlei C DE LIMA BRA 1:04:10 3 Anoe DOS SANTOS DIAS BRA 1:05:24 4 Giomar P DA SILVA BRA 1:05:28 5 Marcos A PEREIRA BRA 1:05:43 6 Ivanildo P DOS ANJOS BRA 1:05:45 7 Marcos A ELIAS BRA 1:05:49 8 Paulo ALVES DOS SANTOS BRA 1:05:57 9 Luiz C FERNANDES DA SILVA BRA 1:06:02 10 Cosme ANSELMO DE SOUZA BRA 1:06:07 WOMEN: 1 Eunice J KIRWA KEN 1:15:08 2 Ednah MUKHWANA KEN 1:16:11 3 Maria Z R BALDAIA BRA 1:16:22 4 Marily DOS SANTOS BRA 1:17:17 5 Edielza ALVES DOS SANTOS BRA 1:17:57 6 Andrea C DA SILVA RAMOS BENIT BRA 1:18:12 7 Lucelia DE OLIVEIRA PERES BRA 1:19:31 8 Simone ALVES DA SILVA BRA 1:19:39 9 Maria L SANTOS DO NASCIMENTO BRA 1:19:50 10 Adriana APARECIDA DA SILVA BRA 1:19:57
On a cool spring morning (7°C) 6500 men and 1000 women took part on the streets of the old Japanese capital.
MEN: 1 Soji IKEDA JPN 1:02:10 2 Kazuo IETANI JPN 1:02:18 3 Yuichi TOKUCHI JPN 1:02:41 4 Tsukasa MORITA JPN 1:02:47 5 Takuya ISHIKAWA JPN 1:03:02 6 Makoto FUKUI JPN 1:03:24 7 Syota YAMADA JPN 1:03:57 8 Takahiko ONISHI JPN 1:04:01 9 Yohei YAMAMOTO JPN 1:04:02 10 Makoto OGURA JPN 1:04:07 WOMEN: 1 Aki FUJIKAWA JPN 1:10:41 2 Yui SAKAI JPN 1:11:05 3 Ryoko KIZAKI JPN 1:11:16 4 Seika NISHIKAWA JPN 1:12:03 5 Miho IHARA JPN 1:13:02 6 Akiko MATSUNAGA JPN 1:13:14 7 Yuri SUGIYAMA JPN 1:13:30 8 Kate SMYTH AUS 1:13:54 9 Chizuro IDETA JPN 1:14:01 10 Tomomi HIGUCHI JPN 1:14:01
Cool conditions (4°C) and a steady, fast pace through the first half (20km in one hour) left three runners still together at 40km (2:00:48), but it was Sammy Korir - one of only three men to have run sub 2:05 - who proved strongest at the finish writes Mirko Javala. It was the fourth fastest time in the 36-year old's career as he led two of his countrymen - Jason Mbote and Edwin Komen - home under 2:08. China's Zhang Shujing, running her fastest time since her 2003 victory in this race, had it easier in winning ahead of the race revelation Wang Xueqin.
Last year's surprise winner Lee Bong-Ju, the Korean record holder, dropped back before 20km, but even at 30km (1:30:24) a group of five Kenyans were still together. Charles Kibiwott and then Francis Kiprop dropped back as the podium places were fought out in the closing stages. Mbote and Komen were among 11 of the top 20 finishers who set personal best times.
After 15km of running in the women's race Zhang had only Hellen Kimutai (KEN) and another Chinese, Wang Xueqin, for company. Wang's only previous marathon was 2:45:45 but, after they ran through 20km together in 1:09:14 it was Kimutai who dropped back before 25km, passing through 100m down on the Chinese pair. Zhang moved ahead before 35km. Kimutai just kept ahead of Tabitha Tsatsa (ZIM) who improved her own national record, set in this race last year, by 48 seconds. Helaria Johannes set a Namibian national record in 7th.
MEN: 1 Sammy KORIR KEN 2:07:32 2 Jason MBOTE KEN 2:07:37 3 Edwin KOMEN KEN 2:07:45 4 Francis KIPROP KEN 2:08:30 5 Charles KIBIWOTT KEN 2:08:33 6 Albert MATEBOR KEN 2:11:01 7 Kim YI-YONG KOR 2:11:14 8 Lee BONG-JU KOR 2:12:27 9 Laban KIPKEMBOI KEN 2:14:07 10 Ji YOUNG-JOON KOR 2:15:07 WOMEN: 1 Zhang SHUJING CHN 2:26:11 2 Wang XUEQIN CHN 2:28:39 3 Hellen KIMUTAI KEN 2:29:11 4 Thabita TSATSA ZIM 2:29:20 5 Lee EUN-JUNG KOR 2:29:32 6 Lee SUN-YOUNG KOR 2:32:17 7 Helaria JOHANNES NAM 2:33:06 8 Chae EUN-HEE KOR 2:33:28 9 Youn SUN-SOOK KOR 2:34:18 10 Chang JIN-SOOK KOR 2:36:44
Galina Bogomolova won impressively and set a new Italian all-comers' record while men's winner Jonathan Yego ducked under 2:10 just ahead of Philip Kimutai and Henry Kapkyai with all three setting personal bests writes Diego Sampolo.
Bogomolova ran fast from the start, breaking away at 5km and passing through 15km in 50:43, 1:23 ahead of a group of six. The top Italians Vincenza Sicari and Ornella Ferrara, who were aiming for a 2:30 time and Olympic qualification, dropped out of the race. At halfway (1:11:20) Bogumolova was nearly two minutes ahead of Larissa Zousko and Aniko Kalovics but continued to push hard in the second half of the race (1.24:40 at 25km and 1:41:40 at 30km) to open up a huge gap as she crossed the finish line in the famous Fori Imperiali in the heart of the Eternal City with the third fastest time of the year. "When I realized I could dip under 2:23 I pushed hard in the last kilometres," she said. She earned €16,000 for the win and €50,000 as bonus for the Italian all-comers record.
In second, 39-year old Zousko said "it was easier [last time I ran here] because I was two years younger." Kalovics also dipped under 2:30 in third place in 2:29:04.
While the women's race was dominated by runners from Eastern Europe, the men's race was an African affair. It was decided in the final stages and on the hardest section of the course where runners had to battle against a strong wind. Pacemakers had set a sub-2:09 pace up to halfway (1:04:13), and they were still in front at 30km, passed nine seconds ahead of the chasing group in 1:32:02, formed by five Kenyans and an Ethiopian. The top Italian, Ottaviano Andiani, pulled out at 32km with a groin injury. From 30km Kapkyai pushed ahead and built up a 10 second lead over Kimutai and the Ethiopian Dejene Berhanu, but conditions were tough over the final kilometres. On an uphill section Yego and Kimutai caught Kapkyai at 37km and Yego continued to push hard to the end, taking a narrow win.
MEN: 1 Jonathan Yego KIPTOO KEN 2:09:58 2 Philip Sanga KIMUTAI KEN 2:10:02 3 Henry Kimeli KAPKIAY KEN 2:10:16 4 Peter KORIR KEN 2:10:48 5 Jonathan Kipkorir KOSGEI KEN 2:11:13 6 David TARUS KEN 2:11:18 7 Dejene BIRHANU ETH 2:11:23 8 Michael Kimani NJOROGE KEN 2:11:37 9 Antonenko MIKOLA UKR 2:11:57 10 Philip SINGOEI KEN 2:12:05 WOMEN: 1 Galina BOGOLOMOVA RUS 2:22:53 2 Larissa ZOUSKO RUS 2:28:18 3 Aniko KALOVICS HUN 2:29:04 4 Flora KANDIE KEN 2:32:39 5 Baysa ATSEDE ETH 2:33:07 6 Lema Haile KEBUBUSH ETH 2:34:03 7 Anastasiya PADALINSKAYA BEL 2:34:08 8 Hellen CHERONO KEN 2:34:45 9 Tanith MAXWELL RSA 2:37:35 10 Justyna BAK POL 2:38:03
Haile Gebrselassie dominated from the start and ran alone after 10km, in complete contrast to the women's race where Salina Kosgei took her third victory in Lisbon only after winning a desperate final sprint for the top 5 positions writes Antonio Manuel Fernandes.
Gebrselassie, along with the Kenyans Charles Kamathi and Robert Cheruiyot, took the lead from a small group at 5km (14:00), but before 10km (27:59) he broke away. Passing through 15km in 42:03, Gebrselassie later said: "I tried to push myself but I couldn't do better. It's a little bit hot, I'm feeling well, but I couldn't achieve my goal. It's no excuse." Cheruiyot (six times on the podium in Lisbon without a victory) passed his compatriot Kamathi in the final metres. In a strong Portuguese showing Eduardo Henriques, who turns 40 next week, was fifth and three others finished in the top 10.
Salina Kosgei played a waiting game in the women's race. With the confidence of having won a blanket finish in Ras Al Kaimah five weeks earlier (where the first three finished with the same time) she left it to a sprint and came in two seconds ahead of Pamela Chepchumba and Souad Aït Salem. Berhane Adere, and the improving Tigist Tufa also finished close.
MEN: 1 Haile GEBRSELASSIE ETH 59:15 2 Charles KAMATHI KEN 1:00:45 3 Robert Kipkoech CHERUIYOT KEN 1:00:50 4 Samuel KARANJA KEN 1:00:52 5 Eduardo HENRIQUES POR 1:02:10 6 Manuel DAMIAO POR 1:03:07 7 Paulo GOMES POR 1:03:20 8 Hermano FERREIRA POR 1:03:22 9 Nixon KIPRONO KEN 1:03:25 10 Jaouad GHARIB MAR 1:04:28 WOMEN: 1 Salina KOSGEI KEN 1:09:57 2 Pamela CHEPCHUMBA KEN 1:09:59 3 Souad Aït SALEM ALG 1:09:59 4 Berhane ADERE ETH 1:10:01 5 Tigist TUFA ETH 1:10:03 6 Atsede HABTAMU ETH 1:10:15 7 Jo PAVEY GBR 1:10:39 8 Madai PEREZ MEX 1:11:02 9 Pasalia CHEPKORIR KEN 1:11:15 10 Askale MAGARSA ETH 1:11:48
Bright sun and a light breeze marked the start of the world's most southerly AIMS-certified marathon in which 34 individual runners and 31 relay teams participated. Only one runner, suffering from an old injury, failed to complete the race.
The fine weather (15°C and untypically little wind at only 4.5m/s) brought a new course record and a new winner. The winner for the past three editions, Hugh Marsden, came second but still beat his own best time for the course. The pair literally ran side by side all the way up to the last mile when Simon Almond picked up the pace to get away.
Standard Chartered Bank Falkland Islands is proud to have staged the fourth Standard Chartered Stanley Marathon as a strong team effort among staff. All entry fees and any money raised from the marathon will be donated to Standard Chartered's Seeing Is Believing programme – a global community initiative driven by the Bank's staff to raise awareness of avoidable blindness issues and to raise $10 million by 2010 to make a difference to the lives of 10 million people across 20 countries.
MEN: 1 Simon ALMOND GBR 2:55:46 2 Hugh MARSDEN GBR 2:56:59 3 Marcelo DE BERNARDIS ARG 3:07:29 4 Rupendra GURUNG NEP 3:11:18 5 Terry REDHEAD GBR 3:17:13 6 Christopher QUINN GBR 3:29:32 7 Derek MCKEWAN GBR 3:35:04 8 Kevin LUCAS GBR 3:38:16 9 Resham SHREES NEP 3:41:15 10 Lee GREEN GBR 3:44:22 WOMEN: 1 Amy CRUICKSHANK GBR 3:44:48 2 Gail FISHER GBR 3:47:04 4-MEMBER RELAY TEAMS: 1 FIDF 2:56:47 2 Hofmeisters 3:03:35 3 IPC Select 3:04:45 4 Morrison 3:07:18 5 Griffin 3:08:31 6 Air Force One 3:10:39 7 Maximum Break 147 3:11:02 8 Res Rockets 3:19:43 9 G E F Gazelles 3:23:28 10 FIDF B 3:25:25
MEN: 1 Marco MAMBO ZIM 3:11:35 2 Mzwaele MAPHEKULA RSA 3:12:30 3 Simon PEU RSA 3:13:33 4 Mluleke NOBANDA RSA 3:14:10 5 Bethuel NETSHIFHEFHE RSA 3:14:15 6 Mabule RHAPOTLE RSA 3:14:15 7 Peter MUTHUBE RSA 3:15:13 8 Stephen MUZHINGI RSA 3:15:28 9 Johannes MASEKO RSA 3:16:03 10 Sipho NGOMANE RSA 3:16:40 WOMEN: 1 Olesya NURGALIEVA RUS 3:34:53 2 Elena NURGALIEVA RUS 3:35:25 3 Tatyana ZHIRKOVA RUS 3:39:24 4 Madina BIKTAGIROVA RUS 3:46:52 5 Riana VAN NIEKERK RSA 3:53:09 6 Carol MERCER RSA 4:05:23 7 Farwa MENTOOR RSA 4:07:33 8 Ursula FRANS RSA 4:08:36 9 Grace DE OLIVEIRA RSA 4:10:19 10 Leanne JUUL RSA 4:13:37 HALF MARATHON MEN: 1 George MAJIJI ZIM 1:03:31 2 Lusapho APRIL RSA 1:03:34 3 Luwis MASUNDA ZIM 1:03:59 WOMEN: 1 Mamorallo TJOKA LES 1:15:05 2 Tabitha TSATSA ZIM 1:15:08 3 Samukeliso MOYO ZIM 1:16:47
MEN: 1 Daraja TEDESTA 1:09:22 2 Destau SWANH 1:10:34 3 Hielle SATAIN 1:10:34 4 Memo ASERET 1:12:15 5 Hervee ATALY 1:12:16 6 Jacek CIELUSZECKI 1:20:18 7 Alexe MACHENKO 1:21:09 8 Sharon ZECHARYA 1:23:08 9 Anner SHERMAN 1:23:08 10 Zion NAGAR 1:23:44 WOMEN: 1 Svetlana BEHMEND 1:20:56 2 Blancha KALKIDA 1:20:56 3 Loris MANDLOVIC 1:29:28 4 Dorit SHUVALY 1:40:28 5 Orly AMOS 1:41:17 6 Or Mamo CARMELI 1:42:09 7 Jesica SPECTOR 1:42:28 8 Efrat KELER 1:43:35 9 Inez NAROSHEK 1:44:38 10 Hadassa BRUNSCHWIG 1:44:48
Expectations for a new course record had been high but strong winds in the Czech capital dashed any hopes for bettering Patrick Ivuti's 1:01:00 from last year's race as Kenya's Eliah Muturi Karanja and Ethiopia's Asha Roba Gigi took top honours. A total of 5812 runners took part in the 10th anniversary race, 20% up on last year's figures.
Kenya's Jackson Kiprono Kirwa was race favourite, and was led out by Mark Tanui at a blazing pace. They were well clear by 5km but at 10km Kirwa was losing ground to Tanui as both of them were being swept up by a more cautious-starting pack. While Kirwa faded to eighth in 1:04:42 Tanui pressed on with the pack and had enough left at the end to grab third place.
Caroline Caroline Kwambai's 1:10:08 course record from 2006 was safe, but the Kenyan was soon dropped by Asha Gigi and had to settle for runner-up spot for the second successive year as both of them finished streets ahead of the rest of the women.
MEN: 1 Eliah Muturi KARANJA KEN 1:02:08 2 Mugi MUHUGU KEN 1:02:23 3 Mark TANUI KEN 1:02:41 4 Paul BIWOTT KEN 1:02:58 5 Cheruiyot KOSGEI KEN 1:02:59 6 Wilberforce TALEL KEN 1:03:11 7 Eliah MBOGO KEN 1:03:59 8 Jackson KIRWA KEN 1:04:42 9 Julius MURIUKI KEN 1:05:06 10 Wilson ONSARE KEN 1:06:32 WOMEN: 1 Asha Roba GIGI ETH 1:12:00 2 Caroline KWAMBAI KEN 1:12:31 3 Yelena SOKOLOVA RUS 1:17:03 4 Magdalini GAZEA GRE 1:17:20 5 Jana KLIMESOVA CZE 1:21:15 6 Eniko JAKAB ROM 1:23:20 7 Sarah HAINES GBR 1:23:58 8 Eva STROBLOVA CZE 1:24:26 9 Anna RIBERTI ITA 1:26:56 10 Birgit KRETZSCHMAR GER 1:27:28
A cold, blustery and windswept Edinburgh greeted the runners, in complete contrast to the heat and humidity of last year's Championships in Mombasa. Holyrood Park's serpentine course and soggy ground sent runners sprawling at the sharp corners. The sharp incline of the rocky outcrop called "Haggis Knowe" and the swift descent that followed contributed to some explosive finishes. Without an individual win last year Ethiopia took all four titles this time around, the last such sweep having been by Kenya back in 1994.
SENIOR MEN: Bekele reclaims his crown
Kenenisa Bekele almost met with disaster when, at one of the tighter corners on the course, the lead runners bunched and slowed and Bekele's shoe was trodden off. He took his time to fix it back in place but kept his cool, carefully worked his way back into contention, and then drove decisively for home on the last lap.
Bekele controlled the pace from the front with aplomb for the first lap but after his mishap he finished the second lap back in 12th and was still in eighth place after the third lap. Defending champion Zersenay Tadese then launched a sustained drive which pulled a Kenyans Leonard Komon and Joseph Ebuya clear with him. Bekele responded, and effortlessly slipped in among them. Bekele took the lead early on the sixth and last lap, dropping Ebuya in doing so. As he approached the hill for the last time Bekele was already building a winning lead as the 20-year old Komon struggled to maintain contact. Tadese, who had led most of the race, professed himself content with third: "a bronze medal for my country is still important to me".
1 Kenenisa BEKELE ETH 34:38 2 Leonard KOMON KEN 34:41 3 Zersenay TADESSE ERI 34:43 4 Joseph EBUYA KEN 34:47 5 Moses MASAI KEN 35:02 6 Felix KIBORE QAT 35:15 7 Gideon NGATUNY KEN 35:16 8 Ahmad ABDULLA QAT 35:18 9 Habtamu FIKADU ETH 35:19 10 Bernard KIPYEGO KEN 35:24 TEAMS: 1 Kenya 39 pts 2 Ethiopia 105 pts 3 Qatar 144 pts 4 Eritrea 164 pts 5 Morocco 197 pts
SENIOR WOMEN: Dibaba drives from behind
Priscah Jepleteng led for much of the first two laps as the lead group diminished but remained large. Mestawet Tufa and Gelete Burka then took up the running and after the third lap seemed to have only the Kenyan junior talent Linet Masai for company. But Tirunesh Dibaba was only a couple of seconds further back, and later said that a stitch had made her fall back in mid-race.
Gelete Burka forged a significant lead during the last lap but in dropping Tufa and Masai provided convenient targets for Dibaba. Masai fought back alongside the charging Dibaba as Tufa caught Burka and all four were together approaching the hill with 400m to go. But Burka was broken, losing a further two places in the finish straight, and Dibaba quickly pushed clear of Tufa to win. She led Ethiopia to the team title for the seventh consecutive year but, led in by Masai, the Kenyan women pressed them all the way.
1 Tirunesh DIBABA ETH 25:10 2 Mestawet TUFA ETH 25:15 3 Linet MASAI KEN 25:18 4 Doris CHANGEWO KEN 25:34 5 Hilda KIBET NED 25:35 6 Gelete BURKA ETH 25:35 7 Priscah JEPLETENG KEN 25:36 8 Margaret MURIUKI KEN 25:46 9 Meseret MELKAMU ETH 25:51 10 Grace MOMANYI KEN 25:54 TEAMS: 1 Ethiopia 18 pts 2 Kenya 22 pts 3 Australia 84 pts 4 United States 87 pts 5 Morocco 100 pts
JUNIOR MEN: Track speed takes it
World Junior 10,000m champion Ibrahim Jeilan coped with the short sharp ascents on the longer laps and used the downslope to launch a blistering finish. Benjamin Kiplagat of Uganda forced the pace for much of the race. By the third of four laps the lead group had reduced to 10 runners, with Kiplagat, Matthew Kisorio and Lucas Rotich in front and Jeilan and his compatriot Ayele Abshero tucked in behind them.
Abshero mounted a serious attack up the sharp slope of Haggis Knowe but Jeilan immediately tucked in behind him as they both drew clear. The downward slope assisted his impressive leg speed as he sprinted clear to take the title. Lucas Rotich professed himself disappointed with his bronze medal-winning run, but led Kenya to their 20th team victory in 21 years.
1 Ibrahim JEILAN ETH 20:38 2 Ayele ABSHERO ETH 22:40 3 Lucas ROTICH KEN 22:42 4 Benjamin KIPLAGAT UGA 22:43 5 Titus MBISHEI KEN 22:45 6 Matthew KISORIO KEN 22:51 7 Peter SOME KEN 22:55 8 Geofrey KUSURO UGA 22:56 9 Amanuel MESEL ERI 23:00 10 Levy OMARI KEN 23:03 TEAMS: 1 Kenya 21 pts 2 Ethiopia 28 pts 3 Uganda 39 pts 4 Japan 119 pts 5 Morocco 136 pts
JUNIOR WOMEN: An emerging dynasty
Genzebe Dibaba demonstrated her older sister Tirunesh's commanding tactics and style in holding back for almost the entire race before unleashing a killer kick.
It all unfolded on the last lap as first Emebet Bacha attacked. Irene Cheptai took over with a hard effort ascending the hill as Dibaba now started to chase in earnest. "[Earlier] I expected to get a medal but I didn't expect to win. On the third lap I realised I could" she said later. She took the lead on the steepest part of the hill and it was then Cheptai doing the chasing. "I have looked up to my sisters for so so long. I am very happy to be like them," said Dibaba. Ethiopia took odd places and Kenya even as both teams' four scorers finished ahead of anyone else, with the result a narrow victory for Ethiopia, for the first time since 2004.
1 Genzebe DIBABA ETH 19:59 2 Irine CHEPTAI KEN 20:04 3 Emebt ETEA ETH 20:06 4 Delvine MERINGOR KEN 20:06 5 Emebet BACHA ETH 20:11 6 Jackline CHEBII KEN 20:11 7 Betelhem MOGES ETH 20:13 8 Dorcas KIPTARUS KEN 20:17 9 Tigist MEMUYE ETH 20:27 10 Yukino NINOMIYE JPN 20:30 TEAMS: 1 Ethiopia 16 pts 2 Kenya 20 pts 3 Japan 57 pts 4 Great Britain 95 pts 5 Canada 99 pts
MEN: 1 Gebreslase GENERINER ETH 1:06:44 2 Eshetu ESTEFANOS ETH 1:07:51 3 Vitalie GHEORGHITA MOL 1:08:06 4 Legesse TAMRAT ETH 1:08:12 5 Velimir BOJOVIC SER 1:08:19 6 Sreten NINKOVIC SER 1:08:35 7 Viorel GHEORGHITA MOL 1:09:31 8 Milos MILOVANOVIC SER 1:13:29 9 Cristian PRASMEAC ROM 1:13:42 10 Dragan PANDUREVIC SER 1:14:05 WOMEN: 1 Jelena MARKOVIA SER 1:25:06 2 Bodlovic KSENIJA SER 1:29:42 3 Milana GAVRILOV SER 1:31:38 4 Katerina DIMOVSKA MAK 1:32:34 5 Biljana GRUBOR-VOZAREVIC SER 1:39:15 6 Mirjana PERENDUA SER 1:52:31 7 Dianne ATTWOOD SER 1:54:35 8 Rackel STAPLETON SER 1:54:46 9 Karolina MADARAS SER 1:57:13 10 Dragana RAKIC SER 1:58:12
MEN: 1 Nelson K ROTICH KEN 2:15:32 2 Luka K CHELIMO KEN 2:15:39 3 Kipkering K CHRIST KEN 2:16:30 4 Daniel KIPKEMEI KEN 2:16:44 5 Frimin K KIPCHOGE KEN 2:21:00 6 Lewis A ONDATI KEN 2:21:25 7 Benjamin K METO KEN 2:22:39 8 Hillary K KIPKOECH KEN 2:26:38 9 Philip TARUS KEN 2:26:59 10 Yapa M NIMAL SRI 2:32:24 WOMEN: 1 Fridah C LODEPA KEN 2:54:23 2 Jane W WAWERU KEN 3:01:00 3 Magret KIPLAGAT KEN 3:06:03 4 Apassara P THINPHIMAI THA 3:08:30 5 Anne QI HUI DATE SIN 3:11:27 6 Kigen C JERUTO KEN 3:24:53 7 Mattika RAKKHAPHAN THA 3:28:34 8 Tan Sok Hue SUMIKO SIN 3:35:13 9 Tan LI LIAN MAS 3:37:29 10 Kat JA FINK SUI 3:37:31 HALF MARATHON MEN: 1 Julius K MBUGUA KEN 1:09:30 2 Geoffrey K BIRGEN KEN 1:10:16 3 Robert K KOSGEI KEN 1:14:17 WOMEN: 1 Jane N KANGARA KEN 1:21:46 2 Rose CHEROTICH KEN 1:27:48 3 Sarah CHEBET KEN 1:36:14
MEN: 1 Geoffrey MUTAI KEN 2:12:40 2 Jacob KITUR KEN 2:13:22 3 Joel K KIPLIMO KEN 2:13:50 4 Henry TARUS KEN 2:16:57 5 Folisho T TUM ETH 2:19:33 6 Sergey FEDOTOV RUS 2:20:40 7 Aliaksey C HAURY BLR 2:20:52 8 Stanley R KIPROTICH KEN 2:22:09 9 Andrei BRYZGALOV RUS 2:23:15 10 Patrick K CHUMBA KEN 2:24:25 WOMEN: 1 Elena KOZHEVNIKOVA RUS 2:41:21 2 Elena TIKHONOVA RUS 2:48:10 3 Jeanna MALKOVA RUS 2:50:37 4 Kristijna LOONEN NED 2:51:30 5 Nadezda SEMILETOVA RUS 2:56:53 6 Chantel BOIS FRA 3:16:41 7 Claudia BAUDRY FRA 3:23:34 8 Marie Anne C BOULOC FRA 3:25:35 9 Chantal ANDRADE FRA 3:26:03 10 Sylvie GUASCH FRA 3:27:55
MEN: 1 Denis CURZI ITA 2:13:27 2 Peter Esakete LOMURIA KEN 2:13:47 3 Samson KOSGEO KEN 2:15:10 4 Kenneth KIPTOO KEN 2:15:39 5 Joshua Kipchumba ROP KEN 2:16:41 6 Said BOUDALIA ITA 2:17:14 7 Clint VERRAN USA 2:17:51 8 Hermann ACHMULLER ITA 2:19:50 9 Jason MAYEROFF USA 2:23:39 10 Filippo Lo PICCOLO ITA 2:24:24 WOMEN: 1 Helena JAVORNIK SLO 2:28:36 2 Laura GIORDANO ITA 2:37:36 3 Sisay MEASO ETH 2:42:26 4 Monica CARLIN ITA 2:44:44 5 Marinella CURRELI ITA 2:48:03 6 Marina ZANARDI ITA 2:50:43 7 Greta VARCHI ITA 2:53:55 8 Ulrike RAICH 2:54:42 9 Sonia DONNINI ITA 3:01:11 10 Rosanna SARAN ITA 3:05:26
MEN: 1 Wilson Kipsang KIPROTICH KEN 1:02:50 2 James KIRWA KEN 1:03:32 3 Bekir KARAYEL TUR 1:05:54 4 Mehmet ÇAGLAYAN TUR 1:06:35 5 Belachew Amare SHIBESHI ETH 1:06:45 WOMEN: 1 Damla Yenigelen ÇELIK TUR 1:23:13 2 Birgül ÖZCAN TUR 1:23:19 3 Yesim Yeter GULAL TUR 1:23:30 4 Hülya BASTUG TUR 1:24:04
In cloudy, cool weather (7.5°C) more than 13,000 runners completed, among whom 11 foreign countries were represented.
MEN: 1 Luke METTO KEN 1:03:27 2 Andrew SAMBU TAN 1:04:03 3 Chokri DHAOUADI TUN 1:04:15 4 Assefa Worku BEYENE ETH 1:04:46 5 Simon SAWE KEN 1:05:23 6 Su-Hyun CHO KOR 1:05:26 7 Ji-San RYU KOR 1:05:29 8 Masahiro FUJITA JPN 1:05:42 9 Sung-Min BAE KOR 1:05:44 10 Byung-Ryul KIM KOR 1:05:55 WOMEN: 1 Sung-Eun KIM KOR 1:14:44 2 Min-Jung CHOI KOR 1:15:07 3 Kyung-Hee CHOI KOR 1:16:23 4 Yu-Jin CHANG KOR 1:16:35 5 Jin-Sook CHANG KOR 1:16:58 6 Eun-Ju KWON KOR 1:17:04
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