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Senbere Teferi wins New York City half marathon

Ethiopia’s Senbere Teferi won the 21km women race at the New York City half marathon that was held on Sunday (20) in New York.

Teferi took charge of the race withe 1km remaining but Irene Cheptei gave her a hard time as she remained on her sholuder till the 50metre that the ethiopian made a final kick to forge ahead and cut the tape in a time of 1:0735 with Cheptai forced to settle in second place when she crossed the line two seconds later.

the 2016 European 10000m bronze medallist, Karoline Bjerkeli Grøvdal from Norway closed the podium finishes in a time of 1:08.07.

Another kenyan Sharon Lokedi from Kenya   and the 2016 Pan American Games silver medallist Lindsay Flanagan came home in fourth and fifth place in a time of 1:08.14 and 1:09.50 respectively.

The two times World marathon Champion, Edna Kiplagat who now resides in the United States finished in tenth position in a time of 1:10.22.

  1. Senbere Teferi        (ETH) 1:07.35
  2. Irene Cheptai         (KEN) 1:07.37
  3. Karoline Grovdal   (NOR) 1:08.07
  4. Sharon Lokedi        (KEN) 1:08.14
  5. Lindsay Flanagan  (USA) 1:09.50

Boston Marathon: All-time men’s, women’s winners

Japan’s Yuki Kawauchi and American Desiree Linden got to add their names to the list of Boston Marathon winners in 2018.

Kawauchi became the first Japanese men’s winner since 1987 and Linden became the first woman to win from the U.S. since 1985.

The Boston Marathon is the longest running marathon in the world. It’s been held annually since 1897. The first 69 years of the race were run by only men, with women starting to unofficially compete in 1966, then officially in 1972. The race, held on Patriots Day in the greater metro area of Boston, is also the first to incorporate a wheelchair division, starting in 1975.

Clarence DeMar holds the record for most men’s wins with seven while Catherine Ndereba has the most women’s wins with four.

Below is the all-time list of men’s and women’s winners of the Boston Marathon.

Boston Marathon: All-time winners

Men

Year Winner Country Time
1897 John J. McDermott United States 2:55:10
1898 Ronald J. MacDonald Canada 2:42:00
1899 Lawrence Brignolia United States 2:54:38
1900 John Caffery Canada 2:39:44
1901 John Caffery Canada 2:29:23
1902 Sammy Mellor United States 2:43:12
1903 John Lorden United States 2:41:29
1904 Michael Spring United States 2:38:04
1905 Frederick Lorz United States 2:38:25
1906 Tim Ford United States 2:45:45
1907 Thomas Longboat Canada 2:24:24
1908 Thomas Morrissey United States 2:25:43
1909 Henri Renaud United States 2:53:36
1910 Fred Cameron Canada 2:28:52
1911 Clarence DeMar United States 2:21:39
1912 Michael J. Ryan United States 2:21:18
1913 Fritz Carlson United States 2:25:14
1914 James Duffy Canada 2:25:14
1915 Edouard Fabre Canada 2:31:41
1916 Arthur Roth United States 2:27:16
1917 Bill Kennedy United States 2:28:37
1918 Camp Devens relay team United States 2:29:53
1919 Carl Linder United States 2:29:13
1920 Peter Trivoulides Greece 2:29:31
1921 Frank Zuna United States 2:18:57
1922 Clarence DeMar United States 2:18:10
1923 Clarence DeMar United States 2:23:47
1924 Clarence DeMar United States 2:29:40
1925 Charles Mellor United States 2:33:00
1926 Johnny Miles Canada 2:25:40
1927 Clarence DeMar United States 2:40:22
1928 Clarence DeMar United States 2:37:07
1929 Johnny Miles Canada 2:33:08
1930 Clarence DeMar United States 2:34:48
1931 James Henigan United States 2:46:45
1932 Paul de Bruyn Germany 2:33:36
1933 Leslie S. Pawson United States 2:31:01
1934 Dave Komonen Canada 2:32:53
1935 John A. Kelley United States 2:32:07
1936 Ellison Brown United States 2:33:40
1937 Walter Young Canada 2:33:20
1938 Leslie S. Pawson United States 2:35:34
1939 Ellison Brown United States 2:28:51
1940 Gerard Cote Canada 2:28:28
1941 Leslie S. Pawson United States 2:30:38
1942 Joe Smith United States 2:26:51
1943 Gerard Cote Canada 2:28:25
1944 Gerard Cote Canada 2:31:50
1945 John A. Kelley United States 2:30:40
1946 Stylianos Kyriakides Greece 2:29:27
1947 Suh Yun-bok South Korea 2:25:39
1948 Gerard Cote Canada 2:31:02
1949 Gosta Leandersson Sweden 2:31:50
1950 Ham Kee-Yong South Korea 2:32:39
1951 Shigeki Tanaka Japan 2:27:45
1952 Doroteo Flores Guatemala 2:31:53
1953 Keizo Yamada Japan 2:18:51
1954 Veikko Karvonen Finland 2:20:39
1955 Hideo Hamamura Japan 2:18:22
1956 Antti Viskari Finland 2:14:14
1957 John J. Kelley United States 2:20:05
1958 Franjo Mihalic Yugoslavia 2:25:54
1959 Eino Oksanen Finland 2:22:42
1960 Paavo Kotila Finland 2:20:54
1961 Eino Oksanen Finland 2:23:39
1962 Eino Oksanen Finland 2:23:48
1963 Aurele Vandendriessche Belgium 2:18:58
1964 Aurele Vandendriessche Belgium 2:19:59
1965 Morio Shigematsu Japan 2:16:33
1966 Kenji Kimihara Japan 2:17:11
1967 Dave McKenzie New Zealand 2:15:45
1968 Amby Burfoot United States 2:22:17
1969 Yoshiaki Unetani Japan 2:13:49
1970 Ron Hill United Kingdom 2:10:30
1971 Alvaro Mejia Colombia 2:18:45
1972 Olavi Suomalainen Finland 2:15:39
1973 Jon Anderson United States 2:16:03
1974 Neil Cusack Ireland 2:13:39
1975 Bill Rodgers United States 2:09:55
1976 Jack Fultz United States 2:20:19
1977 Jerome Drayton Canada 2:14:46
1978 Bill Rodgers United States 2:10:13
1979 Bill Rodgers United States 2:09:27
1980 Bill Rodgers United States 2:12:11
1981 Toshihiko Seko Japan 2:09:26
1982 Alberto Salazar United States 2:08:52
1983 Greg Meyer United States 2:09:00
1984 Geoff Smith United Kingdom 2:10:34
1985 Geoff Smith United Kingdom 2:14:05
1986 Robert de Castella Australia 2:07:51
1987 Toshihiko Seko Japan 2:11:50
1988 Ibrahim Hussein Kenya 2:08:43
1989 Abebe Mekonnen Ethiopia 2:09:06
1990 Gelindo Bordin Italy 2:08:19
1991 Ibrahim Hussein Kenya 2:11:06
1992 Ibrahim Hussein Kenya 2:08:14
1993 Cosmas Ndeti Kenya 2:09:33
1994 Cosmas Ndeti Kenya 2:07:15
1995 Cosmas Ndeti Kenya 2:09:22
1996 Moses Tanui Kenya 2:09:15
1997 Lameck Aguta Kenya 2:10:34
1998 Moses Tanui Kenya 2:07:34
1999 Joseph Chebet Kenya 2:09:52
2000 Elijah Lagat Kenya 2:09:47
2001 Lee Bong-Ju South Korea 2:09:43
2002 Rodgers Rop Kenya 2:09:02
2003 Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot Kenya 2:10:11
2004 Timothy Cherigat Kenya 2:10:37
2005 Hailu Negussie Ethiopia 2:11:44
2006 Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot Kenya 2:07:14
2007 Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot Kenya 2:14:13
2008 Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot Kenya 2:07:45
2009 Deriba Merga Ethiopia 2:08:42
2010 Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot Kenya 2:05:52
2011 Geoffrey Mutai Kenya 2:03:02
2012 Wesley Korir Kenya 2:12:40
2013 Lelisa Desisa Benti Ethiopia 2:10:22
2014 Meb Keflezighi United States 2:08:37
2015 Lelisa Desisa Benti Ethiopia 2:09:17
2016 Lemi Berhanu Hayle Ethiopia 2:12:45
2017 Geoffrey Kirui Kenya 2:09:37
2018 Yuki Kawauchi Japan 2:15:58

Women

Year Winner Country Time
1966 Bobbi Gibb United States 3:21:40
1967 Bobbi Gibb United States 3:27:17
1968 Bobbi Gibb United States 3:30:00
1969 Sara Mae Berman United States 3:22:46
1970 Sara Mae Berman United States 3:05:07
1971 Sara Mae Berman United States 3:08:30
1972 Nina Kuscsik United States 3:10:26
1973 Jacqueline Hansen United States 3:05:59
1974 Miki Gorman United States 2:47:11
1975 Liane Winter West Germany 2:42:24
1976 Kim Merritt United States 2:47:10
1977 Miki Gorman United States 2:48:33
1978 Gayle Barron United States 2:44:52
1979 Joan Benoit United States 2:35:15
1980 Rosie Ruiz* Cuba 2:31:56
1980 Jacqueline Gareau Canada 2:34:28
1981 Allison Roe New Zealand 2:26:46
1982 Charlotte Teske West Germany 2:29:33
1983 Joan Benoit United States 2:22:43
1984 Lorraine Moller New Zealand 2:29:28
1985 Lisa Larsen Weidenbach United States 2:34:06
1986 Ingrid Kristiansen Norway 2:24:55
1987 Rosa Mota Portugal 2:25:21
1988 Rosa Mota Portugal 2:24:30
1989 Ingrid Kristiansen Norway 2:24:33
1990 Rosa Mota Portugal 2:25:24
1991 Wanda Panfil Poland 2:24:18
1992 Olga Markova Russia 2:23:43
1993 Olga Markova Russia 2:25:27
1994 Uta Pippig Germany 2:21:45
1995 Uta Pippig Germany 2:25:11
1996 Uta Pippig Germany 2:27:12
1997 Fatuma Roba Ethiopia 2:26:23
1998 Fatuma Roba Ethiopia 2:23:21
1999 Fatuma Roba Ethiopia 2:23:25
2000 Catherine Ndereba Kenya 2:26:11
2001 Catherine Ndereba Kenya 2:23:53
2002 Margaret Okayo Kenya 2:20:43
2003 Svetlana Zakharova Russia 2:25:19
2004 Catherine Ndereba Kenya 2:24:27
2005 Catherine Ndereba Kenya 2:25:12
2006 Rita Jeptoo Kenya 2:23:38
2007 Lidiya Grigoryeva Russia 2:29:18
2008 Dire Tune Ethiopia 2:25:25
2009 Salina Kosgei Kenya 2:32:16
2010 Teyba Erkesso Ethiopia 2:26:11
2011 Caroline Kilel Kenya 2:22:36
2012 Sharon Cherop Kenya 2:31:50
2013 Rita Jeptoo Kenya 2:26:25
2014 Rita Jeptoo* Kenya 2:18:57
2014 Bizunesh Deba Ethiopia 2:19:59
2015 Caroline Rotich Kenya 2:24:55
2016 Atsede Baysa Ethiopia 2:29:19
2017 Edna Kiplagat Kenya 2:21:52
2018 Desiree Linden United States 2:39:54

(*) denotes disqualification

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Joyciline Jepkosgei to face Peres Jepchirchir at Boston Marathon

Tokyo Olympic Marathon champion, Peres Jepchirchir will lead a power-packed women’s elite fiend for the 26th edition of the Boston Marathon title that will be held on Monday April 18, 2022.

Jepchirchir, who won both the Olympic and New York City Marathons last year is the fastest women in the field that was announced by the race organisers.

“We are delighted to welcome the fastest and most accomplished women’s field in the history of the Boston Marathon,” said Boston Athletic Association president and CEO Tom Grilk through a statement. “Though there have been many milestones in the five decades since the women’s division was established in Boston, this field of Olympic and Paralympic medalists, Boston champions, and global stars will make this a race to remember on Patriots’ Day.”

The adidas-sponsored athlete has a personal best of 2:17.16 that she set in Valencia in 2020

There’s something uniquely special about the Boston Marathon, and I absolutely can’t wait to line up in Hopkinton this April for the race!” Jepchirchir will face off with the London Marathon winner Joyciline Jepkosgei who holds a personal best of 2:17.43.

Seven women have broken the 2:20 barrier with a dozen running under 2:23 mark, including reigning, the 2021 London runner-up Degitu Azimeraw of Ethiopia who holds a personal best of 2:17.58 and 2021 Olympic fourth-placed Roza Dereje of Ethiopia of pb 2:18.30.

In addition to Molly Seidel, the Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist will lead other top Americans like Sara Hall of 2:20.32, Des Linden (2:22.38), and Kellyn Taylor (2:24.28).

LEADING TIME

42KM WOMEN

  1. Peres Jepchirchir,           KEN, 2:17.16   (Valencia, 2020)
  2. Joyciline Jepkosgei,        KEN, 2:17.43   (London, 2021)
  3. Degitu Azimeraw,           ETH, 2:17.58   (London, 2021)
  4. Roza Dereje,                     ETH, 2:18.30   (Valencia, 2019)
  5. Zeineba Yimer,                ETH, 2:19.28   (Valencia, 2019)
  6. Edna Kiplagat                  KEN, 2:19.50   (London, 2012)
  7. Tigist Girma,                    ETH, 2:19.52   (Amsterdam, 2019)
  8. Maurine Chepkemoi,      KEN, 2:20.18   (Amsterdam, 2021)
  9. Sara Hall,                          USA, 2:20.32  (Chandler, 2020)
  10. Desiree Linden,               USA, 2:22.38 (Boston, 2011)
  11. Viola Cheptoo,                KEN, 2:22.44  (New York City, 2021)
  12. Purity Changwony,         KEN, 2:22.46   (Ampugnano, 2021)
  13. Charlotte Purdue,           GBR, 2:23.26   (London, 2021)
  14. Kellyn Taylor,                   USA, 2:24.28   (Duluth, 2018)
  15. Molly Seidel,                    USA, 2:24.42   (New York City, 2021)
  16. Malindi Elmore               CAN, 2:24.50  (Houston, 2020)
  17. Mary Ngugi,                     KEN, 2:25.20  (Boston, 2021)
  18. Monicah Ngige,               KEN, 2:25.32  (Boston, 2021)

Brother Colm recognised for coaching in Kenya

Brother Colm O’Connell says it is a “tremendous honour” to receive an award from the Irish government for his work coaching athletes in Kenya.

The Catholic brother is among 11 recipients of this year’s Presidential Distinguished Service Award, which recognise the contributions of the Irish diaspora.

He has spent over 40 years coaching middle- and long-distance runners in the east African country, nurturing world and Olympic champions and world record holders including double Olympic 800m champion David Rudisha.

“It’s incredible and unbelievable that I should be selected,” O’Connell told BBC Sport Africa.

“It is the highest honour a person can get, especially people from the diaspora.

“I often wonder sometimes how somebody who lives in a remote village in Kenya can be singled out. It’s a tremendous honour and very, very special.”

A Catholic missionary in Iten

Originally from County Cork, Brother Colm’s association with Kenya began in 1976 when he joined the staff of St Patrick’s High School in Iten.

The school for boys, which was was set up by Irish missionaries and built on a hillside overlooking the Rift Valley, went on to establish a world-class track and field record.

Brother Colm’s first Olympic success came in 1988 when Peter Rono, then aged 21, became the youngest-ever winner of the 1500m at the Seoul Games.

Matthew Birir and Brimin Kipruto, both winners of the Olympic 3,000m steeplechase title, also worked under O’Connell.

He also developed female talent such as two-time world marathon champion Edna Kiplagat and former world 800m champions Janeth Jepkosgei and Eunice Sum.

O’Connell with Rudisha in 2012 before the Olympics, where the Kenyan won gold with a world-record time

“The coaching of Kenyan athletes, and particularly in the area of youth – identifying young talent and nurturing it – has been very much part of my aim right from the beginning,” he said.

“I think that’s one area I really came very far in. The success at the top level came as a progression from the young people that I was coaching.

“Maybe one of the most satisfactory things was the development of the women athletes in my group. That is something that I’m very proud of.

“I would like to think that, as a person working in Kenya, I had an impact on young people’s lives through athletics – using it to add value to young people’s lives, to give them a future, hope and values.”

‘My biggest satisfaction is the lives I’ve impacted’

Brother Colm, now in his early 70s, has found a balance between keeping his Irish roots alive and embracing life in Kenya, he says.

“I’ve always felt part of my Irish community, and I think that has been a strength to me because there is strength in diversity,” he said.

“I’ve always felt very encouraged by the support I’ve been given by my family and community in Ireland. And of course, I had a very high level of integration into the Kenyan community.

“That has played a huge role in helping me to reach the level [I have], between being Irish and being Kenyan.”

He previously received a coaching achievement award from World Athletics in 2019 and also has a street named after him in Iten.

“I have been recognized locally, and I appreciate that,” he added.

“But I didn’t come to Iten to find an achievement. In a sense, my biggest satisfaction is the athletes themselves and the people’s lives I have impacted.”

Brother Colm will be presented with the award by Irish President Michael D. Higgins at a ceremony on 2 December.

Interview with Brother Colm O’Connell by BBC Sport Africa’s Lynne Wachira.

Diana Kipyogei runs away with Boston Marathon title

Kenya’s Diana Chemtai Kipyogei won her first major marathon as she ran away with the 25th edition of the Boston Marathon title that was held on Monday (11) in Boston.

The 27-year-old had only run two other marathons heading into Monday’s race, winning the 2020 Istanbul Marathon and placing third at the 2019 Ljubljani Marathon.

The race began at the 8 miles in, when Kipyogei surged ahead. Netsanet Gudeta of Ethiopia, a former world cross-country champion, went after her and caught her within a few miles but at 24 miles, after the two had run side by side, it was Kipyogei who again took the lead. The veteran Edna Kiplagat of Kenya, a pre-race favorite and a two-time world champion as well as a New York and Boston winner, soon caught Gudeta and gave chase to Kipyogei. She gained some time but could not close the whole gap.

Kipyogei kept her pace pace intact to lead 1-2-3 Kenyan podium finish as she cut the tape in 2:24.50 with Ednah forced to settle in second place in 2:25.09.

Mary Ngugi came closed the podium three first finishes when she crossed the line in 2:25.20 with Monicah Ngige also from Kenya finishing in fourth in 2:25.32.

United States Nell Rojas was the top American finisher, placing sixth with a time of 2:27.12.

Edna Kiplagat leads the elite field at Boston Marathon

The 2017 Boston marathon winner Edna Kiplagat from Kenya who is now based in United States will lead the women elite field at the 125th Boston Marathon that will be held from Hopkinton to Boston on Monday, October 11 in Boston.

This will be the first-ever fall edition of the Boston Marathon which will feature more than 140 elite athletes across all divisions including dozens of Americans, the Boston Athletic Association and John Hancock Financial jointly announced today.

The Organizers of the world’s oldest marathon, which could not be held as an in-person event in 2020 due to the pandemic and the local authorities, have permitted a field of 20,000 runners, and up to 70,000 more will run a virtual edition of the race. An $876,500 prize money purse will be on offer, the second largest in the history of the race.

Tom Grilk who is the B.A.A. president and CEO said, “In October, many of the world’s best athletes will look to etch their names in the history books by winning the Boston Marathon, We very much look forward to October’s competition, bringing together winners from more than one hundred global marathons. The B.A.A. is eager to continue the tradition of athletic excellence as we return to the roads leading to Boston.”

As usual the elite field in the open divisions is dominated by Africans. On the women’s side, eight international athletes have run sub-2:22 during their careers led by Ethiopia’s Yebrgual Melese (2:19:36), Mare Dibaba (2:19:52), Workenesh Edesa (2:20:24), Sutume Kebede (2:20:30), and Sutume Kebede (2:20:30). The top Kenyans are Kiplagat, the 2017 women’s race champion (2:19:50), and Helah Kiprop (2:21:27). Caroline Chepkoech, a former Kenyan who now runs for Kazakhstan, is making her debut.

The top American women are Jordan Hasay (2:20:57), Des Linden (2:22:38), and Molly Huddle (2:26:33). Hasay made her marathon debut at Boston in 2017, finishing third in 2:23:00. Linden has run Boston seven times and won the wet, cold and windy edition in 2018 (she was also second in 2011). Like Linden, Huddle ran Boston in 2018 and finished 13th. Ten of the 27 elite women who started that year dropped out.

The two defending champions, Kenya’s Lawrence Cherono and Ethiopia’s Worknesh Degefa, are not in this year’s elite field.

 OPEN DIVISIONS
 International Women:

Yebrgual Melese   (ETH), 2:19:36

Edna Kiplagat        (KEN), 2:19:50

Mare Dibaba          (ETH), 2:19:52

Workenesh Edesa (ETH), 2:20:24

Sutume Kebede    (ETH),  2:20:30

Besu Sado             (ETH), 2:21:03

Helah Kiprop         (KEN), 2:21:27

Bedatu Hirpa         (ETH), 2:21:32

Atsede Baysa        (ETH), 2:22:03

Diana Chemtai      (KEN), 2:22:06

Biruktayit Eshetu   (ETH), 2:22:40

Tigist Abayechew  (ETH), 2:22:45

Purity Changwony (KEN), 2:22:46

Caroline Rotich          (KEN), 2:23:22

Mary Ngugi                (KEN), 2:27:36

Shiho Kaneshige       (JPN),  2:28:51

Netsanet Gudeta        (ETH), 2:29:15

Kellys Arias                (COL), 2:29:36

Tish Jones                 (GBR), 2:31:00

Brittany Moran        (CAN), 2:36:22

Marie-Ange Brumelot (FRA), 2:36:23

Caroline Chepkoech    (KAZ), Debut (1:05:07 Half)

Monicah Ngige             (KEN), Debut (1:07:29 Half)

 

 

 

 

Kipsang and Kiplagat focus on New York despite running in Berlin last month

Defending champion Geoffrey Kamworor leads a host of stars to next month’s New York Marathon.

Kamworor, who is the three-time World Half Marathon champion, will face stiff competition from several of his compatriots in the 42km race during the ‘Big Apple’ race.

Kamworor clocked 2:10:53 to win the event last year.

The defending champion will be up against former winner and world record holder Wilson Kipsang, who competed at last month’s Berlin Marathon, finishing third in 2:06:48.

The 2017 London Marathon champion, Daniel Wanjiru, will also be in the mix.

Wanjiru has a personal best of 2:05:21 set at the Amsterdam Marathon two years ago and will fancy his chances of performing well at the event.

Former New York City Marathon champion Stanley Biwott will also be seeking to reclaim the crown he won in 2015 in 2:10:34 while Stephen Sambu, who clinched the New York City Half Marathon in 2016 in 1:01:16, has also been entered.

In the women’s category, two- time world marathon champion Edna Kiplagat, who finished fourth at the Berlin three weeks ago in 2:21:18, aims to unseat last year’s champion Sharlene Flanagan of the USA.

London Marathon champion Vivian Cheruiyot will also be seeking to win her second marathon crown after her exploit in the British capital in April.

Mary Keitany will be chasing her fourth New York City Marathon crown after victories in 2014-2016.

Keitany is one the country’s most decorated marathoners with wins in other big city marathons including London, where she has won three times (2011, 2012 and 2016).

US-based Sally Kipyego made her marathon debut in 2016 in New York, finishing second to Keitany in 2:28.01 and will be aiming to go one place better.

Edna Kiplagat and Gladys Cherono Rule out World Record

Berlin Marathon defending champion Gladys Cherono and Edna Kiplagat unlike their male compatriots have ruled out breaking the world record when they line up for the Berlin marathon on Sunday.

Whereas their fellow Kenyan male counterparts Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge and New York City marathon silver medalist, the two have expressed their doubts in tackling the world record of 2:15:25, set by Britain’s Paula Radcliffe 15 years ago.

Instead, the Kenyan duo of Cherono and Kiplagat are focused on setting a new course record in Berlin.

The current course record was set in 2005 by Japan’s the 2004 Athens Olympic marathon champion Mizuki Noguchi, who ran 2:19:12, which also stands as the Asian record to this day.

However, Berlin race director Mark Milde has a feeling the world record will be under threat, especially from Chicago Marathon champion Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba.

The 32-year-old Ethiopian has won three gold medals at consecutive Olympic Games (2008 and 2012) and five World Championships from 2003 to 2013. Dibaba has also four World Cross Country titles to her credit.

Dibaba’s personal best is 2:17:56, set in finishing second at the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon which makes her the third fastest woman in the history of the marathon.

Cherono, who won the title last year, by posting a time of 2:20:23, holds her best time at 2:19:25 set in winning the first of her two Berlin titles in 2015 is eyeing the third crown.

“I want to improve on my personal best on Sunday,” said Cherono on Thursday.

Edna Kiplagat who began her World Marathon Majors (WMM) odyssey with victory in 2010 at the New York marathon said:“Berlin is a fast course and hopefully, I will improve my best time. After a few days of recovery from the tough race I had in Boston, I feel better and ready for action.”

 

Tirunesh Dibaba goes hunting for Personal Best in Berlin Marathon

The strongest women’s field in the history of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON will line up for the 45th edition on Sunday, including perhaps the greatest female long distance runner of all time, Tirunesh Dibaba.

Among the Ethiopian’s rivals will be last year’s winner, Kenya’s Gladys Cherono and her compatriot Edna Kiplagat, a double World champion. Four women will be competing who have run under 2:20 which remains the major yardstick of excellence for the women’s marathon. It is clearly the strongest women’s field ever assembled in the German-speaking world.

As a reflection of the race’s international attraction, 133 countries will be represented among the 44,389 participants. This is a record entry figure. The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race and part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors Series (AWMM) which also comprises Tokyo, Boston, London, Chicago and New York.

The new series, the 12th edition, of the AWMM begins in Berlin on Sunday and will also conclude with the 46th edition of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON next September.

“I’ve heard a lot about the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON and did my research. I know very well that the course is very fast,” said Tirunesh Dibaba, whose illustrious career includes three Olympic titles for 5 and 10,000m, nine world titles in all. And she still holds the world record for 5,000m on the track. “Switching to the marathon wasn’t a problem for me,” said the 33-year-old, whose best of 2:17:56 is the third fastest marathon ever by a woman. “I improved my training in preparation for Berlin and did more volume.

I am very well prepared and want to beat my best time on Sunday,” explained the Ethiopian, while some believe she is capable of getting close to the world record of 2:15:25, set by Britain’s Paula Radcliffe 15 years ago.

Berlin will mark the fourth marathon of Tirunesh Dibaba’s career. None of her previous races had pacemakers specifically for her benefit but this will not be the case on Sunday. “Pacemakers are very important for a fast time,” said Dibaba who appeared at the press conference with fingernails painted silver.

Asked if silver wasn’t the colour for the runner-up, Dibaba laughed and replied: “Not on Sunday, then silver will be the winning colour!”

The course record, which has stood for 13 years, is likely to fall on Sunday, given good weather conditions. In 2005 Japan’s Olympic champion Mizuki Noguchi ran 2:19:12 in Berlin which not only broke the course record but set an Asian record and remains so to this day. “I expect that one woman will take the lead from the start and behind her a group will form which would be on course to break 2:20,” said the race director Mark Milde. There was no mistake the runner he was referring to: Tirunesh Dibaba.

Dibaba’s strongest rivals are from Kenya. Gladys Cherono won the title last year, running 2:20:23 and her best is the 2:19:25 set in winning the first of her two Berlin titles in 2015. “I want to break my personal best on Sunday,” said Cherono. Her compatriot Edna Kiplagat has been one of the marathon elite for many years.

“It has always been my goal to run in Berlin. I know the course is fast and shall try to run my best ever time,” said Kiplagat, whose lifetime best is 2:19:50 and has twice won the World title (2011 and 2013).

The fourth runner with a sub-2:20 time is Dibaba’s fellow Ethiopian is Aselefech Mergia (2:19:31). While Mergia could not match these sorts of results in her recent races two other runners could do very well on Sunday: Ethiopia’s Ruti Aga was last year’s runner up, when she clocked a PB or 2:20:41. Japan’s Mizuki Matsuda ran a brilliant marathon debut in January, winning in Osaka with 2:22:44.

Elite runners with personal bests

  1. Tirunesh Dibaba    (ETH)  2:17:56
  2. Gladys Cherono     (KEN)  2:19:25
  3. Aselefech Mergia   (ETH)  2:19:31
  4. Edna Kiplagat         (KEN) 2:19:50
  5. Ruti Aga                  (ETH)  2:20:41
  6. Mizuki Matsuda     (JPN)  2:22:44
  7. Rei Ohara                (JPN)  2:23:20
  8. Honami Maeda      (JPN)  2:23:48
  9. Andrea Deelstra    (NED) 2:26:46
  10. Inés Melchor         (PER)  2:26:48
  11. Carla Rocha          (POR)  2:27:08
  12. Caterina Ribeiro  (POR)  2:30:10
  13. Ines Montero       (POR)  2:30:36
  14. Rachel Hannah    (CAN) 2:32:09
  15. Anke Esser           (GER)  2:43:14
  16. Miyuki Uehara    (JPN)   Debüt

Source: runnersweb.com

WMM Champion Edna Kiplagat Eyes Berlin Marathon History

 Two-time world marathon champion Kenya’s Edna Kiplagat is aiming to be a history maker when making her debut at the Berlin marathon on Sunday.

If Kiplagat finishes in Berlin, she will become the first-ever elite able-bodied woman to finish all six World Marathon Majors (WMM).

If the marathoner finishes in the top three positions, she will also be the only woman to get to podium at all six of the world majors.

Kiplagat has since her debut at the New York Marathon in 2010 has been to Tokyo, Chicago, Boston and London marathon where she set her best time of 2:19:50.

Now the only piece missing in her jigsaw is a medal from Berlin to clear all the six WMM races.

“I have run in five major races in WMM. It is my dream to run the six majors and the only race I have not gone to is in Berlin and hopefully, I will do it and win before I retire,” said Kiplagat.

She added:“My journey has been a success and it will be great pleasure to run in Berlin against some of the international and celebrated elite runners.”

The 38 year old Kenyan, said has now full recovered after a few days of recovery after competing in Boston.

“Berlin is my next stop. I feel better, focused and ready to begin my easy and steady charge to glory,” Kiplagat at her training base in Iten before departing for the German capital.

Kiplagat began her World Marathon Majors (WMM) odyssey with victory in 2010 at the New York marathon before winning the world title in Daegu, South Korea in 2011.

Kiplagat finished runner-up in the London Marathon for the second consecutive year, on this occasion behind Priscah Jeptoo.

 In 2013, she added a second straight world title with gold in Moscow that same year. Her first win in London came in third in 2014.

She went to Tokyo and claimed silver and later in 2016 she was second at the Chicago marathon. Last year, she won in Boston to be crowned the WMM champion.