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Edwin Kiptoo wins the Mexico City Marathon

Kenya’s Edwin Kiprop Kiptoo took the top honors at the 37th edition of the Mexico City Marathon that was held on Sunday (28) in Mexico.

The 29 year-old who came to this race with a personal best of 2:06.52 that he got in April this year at the Haspa Marathon where he finished in position seven, battled for honors with his fellow compatriots, Kenneth Kiplagat Limo and Rhonzas Lokitam Kilimo.

Kiptoo who led 1 -2 -3 Kenyan podium finish, was two good to handle as Limo could not match his quick pace dropping him with 600m to go as he surged to the finish and crossing the line in a time of 2:10.48, missing the course record with 10 seconds. The race course record of 2:10.38 was set by Titus Ekiru from Kenya in 2018.

Limo was forced to settle in second place in 2:12.37 with Kilimo closing the podium three finishes in 2:13.43.

LEADING RESULTS

42KM MEN

  1. Edwin Kiprop Kiptoo       (KEN)  2:10.48
  2. Kenneth Kiplagat Limo   (KEN)  2:12.37
  3. Rhonzas Lokitam Kilimo  (KEN) 2:13:43

Cyprian Kotut breaks Eliud Kipchoge’s record in Hamburg

Kenya’s Cyprian Kotut prevailed in the final sprint against debutant Stephen Kissa from Uganda to smash the race course record at 36th edition of the Haspa Marathon that was held on Sunday (24) in Hamburg, Germany.

The 30 year-old who came to this race with a personal best of 2:07.13 that he got at the 2016 Paris Marathon where he took the honors, lived to his expectations of targeting the race course record of 2:05.30 that had been set by World Marathon record holder, Eliud Kipchoge in 2013. Kotut trounced Kissa with a powerful kick, setting a new course record of 2:04.47 which is also his personal best.

Kissa who was making his marathon debut, was forced to settle in second but managed to smash the Ugandan National Record (NR) with a time of 2:04.48.

Ethiopia’s Workineh Tadesse closed the podium three finishes when he crossed the finish line under the old course record in a new personal best of 2:05.07.

LEADING RESULTS

42KM MEN

  1. Cyprian Kotut          (KEN) 2:04.47
  2. Stephen Kissa         (UGA) 2:04.48 (NR)
  3. Workineh Tadesse  (ETH) 2:05.07

Yalemzerf Yehualaw runs the sixth fastest time as she destroys the course record in Hamburg

World 10k record holder, Yalemzerf Yehualaw destroyed the course record time on her marathon debut with the sixth fastest time at the 36th edition of the Haspa Marathon that was held on Sunday (24) in Hamburg, Germany.

The 22 year-old who smashed the 10k world record early this year with a time of 29:14 in Castellon, brought all the requirements and characteristics for success in when she smashed the old course record of 2:21.54 that was set by her fellow compatriot, the 2009 World 10,000m silver medallist, Meselech Melkamu and setting a new course record with sixth fastest time of 2:17.23.

British marathon legend, Paula Radcliffe’s time of 2:18.56 from London in 2002 was the fastest debut time by a woman.  Yehualaw became the sixth fastest women in the history of marathon running, broke the course record and set a German Allcomer record.

Yehualaw led 1-2-3 Ethiopian podium finish as Fikrte Wereta came home in second place in a time of 2:26.15 with Bone Cheluke closing the podium three finishes in 2:26.23.

Prisca Jeptoo targets the podium in Germany

The 2012 Olympic games silver medallist, Prisca Jeptoo will lead seven women who have gone under the sub 2:27 at 36th edition of the Haspa Marathon that will be held on Sunday (24) in Hamburg, Germany.

The 37 year-old comes to this race with the fastest time on paper of 2:20.14 that she got at the 2012 London Marathon, where she took the bronze medal, has set her eyes on top honors with the aim of taking the title.

The 2011 World silver medallist will battle for glory with the 2009 World 10,000m silver medallist, Meselech Melkamu from Ethiopia, who is the current course record holder with a time of 2:21.54. The 37 year-old is also the five time World Cross Country Bronze medallist, and she comes to this race carrying a lifetime best of 2:21.01 that she got at the 2012 Frankfurt Marathon, where she took the top honor.

The two will battle for honors with the defending champion, Gadise Mulu who won this race with a personal best of 2:26.20.

Dibabe Kuma is also another title contender who also won this race in 2019, but she also comes with the second fastest on paper of 2:23.24 which is also her lifetime best, that she got at the 2018 Ljubljana Marathon, where she took the bronze medal.

While the elite women often have their individual pacemakers Jurrie van der Velden hopes that a group of athletes will run together for at least the first half of the race. “The pace for this group will likely be between 70:30 and 71:00, “he said.

Germany will be represented by their top athletes, Deborah Schöneborn and Kristina Hendel. Schöneborn, who achieved a strong 18th place in the Olympic marathon, last year, comes to this race with a personal best of 2:26.55. Hendel the Croatian born athlete who has received her German citizenship and hopes to be eligible to compete for Germany at the European Championships. She holds a personal best of 2:27.31

Another title contender is Alice Cherono from Kenya who comes with a personal best of 2:26.51 that she got at the 2019 Barcelona Marathon where she won the bronze medal.

The race surprise inclusion is the World 10k record holder, Yalemzerf Yehualaw who will be making her marathon debut and she is expected to run good time.

“We are happy to be back in the spring with a large race and with a very strong elite field. I am really looking forward to some very good performances. We hope to see a women’s course record on Sunday, “said chief organiser Frank Thaleiser.

LEADING RESULTS

42KM WOMEN

  1. Priscah Jeptoo            (KEN) 2:20.14
  2. Dibabe Kuma              (ETH) 2:23.24
  3. Carla Rocha                (POR) 2:24.47
  4. Tseginesh Mekonnen  (ETH) 2:24.50
  5. Gadise Mulu                (ETH) 2:26.20
  6. Alice Cherono             (KEN) 2:26.51
  7. Deborah Schöneborn  (GER) 2:26.55
  8. Kristina Hendel            (CRO) 2:27.31
  9. Rosa Chacha                 (ECU) 2:28.17
  10. Andreia Hessel             (BRA) 2:34.55
  11. Maria Sagnes Wagan   (NOR) 2:35.34
  12. Camilla Elofsson          (SWE) 2:35.37
  13. Yalemzerf Yehualaw    (ETH) Debut
  14. Alia Mohamed               (UAE) Debut

World 10k record holder to make her marathon debut in Germany

World 10k record holder, Yalemzerf Yehualaw will make her marathon debut at the 36th edition of the Haspa Marathon that will be held on Sunday (24) in Hamburg, Germany.

The 22 year-old who smashed the 10k world record early this year with a time of 29:14 in Castellon, brings all the requirements and characteristics for success in the marathon. She also holds the second fastest half marathon and life time best of 1:03.51.

Yehualaw who the race organisers expect to put a good show and great performance with their target being to attack the race course record of 2:21.54 that was set by her fellow compatriot, the 2009 World 10,000m silver medallist , Meselech Melkamu who will also be making her return to the Hamburg city.

“Yalemzerf has trained well and we are looking forward to a promising and interesting marathon debut, “said Jurrie van der Velden, who is the elite coordinator of the Haspa Marathon Hamburg. Unfortunately Yalemzerf Yehualaw’s flight to Hamburg was delayed so that she missed the press conference on Thursday. The Ethiopian could produce one of the fastest debuts ever and break the course record.

The race defending champion Gadise Mulu and the 2019 winner Dibabe Kuma both from Ethiopia will are also on the start list ready to fight for honors.

 

Martin Musau wins the Haspa Marathon

Uganda’s Martin Musau won the 35th edition of the Haspa Marathon that was held on Sunday (12) Haspa, Germany.

The 22-year-old who finished in 12th place in 5000m at the 2016 World Junior Championships battled for honors in the last 5km with two Ethiopians, Bisetegn Masresha and Belay Bezabh but managed to hold to hold them to cut the tape in 2:10.14.

Masresha was forced to settle in second place with 2:10.54 with Bezabh closing the first three finishes in 2:14.00.

Musau who also competes in the 5000 and 10000m races was elated after his victory. “A marathon premiere is always something special, so you should be modest at first. I was aiming for a time under 2:10 hours, but I got muscular problems in the final section. The fact that it was still enough to win makes the success all the greater and makes me very happy.” Said Musau

Another Ugandan Bernard Cheptoch and Derseh Kassie from Ethiopia finished in fourth and fifth place in 2:17.10 and 2:17.36.

Ethiopia’s Gadise Demissie took the women pole position in 2:26.19 and she was followed by a distant later Camilla Elofsson from Sweden in 2:43.22 with Norwegian Marianne Donnem cloding the podium three finish in 2:55.10

Chief organiser Frank Thaleiser was also satisfied with the event saying they had achieved what was possible under the current COVID-19 conditions.