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Stanley Biwott to battle Shifera Tamru at Honolulu Marathon

The Former New York City Marathon champion, Stanley Kipleting Biwott will make his return to running at the 50th edition of the Honolulu Marathon that will be held on Sunday (4) in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

The 36 year-old who has not completed a marathon since 2018 when he was fourth at the Abu Dhabi Marathon, made a return to racing after a long layoff earlier this year, when he won the Pandova Half Marathon with a time 1:01.57.

Biwott will not have an easy ride as he will face-off with the reigning Daegu Marathon champion, Shifera Tamru from Ethiopia who comes to this race with the fastest time on paper of 2:05.18 that he got at the 2019 Dubai Marathon, where he finished in fifth place. The 24 year-old who will be making his debut here, has three marathon wins and five podium finishes in eight starts and was most recently fifth at the Chicago Marathon with a time of 2:07.53.

Biwott and Tamru will have to get past two fastest athletes, Ethiopia’s Asefa Mengstu, who comes with the fastest time on paper of 2:04.06 that he got at the 2018 Dubai Marathon and Branabas Kiptum from Kenya who holds a lifetime best of 2:04.17 that he got last year at the Milano Marathon. The Ethiopian has completed 13 career marathons with four wins and seven podium finishes whileKiptum has completed eighteen marathons in twenty starts with three wins and thirteen podium finishes.  Both athletes will also be making their debut in Honolulu.

The race organisers have put together this deep elite field to try and chase the race course record of 2:07.59 that was set in 2019 by Titus Ekiru from Kenya.

“We are excited to welcome top professional athletes to attack our incredible course records for the 50th anniversary race,” said Honolulu Marathon Association President Dr. Jim Barahal. “At its core the Honolulu Marathon is an athletic competition, whether against others or against oneself, and we are excited to see what transpires on December 11.

The winner will pocket a cool $25,000.

Mo Farah Targets Great North Run Record

Four-time Olympic champion  will return to Tyneside to try and win an unprecedented record breaking fifth Great North Run win.

The Briton will aim to become the first runner to win five Great North Run race when he races next month on September 9 in Newcastle.

Farah has won the last four consecutive Great North Run races and will aim to make history in the half marathon event ahead of October’s Chicago marathon.

Farah, a six-time world champion, has competed in every Great North Run since 2013, finishing second in his first outing and then going ahead into winning subsequent races in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Last year’s fourth win equaled three times Honolulu Marathon champion Kenya’s Benson Masya’s record.

Masya winner of the inaugural World Half Marathon in 1992, held  in New Castle, United Kingdom, over the 13.1mile distance in 1991, 1992, 1994 and 1996.

The35-year-old Farah who will be the major draw for the crowds lining the 13.1 mile route is still chasing the 2007 Osaka World 10,000m bronze medalist Martin Mathathi’s course record of 58 minutes 56 seconds set in 201.

“I can’t wait to come back to Newcastle and race again. I’m looking forward to the challenge,” quipped the athletics legend.

Kiprop eyes course record while Kimetto Targets strong finish in Vienna

Nancy Kiprop will return to the Vienna City Marathon on Sunday (22) in even better form than she was in when winning at the IAAF Gold Label road race 12 months ago.

Last year in unfavourable conditions the 38-year-old Kenyan clocked 2:24:20, the second-fastest women’s time in the history of the race and just 33 seconds shy of the course record set 18 years ago by Italy’s Maura Viceconte.

After winning in the Austrian capital, Kiprop went on to smash her half-marathon PB with 1:07:22 in Ust Nad Labem and finished second at the Honolulu Marathon. More recently, she won the Venloop Half Marathon in 1:07:49, smashing the course record by more than two minutes.

“It is my goal to run faster than last year and break the course record,” said Kiprop, who, after a career spanning almost 20 years, is not yet thinking about retirement. “The future looks promising; I feel I am getting younger, not older.”

Kiprop will likely need to be near to her best to win again in Vienna as she’ll face three runners with superior PBs.

With a best of 2:22:51, set when finishing fourth in Berlin last year, Helen Tola is the fastest in the field.

“I wouldn’t say that I am the favourite,” said the Ethiopian, “but I have trained well.”

Fellow Ethiopian Fatuma Sado also hopes to set a personal best. Earlier this year she won the Xiamen Marathon in 2:26:41, her fastest time since setting a PB of 2:24:16 in 2015.

Merima Mohammed’s PB of 2:23:06, set in 2010, dates back even further. The Bahraini athlete ran the Nagoya Marathon little more than a month ago and so might not be running on fresh legs in Vienna.

“Although it might get quite warm during the race, we still hope that the course record will finally be broken,” said race director Wolfgang Konrad.

 

Dennis Kimetto hasn’t finished a marathon since April 2016, but the world record-holder believes that his injury problems are finally behind him and he is looking forward with optimism to this weekend’s Vienna City Marathon.

The Kenyan ran 2:02:57 in Berlin four years ago to break the world record. Of the six marathons he has started since then, he has finished just two of them: a 2:05:50 run to finish third in London in 2015 and a 2:11:44 ninth-place finish, also in London, in 2016.

“After my first London Marathon in 2015, I was injured again and again for more than two years,” said Kimetto, who first injured his quadriceps muscle, then his groin and then his triceps.

“It was only in January this year that we found out why I got all these injuries,” he added. “The reason was a wrong treatment by the physiotherapist.”

Kimetto has since switched to using a physiotherapist in his hometown of Eldoret who also treats former marathon world record-holder Wilson Kipsang. “Since January I have no more pains and no more injuries,” he said. “I can train properly without any problems.”

With regard to possible time goals, Kimetto remained cautious during the press conference. A couple of weeks ago he indicated that he might go for the course record of 2:05:41 set by Ethiopia’s Getu Feleke back in 2014. But with warm weather conditions likely, he has reassessed his goal.

“If the weather is good then I want to run a good time,” he said. “I think 2:07 to 2:08 would be good.”

Last year’s runner-up Ishmael Bushendich and fellow Kenyan Nicholas Rotich could both produce strong performances on Sunday.

Bushendich has a personal best of 2:08:20, but the 26-year-old clocked 2:08:42 in Vienna last year, despite difficult weather conditions.

“Dennis Kimetto is here, so he is the favourite,” said Bushendich when asked if he intends to go one better than last year. “It is the first time I will compete against him.”

With an official best of 2:20:16, set in Toronto in 2016, Rotich is by no means the fastest in the field. In fact, most of his race appearances to date have been as a pacemaker. But having spent the past few years training alongside Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge and world half marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor, Rotich has decided it is time to make a name for himself.

“Training together with them, I made up my mind and decided to concentrate on the marathon instead of running half marathons and doing pacing jobs,” said Rotich, who was among the group of pacemakers for Kipchoge’s sub-two-hour project in Monza last year.

“We have done all the long runs and the speed work together,” added Rotich, who is hoping for a time in the region of 2:07 on Sunday. “Kipchoge is a great example, showing that hard work and discipline brings rewards.”