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World Marathon champion, Tamirat Tola withdraws from the London Marathon

World Marathon champion, Tamirat Tola has withdrawn from the London Marathon that will be held on October 02, 2022 in London.

Tola has not fully recovered from his victory in Oregon where he set a new championship record of 2:05.36 and went one better than the silver medal he won at the 2017 World Championships in London.

“It is with great regret that I am unable to run this year’s London Marathon. Unfortunately, since the World Championships I have had problems with muscle fatigue and have not yet been able to resume training,” said Tola.

The 31 year-old is unable to run at this year’s London Marathon, but  the silver and bronze medallists from the 2022 World Championships, Mosinet Geremew from Ethiopia and Belgium’s Bashir Abdi will still be on the Start Line along with home favorite Sir Mo Farah, defending champion Sisay Lemm and Kenenisa Bekele both from Ethiopia.

Japanese marathon record holder Kengo Suzuki has been added to the Start List as the replacement for Tola. Suzuki set his national record of 2:04:56 in Otsu, Japan, last February. He placed fourth at both this year’s Tokyo Marathon and last year’s Boston Marathon.

Japan names marathon team for World Championships

The Japan Association of Athletics Federations (JAAF) has named six athletes that will them in the marathon at the 18thhh edition of the World Athletics Championships that will be held from July 15-24 at the newly reconstructed Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

The JAAF named the team on Tuesday (29) that will be led by the National record-holder Kengo Suzuki, Gaku Hoshi and Yusuke Nishiyama.

Suzuki broke the Nations record when he ran 2:04.56 at last year’s Lake Biwa Marathon and finished fourth at this year’s Tokyo Marathon in 2:05.28. Hoshi took the honors at this year’s Osaka Marathon on his debut when he set a record of 2:07.31 for a first-time marathoner.

Nishiyama also won his debut in marathon at the Beppu-Oita Marathon, where he clocked 2:07.47

The women’s team will be led by Mao Ichiyama, Mizuki Matsuda and Hitomi Niiya.

Ichiyama goes to championships with a personal best of 2:20.29 that she got at the 2020 Nagoya Women’s Marathon. She also won the 2021 Osaka Women’s Marathon and then finished eighth at the Olympic Games before a sixth-place finish in Tokyo earlier this month.

Matsuda took the honors at this year’s Osaka Women’s Marathon with a personal best of 2:20.52, while Niiya goes to Oregon with a personal best of 2:21.17 that she got at the Tokyo Marathon where she finished in seventh place.

Japan’s Marathon Team:

42KM MEN

NO                                NAME TIME                        RACE
1. Kengo Suzuki 2:04.56 2021 Lake Biwa Marathon
2. Gaku Hoshi 2:07.31 2022 Osaka Marathon
3. Yusuke Nishiyama 2:07.47 2022 Beppu-Oita Marathon

42KM WOMEN 

NO      NAME TIME RACE
1. Mao Ichiyama 2:20.29 2020 Nagoya Women’s Marathon
2. Mizuki Matsuda 2:20.52 2022 Osaka Women’s Marathon
3. Hitomi Niiya 2:21.17 2022 Tokyo Marathon

Eliud Kipchoge smashes the Tokyo Marathon course record

World Marathon record holder lived to the expectations as he smashed the course record of the 16th edition of the Tokyo Marathon which is a World Athletics Elite Platinum Label road race that was held on Sunday (6) in Tokyo, Japan.

Kipchoge who was making his marathon debut started pulling away from his only competitor, Amos Kipruto from Kenya at the 36km mark as he went on a solo mission to crush the previous course record of 2:03.58 that had been set by Wilson Kipsang in 2017.

Kipchoge ran the fastest time ever on Japanese soil which is also the fourth fastest time in the world when he registered a new course record of 2:02.40.

Kipruto the 2019 World Athletics bronze medallist,  came home under the old course record as he crossed the line in second with a life time best of 2:03.13.

The 2016 Olympic bronze medallist, Tamirat Tola from Ethiopia, remained with the lead group of three then slowly started drifting back from the 30km mark, was forced to settle in third place as he  to closed the first three podium finishes in a time of 2:04.14.

Japan’s Kengo Suzuki was on another world as he ran the second Japanese fastest time ever when he crossed the line in fourth place in a personal best of 2:05.28.

Laban Korir also from Kenya found the going too tough as slipped back crossing the finish line in a distant eight place in a time of 2:06.37.

Changes to the course enabled runners to finish earlier than previous editions of the event.

Only three Kenyans invited to Osaka Marathon

Three Kenyan male runners are the only elite athletes invited at the combined 10th edition of the Osaka Marathon and 77th Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon that will be held on Sunday (27) in Osaka, Japan.

The three invited elite athletes are James Rungaru, Allan Biwott and Joseph Macharia Ndirangu. Macharia leads the group as he comes with the fastest time on paper of 2:07.53 that he got when he took the honors at the 2018 Lake Biwa Marathon.

Rungaru has had a gradual rise from the track to being half marathons specialty an he comes to this race with a personal best of 2:08.25 that he got at the 2021 Fukuoka International Marathon where he finished in position three.

Another title contender is Allan Biwott who is making his marathon debut and he carries on his shoulders a personal best of 1:06.08 that he got at the 2019 Kenitra Half Marathon.

The three kenyans will face off with 275 Japanese that will be led by Yuta Shitara, who is the fastest runner in Japan, and Yuki Kawauchi, who will participate in the Osaka Marathon for the first time in 10 years since the first marathon.

The nine invited Japanese male runners have run under the sub 2:08 mark. The invited five female marathoners will be led Mai Ito, who represented Japan at the Rio Olympics.

The combined Tokyo and Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon have invited a total number of 322.

The race course record for Tokyo marathon is 2:07.47 and was set in 2019 Asefa Tefera from Ethiopia while the women record is 2:26.29 and was set in 2019 by Aberu Mekuria also from Ethiopia in 2019. While Lake Biwa Marathon course record is held by Japan’s Kengo Suzuki with a time of 2:04.56 that was set in 2021.

Eliud Kipchoge to debut at Tokyo Marathon

World Marathon record-holder Eliud Kipchoge will make his debut at the 16th edition of the Tokyo Marathon which is a World Athletics Elite Platinum Label road race that will be held on March, 6, 2022.

Kipchoge’s goes to this race with the World’s leading time of 2:01.39 and will be facing a strong rich field including eight men with personal bests of under 2:05 barrier.

They include the defending champion, Ethiopia’s Birhanu Legese who is seeking to win his third Tokyo marathon title. Legese is third on the world marathon all-time list and his compatriot World sillver medallist, Mosinet Geremew.

Also in the race World bronze medallist, Kenya’s Amos Kipruto, the 2017 world marathon silver medallist, Ethiopia’s Tamirat Tola and their fellow sub-2:05 runners Shura Kitata, the 2020 world marathon majors champion, Kenya’s Jonathan Korir.

Home boy Japanese record-holder Kengo Suzuki, who ran 2:04.56 at the Lake Biwa Marathon in 2020 is also in contention as he tries to break the Africans footholds in marathon running.

“I would like to thank the organisers of the Tokyo Marathon to make it possible for me and my colleague athletes to race in Tokyo,” said Kipchoge. “My focus has been on Tokyo from the beginning of my training cycle, and I can say I am ready to race there. I am very excited to run in a country where running is a crucial part of the sport culture and am looking forward to experiencing the Japanese excitement for running the marathon in particular.”

Reuben Kipyego and Ruth Chepngetich target Chicago Marathon crowns

Kenya’s Reuben Kipyego and Ruth Chepngetich head the fields for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday (10), with Sara Hall and Galen Rupp leading US hopes at the World Athletics Elite Platinum Label road race.

After action in Berlin and London in recent weeks, Chicago is the next race in a busy period of major marathons and the Boston event follows just one day later. The weather in Chicago looks set to be warm, with temperatures of around 21°C expected for the start of the elite races at 7:30am local time.

The last edition of the Chicago Marathon in 2019 saw a world record fall as Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei clocked 2:14:04 to take 81 seconds from Paula Radcliffe’s 2003 mark. This time her compatriots Chepngetich, who won the 2019 world title, and Vivian Kiplagat are among the athletes in the spotlight.

Chepngetich sits fourth on the women’s marathon all-time list thanks to the 2:17:08 PB she set when winning in Dubai in 2019 and she ran a world half marathon record in Istanbul in April with 1:04:02. The 27-year-old was unable to finish the Olympic marathon in Tokyo but is looking forward to her US debut race in Chicago.

“I have never raced in the States and making my debut in such a great race like the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is more than a dream to me,” she said. “I will give all myself trying to run as fast as possible.”

Hall will be among those looking to challenge her. The US athlete beat Chepngetich at last year’s London Marathon, as the pair finished second and third respectively behind Kosgei, and Hall went on to run a PB of 2:20:32 in Arizona a couple of months later. Now she has her eye on Deena Kastor’s 2:19:36 US record, should the conditions allow.

“When I thought about where I wanted to chase the American record, I thought it would be more exciting to do it at home, in the US, and Chicago is such an epic race,” she said.

The other sub-2:25 women in the field are Kiplagat, the USA’s Keira D’Amato and Ethiopia’s Meseret Belete. Kiplagat, who ran her marathon PB of 2:21:11 in 2019, clocked 2:39:18 in Eldoret in June but showed her current form with a personal best performance in the half marathon of 1:06:07 in Copenhagen last month. Like Hall, D’Amato also ran a PB in Arizona in December, clocking 2:22:56, while 22-year-old Belete – who was sixth at the 2018 World Half Marathon Championships and ran a world U20 best of 1:07:51 later that year – has a marathon PB of 2:24:54 set when finishing fourth in Houston last year.

Among those joining them on the start line will be the USA’s Emma Bates, Diane Nukuri and Lindsay Flanagan.

Kipyego ready to turn up the heat

Kipyego ready to turn up the heat With his PB of 2:03:55 set at the Milan Marathon in May, Kipyego goes into the Chicago race as the second fastest man in 2021. The 25-year-old made his marathon debut in Buenos Aires in 2019, clocking 2:05:18, and later that year he improved to 2:04:40 to win in Abu Dhabi, despite having started the race as a pacemaker. He also seems unfazed by the warmer than expected temperatures, simply replying: ‘No problem’ at the pre-race press conference when asked about the weather.

Ethiopia’s Seifu Tura, meanwhile, explained how he is not as comfortable in the heat but he will go into the race looking to build on the 2:04:29 PB he set when finishing fourth in that same Milan Marathon in May. He also has experience of the Chicago event, having finished sixth in 2019 in 2:08:35.

Rupp leads US hopes as the 2016 Olympic bronze medallist returns to action after his eighth place in the Tokyo Olympic marathon nine weeks ago and third-place finish in the Great North Run half marathon in 1:01:52 last month. Eighth fastest among the entries, his PB of 2:06:07 was set in Prague in 2018 but he will be looking to regain the crown he claimed in 2017.

Kenya’s Dickson Chumba is also a former Chicago winner, having triumphed in 2015, and he set his PB of 2:04:32 in the same city the year before that. The fourth sub-2:05 runner in the field is Kengo Suzuki, who broke the Japanese record with his 2:04:56 to win the Lake Biwa Marathon in February.

Kenya’s Eric Kiptanui is also one to watch. Having helped to pace world record-holder Eliud Kipchoge in the past, the 58:42 half marathon runner made his own marathon debut last year and improved to 2:05:47 to win in Siena in April. “I was so happy to run 2:06 for my first marathon,” he told NN Running Team. “What it proved to me was, yes, I was in good shape but that I had the mentality to perform over the marathon distance.” Looking ahead to Chicago, he added: “I aim to run 2:03/2:04 but my first priority is to win the race.”

Ethiopia’s Chalu Deso and Shifera Tamru have respective bests of 2:04:53 and 2:05:18, while Ian Butler, who is coached by former world record-holder Steve Jones and balances his running with his job as a teacher, is the second-fastest US runner in the field with a PB of 2:09:45 set in Arizona last year.

14 Elite athletes withdraw from the Chicago Marathon

The race organizers 43rd edition of the Chicago Marathon has announced significant changes to their elite field.

Fourteen (14) elite athletes have withdrawn while seventeen elite athletes (17) have been added.

Among those who have withdrawn in the men category include Getaneh Molla from Ethiopia who holds a personal best of 2:03.34, Bahrain’s Hassan El Abbassi of 2:04.43, Kenya’s Joel Kimurer who has a personal best of 2:05.19, Laban Korir of 2:05.54, and Masato Kikuchi of 2:07.20 from Japan.

The top women elites who have withdrawn are Mexico’s Vianney De La Rosa who has a personal best of 2:20.04 and Britain’s Rosie Edwards of pb 2:31.56.

The oraganisers have now included Kenya’s Dickson Chumba who has appeared on the Chicago podium three times including a victory in 2015 and he holds a personal best of 2:04.32.

The fastest man that has been included in this field is Reuben Kipyego from Kenya who comes to this race with 2:03.55 that he got early this year at the Generali Milano Marathon, where he finished in second place.

Kenya’s Eric Kiptanui—also known as “captain of the pacemakers” and “kingmaker” for his work leading a team of 41 pacemakers to help teammate Eliud Kipchoge run a blistering 1:59.40 marathon in Vienna in –2019—enters this year’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon with a fresh personal best, 2:05:47.

Japan’s nation’s national marathon record holder, Kengo Suzuki of who holds a personal best of 2:04.56  and Ethiopia’s Chalu Deso of pb 2:04.53 who finished sixth at the Valencia Marathon in 2020 have also been included.

The women elite side, Vivian Kiplagat comes with a personal best of 2:21.11 with Ethiopia’s Meseret Belete who holds a pb of 2:24.54 and Americans Carrie Dimoff and Maegan Krifchin both with personal best of 2:31.12 and 2:33.14respectively have joined the race.

The top runners will receive USD 55,000, down from USD 100,000 in 2019 when the race was last contested. The winning wheelchair athletes will receive $20,000, and the top American runners will get $15,000 (equal to 2019). Although the event has a history of fast times, organizers are not offering any publicly-reported time bonuses this year.

Kenyans Brigid Kosgei and Lawrence Cherono, who are the reigning champion will not be racing this year. Kosgei who set a world record of 2:14.04 when she won the 2019 edition, ran the Virgin Money London Marathon last Sunday and finished fourth. She also won the silver medal at the Olympic Marathon in Sapporo last August. Cherono, finished fourth at the Olympic Marathon and has not been announced for a fall marathon.

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