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Derara Hurisa to defend his Mumbai Marathon title

Ethiopia’s Derara Hurisa will defend his title at the 18th edition of the Mumbai Marathon that will be held on January 15, 2023, in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

Hurisa who will be clocking 26 years in July, ran a calculated race last year when setting a new course record of 2:08.09 to obliterate the previous record of six years that had been set by Kenya’s Gideon Kipketer of 2:08.35.

The win saw Hurisa take home a total cash prize of US$60,000 (45,000 for the win + 15,000 bonus for the course record).

“I’m up and ready for the challenge and have set my sights to defend my title,” said Hurisa.

Hurisa who was stripped of his victory in last year’s Vienna City Marathon after the soles of his running shoes were found to be one centimetre too thick, will not have an easy time as he has been lined up to face two of his compatriots, the 2009 World Junior Cross Country Champion Ayele Abshero and Hayle Lemi and Canadian all-comers’ record holder in marathon Philemon Rono, a training partner of the World Marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge.

Abshero who was second behind Hurisa at this event last year, comes to this race with the fastest time on paper of 2:04.23 that he got at the 2012 Dubai Marathon, where he took the top honors.

The 2016 Boston Marathon champion, Lemi is optimistic as he will be making his debut at the event with the hope of managing the torturous course.

“I’m excited about my first Tata Mumbai Marathon. I’ve heard it’s a tough course,” said Lemi.

Rono, who is Popularly called ‘baby police’ due to his small body as a police officer, established himself globally as a pace maker, pacing for former world marathon record holder Wilson Kipsang (2:03.23). The 31 year-old who is based at the Global Sports Communication alongside marathon giants Abel Kirui, Laban Korir, Augustin Choge among others, comes to this race with the third fastest time of 2:05.00, that he got at the 2019 Toronto Marathon, where he took the honors.

Cyprian Kotut to battle Lemi Berhanu in Amsterdam

The reigning Hamburg Marathon champion, Cyprian Kimurgor Kotut will fight for the top podium finish as he engages a selected deep elite field at the 47th edition of the Amsterdam Marathon that will be held on Sunday (16) in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The 30 year-old who broke the fastest man on the planet over distance, Eliud Kipchoge’s course record in Germany twenty four weeks ago with a time of 2:04.47 which is also his personal best will battle for honors with Ethiopia’s Lemi Berhanu Hayle who comes to this race with the fastest time on paper of 2:04.33 that he got at the 2016 Dubai Marathon where he finished in second place. The 28 year-old who has won five marathons out of nine he has taken part in according to World Athletics statistics, will be a torn in the flesh for the Kenyan though the current performance by Kotut places him at a better position to lift the title.

The two will not have an easy ride to the trophy as they will face-off with seven athletes who carry sub 2:05 performance.

Reigning Milano Marathon champion, Titus Kipruto from Kenya leads the seven athletes as he comes to this race with third fastest time on paper of 2:05.05 that he got this April with the reigning Riyadh Marathon champion Tsegaye Getachew from Ethiopia also being in the mix as they seek to fight for the title.

Two other Kenyans, Norbert Kigen and Laban Korir will also be on the start line up as they fight for the top podium place. Kigen who is familiar with this course, carries a personal best of 2:05.13 that he got at the 2017 edition of this event while Korir who serves as the president of the Global Communications training camp that houses the man who holds the two fastest time in the world over the distance, Kipchoge, comes with a personal best time of 2:05.54 that he got at the 2016 edition of this race where he finished in fourth place.

Ethiopia’s Adeladlew Mamo and Afewerki Berhane both will be running their second marathons as they hold personal bests of 2:05.12 and 2:05.13 respectively.

The 2015All-Africa Games bronze medallist in 10,000m Adugna Takele, who is also the oldest in the line will also be on the battle front as he seeks to unseat the young stars. The 33 year-old comes with a personal best of 2:05.52 that he got in February at the Zurich marathon where he finished in fourth place.

The race organisers have put together these deep field to try and lower the race course record of 2:03.38 that was set last year by Tamirat Tola from Ethiopia

LEADING TIME

42KM MEN

  1. Lemi Berhanu          (ETH) 2:04.33
  2. Cyprian Kotut          (KEN) 2:04.47
  3. Titus Kipruto           (KEN) 2:05.05
  4. Tsegaye Getachew  (ETH) 2:05.11
  5. Adeladlew Mamo    (ETH) 2:05.12
  6. Norbert Kigen         (KEN) 2:05.13
  7. Afewerki Berhane   (ETH) 2:05.22
  8. Adugna Takele        (ETH) 2:05.52
  9. Laban Korir              (KEN) 2:05.54

Three-time champion Philemon Rono to defend his title at Toronto Marathon

Toronto all-comers record holder, Philemon Rono will return to defend his title for the fourth time at the Toronto Marathon that will be held on October 06, 2022.

The runner who established himself globally as a pace maker, pacing for former world marathon record holder Wilson Kipsang (2:03.23), has won the title three times will be returning to the course that he describes as ‘my home’ after competing on the course for five times.

Popularly called ‘baby police’ due to his small body as a police officer, Rono said that he will be returning home for another title God willing.

“I am going back home. The race and the course, I know it very well,” said Rono.

The 31 year-old who is based at the Global Sports Communication alongside marathon giants Eliud Kipchoge, Abel Kirui, Laban Korir, Augustin Choge among others, ran the second the second fastest time of 2:05.37 at the 2020 Valencia marathon and this year he holds the season best time of 2:07.03 that he got at the Seoul Marathon where he finished in position six.

The ever smiling Rono first won the title in 2016 when he clocked 2:08.26 and defended his title the following year in 2:06.52. However, he was denied an opportunity to collect a hat-trick in 2018 when Benson Kipruto won the title with a time of 2:07.24.

“I will be heading there with the purpose of a victory. I have the course record and improving will be better due to my good training,” he added.

Rono, who trains under 1992 Olympic Games 3,000m steeplechase silver medalist Patrick Sang, went ahead to reclaim the title in 2019 when he managed a course record time of 2:05.00 and the championships will be returning this year after two years break due to the coronavirus that affected the sporting world.

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.

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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Laban Korir, Tamirat Tola to attack Lawrence Cherono’s record at the Amsterdam Marathon

Kenya’s Laban Korir will have a tough task as he faces the 2016 Rio Olympic 10,000m bronze medallist Tamirat Tola at the 44th edition of the Amsterdam Marathon that will be held on Sunday October 17 in Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Korir debuted here in 2011 and took the second spot in 2:06.05 and has since raced here four times. The 35 years- old who is the leader of the NN Running Team training camp in Kaptagat is also a training partner with the world marathon record holder and first man to run under two hours, Eliud Kipchoge.

Korir carries a personal best of 2:05.54 that he got in 2016 in Amsterdam.

Kenyan will have to brace for a fierce fight as he faces Tola who comes to this race with a personal best of 2:04.06. Tola is a silver medallist from the 2017 world championship marathon that was held in London.

The 30 years-old won the 2017 marathon of Dubai in a time of 2.04.11. The following year Tola finished third at the Dubai Marathon when he clocked a personal best of 2:04.06. This is the same time as the race course record that was set by Lawrence Cherono from Kenya in 2018.

The race organizers have added another fastest athlete on paper; Leul Gebresilase from Ethiopia who holds a time of 2:04.02. The 29 year old got this time at the 2018 Dubai Marathon.

Another Kenyan looking for the top podium finish is Jonatan Korir who carries a personal best of 2:06.40 that he got in April this year at the marathon of Enschede.

The TCS Amsterdam Marathon is a Platinum Label race a\with the course record set in 2018 by Cherono and the organizers have put together the best fastest athlete to attack the course record.

 

Geoffrey Ronoh beats Stephen Kiprotich to at the Worthersee Half Marathon

Kenya’s Geoffrey Ronoh brazed the bad weather conditions to beat 2012 Olympic marathon champion at 17th edition of the Wörthersee Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (26) in Worthersee, Netherlands.

Ronoh and Kiprotich could not allow the bad weather to hinder their quest for victory as they ran side by side as they further pulled away from the crowd at the 17km mark.

Ronoh who is the course record holder with 59:45 that he set in 2014 produced a powerful kick near the finish line to cut the tape in 1:01.31 with the Ugandan crossing the line a second later.

Laban Korir the winner of the 2015 edition was forced to settle in third place as he crossed the line in 1:02.20.

Hillary Kiprotich and Hillary Kimaiyoboth from Kenya took fourth and fifth place in 1:03.10 and 1:03.25 respectively.

Kenya again prevailed in the women race as Agnes Chebet took the first position in 1:12.40.

LEADING RESULTS

MEN

  1. Geofrey Ronoh       (KEN) 1:01.31
  2. Stephen Kiprotich (UG)  1:01.32
  3. Laban Korir             (KEN) 1:02.20
  4. Hilary Kipsambu    (KEN) 1:03.10
  5. Hilary Kimaiyo       (KEN) 1:03.25