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Andualem Shiferaw breaks the Lisbon marathon course record

Ethiopia’s Andualem Shiferaw broke his own course record at the Lisbon marathon that was held on Sunday (17) in Lisbon Portugal.

Shiferaw broke his own record that he set in 2019 of 2:06.00 as he battled Hosea Kiplimo from Kenya to the wire but managed to give a powerful kick to set a new course record of 2:05.52. Kiplimo was forced to settle in second as he crossed the line in 2:07.39. Ethiopia’s Adane Amsalu came home in third place in 2:07.54 to take the bronze.

Balew Yihunie Derseh and Dadi Yami Gemeda both from Ethiopia finished in fourth and fifth place in 2:10.09 and 2:10.53 respectively.

In the women’s race Ethiopian Ayalew Bere Asayech  took the top honors cutting the tape in a time of 2:25.05. Asayech led an Ethiopian 1-2 podium place as she was followed by Almaz Negede Fekade who crossed the line in 2:27.12  with Linet Chebet Toroitich closing the first three podium finishes in 2:28.33..

LEADING RESULTS

42KM MEN

  1. Andualem Shiferaw     (ETH) 2:05.52
  2. Hosea Kiplimo              (KEN) 2:07.39
  3. Adane Yihunligne        (KEN) 2:07.54
  4. Balew Derseh                (ETH) 2:10.09
  5. Dadi Yami Gemeda       (ETH) 2:10.53

42KM WOMEN

  1. Ayalew Bere Asayech (ETH) 2:25.05
  2. Almaz Negede Fekade (ETH) 2:27.12
  3. Linet Chebet Toroitich (UG)   2:28.33

RIONOTUKEI AND BEKELE FACE TOUGH TASK IN DEFENCE OF TAIYUAN TITLES

Chemtai Rionotukei and Azmeraw Bekele will defend their titles at the Taiyuan Marathon, but they will face competitive fields at the IAAF Silver Label road race on Saturday (8).

Rionotukei broke the course record last year with 2:29:36, coming within three minutes of the PB she had set earlier in the year. The 32-year-old Kenyan hasn’t shown quite the same kind of form this year, though, placing second in Taipei and sixth in Dongying, both times finishing just shy of 2:35.

Five of the women in the field have quicker PBs than Rionotukei. Sarah Chepchirchir is the fastest of those, having set a lifetime best of 2:19:47 to win last year’s Tokyo Marathon. The 34-year-old Kenyan’s form this year is untested, though, as she hasn’t raced since winning the Lisbon Marathon in 2:27:57 last October.

Agnes Barsosio recorded a PB of 2:20:59 when finishing second in Paris last year. Her best this year, 2:27:46, was set when finishing third in Gold Coast in July.

Rael Kiyara is a 2:25:23 performer at her best, but that mark dates back to 2011. Her season’s best of 2:31:06 came when placing fourth in Dongying, while last year her best was 2:26:22, set when winning in Chongqing. Chinese marathons are clearly to her liking.

Flomena Chepchirchir Chumba is another strong Kenyan heading to Taiyuan. Her 2:23:00 PB was set in Frankfurt in 2013 and this year she finished sixth in Prague in 2:32:10.

Ethiopia’s Meskerem Abera Hunde and Meseret Mengistu will be aiming to break up the Kenyan dominance in Taiyuan. Hunde set a PB of 2:28:35 to win this year’s Wuhan Marathon, while 2015 Paris Marathon winner Mengistu, a 2:23:26 performer at her best, clocked 2:30:15 to finish third in Xiamen earlier this year.

A small number of elite women will be making their marathon debut in Taiyuan. Of those, China’s Zhang Deshun appears to have the most potential. She set a PB of 1:11:28 at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships Valencia 2018 and more recently took bronze over 10,000m at the Asian Games in a PB of 32:12.78.

Bekele won by just four seconds in Taiyuan last year, clocking 2:12:49. The Ethiopian, who has a PB of 2:07:12 from the 2014 Dubai Marathon, went on to win the Hangzhou Marathon two months later in 2:10:33 but hasn’t raced since then.

Just two men in the field have faster PBs than the defending champion, but neither of those – 2:06:49 performer Sylvester Kimeli Teimet of Kenya and 2:07:10 runner Tebalu Zawude of Ethiopia – have shown that kind of form this year.

Teimet, however, clocked a best of 2:11:00 last year, while Zawude had a 2017 season’s best of 2:11:50. If they bring that form to Taiyuan, it could be enough for a podium finish.

Ezekiel Kemboi Omullo could be the man to beat on Saturday. The Kenyan clocked a season’s best of 2:11:17 to win the Warsaw Marathon earlier this year, just two minutes and 22 seconds shy of the PB he set when winning the same race in 2016.

Evans Sambu has a season’s best of 2:17:39, but it was set in Dongying where he finished ahead of several other athletes heading to Taiyuan. His PB of 2:09:05 was set just last year and he finished third in Taiyuan 12 months ago, so will be familiar with the course.

Compatriot Mark Lokwanamoi finished behind Sambu in Dongying but has a slightly faster PB, 2:08:37 set in Dubai last year. Joseph Kachapin Aperumoi’s PB, also set last year, is even quicker at 2:08:26.

Ethiopia’s Samuel Getachew Demie is the only other man in the field with a season’s best quicker than 2:15. His lifetime best of 2:09:44 was set in Rabat last year.

Given that no one in the field has run faster than 2:11 this year, it’s unlikely – but not impossible – that Berhanu Shiferaw’s course record of 2:08:51 from 2012 will be broken.

Dino Sefir to battle world record holder Dennis Kimetto in Vienna

World record holder Dennis Kimetto will face some strong challengers at the Vienna City Marathon on 22nd April.

The Kenyan, who established the current global record in Berlin in 2014 with 2:02:57, hopes for a successful comeback in Vienna after a series of injury problems. Among his rivals in Austria’s biggest one-day sporting event are Ethiopia’s Dino Sefir and Ishmael Bushendich of Kenya, who missed out on victory in last year’s race by just two seconds.

A total of seven runners on the start list feature personal bests of sub 2:10. The Vienna City Marathon is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

Behind Dennis Kimetto it is Dino Sefir who has the second fastest personal best in the field. The 29 year-old smashed his PB in Dubai in 2012 when he was second with a world-class time of 2:04:50. A year earlier he had improved significantly in the half marathon when he clocked 59:42. While he could not match these sort of times in the following years he showed good consistency on a fine level.

In four marathons Dino Sefir clocked times between 2:08 and 2:09, winning in Barcelona as well as in Ottawa two years ago. Additionally he was eighth in the high-class 2017 Boston-Marathon.

Returning to Vienna is the runner-up from last year: Ishmael Bushendich was involved in the closest race ever in the history of the Vienna City Marathon, which will see its 35th edition next week. With a time of 2:08:42 he crossed the line just behind fellow-Kenyan Albert Korir.

While he knows the course in Vienna he probably returns with increased confidence after taking the Lisbon Marathon last autumn with 2:10:51. The 26 year-old has already won five marathon races during his career: Enschede and La Rochelle in 2012, Ljubljana in 2014, Toronto in 2015 and Lisbon last October.

Another contender who won a marathon last year is Abrah Milaw. The 30 year-old Ethiopian took the race in Stockholm with 2:11:36. Milaw features a personal best of 2:07:46 from Dubai 2014. Samwel Maswai ran his debut marathon in Vienna back in 2009 and then improved to 2:08:52 in Berlin four years later.

While he will return to the Austrian capital it will be a first start at the Vienna City Marathon for Dominic Ruto and Birhanu Addisie. Ruto ran his first sub 2:10 time in Rome two years ago when he was third with 2:09:28. A year ago the Kenyan returned to the race and improved to 2:09:08, this time finishing as the runner-up.

Now he decided that it was time for a change and opted for the Vienna City Marathon as his major spring race.

Ethiopia’s Addisie ran his current PB of 2:09:27 when he finished second in Rome two years ago, beating Ruto by just one second.