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Nagoya Women’s Marathon becomes the highest paying marathon in the World

The organizers of the 42nd edition of the Nagoya Women’s Marathon that will be held on Sunday 13, March 2022 have announced an increase in the prize money for the coming edition.

The organizer have increased the purse to over Kshs 25,000,000 (US$250,000) making it the World Athletics Elite Platinum Label road race the highest prize paying marathon in the world

Nagoya Marathon is a Platinum Label race and is the world’s largest women’s marathon and the only women’s race with the global image in women’s running. This year’s edition was held on 14th March and was won by Mizuki Matsuda from Japan who clocked 2:21.51. The race course record of 2:20.29 is held by Mao Ichiyama who is also from Japan.

Other past winners of the race include, Kenyan born now Bahrain Eunice Kirwa who holds the record of  winning the race three times concurrently (2015,2016,2017), 2000 Olympic champion Naoko Takahashi, 2004 Olympic champion Mizuki Noguchi and world bronze medallist Helalia Johannes who was the 2019 winner. Nagoya’s increase in prize money is welcome news to the world of road running. Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, many road races have been forced to be cancelled or postponed and athletes’ competing opportunities have been lost. But thanks to the dedication of organising committees and medical professionals around the world, large-scale road races are slowly returning to the international calendar.

Gladys Cherono welcomed home with Songs and Dance

The 2018 Berlin Marathon course record holder, Gladys Cherono returned home on Wednesday morning following her exploits in Berlin Sunday.

Songs and dance rant the air as the two time Africa athletics champion arrived at the Eldoret International Airport with her husband Joseph Mbambok leading other family members ready to receive her.

The family waited patiently in the chilly morning weather, as they broke into song and dance as they welcomed the queen of Berlin marathon after she won her third title and defending her 2017 title, winning with a course record of 2:18.11.

The dance attracted other travellers, who, without asking joined the dance before boarding the planes, as traditional Kalenjin sour milk (Mursik) was served diligently.

Cherono said her purpose was to defend her title and not the world record while competing at Berlin marathon.

My success story was to defend my title not breaking the world record. I have achieved my goal of both winning the race and breaking the course record that had stood for long,” said Cherono.

World record was not in my mind because I wanted to defend my title,” she added.

She said that the main challenge was that she was the defending champion and everybody was looking at her performance and running skills.

As a defending champion, it was challenging because I needed to continue with my winning formula which I made it true,” said Cherono.

Cherono beat the race favourite Tirunesh Dibaba from Ethiopia who finished in third place in 2:18.55 with Ruti Aga coming home second in 2:18.34. The former world half marathon champion broke the course record of 2:19.22 that was set in 2005 by Japanese Mizuki Noguchi.

Edna Kiplagat and Gladys Cherono Rule out World Record

Berlin Marathon defending champion Gladys Cherono and Edna Kiplagat unlike their male compatriots have ruled out breaking the world record when they line up for the Berlin marathon on Sunday.

Whereas their fellow Kenyan male counterparts Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge and New York City marathon silver medalist, the two have expressed their doubts in tackling the world record of 2:15:25, set by Britain’s Paula Radcliffe 15 years ago.

Instead, the Kenyan duo of Cherono and Kiplagat are focused on setting a new course record in Berlin.

The current course record was set in 2005 by Japan’s the 2004 Athens Olympic marathon champion Mizuki Noguchi, who ran 2:19:12, which also stands as the Asian record to this day.

However, Berlin race director Mark Milde has a feeling the world record will be under threat, especially from Chicago Marathon champion Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba.

The 32-year-old Ethiopian has won three gold medals at consecutive Olympic Games (2008 and 2012) and five World Championships from 2003 to 2013. Dibaba has also four World Cross Country titles to her credit.

Dibaba’s personal best is 2:17:56, set in finishing second at the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon which makes her the third fastest woman in the history of the marathon.

Cherono, who won the title last year, by posting a time of 2:20:23, holds her best time at 2:19:25 set in winning the first of her two Berlin titles in 2015 is eyeing the third crown.

“I want to improve on my personal best on Sunday,” said Cherono on Thursday.

Edna Kiplagat who began her World Marathon Majors (WMM) odyssey with victory in 2010 at the New York marathon said:“Berlin is a fast course and hopefully, I will improve my best time. After a few days of recovery from the tough race I had in Boston, I feel better and ready for action.”


Cherono to battle Dibaba at Berlin Marathon

Kenya’s Gladys Cherono will defend her title at the 45th edition of the Berlin Marathon that will be held on 16 September, 2018 in Berlin, Germany.

The 35-year-old is keen on writing history as she chases for the third title at Berlin, with her main focus on Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba, winner of the Chicago Marathon.

Organizers have assembled a fast elite team, featuring three other women who have all run two hours and 20 minutes.

The Kericho born athlete won the Berlin marathon in 2015 and 2017, and her best time of 2:19.25, with 13 seconds short of the course record of 2:19.12 that was set in 2005 by Mizuki Noguchi from Japan. “There is no shortcut at this level of competition. You don’t expect an easy challenge because everyone coming in is a star and has a big record behind them. I have to focus on my own strength and train harder to attain my goal and win the race,” she told the press.

The elite women’s field in Berlin is the strongest for many years. At the top of the pile is Ethiopia’s Dibaba.

The 32-year-old has won three Olympic gold medals and five World Championship golds between 2003 and 2013.

The Ethiopian has a personal best time is 2:17.56, that she got when finished second in the 2017 London Marathon, making her the third fastest woman in the history of the marathon.

Dibaba is keen to lower this record in Berlin, and given ideal weather conditions, might even have a chance of attacking Paula Radcliffe’s world record of 2:15:25, that she set in 2003.

However, Cherono, with her best time of 2:19:25, will want to claim her own third title in the German capital.

The Kenyan will first tackle the human challenge and make sure she has the title secured before channeling her energies into running a fast time.

“The important thing is to win the race,” she said.

Edna Kiplagat from Kenya will also be on the start line up. The 2017 Boston Marathon winner shows no signs of retiring, and with two world marathon titles to her credit and a silver at the London 2017 World Championships, the 38 year-old will be hard to beat putting in mind the road experience she carries.

Other notable entrants include Ethiopia’s Yebrugal Melese, who has run 14 marathons, Ruti Aga and Aselefech Mergia.

Tokyo 2020 marathon to end with grueling incline

The route for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics marathon was announced on Thursday with the main feature being a steep incline to finish the race at the newly built Olympic stadium.

The route will pass through many of the city’s historic and popular areas including Tokyo Tower and ‘Thunder Gate’ in Asakusa as well as the Imperial Palace, the primary residence of the Japanese Emperor.

The final stretch promises to be grueling, with the athletes finishing on an incline averaging over 10 percent over three kilometers leading back to where they started at the Olympic stadium in the city’s west.

Naoko Takahashi, marathon gold medalist at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, said she hoped the course would prove memorable in marathon-mad Japan.

“It is really exciting to imagine just two years from now the side streets along the Tokyo 2020 marathon and race walk route filled with countless fans,” said Takahashi, whose gold-medal winning feat was matched by compatriot Mizuki Noguchi four years later in Athens.

“I look forward to seeing some great performances from the runners, who will be encouraged by those fans lining the route. They will be memorable races.”

The route for the race walk events was also announced and will take place in the Imperial Palace’s Outer Gardens.

Marathon running is one of the most popular sports in Japan, with over one million people cheering on the athletes at the annual Tokyo Marathon.

The Olympic course largely resembles that of the Tokyo Marathon, one of the world’s most iconic running events which is held in winter to avoid the city’s punishing summer heat and humidity.

Organizers for the July 24 – Aug. 9 Games said a start time for the marathon had yet to be decided but it is expected to be held early in the morning to avoid the worst of the high temperatures.

The last time the Olympics were held in Asia, at Beijing in 2008, the marathon started at 7:30 a.m. local time.

“As far as planning the course, we did not think especially about counter-measures against the heat. However, we are currently discussing how to cope with the high temperatures in general with Olympic management,” Tokyo 2020 spokesman Masa Takaya said.

The men’s marathon is traditionally held on the last day of the Games to close out the athletics calendar.