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Keitany targets to regain New York Marathon title

Kenyan Mary Keitany will be targeting a fourth victory at the TCS New York City Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label race, on 4 November.

Keitany and her compatriot, 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon champion Vivian Cheruiyot, will join previously announced Shalane Flanagan, the 2017 winner, and 2018 Boston Marathon champion Des Linden of the US in a race that features 10 Olympians and three Abbott World Marathon Majors race champions.

Keitany, 36, is the women’s only marathon record-holder who finished runner-up in this race last year after notching three successive titles. In 2016, she had a dominating performance in which she surged ahead at Mile 14 to finish the course on a solo run in 2:24:26. Her 3:34 margin of victory was the greatest in the women’s race since 1980, and she became the first able-bodied runner since Grete Waitz to win the event three years in a row.

“I was disappointed not to defend my title last year, but I was not 100 percent healthy and Shalane ran a strong race,” said Keitany, the 2012 and 2016 World Marathon Majors champion. In April 2017, Keitany won her third London Marathon title, breaking the women’s only marathon record in a blistering time of 2:17:01.

Joining Keitany from the international side will be two Ethiopians, reigning IAAF World Half Marathon champion Netsanet Gudeta and Mamitu Daska, who finished third in New York last year.

Molly Huddle, who was third in New York in 2016, 2018 Boston Marathon runner-up Sarah Sellers, 2016 New York runner-up Sally Kipyego, and 2017 fifth-place finisher Allie Kieffer are also in the line-up.

Keitany defends her New York 10km Race title

Kenya’s Mary Keitany proved yet again that she is still best as she defended her title at the 47th edition of the New York 10km Race that was held on Saturday (9) in New York, United States.

The 36 year-old finished a disappointing fifth in London Marathon in a time of 2:24.27 after leading for the better part of the race as compatriot Vivian Cheruiyot zoomed past to clinch the title.

The world record holder fought off a field that included the 2018 Paris Marathon winner Betsy Saina,former Kenyan now American citizen, Alphine Tuliamuk and long distance runner Molly Huddle who is also from American.

Keitany’s main target was to win the fourth title and also try to lower the course record of 30:28.06 that was set in 2002 by Paula Radcliff of Great Britain.

The Kenyan missed the course record by thirty one second to cut the tape in 30:59.

She was followed by US based Kenyan athlete Tuliamuk who crossed the line in 32:08 and was followed bu Huddle who closed the podium three in 32:25.

Betsy finished fourth placed in 32:33.

LEADING RESULTS
Women

  1. Mary Keitany          (KEN) 30:59
  2. Alphine Tuliamuk (USA) 32:08
  3. Molly Huddle         (USA) 32:25
  4. Betsy Saina             (KEN) 32:33

 

Keitany to defend her title at New York Mini 10km race

Kenya’s Mary Keitany will be seeking to defend her title at the 47th edition of the New York 10km Race that will be held on June 9, in New York, United States.

The 36 year-old finished a disappointing fifth in London Marathon in a time of  2:24.27 after leading for the better part of the race as compatriot Vivian Cheruiyot zoomed past to clinch the title.

Keitany, who is a three-time New York City Marathon champion and the two times (2015and 2017) New York Mini 10K, will be targeting for a third title and also try to lower the course record of 30:28.06 that was set in 2002 by Paula Radcliff of Great Britain.

She is a two-time winner of the Abbott World Marathon Majors and has won the series titles (2012 and 2016) and a three-time London Marathon winner and hold of the women’s-only world marathon record of 2:17.0, which she set in 2017 in the British capital.

“The New York Mini 10K is a very special race for me, not only because I have been able to win it twice, but because it is so special to see so many women of all ages and abilities running together,” Keitany said. “I hope that I am able to inspire them as much as they inspire me.”

Keitany is expected to face stiff competition from American and former champion Molly Huddle, who is a three-time winner of the NYC Half Marathon.

She finished in third place in her marathon debut at the 2016 New York City Marathon. Earlier that year, she won the 5000 and 10,000m races at the U.S. Olympic Trials – becoming the first woman in history to win the double – and finished sixth in the 10,000m at the Rio Olympics, setting a new American record of 30:13.17. Her win at the 2014 New York Mini 10K made her the first American to win the title in a decade, and her time of 31:37 set an American record for a women’s-only race.

Tuliamuk wins USATF Half Marathon Championships

It didn’t take long for Aliphine Tuliamuk to re-establish her dominance on the USATF Running Circuit Sunday morning in Pittsburgh at the USATF Half Marathon Championships, while Chris Derrick claimed another national title with an impressive final surge late in the race.

The USATF Half Marathon Championships, hosted by the UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon, are the fourth stop on the 2017 USATF Running Circuit.

Parker Stinson took to the lead in the early stages of the men’s race on a cool and overcast morning in downtown Pittsburgh. Followed closely by a large pack, including USATF Running Circuit overall leader Leonard Korir and three-time cross country champion Chris Derrick, Stinson set a brisk pace that thinned out the field early on.

Through the halfway point, Stinson continued to lead with Derrick, Korir, ZAP Fitness’ Andrew Colley, Sid Vaughn Jr. and Samuel Kosgei on his shoulder. That same pack of six ran together until mile 11, when Stinson, Derrick and Korir started to pull ahead.

With one mile to go, Derrick charged to the lead and started to grind down Stinson and Korir. As Korir fell off pace, Colley started to a push back into the top three. Derrick and Stinson would run well ahead of the field, while Colley moved into sole third place.

Derrick’s decisive move in the final mile proved enough, as he held off a furious final charge by Stinson, winning 1:02:37-1:02:38, both fantastic performances given the challenging layout in Pittsburgh.

Colley, who continued his charge back from a frustrating number of months dealing with injury, ran to a third place finish in 1:02:40, while U.S. Army runners Kosgei and Korir took home fourth and fifth place finishes in 1:03:13 and 1:03:24.

Korir’s fifth place effort earned him another six points, giving him a whopping 51 points in the current USATF Running Circuit standings, well ahead of second place Martin Hehir and his 24 points.

Nearly catching Korir in the final portion of the race, Matt Llano took home sixth place overall in 1:03:29. Just behind Atlanta Track Club’s Wilkerson Given earned seventh in 1:03:45, well ahead of Vaughn Jr., who ran with the lead pack much of the race before sliding to eighth in 1:04:27. George Alex and Johnny Crain finished ninth and tenth in 1:04:29 and 1:04:55, respectively.

While the men’s race offered a dramatic finish, Tuliamuk, in her trademark style, shot to the lead of the women’s race in the first mile Sunday morning and never looked back. Winning her eighth national title, Tuliamuk ran to a large lead by mile two, grew that lead over the next six miles and then held off a late charge to take home the victory.

The two-time defending USATF Running Circuit overall champion owned a 40-meter lead passing mile two, and seemed to add another 10-20 meters to her lead until she passed halfway nearly 100 meters ahead of then second and third place runners Sara Hall and Gwen Jorgensen.

Trailed closely by Rochelle Kanuho, Hall and Jorgensen challenged each other early on, packing together but keeping a close eye on the other and any dramatic moves they might make.

At the halfway point in the race, Hall surged ahead, working to catch Tuliamuk. While Jorgensen couldn’t cover the move, it gave Kanuho an opportunity to move up and run with Jorgensen for a bit.

Kanuho would eventually make her own move and run up to Hall, as the duo continued to push to catch Tuliamuk, but with little success.

Into the final mile, it was clear Tuliamuk would lay claim to another USATF Running Circuit title, while Hall put space on Kanuho and made one final push to the finish.

As Tuliamuk crossed the finish, her effort was met by an enthusiastic Pittsburgh crowd, cheering the HOKA ONE ONE Northern Arizona Elite runner across the finish in 1:10:04.

Unbeknownst to Tuliamuk, Hall made a late charge over the final mile, rapidly closing the large lead. Hall charged home, coming up just short of surprising Tuliamuk, finishing three seconds off in a runner-up time of 1:10:07.

After Hall made her late charge, Kanuho hung on to third place in 1:10:49, fending off Jorgensen in the final mile to earn a big ten points towards her USATF Running Circuit standings. Kanuho’s effort moved her up into fourth place overall with 19 points, 3.5 points behind Emily Infeld and Molly Huddle, but still well off Molly Seidel’s circuit lead of 33 points.

Jorgensen, making her debut in the half marathon distance, ran a strong race throughout, taking home fourth in 1:10:58, while fellow Portland-based runner Carrie Dimoff continued her impressive 2018 campaign by taking fifth in 1:11:51.

In sixth place, Samantha Bluske held off a strong challenge from Roberta Groner, finishing in 1:12:32, while Groner took home seventh in 1:12:35. Elaina Tabb also went sub-73 with her eighth place finish on 1:12:57, while Lindsay Flanagan ran 1:14:15 for ninth and Bethany Sacthleben placed tenth in 1:14:33.

The fifth stop on the USATF Running Circuit takes place next Saturday, May 12, as the USATF 25 km Championships take place at the Fifth Third River Bank Run in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Source: usatf.org

 

Kirui and Rupp renew Boston Marathon duel

U.S. Olympic bronze medallist Galen Rupp lost to Kirui by 21 seconds in the 2017 race and is back while New York City Marathon champion – and home state favourite – Shalane Flanagan headlines a group of four top U.S. women’s contenders.

Rain and temperatures in the 50s (13 C) after an icy weekend are forecast, making for a messy race day.

That could be a factor, especially for the African athletes.

No American man has won in Boston since 1983, and Kirui, former champions Lelisa Desisa and Lemi Berhanu of Ethiopia, Ethiopian Tamirat Tola, the fastest in the field at 2:04.06, and Kenyan dark horse Nobert Kigen are aiming to keep it that way.

Yet many believe Chicago Marathon winner Rupp will have a say.

“Galen will definitely be much harder to beat than last year, regardless of how the race plays out,” Alberto Salazar, his coach and a former Boston champion, told reporters.

“But Kirui or the others may also be in better shape than last year, so it’s impossible to predict.”

The final few miles proved costly in 2017 to Rupp, who admitted afterwards: “I just did not have it over those last three or four miles.”

Kirui, 25, backed up his Boston win, his first victory in a marathon, by taking the 2017 world championship title. He carries a personal best of 2:06:27 to Rupp’s 2:09:20.

The U.S. women’s drought at Boston stretches back to 1985.

Flanagan, Jordan Hasay, Molly Huddle and Desi Linden will try to change that against an international field that may not be as strong as in past years.

Flanagan, 36, who grew up in Massachusetts, is the sentimental favourite, with Hasay holding the best Boston finish.

The 26-year-old made it to the podium in 2017, finishing third at both Boston and Chicago. The Boston race was her marathon debut.

Linden and Huddle are both experienced marathoners with Linden fourth in Boston in 2017 and Huddle third in the 2016 New York City Marathon.

Kiplagat, the Kenyan mother of five who is now 38, returns to defend her title after finishing second in the world championships and fourth in New York City in 2017.

Aselefech Mergia, a former London winner, and fellow Ethiopian Mamitu Daska, who was third in New York last year, could be Kiplagat’s biggest international challengers along with former Boston winners Buzunesh Deba (Ethiopia) and Caroline Rotich (Kenya).

 

Ben True Became First American Man To Win NYC Half Marathon

Saucony athlete Ben True, the American record-holder for 5K on the roads, became the first American men’s open division winner at the 2018 New York City Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (18).

At his first attempt at the distance, the 32-year-old True crossed the finish line in 1:02:39, three seconds ahead of two-time Olympian and fellow American Dathan Ritzenhein. The field in Sunday’s race included nine Olympians overall who navigated a route from Prospect Park in Brooklyn to Central Park in Manhattan.

“The way Ben handled Sunday’s world class field, deep with Olympians and the marathon-distance elite, tells us he’s on track for more great performances in 2018,” said Amanda Reiss, chief marketing officer for Saucony. “Ben is not only an incredibly gifted runner but a tremendous person who shares our brand’s values, inspiring runners everywhere to ‘run their world.’ Ben continues to help us set the standards for performance innovation, working with our design team to create the footwear that empowers runners to achieve their personal best, just as he does. The entire Saucony family is incredibly proud of Ben and we wish him a tremendous Spring racing season.”

“Knowing that most of the field were marathoners, or at least have done the half many times before, I knew that I probably had a little bit better closing speed than them,” said True, who ran in the Saucony Type A8. “I hid for the majority of the race and then used my speed to get around the other competitors over the last kilometer. I appreciated all the support from the spectators who braved the cold out there, as well as my Saucony family who believes in me as much as I do them.”

True of Hanover, NH, is the American record holder for 5K with a time of 13:20. He has won seven national titles on the road at distances including 5K, 10K, 15K, and 10 miles and has twice been the top U.S. finisher at the world cross country championships. True’s 6th-place finish at world cross in 2013 led the American men to a surprise team silver medal. He is coached by Ray Treacy, who is also the Cross Country and Track and Field coach at Providence College in Rhode Island.

Two-time Olympian and Saucony athlete Molly Huddle became the first American ever to win the NYC Half Marathon in 2015. She went on to claim victory there in 2016 and 2017 to make it three in a row.

Source: runnersweb.com