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Mo Farah to battle Galen Rupp at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon announced today that four-time Olympic gold medalist, six-time world champion and five-time European champion Mo Farah will join the 2018 Chicago Marathon elite competition.

In 2012, Farah became the first British athlete in history to win an Olympic gold at the 10,000m, and he is just the second athlete in history to pull off back-to-back gold medals in both the 5000m and 10,000m at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games.

The Chicago Marathon marks Farah’s third go at the distance and his first 42K on U.S. soil. He joins defending champion and former training partner, Galen Rupp, at the front of this year’s elite pack. Farah and Rupp made history together at the 2012 London Olympics, finishing with the gold and silver in the 10,000m.

“Mo and Galen are two of the greatest distance runners of all time,” said Executive Race Director of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Carey Pinkowski. “They come to Chicago following in the footsteps of incredible runners like Khalid Khannouchi, Sammy Wanjiru, Moses Tanui, Paul Tergat, Steve Jones and more.

These two runners have competed at the highest level of competition and I’m confident they will come prepared for what’s shaping up to be an epic showdown.”

Farah made his marathon debut in 2014 in London, clocking 2:08: 21 to finish eighth. He refocused his energy on the track and the 2016 Rio Olympics before tackling the distance again this spring. He finished third in London with a new personal best and a national record, 2:06:21. Farah dazzled fans at the 2016 Rio Olympics when he experienced a dramatic fall, tumbling hard to the track, in the 10,000m.

Instead of panicking, he found his feet, rejoined the pack and ran away from the rest of the field to win gold. In addition to his Olympic and world titles, he has landed on the top of the podium 20 times in the Diamond League track competitions.

Farah holds national track records in the 1500m, 3000m, two-mile, 5000m and 10,000m, and British road records in the 5K, 10K, 20K, half marathon and marathon. In 2017, Farah was named BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year.

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2018 will re-introduce pacers ” “rabbits” ” into the elite competition after breaking from the tradition for the past few years.

“The championship style of racing that spectators enjoy will continue as the race enters its final miles,” Pinkowski said. “The epic 2010 duel between the late Wanjiru and Tsegaye Kebede – arguably one of the greatest finishes in marathon history – underscores the importance of the tactics that still exist and flourish in paced races.”

Pinkowski and event organizers decided to transition back to pacers to leverage the speed of the course, to work towards setting up ideal conditions for the top tier elite athletes confirmed so far, and to respond to feedback received from runners.

“We listened to the athletes and they want to come to Chicago because of our tradition of fast times and our legacy as a world record course,” continued Pinkowski. “If athletes want to run in races without pacers, there are several opportunities for them to do so.”


Maritim leads a Kenyan podium finish as he lifts Barcelona Marathon title

Kenya’s Anthony Maritim won the 40th edition of the Zurich Marató de Barcelona that was held on Sunday (11) in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.

Maritim who battled with fellow Kenyans for the honors when the opened at a steady 3:02 per kilometre rhythm set by a triumvirate of pacemakers who went through the early checkpoints in 15:11 (five kilometres), 30:23 (10 kilometres), and 45:40 (15 kilometres). The first surprise came when the reigning champion, Kenya’s Jonah Chesum, began to lose ground with 40 minutes on the clock to lose any chance of defending his title.

By the halfway point, reached in 1:04:21, no fewer than 15 men still remained in the leading pack, among them, Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Kebede and Tariku Kinfu plus Maritim who seemed to run effortlessly waiting to make their move over the second half.

The Kenyan trio of Maritim, Silas Too and Hillary Kipsambu plus the Ethiopians Kebede, Kinfu and Abeg Tsedat Ayana.

The 31 year-old  went on to cut the tape in a personal best of 2:08.08 while Too crossed the line in 2:08.25 with Kipsambu completing a clean podium sweep for Kenya in 2:08.52.

“Today was my sixth ever marathon effort and my first time competing in Spain and I can’t ask for more with a win, said Maritim”.

Ethiopian trio of Kinfu, Kebede and Ayana crossed the line together in 2:09.25 while Chesum had to settle for seventh place in 2:17.39.

The race course record of 2:07.30 that was set in 2010 by Kenyan Jackson Kipkoech Kotut still stands to date.

1. Anthony Maritim   (KEN) 2:08:08
2. Silas Too                  (KEN) 2:08:25
3. Hillay Kipchumba  (KEN) 2:08:52
4. Tariku Kinfu           (ETH) 2:09:25
5. Tsegaye Kebede     (ETH) 2:09:25.

Chesum to defend his title at Barcelona Marathon

Jonah Chesum returns to defend his title at the Zurich Barcelona Marathon, an IAAF Bronze Label road race, on Sunday (11).

Chesum was a pacesetter last year who went on to win the race in 2:08:57 in his debut over the distance. Later in the season the 29-year-old took fifth in the Gold Coast Marathon clocking 2:10:47.

To help remember his surprise victory last year, Chesum spent part of his earnings from the race to buy a cow for his farm in Iten. “Of course,” he said with a laugh, “I named her ‘Barcelona’. Now she is pregnant and the calf will be named ‘Messi’.”

Chesum represented Kenya in the T46 1500m at the 2012 Paralympic Games, having suffered a hand injury as a child, although he confesses, “I have never felt I have a disadvantage because of that.”

His compatriots Anthony Maritim, who holds a career best of 2:09:11 set last year, and Hillary Kipsambu, with 2:09:28 credentials, will also be chasing a podium spot. They will be joined by Philip Kimutai, who has a 2:06:07 lifetime best set at the 2011 Frankfurt Marathon. More recently, the 34-year-old clocked 2:11:02 at the Ljubljana Marathon in October.

Meanwhile, two-time London Marathon winner Tsegaye Kebede leads a solid Ethiopian trio. Kebede is the fastest entrant thanks to an impressive 2:04:38 clocking set in Chicago five years ago. The 31-year-old has also been successful at the Paris (2008), Chicago (2012) and Fukuoka (2008 and 2009) marathons and has 2008 Olympic and 2009 world bronze medals to his name. He will be making his debut this year after recording 2:08:45 last season in Tokyo.

Kebede’s younger compatriots, Tariku Kinfu and Biro Seboka, should also be in the hunt for the victory on Sunday. While Kinfu, 22, managed a 2:07:48 performance last year in Seville on his second ever marathon attempt, Seboka clocked 2:08:51 in his only outing over the distance in Amsterdam last year.

The course record belongs to Kenya’s Jackson Kipkoech Kotut, who clocked 2:07:30 in 2010. His compatriots Alex Kibarus, Jairo Songok and Daniel Muindi Muteti have been assigned pacing duties through the 30-kilometre point to target that clocking.