CAPE TOWN (RSA, Sep 17): Ethiopiaâ€™s Asefa Negewo defended his title in the Cape Town Marathon in 2:10:01 ahead of teammate Ketema Bekele (2:11:06) with Kenyaâ€™s Duncan Maiyo third in 2:11:26. Elroy Gelant was the leading South African finisher in fifth in 2:12:49. There was an Ethiopian double with Betelhem Moges winning in 2:30:22 ahead of Namibiaâ€™s Helaria Johannes (2:30:28), who finished 19th at the World Championships just five weeks ago. Kenyaâ€™s Agnes Kiprop made up the podium in 2:31:00 with Irvette Van Zyl the top South African in ninth in 2:36:46. Lesiba Mashele 28:32 and ZimbabweÂ´s Glenrose Cana 33:24 were the winners of the 10 km.
BEIJING (CHN, Sep 17): In warm conditions, Ethiopiaâ€™s Meselech Beyene extended her countryâ€™s win streak in the womenâ€™s race to four editions, breaking the tape in 2:27:44 ahead of Kenyaâ€™s Rebecca Chesire (2:30:31) and Ethiopiaâ€™s Rahma Tusa (2:33:22). There was a surprise in the menâ€™s race with Moroccoâ€™s Salah-Eddine Bounasr winning in 2:11:18 ahead of Ethiopiaâ€™s Girmay Berhanu (2:11:26) and Kenyaâ€™s Stephen Chemlany (2:11:50).
SYDNEY (AUS, Sep 17): Australian-based Makda Harun from Ethiopia won the Sydney Marathon in 2:28:06 ahead of Kenyans Bornes Kitur (2:29:01) and Mercy Kibarus (2:30:13). Japanâ€™s Shota Hattori won the menâ€™s race in 2:15:16 ahead of Ethiopiaâ€™s Werkuneh Seyoum Aboye (2:15:38).
MEDELLIN (COL, Sep 17): Kenyans Titus Kipchumba 64:33 and Daniel Muteti 64:52 were top two in the half marathon at the Maraton de las Flores here. Third Jeisson Suarez 65:18. In women category Diana Landi of Ecuador won in 73:59 ahead of Kenyan Pamela Rotich 74:19 and Colombian Kelly Arias 75:50. Kenyan winners in marathon were Mike Kiptum 2:21:34 and Caroline Chemutai 2:49:43. Second places for home runners Jose David Cardona 2:22:38 and Martha Ronceria 2:56:23.
HALF MARATHON RESULTS
PHILADELPHIA (USA, Sep 17): Ethiopiaâ€™s Meseret Defar continued her comeback to racing with victory in humid conditions in the Philadelphia Half Marathon in 68:45 ahead of former Boston Marathon winner Caroline Rotich from Kenya (69:40) and Jordan Hasay (70:41). Galen Rupp took a runaway victory in the menâ€™s race on the road to the Chicago Marathon in 62:18 ahead of Martin Hehir (64:00).
PORTO (POR, Sep 17): Abraham Kiptum won the Porto Half Marathon in 60:06 in a close race ahead of teammate Marius Kimutai (60:07) and Leonard Langat (60:08). Other noteworthy top-10 finishers included Mathew Kisorio in sixth (61:28), Vincent Chepkok in seventh (62:42) and Emmanuel Mutai in ninth (63:06). Monica Jepkoech led another Kenyan clean sweep in the womenâ€™s race in 69:23 ahead of Vivian Kiplagat (69:26) and Antonina Kwambai (71:52).
UDINE (ITA, Sep 17): There was a Kenyan clean sweep in the Udine Half Marathon with Noah Kiprotich Kigen winning in 61:12 ahead of Erik Koskei (62:10) and Paul Mwangi (63:58). Ukraineâ€™s Roman Romanenko was the first non-African finisher in fifth in 65:11. Wilfridah Moseti made it a Kenyan double in the womenâ€™s race in 71:52 ahead of Ethiopiaâ€™s Yetsehay Desalegn (73:04) and Italyâ€™s Giovanna Epis (73:36).
WACHAU (AUT, Sep 17): Kenyan wins for Peter Kirui (60:45) and Pauline Njeru (69:49) in the Wachau Half Marathon. Best European was Austrian Christian Steinhammer as 9th in 65:31.
ULM (GER, Sep 17): Former European U20 3000m and 5000m champion Alina Reh, 20, won the Ulm Half Marathon outright in a German U23 record of 71:21, breaking Sonja Oberemâ€™s mark of 71:42 which had stood since 1995. She also clocked overall top time in the competition.
ROME (ITA, Sep 17): Wins for Eyob Faniel (63:26) and Sara Brogiato (75:37) in the Rome Half Marathon Via Pacis.
BRISTOL (GBR, Sep 17): Wins for Aaron Richmond (68:07) and 47-year-old Emma Stepto (77:42) in the Bristol Half Marathon
KARIBIB (NAM, Sep 16): In the Southern Africa area Half Marathon championships South Africa dominated. Joel Mmone 63:04 ahead of Thabang Mosiakoalso 63:04 and Lucky Mohale 64:03. Namibian Lavinia Haitope won women in 74:10. From Carole Fuchs.
ELDAMA RAVINE (KEN, Sep 16): Vincent Rono clocked 63:48 to win the Chemususu Dam Half Marathon. Second Barnabas Kosgei 63:57 and third Donald Kimitei 64:10. In women category Priscilah Kipruto was the best in 74:27. From Carole Fuchs.
OTHER ROAD RESULTS
ZAANDAM (NED, Sep 17): Birhanu Legese led an Ethiopian clean sweep in the Dam tot Damloop 10-mile road race in 45:38 ahead of Yenew Alamirew (45:45) and Jiksa Tadesse (45:51). Reigning two-time champion Edwin Kiptoo finished fourth in 45:53 on the road to the Amsterdam Marathon next month. Ugandaâ€™s Mercyline Chelangat won the womenâ€™s race in 53:08 from Ethiopian steeplechase specialist Sofia Assefa (53:13) and Japanâ€™s Risa Takenaka (53:14). With Susan Krumins a late withdrawal due to injury, Jip Vastenburg was the top Dutch finisher in eighth in 54:02.
LVIV (UKR, Sep 17): Dmytro Siruk (30:27) and Olha Kotovska (33:45) won 10 km Ukrainian championships.
DARWIN (AUS, Sep 17): Kenyan Silas Kiplagat won the elite race at the Mitchell Street Mile in 3:58 and was awarded with 15 000 AUD cheque. Womenâ€™s mile winner was Brittany McGowan.
BARCELONA (ESP, Sep 17): Moroccan Mourad El Bannouri (29:24) and Lidia Rodriguez (34:12) won the 39th edition of the Cursa de la Merce at the 10 km. Some 11 500 participants in a race which remembered the 25th anniversary since staging the 1992 Olympic Games.
VALLADOLID (ESP, Sep 16): Daniel Arce in 4:35 and Solange Pereira (5:16) won the 11th Milla Urbana de Valladolid.
ANNECY (FRA, Sep 17): Kenyan Mercyline Jeronoh won the women category in 34:08 at the 10 km du Lac du Annecy. Second Mekdes Woldu 34:14. Male winner was Masha Halle from Ethiopia in 31:01.
TUBINGEN (GER, Sep 17): Kenyan domination also at the 24th Tubingen City Run. Winner was 35 years old Charles Maina in 29:16. In women category Maryanne Wanjiru 33:40 ahead of Marie Kebeya 33:42 ahead of German champion Sabrina Mockenhaupt 33:48. Among men second Bethwel Chemweno 30:19 and third best German Amanal Petros 30:25. Miler Timo Benitz clocked 32:25 as sixth. Some 25 000 spectators followed the event.
KLESZCZOW (POL, Sep 17): Poland Championships in the 5 km road race was won by Ewa Jagielska 16:23 ahead of Aleksandra Brzezinska 16:30.
NORTHPORT (USA, Sep 17): Don Cabral (29:25) and Natosha Rogers (33:24) were the winners of the 40th Great Cow Harbor 10 km race.
KODIAK (USA, Sep 16): The Great Alaska Miles Series saw Olympian Ben Blankenship clocking the fastest mile recorded in Alaska. He won here with 3:57.85. Second Colby Alexander 4:00.46 ahead of Garrett Heath 4:01.76.
SZENTES (HUN, Sep 16): At throwing meet World and Olympic medalist Anita Marton won shot (18.15) and discus (57.47).
SAVONA (ITA, Sep 17): Antonmarco Musso leaped to 794 (+1.1) in long jump here. His second career best.
AMSTERDAM (NED, Sep 17): Dutch pole vault record holder Menno Vloon cleared in the clubs top division 540 but also won the 110 m hurdles in good PB 14.19 (0.0).
ROSARIO (ARG, Sep 16): New Argentian U18 shot put record by Nazareno Sassia 19.07 (5 kg).
DIEZ (GER, Sep 16): At German track walking championships Hagen Pohle won the 10 000 m in 39:39.45 ahead of Christopher Linke 40:10.08 and Nils Brembach 40:29.91. Women winner at 5000 m was Teresa Zurek 23:43.16.
SAN BENEDETTO DEL TRONTO (ITA, Sep 17): New Italian U18 hammer record by Giorgio Olivieri with 76.53 (5 kg).