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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 04:30

Kirui Captures First Gold for Kenya in London

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By Justin Lagat ( Aug. 7, 2017)
 
In the first two days of the championships, two long distance finals were done; the men and women 10,000m events. But despite being known as a powerhouse in long distance running, Kenya could only manage to win bronze medals at each event. Kenyan fans can now have the courage to look at the medal table after Geoffrey Kirui became the first Kenyan to win a gold medal and ensure the nation's national anthem is sung for the first time in London.
 
Before the men's marathon event, there were the men's 3000m steeplechase heats. Looking at the way that the Kenyan men made it to the finals, the confidence of Kenyans to dominate in the finals as usual is no longer there. Only Conseslus Kipruto managed to qualify automatically to the finals while Ezekiel Kemboi and Jarius Birech had to wait for fastest losers to be added to the field.
 
The three athletes who have always threatened Kenya's dominance in the event were there and all exhibited great form as they sailed to the finals. USA' Evan Jager, Morocco's Soufiane Elbakkali and France's Mahiedine Mekhissi all appeared to have run comfortably. Kenyans have never had such a formidable competition like this in the recent past and it will be interesting to see how the finals will unfold.
 
Geoffrey Kirui's win in the men's marathon event came as a great relief to the Kenyan fans as everything else was pointing towards a poor outing for the Kenyan athletes in the world championships. This win could serve to raise the morale in the camp and many medals are definitely going to follow this.
 
Kirui ran a smart race, not letting himself be dragged into an early fast pace by Ethiopia's Tamirat Tola after the competition at the front was clearly between the two of them. Kirui had allowed Tola to open up some gap, but kept it at a safe distance before closing it slowly and easing away in the last stages of the race. He went ahead to win the race in a seasonal best time of 2:08.27. The clearly exhausted Tola finished second in 2:09:49 managing to cross the line just before Tanzania's Alphonce Simbu, who finished two seconds behind him, could gain on him.
 
In the women's marathon, the real battle did not unfold until within the last five kilometers when Rose Chelimo of Bahrain made a decisive move at the front and a pack of fourteen athletes who had stuck together for almost the entire race began to disintegrate and follow in a single file.
 
Early in the race, Catarina Ribeiro of Portugal had moved to the front and led at a distance in an effort to break away from the rest of the field. However, it proved not to work for her as she soon dropped out of the race. 38 year old, Alyson Dixon of Great Britain could have learned from that, but she didn't. She decided to gamble by making an early break too. Despite the huge support she received from the home fans that had lined the streets, she was later overtaken and finished in 18th position.
 
At some point in the climax of the race, Kenya's Edna Kiplagat had pulled up behind Chelimo, overtook her and created a gap of about ten meters before Chelimo fought back again to regain the lead with about 400m to the finish of the race. Chelimo went on to win the gold medal in 2:27:11 while Kiplagat won silver in 2:27:18 within the same second with USA's Amy Cragg who had run strongly in the last 200m to overtake Flomena Daniel and close the gap between her and Kiplagat.

Jones, Khannouchi, Ndereba and Radcliffe all set world records on the iconic Chicago Marathon course. Kastor, a multi-time American record-holder and an Olympic bronze medalist, is the last American woman to have captured the Chicago crown - CHICAGO – The Bank of America Chicago Marathon announced today that running legends and past champions Steve Jones (1984, 1985), Khalid Khannouchi (1997, 1999, 2000, 2002), Catherine Ndereba (2000, 2001), Paula Radcliffe (2002) and Deena Kastor (2005) will return as race ambassadors to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 8.

Running Legend and 1984 Olympic Marathon Gold Medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson Chasing Age Group World Record and Sub-Three Marathon - CHICAGO – The Bank of America Chicago Marathon announced today that two-time Olympic medalist Galen Rupp and American marathon debut record holder Jordan Hasay will lead a deep field of American contenders at the 40th annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Adding an exclamation point to the elite athlete field, 1984 Olympic gold medalist and 1985 Chicago Marathon champion Joan Benoit Samuelson will toe the line in an attempt to set an age group world record.

INDIANAPOLIS -- USATF announced on Tuesday the qualifying standards for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Marathon, as well as the selection criteria for Team USATF who will compete in the 2018 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia, Spain on March 24, 2018.

Olympic Champion Eliud Kipchoge targets World Record in Berlin - Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya is currently the best marathon runner in the world. The 2016 Olympic champion is aiming to run faster at the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON on September 24 than his compatriot Dennis Kimetto who set the world record on the renowned fast course in 2014, stopping the clock at 2:02:57. Kipchoge was only eight seconds slower than Kimetto in the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon. A few months later he dominated his rivals to win the Olympic title in Rio. The Kenyan knows all about the Berlin course: he won in 2015, running 2:04:00 despite the insoles of his running shoes flapping for much of the race. Two years previously he finished second in Berlin with another impressive time, 2:04:05 while his compatriot Wilson Kipsang broke the world record with 2:03:23. Kipchoge’s personal best is 2:03:05, set when he won London in 2016. The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON is an Abbott World Marathon Majors event and an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

"David Bedford has been an iconic fixture in the sport since his heralded running days in the late 1960s and 1970s. David Bedford ran with spirit and fearless abandon. Bedford's hard training, no, scratch that, really hard training. 200 mile weeks got one into shape and also got one injured. Bedford danced that magic line between increadible fitness and painful injuries throughout his career. On June 11, 1973, David Bedford set the World record for the 10,000 meters, running 27:30.8. In that race, Bedford had surpassed the WR of his hero, Ron Clarke, the former WR holder and the current world record of one Lasse Viren. Chopping eight seconds off those iconic times, David Bedford had nearly reached the sun.

"David Bedford has been an iconic fixture in the sport since his heralded running days in the late 1960s and 1970s. David Bedford ran with spirit and fearless abandon. Bedford's hard training, no, scratch that, really hard training. 200 mile weeks got one into shape and also got one injured. Bedford danced that magic line between increadible fitness and painful injuries throughout his career. On June 11, 1973, David Bedford set the World record for the 10,000 meters, running 27:30.8. In that race, Bedford had surpassed the WR of his hero, Ron Clarke, the former WR holder and the current world record of one Lasse Viren. Chopping eight seconds off those iconic times, David Bedford had nearly reached the sun.

Keitany to go for fourth consecutive title, looking to surpass Paula Radcliffe in career wins; McFadden, racing as an NYRR Team for Kids Ambassador, seeks record sixth career title in wheelchair division - NEW YORK (June 9, 2017) — Both defending women’s race champions will return for the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 5, as Mary Keitany will go for a fourth consecutive victory and NYRR Team for Kids Ambassador Tatyana McFadden will race for a record-breaking sixth career title in the wheelchair division.

The fastest Ethiopian marathon runners in history will lead their nation’s team at the IAAF World Championships London 2017.

These evaluations are part of a long term process taking place where AbbottWMM is working with Wanda to identify three major marathon events - The Abbott World Marathon Majors is currently at different phases in exploring the candidacy of several events for inclusion in the AbbottWMM series.  One of the events that is currently being evaluated against the stringent operational criteria that has been set forth is the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon.

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