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By Larry Eder
 
Galen Rupp wanted to be "invisible" in the race until after 22 miles. "And in the last four miles, you know, anything can happen."
 
And it did.
 
Between 35 kilometers and 40 kilometers, Galen Rupp took the field apart. The early pace was modest, as the field hit the half marathon in 1:06:11. The men just spent too much time watching each other and not enough trying to break the key players. Galen Rupp purposely did not lead early in the race. His attitude was as if this were a championship event, and for Galen Rupp, winning a World Marathon Major event was, and is a championship event.
 
Lots can go wrong over 26.2 miles. If one prepares with precision, then, one cuts down the number of things that can go wrong. Galen Rupp told us about a 25 mile run where he ran the first 20 at good pace and the final five at 4:30 per mile pace. "That gave me great confidence," noted Galen Rupp in the post race conference.
 
The 35th kilometer was run in 2:50, and the field of ten dropped to four, with Rupp, Lemma, Sambu and Kirui. Then, the race got intense. It was beautiful to watch.
 
As Abel Kirui, two time World champion, defending Chicago Champ, tried to control the race, Galen Rupp felt his opportunity. A 4:31 mile was followed by a 4:30 mile, which had been preceeded by a 4:36 mile. That 5k of 14:25 was the fastest in history on the course.
 
Galen Rupp ran his fastest kilometer, between 40-41 kilometers, with a blistering 2:38, and he ran to his first marathon win!
 
Galen Rupp was the first American male to win the Chicago Marathon since 2002! He has also won his first World Marathon Major in a exciting finish!
 
Now, it's off to the Field Museum for the Rupp family to check out some dinosaur bones.
Published in Marathons
By Larry Eder
 
The 2:20:57 run by Jordan Hasay in Chicago on Sunday, October 8, 2017 was historic. Jordan Hasay ran 2:23:00 in her marathon debut and shocked many. Truth is this, Jordan Hasay was made for the marathon, and Alberto Salzar knew that. Jordan Hasay is one of the guttiest runners I have ever seen, and she does not give an inch. In college racing she had great races and not so great races. She was not a happy camper when she did not do well, but that is okay.
 
As a professional athlete, Jordan raced over 5k and 10k, and she battled in every race. In 2016, she began her evolution into road running, but one wonders if that was Alberto Salazar's plan for the entire time.
 
In Houston in January 2017, Jordan ran 1:08:45 and opened many eyes. Her build up to Boston continued and her run there was flawless. I was happy to see her focus at the end of the race, against the world's best, and her gutty finish. And then, her summer of training prior to Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
 
Jordan Hasay is one of the kindest athletes to interview. She thanks media for their support of her story. She speaks well and thoughtfully.
 
But remember this, Jordan Hasay is a marathon gladiator. In the fine line of Joan Benoit Samuelson, Deena Kastor, Kara Goucher, Tirunesh Dibaba, Mary Keitany and Edna Kiplagat, these women dig in and fight for each and every meter. I recall running the 1980 Cascade Run Off, and getting absolutely dusted over the last 3k by Lorraine Moller, who gave the guys with her a lesson in downhill running, cranking 5:08 and 5:05. It opened my mind to just how amazing women distance runners were and are.
 
Jordan Hasay showed guts running 2:18:20 pace through half way, with Tirunesh Dibaba, who is moving her focus from the track the roads, in the lead. Jordan ran 2:20:57, the finest time by an American woman ever in North America, and breaking Joan Benoit Samuelson's 1985 American course record of 2:21:21.
 
What is Jordan Hasay's secret? Her amazing focus, her beliefs in herself? her support structure?
 
Jordan's Instagram account shows the detailed workouts that Jordan and Galen [Rupp] did for this race. That attention to detail, the core work, the long runs, the long temp runs, the work on the track all summer long gives these athletes a quiet confidence that they have done EVERYTHING to prepare for the race.
 
Jordan Hasay was happy and confident in her presser post race.
 
She has many more great races to run!
Published in Marathons
From Alfons Juck, EME NEWS
 
Africa Has Plans for Worlds
RABAT (MAR): Confederation of African Athletics president Hamad Malboum Kalkaba believes Africa can host the IAAF World Championships for the first time in 2025, Xinhua reports. In a statement, he said Kenya, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and South Africa all had the economic potential to put on the event in eight years’ time.
 
Roleder Ready for 2018
BERLIN (GER): After cutting short her 2017 season due to injury, sprint hurdler Cindy Roleder has increased the frequency of her physio visits from once to several times a week in order to compensate for her weaknesses, she said in an interview with leichtathletik.de. The German is now pain-free and training for the defence of her European title next year.
 
Four organisers to be decided
MONACO (MON): Next meeting of the IAAF Council in November will decide who will organise four IAAF World Athletics Series events in 2020. Not only World Indoor Championships, but also World Half Marathon Championships, World U20 Championships and World Race Walking Team Championships.
 
 
CHICAGO FLASH-BACK
 
CHICAGO (USA): Retired Olympic heptathlon bronze medallist Brianne Theisen-Eaton completed the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, her debut at 26 miles, in 3:55:08.
 
CHICAGO (USA): Jordan Hasay spoke about finding her ideal distance after running 2:20:57 in her second marathon in Chicago yesterday. “I had always hoped that I’d be great at the marathon, and so I’m really glad we decided to move up this young,” she was quoted by letsrun.com as saying. “I just love the marathon. That’s what I was telling myself out there, I’m just like you’re great in the marathon, this is your event, this is what you love. I just love the training for it, I love the buildup. It’s definitely my event. Some people are just gifted at certain things.”
 
CHICAGO (USA): In Bank of America Chicago Marathon, more than 43,000 runners, an event record, crossed the finish line in Chicago’s “front yard,” Grant Park. This year’s race celebrated 40 years of running history with participants from more than 100 countries and all 50 states.
 
CHICAGO (USA): Top 10 performance average for Chicago Marathon has improved to 2:19:45 in women section. Tirunesh Dibaba's top 3 performance average is 2:19:01, third behind Radcliffe 2:16:48 and Keitany 2:18:19. With 2:20:57 Jordan Hasay became the fastest American on the US soil and her 2:20:57 is also best third place here. The 5 km segment 14:25 for Galen Rupp from 35 to 40 km was the fastest in Chicago history. From Ken Nakamura.
 
CHICAGO (USA): Rupp and Dibaba also secured their first ever Abbott World Marathon Majors victories. Rupp’s win moves him into joint first on the Majors leaderboard on 25 points, level with Geoffrey Kirui, Daniel Wanjiru and Eliud Kipchoge, while Dibaba takes an outright lead in the women’s standings on 41.
 
 
OTHER NEWS
 
BERLIN (GER): Sabre fencer Max Hartung and canoeist Silke Kassner have launched plans to form a breakaway group after criticising the current set-up of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) Athletes' Committee. Hartung, the chairman of the Athletes' Committee, and Kassner, his deputy, told German television channel ARD that they are hoping to establish an athlete organisation which would be independent from the DOSB. The "Athleten Deutschland" group would be a network of athlete representatives from Olympic, non-Olympic and Paralympic sports bodies in the country. Informs insidethegames.
 
OBERHAUSEN (GER): German U23 champion at 400 m Hurdles Joshua Abuaku (21, 50.79) is changing his coaching environment. He will now train under Olympic winner Volker Beck who is national head coach for the event in Germany. He will move to Frankfurt because of this. His training partners will be Luke Campbell and Georg Fleischhauer.
 
BERLIN (GER): Representatives from Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Great convened for the “G5” meeting in Berlin last week. Among the topics discussed were plans for next year’s European Athletics Championships, a review of the 2017 IAAF World Championships and the digital challenges facing European athletics, writes leichtathletik.de. The federations also discussed the future of Fly Europe concept. 
 
LAGOS (NGR): The Access Bank Lagos City Marathon has been awarded an IAAF bronze label for next year’s race in February, according to thisdaylive.com
 
NEW YORK (USA): The United Airlines NYC Half will feature an expanded field and new course in 2018. Around 22,500 runners are expected for the race on March 18. Last year the event had 19,409 finishers. It will start in Prospect Park in Brooklyn, head over the Manhattan Bridge, and finish in Central Park. “We’re proud to have worked with New York Road Runners to coordinate a new route that now includes both Brooklyn and Manhattan, and this year even more runners will get to run this race as well as take in the New York City landmarks and views along the redesigned course,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.  
 
BERLIN (GER): Despite her recent good quality races on the road, Alina Reh will concentrate next year on the track and the distance will be 5000 m. Next target is to achieve a sub 15 minutes time. She also plans to run 10 000 m on the track and plans to start in two weeks high altitude training in South Africa.
 
MALY LAPAS (SVK): Fastest Slovak and European U23 Champion over 200 m Jan Volko won during the weekend a special race. It is called wife-carrying cross country at 253.5 m with barriers. He clocked (with 10 years old Ema, daughter of his coach Nada Bendova on his shoulder) 59.98. Hammer Olympic finalist Marcel Lomnicky was second by 7 seconds. Of course it was all a big fun.
 
PAPRADNO (SVK): Another athletics wedding happened during the weekend in Central Slovakia. Javelin World silver medalist and twice Diamond League winner Czech Jakub Vadlejch married Slovak combined eventer and hurdler Lucia Slanickova. She will be now called Lucia Vadlejch. Present at the wedding also his coach Jan Zelezny and training partners Vitezslav Vesely, Petr Frydrych and Jaroslav Jilek.
 
INDIANAPOLIS (USA): Machine Gun Kelly, Teyana Taylor, Jacob Latimore, Annie Ilonzeh, Claudia Jordan and Towanda Braxton will add star power to USA Track & Field’s Black Tie & Sneakers Gala, slated for Thursday, November 2 at The Armory in Upper Manhattan. Celebrities from across the entertainment industry will join current track & field stars, Hall of Famers, business executives and national tastemakers at USATF’s annual gala, which will be broadcast on the Olympic Channel. Informs the USATF.
 
 
 
RESULTS
 
MATSUYAMA (JPN, Oct 9): In the Monday programme at National Sports Festival new Japanese U20 record in girls 5000 m track walk 21:33.44 by Nanako Fujii (18). Fast 3000 m 8:54.27 by 18 years old Reiko Tanaka. New PB in women 100 m hurdles for Masumi Aoki 13.18 (+0.5). In men hurdles windy times 13.47 (+2.2) by Genta Masuno and 13.58 by Taio Kanai. In javelin Takuto Kominami 77.94 and over 400 m life-time best for Yoshinobu Imoto 46.38.
 
ASUNCION (PAR, Oct 8): Freddy Maidana won the 200 m at Paraguay Championships in good 20.91 (+0.9). He missed his national record from 2014 by only 0.01.
 
IZUMO CITY (JPN, Oct 9): Tokai University beat defending champions Aoyama Gakuin University in the Izumo Ekiden, reports Japan Running News. The winning time was 2:11:59 and the margin 93 seconds.
 
SANTIAGO (CHI, Oct 8): Final day of South American U18 Games saw Brazilian long jumper Adrian Vieira achieving the best result with 772 cm. In discus Argentinian Nazareno Sasia 58.67 (1.5 kg).
 
WASHINGTON (USA, Oct 8): In the shadow of the Pentagon, Haron Lagat began his Sunday run and won the Army Ten Miler in 49:23. Susan Tanui was the best woman in 56:50.
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