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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
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.
Published in News
(Via USATF, 9/4/2017, NEW HAVEN, CT)
 
Teammates Galen Rupp and Jordan Hasay used different tactics with similar results Monday morning at the USATF 20 km Championships in New Haven, Connecticut, as the Nike Oregon Project runners scored big victories against tough fields.
 
The USATF 20 km Championships, hosted by the Faxon Law New Haven Run, are the eighth stop on the 2017 USATF Running Circuit. Watch on demand on USATF.TV+. Next up on the circuit, the USATF 10 Mile Championships take place on October 1 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
 
The men’s race got off to a slow start, as the men averaged five-minute miles through the first half of the race, before Rupp broke it open with a strong surge that took the men’s field from a dozen competitors in the lead group and chiseled it down to six.
 
Those six wouldn’t stay together long, as defending champion Leonard Korir and Sam Chelanga grouped up with Rupp and the trio pulled away from Christo Landry, Tim Ritchie and other challengers, making the final miles of the race a three-man battle.
 
Past nine miles the trio came and went, as Chelanga ran a few strides off Rupp and Korir, who continued to push the pace. As the final mile neared, it was clear it would be a two-man race to the finish.
Published in Roads
By Larry Eder
The 10,000 meters were the two big finals that kept the fans in the stands late into the evening, as the 10,000 meters were moved back one hour to keep the temperatures under 40 degrees Celcius/100 degrees Fahrenheit. Hotter than the temperatures were the finishes of winners Molly Huddle and Hassan Mead.
 
The 10,000 meters, held on Thursday night, could not have been more different. Very compelling, but, so different. Shalane Flanagan held the lead for 22 of the 25 laps. Molly Huddle moved away over the last three laps, using a strong last lap to cement the title. Molly Huddle ran 73.54, 69.58 and a final 65.03. 
Published in Track & Field
By Larry Eder 
For me, the 2017 Boston Marathon, with the heat, humidity and wind, was still one of the finest races in the event’s storied history. Americans had two women and six men in the top ten in each elite race. 30,000 runners battled heat, humidity and wind on April 17, 2017.
Edna KIplagat and Geoffrey Kirui showed that running for the first time on the course does not dampen your chance of running well through the towns around Boston.
 
Here are five things I learned from observing the 2017 Boston Marathon.
 
1. Edna Kiplagat is formidable, at the age of 38. 
When will we learn? Carlos Lopes won the 1984 Olympic marathon at the age of 36. Jack Foster took the 1974 Commonwealth Games silver medal in the marathon at the age of 41. Age is in our minds. Edna Kiplagat trained well, and she sensed the time to break the field, charging uphill between miles 19 and 20, and running 5:22, an astounding mile uphill. Kiplagat won the 2013 World Championships in hot Moscow, so the warm weather in Boston didn’t hurt her.
Published in Marathons
BY LARRY EDER—In 2012, at the London Olympics, Galen Rupp took the silver medal in the 10,000 meters behind his team mate Mo Farah, who won his first Olympic gold in the 10,000 meters in London's Olympic stadium, in front of 80,000 screaming and boisterous fans.
 
I was surprised a bit by Galen Rupp's silver medal then. I thought Galen would win Olympic medals, but not until 2016. I was pleasantly surprised.
 
In 2016, Galen Rupp took fifth in the 10,000 meters, and then, bronze in the marathon, only his second race over the distance. I wanted to make the point about Galen nearly stopping to make sure Mo Farah was fine in the 10,000 meters, when Mo fell in the race early on. That was what someone does who really cares about a training partner. Those 'miles of trials and trials of miles' (as John Parker said in Once a Runner) are lifelong ties.
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