McFadden and Romanchuk Repeat as Winners in Wheelchair Division - FALMOUTH, MA (August 19, 2018) – It was a day to rewrite history at the 46 th running of the New Balance Falmouth Road Race, as Ben Flanagan of Canada became the first man from North America to break the tape in 30 years and Caroline Chepkoech of Kenya the first woman to win for three consecutive years since course record-holder Lornah Kiplagat in 2002.
In the wheelchair division, sponsored by Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, Tatyana McFadden won for thefourth time here, in 28:43, while Daniel Romanchuk defended his title in 23:48.
Flanagan, whose response of “Where’s my mom?” after winning the 2018 NCAA title at 10,000 meters this spring went viral, denied Stephen Sambu his fifth-consecutive title when he crossed the line first, in 32:21, followed by Americans Scott Fauble in 32:23 and Leonard Korir in 32:28. Sambu came across in fourth, (32:32), with Martin Hehir fifth (32:38) to put three Americans in the top five.
Winning the women’s race in the wheelchair division, sponsored by Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, was Tatyana McFadden in 28:43, while Daniel Romanchuk defended his title in 23:48, the fourth-fastest time in race history.
A rookie on the pro circuit, Flanagan nonetheless knew that Sambu was a master of the course and two-time runner-up Korir had a killer kick, so he sat back and churned away mile after mile among the lead group. Winding through opening miles of 4:34, 4:44, and 4:40, Sambu led a pack of 20 that held tight from Nobska Light all along the waterfront down Surf Drive. Korir and U.S. Army teammate Haron Lagat touched the lead briefly, while Scott Fauble, Martin Hehir, and Flanagan sat in their slipstream. The pack would be cut in half by five miles (23:14), with a remarkable six men still in contention turning onto Falmouth Heights Road for the final mile.
Surprising even himself, Flanagan made the climb up the last hill only to realize he had begun to separate and leave the group behind. Once he saw the finish tape, the Kitchener, Ontario, native sprinted and began his celebration, pointing to the crowd and leaping through the tape with a pump of the fist.
“It’s unbelievable, honestly,” said Flanagan, the first men’s champion to hail from North America since Missouri’s Mark Curp in 1988. “I’ve found myself at these events that I could only really have dreamed of competing at. The attitude has been [that] there’s no specific expectation. I know what I’m capable of doing, but
there’s nothing to lose coming into these races.”
The 23-year-old pocketed $10,000 for the win plus an additional $5,000 for prevailing in “The Countdown” by finishing within three minutes of Chepkoech. “It’s the best surprise in the world! I have one semester of school left and I think I just paid it off right there. Best day ever!”
Flanagan is coached by the University of Michigan’s Kevin Sullivan, a three-time Olympian and winner of the 2002 Falmouth Mile.
The women’s race was once again dominated by the 24-year-old Chepkoech, who pulled away from compatriots Margaret Wangari and Mary Wacera at three miles.
“Because Wacera and Wangari they were strong, so I decided to push fast,” said Chepkoech, who had hoped to assault the course record but was hampered by a headwind. “I’m happy so much for winning this race. I’m focusing for Falmouth. I love Falmouth. I love the people of Falmouth.”
Wangari, the 2012 Falmouth champion, would finish second in 36:43 – 55 seconds in arrears – while Wacera was third in 37:17.
The first American woman across the line was Melissa Dock, 36, of Boulder, CO, who ran the race of her life. “I thought maybe on a good day I could be top 10, but I never imagined this,” said the mother of 6-year-old twins who twice has won the citizen’s race at the Bolder Boulder 10K.
Winning the men’s masters division was Ryan Carrara, 42, of Hudson, MA (39:03); for the women it was Kaela O’Neil, 40, of North Kingstown, RI (42:40)
For the wheelchair racers, Romanchuk recorded the fourth-fastest time in race history, while McFadden’s ranked #5. But it was her third-place overall – besting 11 of the 13 male competitors – that was especially impressive.
“Men don’t like to get ‘chicked,’” she said, referring to being passed by a woman. “But they got chicked today.”
Among the other notable finishers of today’s race were Bill Rodgers, who served as Official Starter of the mass race to mark 40 years since his last victory here, in 1978 (58:09); Olympic marathon gold medalist Frank Shorter (1:28:19); three-time Super Bowl champion Tedy Bruschi (1:08:06); and NASA astronaut Sunita Williams (1:12:47). Reigning Boston Marathon champion Des Linden ran among the masses after sounding the starting horn as the Official Starter for the elite women’s race. She finished in 45:15, her first time running this race.
“It’s beautiful,” she said of the course. “It helps you forget it’s really hard. Some really impressive things have been done on this course. It’s cool to cover it and it would be really fun to race it.”
About Falmouth Road Race
The New Balance Falmouth Road Race was established in 1973 and has become one of the premier running events of the summer season. Each year the race draws an international field of Olympians, elite and recreational runners out to enjoy the iconic 7-mile seaside course. The non-profit Falmouth Road Race, Inc. organization is committed to promoting health and fitness through community programs and philanthropic giving.
NBC SPORTS’ LIVE DIAMOND LEAGUE TRACK & FIELD COVERAGE CONTINUES THIS SATURDAY FROM BIRMINGHAM, ENGLANDWritten by Super User
STAMFORD, Conn. – August 16, 2018 – NBC Sports continues live coverage of the 2018 Diamond League track and field series from Birmingham, England, this Saturday, Aug. 18, at 9 a.m. ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA. This marks the final stop of the series before the Diamond League Finals. The event will be available live and commercial-free with direct-to-consumer live streaming product NBC Sports Gold’s “Track and Field Pass,” while NBC will air same-day encore coverage Saturday at 3 p.m. ET.
Live Coverage from Birmingham Begins Saturday at 9 a.m. ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA; NBC to Air Coverage Saturday at 3 p.m. ET
Coverage Streamed Live, On-Demand & Commercial-Free with NBC Sports Gold’s “Track and Field Pass” including Exclusive Bonus Coverage of Field Events
Latest Episode of “Foul Play” Featuring Olympic Gold Medalist Wayde van Niekerk Will Premiere Immediately Following Diamond League Coverage on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USAAs a part of its track and field coverage throughout the season, NBC Sports Gold will present live, commercial-free coverage of every IAAF Diamond League event, including bonus programming of field events, highlights, replays, and an exclusive 30-minute preview of each event. Events on NBC and NBCSN will be streamed via authentication on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA content will be streamed via authentication on NBCSports.com, OlympicChannel.com, the NBC Sports app, and the Olympic Channel app.
Birmingham marks the last chance for athletes to earn points to qualify for the final in their discipline. The 2018 Diamond League Finals will take place between Aug. 30 – 31 from Weltklasse, Zurich, and Brussels, Belgium, with the events being split up between the two locations.
Highlighting the action this weekend are world indoor 60m record holder Christian Coleman and Noah Lyles, who has recorded the fastest 100m and 200m times in the world this season, as both Americans attempt to secure their spots in the 100m Diamond League Final. U.S. pole vaulter Sandi Morris, who won silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics and has secured her spot in the Diamond League Final, is expected to compete. Olympic triple jump champion Christian Taylor is slated to compete in the 400m.
Bill Doleman will handle the call, joined by analysts Paul Swangard and Ato Boldon.
Following coverage from Birmingham, Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will air the latest episode of “Foul Play” at 11 a.m. ET featuring Olympic gold medalist and South African Wayde van Niekerk, who is the current world and Olympic record holder in the 400m. The episode reflects on his mother, Odessa Swarts, who was denied the opportunity to compete internationally because of the Apartheid rules in South Africa.
NBC SPORTS GOLD: NBC Sports Gold — NBC Sports Digital’s direct-to-consumer live streaming product — offers access to the IAAF Diamond League with its “Track and Field Pass.”
In addition to live video streaming, viewers will have access to exclusive bonus coverage of field events, full video replays and highlights.
NBC Sports Gold’s “Track and Field Pass” gives fans access to major marathons, and top U.S. and international track and field events through December 2018. The direct-to-consumer pass offers fans unprecedented coverage — including some exclusive coverage beyond what is available on linear TV in the United States — live and on-demand, online, on mobile, tablets and connected TV devices.
NBC Sports Gold’s “Track and Field Pass,” is available for $69.99 and can be purchased by visiting NBCSportsGold.com. NB
NBC SPORTS APP: NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will stream coverage on NBC and NBCSN via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports app is available on Apple iOS, Android and select Samsung devices, as well as on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Win10, PlayStation and Xbox.
Both the NBC Sports app and NBC Sports Gold are powered by Playmaker Media, NBC Sports Digital’s technology service which provides end-to-end support for companies in need of best-in-class live streaming and VOD solutions.
Following is NBC Sports Group’s Diamond League television schedule (all times ET, subject to change):
|Sat., Aug. 18||9 a.m.||Birmingham (LIVE)||Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, NBC Sports Gold|
*Indicates same-day encore
ISTAF in Berlin on 2nd September: European Champions return to the Olympic Stadium for global challengeWritten by Super User
Sambu Seeks 5th Straight; Chepkoech Eyes Course Record; McFadden and Romanchuk Lead Wheelchair Field - FALMOUTH, MA (August 8, 2018)—Making history at the New Balance Falmouth Road Race last year wasn’t enough for Stephen Sambu: After becoming the first man to win here four times, the 30-year-old Kenyan is coming back in quest of a fifth-consecutive victory, organizers announced today.
Seeking to make some history of her own will be Caroline Chepkoech, who last year became the first woman to defend her Falmouth title since fellow Kenyan Lornah Kiplagat won three straight from 2000-2002. Not only is the 24-year-old Chepkoech hoping to win her third straight, but she is also aiming to break Kiplagat’s 18-year-old course record of 35:02.
In the wheelchair division, sponsored by Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, Americans Tatyana McFadden and Daniel Romanchuk are both returning. McFadden, a 17-time Paralympic medalist and Falmouth course record-holder, will be going after her third victory here, while Romanchuk – who celebrated his 20th birthday earlier this month and is rapidly becoming one of the best racers in the world – will be looking to defend his 2017 win, in which he broke the course record.
In the men’s open division, Sambu will face a stiff challenge from a pair of U.S. Olympians, Leonard Korir and Lopez Lomong. Korir, a 2016 Olympian at 10,000 meters and an eight-time U.S. champion on the roads and cross country, was runner-up to Sambu here in both 2016 and 2017; last year, the finish was so close that both men were given the same time. Lomong, a two-time Olympian and one of the “Lost Boys of Sudan,” was the U.S. flagbearer in 2008 and recently won the U.S. 10,000-meter title, becoming the only American man in history to win national titles at both 1500 meters and 10,000 meters on the track. He will be making his Falmouth debut.
Among the other top Americans are Haron Lagat, runner-up in the USA 10 km Championships on July 4; Christo Landry, a six-time national champion on the roads; Scott Fauble, fourth at 10,000 meters in the 2016 Olympic Trials; and Martin Hehir, fifth this year at the USA Cross Country Championships and third in the USA 15 km Championships.
Representing Great Britain will be 2012 Olympian Chris Thompson and Callum Hawkins, ninth in the 2016 Olympic marathon and fourth in the 2017 IAAF World Championships marathon, and running for Canada will be Ben Flanagan, the 2018 NCAA champion at 10,000 meters who recently placed second – one spot ahead of Korir – at the Quad City Times Bix 7.
Chepkoech will face a formidable roster of challengers, among them compatriots Mary Wacera, a two-time IAAF World Championships Half Marathon medalist who in 2018 has won both the BAA 10K and Utica Boilermaker 15K; and Margaret Wangari, the 2012 New Balance Falmouth Road Race champion who is coming off a victory at the 2018 Quad City Times Bix 7. Buze Diriba of Ethiopia, who has won five major road races in the U.S. this season from distances of 5K to the half marathon, should also challenge.
American contenders are led by nine-time USA champion Aliphine Tuliamuk; two-time Olympian Kim Conley; and Kellyn Taylor, the 2014 USA 25K Champion who in 2016 finished sixth at the Olympic Marathon Trials and fourth at 10,000 meters in the track trials. Returning for the first time since her runner-up finish here in 2014 is Gemma Steel of Great Britain, the 2014 European Cross Country Champion.
First prize in the men’s and women’s open division is $10,000, leading a total $126,000 prize purse for Race Week events, which include the Aetna Falmouth Elite Mile the evening before the 7-miler.
Chepkoech will be looking to defend not only her 2016 and 2017 crowns but also to continue her reign as winner of “The Countdown,” sponsored by Aetna. A beat-the-clock handicap race, “The Countdown” features a finish-line clock that starts when the first woman breaks the tape, counting down the number of minutes and seconds the winning man has to beat, according to a pre-determined formula. If the clock runs out before he crosses the line, the victorious woman wins a $5,000 bonus; if it doesn’t, the winning man will take home the money.
Based on the average gap between the winning times for men and women over the past 10 years of the race and the predicted relative strength of the 2018 fields, the clock will tick down from 3:00 minutes.
The 46th running of the New Balance Falmouth Road Race will take place Sunday, August 19, 2018. For more information, please visit our website at www.falmouthroadrace.com; our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/falmouthroadrace; our Twitter feed atwww.twitter.com/falmouthrr, and our Instagram at www.instagram.com/falmouthroadrace
Tirunesh Dibaba heads high quality women’s field - The elite women’s field for the 45th edition of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON 2018 is the strongest for many years. At the top of the entries is one of the best female distance runners of all time, Tirunesh Dibaba from Ethiopia. The 32-year-old has won three gold medals at consecutive Olympic Games (2008 and 2012) and five World Championships from 2003 to 2013. For good measure, Dibaba has also five World Cross Country titles to her credit. Her personal best is 2:17:56, set in finishing second at the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon which makes her the third fastest woman in the history of the marathon. Dibaba is keen to beat this time in Berlin and, given ideal weather conditions, might even have a chance of attacking Paula Radcliffe’s world record of 2:15:25, set by the Briton in 2003.