Kenya lead men's race, China dominate women's at Beijing Marathon
Kenyan runners showed a big advantage in the men's
race at the 2008 Beijing International Marathon by sweeping the top
three, while Chinese women prevailed on Sunday.
Kiptoo Benjamin, winner of the 2008
Brescia Marathon, finished first in two hours 10 minutes and 14
seconds, while his countrymen Luka Chelimo and Wangai Simon took the
silver and bronze respectively.
The race started from the Tian'anmen Square and ended
at the Olympic Sports Center. About 30,000 runners took part in this
race including the full marathon (42.195km), half marathon (21.0975km),
10 kilometers and mini marathon (4.2km).
China saved face in the women's race. Bai Xue won the
event in 2:26:47 and Chen Rong and Zhang Yingying finished in 2:28:25
and 2:28:52, grabbing the top three places and upsetting Kenya's
Kimutai Hellen and Chelangat Alice.
Kenyans dominate Amsterdam marathon
Paul Kirui and Lydia Cheromei ensured Kenyans ruled the 33rd edition of the ING Amsterdam Marathon with victories in the men’s and women’s races.
Kirui, 28, who won the 2004 World Half Marathon title, ran a tactical race in windy conditions to cut the tape first in 2:07.51.
Kenyans also dominate Denver Marathon
Jynocel Basweti won the Denver Marathon on Sunday as Kenyans took the top three finishes.
Basweti posted a winning time of 2 hours, 22 minutes, 13 seconds.
Richard Kimeli was second in 2:23:54, followed by defending champion
Jonathan Ndambuki in 2:24:53.
Romania's Nuta Olaru won the women's race in 2:42:18. Judy Kiplimo from
Kenya came in second at 2:45:11 and Patty Rogers from Lakewood, Colo.,
took third in 2:54:27.
The race attracted nearly 8,000 runners from 13 countries and 46
states. The marathon raised some $200,000 for charities.
Greutman, Becker win Grand Rapids Marathon
Ryan Greutman, of South Bend, Ind., posted a winning time of 2 hours, 26
minutes and 45 seconds, which enabled him to beat Josh Miller of
Rockford (2:32:47), who finished second. Greutman, 30, also broke the
26.2-mile course record of 2:31:47, set last year by Chuck Engle of
Janet Becker, 34, of Grand Rapids, was the overall female winner, and like Greutman, she took top honors in her first attempt at Grand Rapids. Becker has raced in the Chicago Marathon in the past, but she decided to forego that this fall for her hometown race.
Becker went 3:00.38 to place first over Jessica Klooster, also of Grand Rapids (3:01.48). Becker, who has been running marathons since 2001, won the Bayshore Marathon in Traverse City in 2005. She has competed in the Boston Marathon three times.
Kenyan woman wins KC Marathon by one second
After nearly three hours and 26.2 miles of pain, sweat and exhaustion, it came down to this.
Murrey and Megan Earney racing toward the finish line of the Kansas
City Marathon stride for stride, mustering every ounce of recycled
energy in one last effort to capture the victory.
When the two women crossed the finish line, Murrey was announced the winner — by a second at 2 hours, 53 minutes, 4 seconds.
Zac Breitenstein, ran with a buddy the first half of the race to pace himself.
didn’t care that he was so far back through the first 20 miles of the
marathon, he wouldn’t have been able to see the leader with a telescope.
had a plan. Even when Kenya native Hillary Kogo seemed to have an
insurmountable lead with just 6.2 miles to the finish, he didn’t panic.
31, switched into his highest gear and finally caught an exhausted Kogo
just before the 24th mile. They shared a few fleeting strides before
Breitenstein took off for good. He won the marathon in a time of
2:34:42 — four minutes and two seconds ahead of Kogo.
Both Breitenstein and Murrey won $1,000 for their first-place finishes.
Canada's Bairu wins in Ottawa after losing out on Olympics
As the gun sounded on a bright but cold morning in front of the
Canadian War Museum for the TransCanada National 10km Championships
yesterday, Regina's Simon Bairu did what had been predicted.
He went out hard and never looked back.
Bairu raced to victory in a time of 29:13, with Kitchener's Derek
Nakluski (29:22) and Guelph's Eric Gillis (29:28) in his slipstream.
On the women's side, Megan Brown, a 23-year-old University of
Toronto student and two-time Canadian university champion, was hoping
to go mano to mano along the Ottawa River Pkwy. with Megan Metcalfe,
another Beijing Olympian who won here last year.
An injury sidelined Metcalfe, leaving Brown to run on her own. She led wire-to-wire, clocking 33:53.
"It was a solid effort, but to be honest, I was hoping to go about a
minute faster," said Brown, who finished 45 seconds ahead of her
nearest competitor, Calgary's Lisa Harvey (34:38). Ottawa's Lanni
Marchant, fresh off winning the Canada Army Run 5km, ran a
personal-best 34:56 to take third.
The winner of the full marathon was Nora Colligan of Austin, Texas,
with a time of 3:06:30. Holly Hagerman of Woodland Hills, Utah, won the
13.1-mile half-marathon in 1:22:40.
18,000 participants in Sunday's 31st Detroit Free Press/Flagstar Marathon
David Cheruiyot, 38, Las Cruces, NM, in the men’s division, and Tetyana Byelovol, 39, Miami, FL, in the female division, were victorious today at the 31st Annual Detroit Free Press/Flagstar Marathon.
Tetyana Byelovol to wins Detroit Marathon
Byelovol, who set her personal-best time Sunday, has three career
marathon victories out of five attempts. (She used to run shorter
distance races.) Beside Detroit, she won Hartford (Conn.) in 2007 and
the Marathon of the Palm Beaches (Fla.) in 2005.
Byelovol returns home, she said she’ll likely gush about the Free Press
marathon to other runners the way Averkova did after running it for her
first time last year. But, unlike Averkova, Byelovel plans to revisit
“Yes, and she’ll try to do much better and try to run for the course record next year,” Pozdnyakova said.
The course record, set by Elena Orlova in 1994, is 2:34:16.
Gjesdal of Dexter won the half marathon in a time of 1:21:31. Finishing
second through fifth were Christina Overbeck of Chicago, Jill Johnson
of Ann Arbor, Anna Forsythe of Lansing and Kimberly Peterson of