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Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge made a triumphant return to racing barely three months after taking the Rio 2016 Olympic Games marathon title when he won the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, an IAAF Bronze Label Road Race, on Sunday (20), clocking 59:44.

Kipchoge accelerated away from his last remaining challenger, Ethiopia’s Yigrem Demelash, with one kilometre to go with the 2012 world junior 10,000m champion finishing second, four seconds back. 

The contest for the 12th edition of India’s leading half marathon race – and the US$27,000 first prize – was quickly reduced to three contenders after just five kilometres, with Kipchoge and Demelash being accompanied by Kenya’s Augustine Choge.

Pacemakers John Langat and Ronald Kirui, both from Kenya, took the trio through the first 10km in 28:33, provoking hopes that with a slight quickening of pace in the second half of the race the course record of 59:06, set by Ethiopia’s Guye Adola in 2014, might fall.

However, 12 kilometres was reached in 34:16 as the pacemakers started to struggle. The leading trio were left out on their own and it was becoming clear that Adola’s record was likely to survive for another year.

Just after 17 kilometres, Choge was unable to stay with his two rivals and started to slip back while Kipchoge continued to force the pace.

In the final kilometre, Kipchoge found another gear but was clearly worried by Demelash's potential sprint finish, repeatedly glancing back before crossing the line.

However, the experienced Kipchoge had planned his decisive move to perfection and completed a victorious return to Delhi after taking the 2010 Commonwealth Games 5000m silver medal in the same city six years ago.

“The running conditions were good, my training was good and with the right guidance from my coach (1992 Olympic Games 3000m steeplechase silver medallist Patrick Sang), I was able to win the race. Along the route the crowd was also cheering us and that helped to further motivate us,” said Kipchoge.

Demelash, 22, who was fourth in the Olympic 10,000m in August, held on for second with a personal best of 59:48 with Choge also improving his personal best when finishing third in 1:00:01. 

Jepchirchir Fades to Fifth

Ethiopia’s Worknesh Degefa caused a slight surprise when she took the women’s title in 1:07:42.

Despite Degefa being the fastest woman in the field, all eyes were on the reigning world half marathon champion Peres Jepchirchir, who had won her previous four outings over the distance this year.

However, Delhi proved to be one race too many for the Kenyan who had said before the race that she had been suffering from blisters on her feet and a cold in the proceeding weeks.

Six runners, led by Degefa with her compatriot Ababel Yeshaneh and Jepchirchir running directly behind her, were still in contention up to 18 kilometres before Degefa pushed hard and split up the pack.

No one could stay with her and she crossed the line 10 seconds in front of Yeshaneh. The two Ethiopians were followed home by three Kenyans with Helah Kiprop taking third in 1:08:11, Gladys Chesir fourth in 1:08:23 and the tiring Jepchirchir fifth in 1:08:28 - IAAF

Also Read: Unbeatable Kenyans Sweep Valencia Marathon Titles

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Mary Keitany became the first woman this century to win three consecutive New York City Marathon titles on Sunday (5), winning the IAAF Gold Label Road Race in 2:24:26, a full 3:34 ahead of second place.

In the men’s race, world champion Ghimray Ghebreslassie won his first Marathon Major with a time of 2:07:51.

Defending champion Keitany was the favourite coming into the race, and the Kenyan sealed the ‘three-peat’ with her most impressive win of all, courtesy of a devastating drive.

After going through the first three miles in a modest 18:10, Ethiopia’s Buzunesh Deba began to ratchet the pace. By 10km, which was reached in 35:50, the lead group was already down to just nine, with the diminutive figure of Keitany tucked in.

That group then reached 15km in 52:48, which was when Keitany made her move. A 5:06 10th mile saw her drop all but Joyce Chepkirui and Aselefech Mergia. Keitany continued to push, covering mile 12 in 5:08. Mergia couldn’t live with the pace and fell back, leaving only two.

Keitany and Chepkirui were side-by-side at half way, clocking a half-way split of 1:12:39, but they were not together for much longer as Keitany again quickened. Her pace was relentless; she clocked 5:10 for mile 14 to open up a gap that only continued to grow.

After covering both miles 17 and 18 in 5:08, she had established a huge lead, and from there was able to coast home on the roads that she knows so well.

The two-time London marathon winner passed mile 20 in 1:49:03, by which stage her lead was already more than two minutes. Though she fell short of the course record, there was no doubting the 34-year-old’s elation at her historic third title, particularly after being overlooked for selection for the Rio Olympics.

“My preparation was very OK at home, since I didn’t get the ticket to Rio, so I had enough time to train. I am happy,” said the quietly spoken Keitany.

“I was not imagining any time. I just took a lead after 15 miles and took on my own race. I was not thinking that I was near the course record. I went at my own pace from the time I broke off. For me it was OK.”

There was an intriguing battle taking place behind Keitany, as Chepkirui and Mergia suffered for their earlier efforts to stick with the leader. Kenya’s Sally Kipyego – who last year failed to finish on her debut on the same course – took advantage, moving into second at the 24-mile stage to finish in 2:28:01. She said she felt like the performance was “redemption” after her struggles in 2015.

USA’s Molly Huddle, who in August finished sixth in the 10,000m at the Rio Olympics, also finished strongly, moving through late to clock 2:28:13 for third place on her marathon debut.

GHEBRESLASSIE WINS IN CONFIDENT FASHION

The men’s race saw history of another sort made. 20-year-old Ghirmay Ghebreslassie became the youngest ever winner of the New York City Marathon, and the first athlete representing Eritrea to win any Marathon Major. He did it by surging at half way before grinding down the field.

USA’s Dathan Ritzenhein had set off with intent, spearheading the lead group as they hit 5km in 15:19. He continued to lead the charge through to 10km, which the lead group passed in 30:37.

But for the loss of defending champion Stanley Biwott, who withdrew after 10 miles with a calf injury, the honest pace being set by Ritzenhein had little effect in splitting up the lead group. Indeed, his role was effectively that of pacemaker, and it would transpire that youngster Ghebreslassie was biding his time.

After hitting the half marathon mark in 1:04:24, Ghebreslassie began to move, covering mile 14 in 4:33. Lucas Rotich and Lelisa Desisa were the only men to go with him. The three ran together for the next five miles, though Ghebreslassie was the man working the pace.

He led them from 20-30km in a split of 29:08, a drive that would ultimately set up his win. Desisa began to fall off at mile 19 and faded badly before ultimately dropping out. Rotich was also struggling, but would not fade quite so dramatically. Ghebreslassie turned to survey the small gap he had built and waved his arm to signal that he wasn’t going to buckle.

Though he eased off in the remaining miles, he had made Rotich suffer and won comfortably in his third marathon of the year.

“In order to achieve what you need in the race and perform, you must have full confidence,” said a delighted Ghebreslassie. “If you lose your confidence, you are hopeless.

“That’s why I need to build up my confidence first. Then all that I did in training allowed me to make the right decisions in the race and make me be the winner.”

Rotich came home for second in 2:08:53, while third went to USA’s Abdi Adbirahman, who finished with a time of 2:11:23 – at the age of 39, his best finish in a Marathon Major and the oldest man to finish in the top three of the New York City Marathon - IAAF

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Oppressive heat and humidity conspired against athletes at the Blom Bank Beirut Marathon on Sunday (13), denying them any chance of fast times at the IAAF Silver Label Road Race.

Indeed, even before IAAF President Sebastian Coe had fired the starter’s pistol at 7:00am, the temperature had reached 21C and climbed quickly in the absence of any cloud cover, reaching 25C at the finish.

Kenya’s Edwin Kibet Kiptoo proved strongest on the day, crossing the finish line at Martyr’s Square in a time of 2:13:19 with Abebe Gizachew of Ethiopia coming in second (2:14:06).

The defending champion from Kenya, Jackson Limo, finished third in 2:15:02 to round out the podium places.

“Today was very hot and very humid,” said the 28-year-old winner. “It was a good race and I was comfortable in winning. My target was 2:09 but today you cannot run for time. The humidity, it was very hot. From 31 to 32km I looked back and there were no people behind. I was able to increase my lead to the finish.”

Two pacemakers had been charged with the responsibility of towing the field through an opening half of 1:04:30, but with the pacemakers exercising a great degree of caution, they reached halfway almost four minutes slower than expected. Not surprisingly there were nine athletes in contention at that point. Kiptoo ran the second half much faster and that proved the undoing of his rivals.

“The pace was a little slow today because of the heat,” said a disappointed Limo afterwards. “We tried to push but the time didn't come. I saw when we were halfway that the pace was too slow. I knew we weren't going to run a good time.

“I was expecting to defend my title but unfortunately I didn’t. But I am very happy with the results. At about 32km Kiptoo pushed and I tried to go with him but I had a small stitch in my stomach. I tried to close the gap to get on the podium.”

The women’s race became a solo effort shortly after the half way point as 23-year-old Tigist Girma of Ethiopia followed closely on the heels of a designated pacemaker, dropping the entire field.

The pacemaker had been expected to take Girma right to the finish but he experienced cramps and, for a short time, followed the young Ethiopian until he could run no farther.

Girma finished in 2:32:48 to claim her first ever marathon victory – she was seventh in Lanzhou in June and second at this year’s Marrakech Marathon. Despite the heat and the fact this was her third marathon of 2016, her time was a personal best.

“I am very, very happy that I won this marathon; the Beirut marathon is good for me,” she said with a smile. “The pacemaker ran well until his legs hurt and he dropped back.

“I trained very hard in preparation for this race. My coach is Haji Adilo and I train with his group with runners like Mare Dibaba, Amane Gobena and Tirunesh Dibaba. I am very, very happy.”

A broad grin creased her face when she was asked if she had expected to win in Beirut. Both she and Kiptoo will receive US$10,000 for their respective victories.

A crowd of Ethiopians, resplendent in their national colours and waving the country’s flag, were conspicuous at the finish. They had further reason to celebrate. Their compatriots Seada Kedir, who won in Beirut in both 2011 and 2012, and Alemenesh Guta rounded out the top three. Kedir finished in 2:34:12 with Guta crossing the line in 2:37:23.

More than 43,000 runners of all ages took to the streets for a variety of events from a 1km children’s run to the full marathon. IAAF President Sebastian Coe boldly took part in the 7km fun run along with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

Saitama

Meanwhile Kenya’s Flomena Cheyech Daniel pulled away from an ailing Ethiopian Amane Gobena after 25 kilometres to win the Saitama International Marathon in a race record of 2:23:18 for her sixth career title and first in Japan, where she spent four years from 2007 running for the Uniqlo corporate team.

Gobena, affected by an upset stomach, held on to finish second in 2:25:58 in the second edition of the race in this city 30 kilometres northwest of Tokyo. Kenya’s Monica Jepkoech was third in 2:28:56 and Ethiopian Atsede Habtamu fourth in 2:29:44.

Kenya’s Elisha Kipchirchir and Ethiopia’s Konjit Tilahun were crowned champions of the Marathon des Alpes Maritimes Nice-Cannes, an IAAF Bronze Label Road Race whose ninth edition took place on Sunday (13).

Kipchirchir produced something of a surprise to pull off his first victory at his fifth attempt over the marathon, lowering his PB by three minutes to win in 2:10:45. “The race was good for me,” said the 26-year-old. “My strategy was to stay in the group and to push hard in the last kilometres. I’m very happy to improve my PB and I’m now going to return in Kenya for training.” - IAAF

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Edwin Kipyego will be looking to defend his title at the 38th edition of the challenging 20km French classic Marseille Cassis, an IAAF Silver Label Road Race, on Sunday (30).

Kipyego, who also won in 2012, was not only the 2015 champion but he also improved the course record with 57:18. The 26-year-old Kenyan could become the seventh athlete to achieve back-to-back success in the race and could also join the most prolific Marseille Cassis winners, Jean-Pierre Louvet and Tony Martins, with three titles over the distance.

But it won’t be an easy task for Kipyego, who earlier this year finished 12th at the World Half Marathon Championships.

Edwin Rotich, 28, should be one of his rivals, if not the main one. The Kenyan is in good form, having improved his half marathon PB to 59:32 with his third place finish in Valencia. Rotich’s record over the half marathon is just two seconds outside Kipyego’s, 59:30 from 2015.

Kipyego’s last outing was a 1:00:44 run in Yanghou in April where he finished runner-up. He clocked his season best of 1:00:27 when he won in Den Haag one month earlier.

Not to be discounted is Kenyan Remmy Ndiwa who in March clocked a 1:00:06 half marathon lifetime best. He was the runner-up in Lisboa in early October in 1:02:48.

Other contenders for the podium include Kenyan pair of Henry Kiplagat, whose 1:00:01 is the third fastest PB in the field, and Ezrah Sang, who brings a lifetime best of 1:00:36 to the line. Eritrea’s  Simon Tesfaye, who clocked 28:27 and 1:01:00 over 10km and the half marathon this year, could also be a factor.

CAN AFERA END KENYAN WOMEN’S DOMINANCE?

In the women’s contest, two-time defending champion Peres Jepchirchir won’t be gunning for a “hat-trick”, leaving the race wide open. Kenya’s Peninah Arusei has the fastest PB in the field with 1:07:48, but that was set six years ago. The 2010 world half marathon bronze medallist recently clocked 1:09:08 and won the Lille Half-Marathon last year in 1:08:56.

Ethiopia’s Godfay Afera seems to have the best form at the moment. The 25-year-old lowered her personal best to 1:08:32 in Usti Nad Labem last month, where she finished third. She will be attempting to become the first Ethiopian to prevail in Cassis since 2009.

But Joyline Jepkosgei and Parendis Lekapana will be aiming to extend the Kenyan winning streak in the women’s race to seven editions. The former won the Karlovy Vary Half Marathon in a PB of 1:09:07 in May while the latter triumphed in Krems in a best mark of 1:09:49.

Both French half marathon champions Fanny Pruvost and Thierry Guibault will take part in this year’s race along with more than 15,000 runners, which makes Marseille Cassis one of the most popular road races in France.

The course is unique insofar as runners must climb up the challenging 327-metre Col de la Gineste halfway through the race before the descent towards Cassis. - IAAF

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Kenya’s world half marathon champion Peres Jepchirchir will have the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon course record in her sights when she lines up for the IAAF Gold Label Road Race on Sunday 20 November.

Jepchirchir is the biggest name in the women’s elite field as the organisers released the full list of the invited international runners who will contest the 12th edition of India’s leading half marathon.

She will be chasing the course record of 1:06.54 set by her compatriot Mary Keitany in 2009. She will also look to extend her winning streak to four consecutive half marathons after her recent victory in Valencia.

“I’m recovering well after my race in Valencia and getting ready for the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, where I think I can get the course record,” said Jepchirchir.

“Mary’s record is a good one but my time of 1:07:09 in Valencia showed that I am in good shape, even though I was a little worried beforehand there about not having done my best training due to a few small injury problems and having changed my plans to have my marathon debut around this time.

“However, I have felt no ill-effects from my run in Valencia and I am getting ready to return to India and hope to run well again, especially if I have a month’s good training.

Jepchirchir’s PB of 1:06:39, set when finishing fourth at the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon in February, is faster than the Delhi Half Marathon course record, so going into new territory in the Indian city is certainly not an unreasonable target.

In a year which has seen Jepchirchir establish herself as one of the world’s top road runners, her race in Ras Al Khaimah has been her only loss in seven top-class outings so far in 2016.

But she won’t be the fastest woman on the start line in Delhi. Ethiopia’s Worknesh Degefa and Kenya’s Mary Wacera both have quicker half marathon personal bests, having clocked 1:06:14 and 1:06:29 respectively in races earlier this year.

Additions to the men’s elite field, following the recent announcement that Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge will be racing in Delhi, include 2012 Olympic marathon champion Stephen Kiprotich.

The leading men and women will be chasing first prizes of US$27,000 with a total prize fund of US$270,000 - IAAF

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The Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) named Eliud Kipchoge and Jemima Sumgong the male and female winners of the AIMS Best Marathon Runner Award for 2016.

Kipchoge and Sumgong, both of Kenya, were selected by an expert panel on behalf of AIMS members, made up of 410 of the world’s leading distance races from over 110 countries and territories.

Their achievements over the past year will be recognised at the fourth annual AIMS Best Marathon Runner Awards Dinner Reception in Athens, Greece, on 11 November 2016.

This is the second consecutive year that Kipchoge, 31, will receive the award. In April he won the London Marathon for the second straight time, setting a new course record of 2:03:05. He then followed that up by winning his first – and Kenya’s second - Olympic gold medal in the marathon, in a time of 2:08:44.

Sumgong, 31, also enjoyed a very impressive year. Despite falling, she recovered to win the London Marathon in April in 2:22:58. She then travelled to Rio where she captured Kenya’s first gold medal in the women’s marathon, with a time of 2:24:04.

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“I am delighted to receive this award for the second year in a row,” Kichoge said. “I really enjoyed receiving the Best Marathon Runner Award last year in Athens and I am very pleased to have been recognised by AIMS and their members from around the world again. It is a great honour to receive this award.”

“It is so special for me to be recognised in this way by AIMS, their members and sponsors” Sumgong said. “I would like to thank them for awarding me in recognition of my achievements this year. I have been delighted with my form this year and this is a wonderful way to have my efforts recognised by the people at the top of organising my sport at the highest level.”

“Jemima and Eliud are clearly the outstanding performers of our sport in 2016,” said AIMS President Paco Borao.

“It will be our great pleasure to recognise them here in such a special location for all marathon runners, where their own rightful place of history making in the modern day is recorded for all time alongside over 2,500 years of marathon history in the home of the marathon Athens, Greece. They will be warmly recognised by our members at our Congress here in Athens next month.”

The awards reception, held in conjuction with the 21st AIMS Congress, will also see distance running legend Haile Gebrselassie recognised with the AIMS Lifetime Achievement Award. Additionally, the AIMS Green Award and AIMS Social Award will be given to AIMS members who have demonstrated best practice in event organisation - IAAF

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