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Former world champion sprinter Tyson Gay's 15-year-old daughter has been killed in a shooting in the US state of Kentucky, police say.

Police in Lexington said Trinity Gay was hit in the neck during an exchange of fire between two vehicles in a restaurant car park.

She was taken to hospital where she later died, local media reported.

Mr Gay, who is from Lexington, confirmed her death to local TV station Lex 18.

"She didn't make it. I'm so confused. She was just here last week for fall break. It's so crazy. I have no idea what happened," Lex18 quoted him as saying.

Mr Gay is the US 100m record holder and is the joint second-fastest 100m runner of all time, behind Usain Bolt.

The US track and field athletics team tweeted its condolences, sending "thoughts and prayers" to Mr Gay and his loved ones "as they mourn the tragic & senseless loss of his daughter, Trinity".

Mr Gay's daughter was also an athlete and competed for Lafayette High School, where she was studying.

"Our hearts are broken this morning over the loss of Trinity to this tragic and senseless act of violence," Fayette County School Superintendent Manny Caulk told the Lexington Herald-Leader newspaper.

"A life of such potential cut so tragically short," tweeted Julian Tackett, commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletics Association.

Other athletes also tweeted their condolences.

Investigations underway

Police have launched a murder investigation into the shooting, which happened at about 0400 local time (10am EAT) outside the Cook Out restaurant in the city, Lexington police said in a statement.

Witnesses reported an exchange of gunfire between two vehicles, a grey Dodge Charger and a dark-coloured sports car with tinted windows.

Ms Gay - who is not thought to have been in any of the vehicles - was taken to University of Kentucky hospital in a private car.

Officers located the Dodge Charger and detained two people for questioning but were still searching for the other vehicle, police said.

Tyson Gay was part of the US 100m relay team at the Rio Olympics.

In 2013 he tested positive for a banned substance and was banned from competition for a year - BBC

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Running in his marathon debut, Festus Talam produced a stunning 2:06:26 victory at the 33rd DLL Marathon Eindhoven on Sunday (9).

The 21-year-old Kenyan, with 1:01:48 half marathon credentials this year, was enlisted as a pacemaker for the event in this city in the south of the Netherlands, assigned to bring the lead group through 35 kilometres on pace for a 2:06 finish. But once there and his duties done, he forged on impressively, mostly alone.

The race began at a steady pace, with the midway point reached right on target in 1:02:59. The lead group consisted of five men at 25 kilometres; the first to drop, just one kilometre later, was pre-race favourite Deriba Roba, who prior to the contest said he was gunning for a 2:04 time.

By 30 kilometres, Talam was still keeping up his end of the bargain, but only had Kenyans Stephen Chebogut, the defending champion, and Marius Kipserem, this year's Rotterdam Marathon winner, for company. But they too soon began to struggle with the tempo, and dropped back out of contention.

Besides some minor confusion in the final bend and approach to the finish, Talam maintained his composure over the final seven kilometres to finish unchallenged.

"I am more than happy with this win," said the unheralded Talam, whose best performance prior to his Eindhoven outing was a 1:00:56 runner-up finish at the Lago Maggiore Half Marathon in Verbania, Italy, last year. "To beat such athletes is a great feeling."

Kipserem finished a distant second in 2:08:00 with 23-year-old Nobert Kigen, a 59:42 half marathoner, third in 2:09:19, a personal best.

"We were aware of Festus' (late race) plans," said Race Director Edgar de Veer. "He felt strong and proved his fitness in the last kilometres. To debut in Eindhoven in 2:06:26 is a huge step. I am sure that he has a bright career ahead." - IAAF

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Philemon Rono survived a pre-race accident to take a surprise victory at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Sunday (16), running away from a strong field to win the IAAF Gold Label Road Race in 2:08:27.

The diminutive Kenyan, who is a training partner of Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge, broke free of a strong field to take a decisive lead with five kilometres remaining. Seboka Dibaba of Ethiopia finished second in 2:09:47 with 22-year-old Albert Korir taking the final podium place in 2:10:23.

Rono nearly pulled out of the race after an accident during his warmup. He was using a barricade to stretch his hamstrings when it tipped over and came crashing down on top of him. Blood ran down the side of his face and he said he felt dizzy. But after consulting with his management team, he decided to start. Within three kilometres he was fully recovered and the accident was largely forgotten.

“I was not expecting to win today,” he said, a gash still evident on the side of his face. “It was a surprise. When I fell and hurt my head, I thought I would not run.

“When I arrived here (in Toronto) I thought I might be in the top three. I was very strong I was very competitive. When I took the lead I was pushing hard. I said ‘let it be’.

“Eliud (Kipchoge) is my training partner. I thought after he won the Olympic Games I should win this race. We are training partners so it was a good marathon for me. He told me I would win this race so I was very confident.”

Pacemakers took the group through a quick first half in 1:03:22 as the elite field had set a target of beating Derissa Chimsa’s course record of 2:07:05. But the temperature at the start was 18C with almost 90% humidity. A light drizzle fell half an hour into the race, complicating matters further as some of the turns became slippery. Then in the second half, the humidity proved energy sapping.

Dibaba, who has endured two surgeries on his groin in the past couple of years, complained of pain towards the end of the race. At about 30 kilometres, he had taken the lead which helped drop defending champion Isshimael Chemtan.

“I pushed after 27km, but the road was very difficult because of the rain.” said Dibaba. “There was water on the road. I am happy for the second place. I like it.

“After 36km my injuries in my groin and my left calf started up. It has been a problem before. I have had two surgeries in 2013 and 2014 so after that I am fine. But the road is very difficult. I am coming back now so it is getting better.”

DEMISE TAKES HISTORIC BACK-TO-BACK WIN

Ethiopia’s Shure Demise became the first woman to successfully defend her Toronto title by crossing the finish line in 2:25:19.

For much of the race the 20-year-old led a pack made up of her compatriots Tadelech Bekele, Ashete Bekere and Fatuma Sado. It wasn’t until the final five kilometres that victory appeared within her grasp.

Bekele’s tenacity earned her second place in 2:26:31 with Rebecca Chesir of Kenya holding on for third place in 2:28:54. Shure, who clocked 2:23:37 when winning in Toronto last year, was gracious when talking about her rivalry with Bekele. - IAAF

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Florence Kiplagat celebrates her victory at the 2016 Chicago Marathon (Getty Images)

Florence Kiplagat successfully defended her Bank of America Chicago Marathon crown on Sunday (9) with a dominating 2:21:32 victory. In the men’s race, a tactical contest, Kenyan Abel Kirui dethroned defending champion Dickson Chumba to triumph at this IAAF Gold Label Road Race’s 39th edition in 2:11:23.

KIPLAGAT BREAKS AWAY FOR FAST SOLO EFFORT

Under perfect race day conditions with clear skies and cool temperatures, Kiplagat was among a group of six women that ran together before Kiplagat made her move and pulled away at the 30 kilometre marker, covering the next five-kilometre segment in 16:17. Her lead continued to grow as she ran alone and gapped the competition to win by almost two minutes over compatriot Edna Kiplagat, who took second in 2:23:28.

“It was not really easy but I was confident when I saw the gap was opening,” Florence Kiplagat said. 

Kiplagat looked back throughout the race despite not having anyone in sight around her as she was well in the clear to become the first woman to win consecutive titles since Ethiopia’s Berhane Adere won in 2006 and 2007.

“When I was coming here, I was determined to win two years in a row,” the winner, whose resume includes a pair of Berlin Marathon victories and the world record over the half marathon distance with 1:05:09, added.

“I just wanted to win twice and enter the book of records two times.”

Valentine Kipketer was third in 2:23:28, with Purity Rionoripo next in 2:24:47 to cap a top-four finish for Kenya. Ethiopian Yebrgual Melese was next a further two seconds behind.

KIRUI THE TACTICIAN

By contrast, the men’s race was a sluggish contest from the start, playing well into the hands of Kirui, a two-two world champion and Chumba, last year’s winner.

A slow and choppy pace figured prominently early on as the field crossed five kilometres in 16:06 and 10 kilometres in just 32:04, underscoring that tactical strategy the lead men had chosen.

Not much changed when a tightly bunched group of 14 runners crossed the half marathon mat in 1:06:50. In the meantime several surges were injected into the pace yet a chase pack would continually catch up to the leaders. 

The stretch between 25 and 30 kilometres was slower still, just outside of 16 minutes, failing to further reduce the pack.

As the leaders approached 35 kilometres, Kenyan Paul Lonyangata injected another surge that finally whittled the lead pack to just four: Lonyangata, Kirui, Chumba, and Gideno Kipketer. Lonyangata was the first to drop back, followed by Kipketer.

Kirui finally spaced himself from Chumba in the final 500 metres and held on for the victory which he celebrated just beyond the finish line with a colourful dance.

"It's my first time to win on American soil, so I'm very excited," said Kirui, who took Olympic silver in London four years ago.

Chumba crossed the finish line second in 2:11:26 with Kipketer third in 2:12:20 to complete the Kenyan podium sweep.

Lonyangata was fourth in 2:13:17 with Stephen Sambu, in his marathon debut, fifth in 2:13:35. 

The men’s winning time was the slowest since Luíz Antonio of Brazil took the title in 1993 clocking 2:13:14 - IAAF

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Surprise winner Daniel Wanjiru broke the course record at the TCS Amsterdam Marathon on Sunday (16), taking almost three minutes off his PB to win theIAAF Gold Label Road Race in 2:05:21.

Ethiopia’s Meselech Melkamu secured her second marathon victory of the year, winning the women’s race in 2:23:21.

Wanjiru, still just 24 years old, made his marathon debut in Frankfurt two years ago, finishing seventh in 2:08:18. He looked set to improve on that in Amsterdam as he had set PBs earlier this year at 5000m, 10,000m, 10km and the half marathon, clocking times of 27:43 and 59:20 in the latter two disciplines.

With temperatures rising from 9C at the start to 12C at the finish and with barely any wind, the conditions in Amsterdam were almost perfect for marathon running. “And I’m very grateful for the perfect organisation,” said Wanjiru said. “At 10km I missed my bottle, but they always have another one available. That was very important.”

Slow pace

During the first five kilometres, covered in 14:57, the pace was a bit too slow and a big group of 16 athletes followed the three pacemakers: Reuben Maiyo, Albert Kangogo and Edwin Kiptoo. After a bit of chaos at the first drinking spot, the pace settled down.

With intermediate times of 29:46 at 10km and 44:41 at 15km, the pacemakers gave the elite men a great chance of attacking the course record of 2:05:36 set by Wilson Chebet in 2013. Three-time winner Chebet was in the first group, trying to defend his position as the fastest man in the Amsterdam Marathon.

The leading group of 14, plus the one remaining pacemaker, passed the half-way mark in 1:03:18. With the wind on their backs, they were on their way back from the bridge across the Amstel river in Ouderkerk towards the city centre and Amsterdam’s Olympic stadium.

Sammy Kitwara started to push and the rest followed him and Kiptoo. There was a little gap at 30km, reached in 1:29:44, but the athletes regrouped. Chebet soon began to drift behind though, and he was followed by defending champion and two-time winner Bernard Kipyego.

Breakaway group

Kiptoo, the last pacemaker, stepped aside at 32km, leaving just three athletes out in front: Kitwara, Mule Wasihun and Geoffrey Kirui. Wanjiru then joined them a few moments later.

Kirui pushed the pace and Wasihun was the first victim. Going into the final five kilometres, Kipyego, Ezekiel Chebii and Marius Kimutai were trying to hunt down the leading trio.

Kitwara, whose PB of 2:04:28 made him the fastest man in the field, seemed to be on his way to a big victory. But he had no response to Wanjiru’s acceleration over the last few kilometres in the Vondelpark as the Kenyan took victory in 2:05:21.

“After 30 kilometres I felt very comfortable and I decided that I could go to the leading group,” he said. “At 35km I had closed the gap and shortly afterwards I thought, ‘I can win this race. Let me try it’.”

Kitwara finished second in 2:05:45, his fastest time since his second-place finish at the 2014 Chicago Marathon when he set his PB. “All the others were running after me in the second half of the race,” he said. “But I knew I had to take initiative to run a good time. It’s just a pity that I didn’t win.”

Kimutai was another surprise, taking third place in 2:05:47, taking more than three minutes off his personal best.

With eight men finishing within 2:07 and 10 men running faster than 2:08, this was the second-best marathon in history in terms of depth. Only the 2012 Dubai Marathon had more sub-2:07 and sub-2:08 finishers.

In the women's race, 2013 London Marathon winner and the fastest woman in the field Priscah Jeptoo finished fourth in 2:25:57 in a race which was won by Ethiopia's Meselech Melkamu in 2:23:40. Her countrymate Abebech Afework finished second in 2:24:27 and Chumba was third in 2:25:00, taking more than six minutes off her PB. - IAAF

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Kenyans Stanley Kiprotich Bett and Eddah Jepkosgei were the convincing winners at the Bournemouth Marathon, while David Kiyeng dominated the 93rd Kosice Peace Marathon in a busy Sunday (2) for the East Africans.

In the men's Bournemouth race, a group of four broke clear early on along the picturesque course along England's south coast, including Kenyans Bett and Julius Kiplagat Korir, along with Moroccan Abdelhadi El Mouaziz. The lead pack of four, which also included Japhet Koech of Kenya, were still together as they ran over Bournemouth Pier and through the finish area in Lower Gardens with nine miles remaining.

But it was Bett who surged clear in the closing stages, en route to his 2:17:59 victory. El Mouaziz remained strong to claim second in 2:20:45, with Korir third in 2:25:44.

"The route was good and I felt good the whole way around," said the 30-year-old Bett, who contested the distance for the first time this year.

"There was some strong wind on the shore but I just ran my own race. I enjoyed the Bournemouth sunshine too so I'm very happy."

The women's race was won in 2:40:38 by Eddah Jepkosgei of Kenya, who held off a strong challenge from compatriot Hildah Cheboi.

"I liked the route," said Jepkosgei, who won the Edinburgh Marathon in May in 2:39:53. "I was with a group until about 7-k and then I went on my own."

Cheboi clocked 2:45:39.

Emma Prideaux of Great Britain was a distant third, clocking 3:01:15.

It was the second successive Kenyan double victory at this event. Boaz Kiprono and Joan Kigen cruised to victories one year ago.

A record-breaking 13,000 runners gathered on the Dorset coastline to run in the fourth edition of the two-day Bournemouth Marathon Festival, which included a 5km, 10km, half marathon and junior races in addition to the full marathon.

Kiyeng Wins in Kosice

Meanwhile, David Kemboi Kiyeng of Kenya and Ethiopian Chaltu Tafa Waka captured their respective titles at the 93rd Kosice Peace Marathon.

Running in sunny and rapidly-warming conditions, Kiyeng clocked 2:08:58, the fifth fastest winning time in this eastern Slovak city, to become the 14th Kenyan winner at Europe's oldest marathon.

With a 2:06:26 lifetime best, the 33-year-old arrived in Kosice as the fastest in the field, experience he said, that was the key to his victory.

"My experience was the decisive moment," said Kiyeng, who ran patiently until making his decisive attack in the 38th kilometre. 

"I was not expecting we would be in a group of six at the 35th kilometre, and that later we would still have three. So I pushed. In my first race here I was very thankful for the support from the crowd and I want to come back to attack the course record."

Elijah Kemboi, the winner here in 2011, was second in 2:09:24.

Tadesse Mamo of Ethiopia produced a surprise, finishing third in his debut over the distance --and in his first race outside of Ethiopia-- clocking 2:10:17.

Further back, Kenyans Daniel Kiprop Limo and Henry Chirchir both dipped under 2:11, finishing fourth and fifth in 2:10:31 and 2:10:40 respectively.

The women's race began well with a solid 1:13:53 midway split, but as in the men's competition, the second half witnessed runners struggling with the warming conditions.

Chaltu Tafa Waka handled it best, winning in 2:32:20 in her fifth marathon, two minutes and 50 seconds shy of the 31-year-old's lifetime best set in Warsaw last year.

Kenyan Emily Ngetich, on paper the fastest with 2:25:14 credentials coming in, was exhausted by the time she crossed the line, finishing second in 2:33:57.

Further back, Tinbit Gidey Weldegebriel from Ethiopia was third in 2:40:49.

Nearly 12,000 from 58 countries runners competed in the various races, both participation records.

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