A round-up of some of the latest results from the world of athletics, including performances at the NYC Half, Lisbon Half and Seoul Marathon
Three course records broken in New York
At the United Airlines NYC Half there was a terrific finish in the women’s race between Molly Huddle and Joyce Chepkirui, with the pair separated by only eight-hundredths of a second.
Huddle prevailed to become the first woman to win back-to-back titles in this race in a course record of 67:41, the same time as Chepkirui.
“I knew once I hit those final 150 meters, I just needed to sprint,” Huddle said. “I kind of was just trying to get my body across the line and not fall at the same time.”
Burundi’s Diane Nukuri was a distant third in 69:41, with Ireland’s Fionnuala McCormack the top European finisher in fourth in 70:44. Boston Marathon winner Caroline Rotich was fifth in 70:45.
Stephen Sambu (61:16) and Wilson Chebet (61:35) took a Kenyan one-two in the men’s race with former Kenyan Sam Chelanga the top American in third in 61:43. Britain’s Lee Merrien ran a PB of 64:07 for 14th.
Seven-time Paralympic medallist Ernst Van Dyk and 11-time Paralympic medallist Tatyana McFadden smashed the course records in the men’s and women’s wheelchair races respectively. Van Dyk captured the title in 47:37, while McFadden got the win in 52:25.
Report with help from organisers NYRR.
David Weir and Shelly Woods win in Lisbon
British athletes claimed a wheelchair race double at the Lisbon Half Marathon, with six-time Paralympic champion David Weir winning the men’s race in 42:23 for his quickest time over 13.1 miles in seven years. It was a 1-2 for British athletes as Simon Lawson was second in 43:55.
Shelly Woods won the women’s race in 49:49 to beat her fellow Briton Jade Jones by one second as both athletes clocked PBs.
Woods later wrote on Twitter: “Great racing today, really happy to have won Lisbon half marathon in a new world record time 49.49 #personalbest”
Ethiopian athletes took a one-two in the women’s race courtesy of Ruti Aga (69:16) and Wude Ayalew (69:23), with former world 10,000m champion Linet Masai third (69:33). Bahrain’s Eunice Chumba also broke the 70-minute mark in 69:55 while Sara Moreira was the top European on home soil in fifth in 70:17 ahead of Clemence Calvin (71:17) and Jelena Prokopcuka (71:44).
Kenyan runners dominated the men’s race with Sammy Kitwara taking the win in 59:47 ahead of Kenneth Kipkemoi (60:05), Paul Lonyangata (60:11) and Emmanuel Kipsang (60:14).
Liu Ruihuan and Kelkile Gezahegn Woldaregay win Chongqing International Marathon
Local runner Liu Ruihuan cut more than two minutes off her personal best to take the women’s title in 2:26:13, while Ethiopian teenager Kelkile Gezahegn Woldaregay had a surprise win in the men’s race in 2:10:54 at the Chongqing International Marathon, reports IAAF.
The 22-year-old Hua Shaoqing, also from China, beat her PB of 2:30:58 to take the second place in 2:29:15, while former Beijing marathon winner Zhang Yingying, the fastest woman on paper with a best of 2:22:38, came home 40 seconds later to complete a clean sweep of the podium for China.
Wilson Loyanae breaks Seoul International Marathon course record
Wilson Loyanae retained his Seoul Marathon title in a PB of 2:05:13 ahead of Evans Kiplagat (2:05:33). Mike Kigen recently transferred from Kenya to Turkey and gained the European record with 2:06:10 to break Benoit Zwierzchiewski’s long-standing 2:06:36 mark. Tadesse Abraham was an excellent fourth in a Swiss record of 2:06:40 with Frankline Chepkwony fifth in 2:06:51. Former world record-holder Patrick Makau was a DNF due to illness.
Rose Chelimo made a Kenyan double in the women’s race in 2:24:14 with Ethiopia’s Melkaw Gizaw (2:24:28) and Kenya’s Agnes Jeruto (2:24:59) also breaking 2:25.
Three athletes break one hour in Venlo
In a very fast men’s race with three runners breaking the one-hour mark for the half-marathon, Kenyans Geoffrey Yegon (59:44) and Kenneth Keter (59:48) took first and second, with former world junior 10,000m champion Yigrem Demelash from Ethiopia third (59:49).
Parendis Lekapana led a Kenyan clean sweep in the women’s race in 70:34 ahead of Winny Jepkorir (71:27) and Ivy Kibet (72:19), with Elizeba Cherono – who recently gained Dutch citizenship – fourth in 72:42.
Kenyan athletes dominate at Stramilano
Kenyan runners filled the top six spots in the men’s race and the top four spots in the women’s race at the Stramilano.
James Wangari motored to a runaway win in a fast time of 59:12 to break Paul Tergat’s 18-year-old course record by five seconds. Paul Mwangi (61:31) and Amos Kibiwot (61:56) filled the remaining spots while last year’s winner Thomas Lokomwa placed sixth in 63:12.
Rael Kiyara won the women’s race in 70:19 ahead of Viola Jelagat (71:03) and Hellen Jepkurgat (71:34). Top Italian finishers were Yassine Rachik (63:56) and Catherine Bertone (74:18).
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