A round-up of the action at the Chicago Marathon, Eindhoven Marathon, B.A.A. Half, USATF 10 Mile Championships and more
Abel Kirui and Florence Kiplagat lead Kenyan clean sweeps in Chicago
Abel Kirui achieved his first marathon win since the 2011 World Championships with victory in a tactical contest at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday.
The two-time world champion and London 2012 silver medallist clocked 2:11:23 ahead of his fellow Kenyan and defending champion Dickson Chumba with 2:11:26.
Kirui hopes to race in the London Marathon next year ahead of the World Championships where he could aim for a third gold medal.
Kenyan runners occupied the top five places with Gideon Kipketer (2:12:20), Paul Lonyangata (2:13:17) and debutant Stephen Sambu (2:13:35) next to finish, with Ethiopia’s Ayanleh Abele sixth in 2:13:52. Diego Estrada was the top American finisher in eighth in 2:13:56, while Britain’s Scott Overall was 13th in 2:18:21.
Update from Chicago, unlucky 13th. pic.twitter.com/KbIwt8vpwq
— Scott Overall (@scottoverall) October 9, 2016
While the winning time in the men’s race was the slowest since 1993, the women’s race was one of the fastest in recent years.
Florence Kiplagat dropped a 16:17 5km split between 30-35km to break away from the lead group and retain her title in 2:21:32 to become the first back-to-back winner of the women’s race since Berhane Adere in 2007.
Former world champion Edna Kiplagat was second in 2:23:28, with Valentine Kipketer – the sister of men’s third placer Gideon – also third in 2:23:41.
Boston Marathon winner Atsede Baysa from Ethiopia was sixth in 2:28:53, one place ahead of top American finisher Serena Burla (2:30:40).
Britain’s Freya Ross clocked 2:37:50 for 12th.
USA’s Tatyana McFadden claimed her seventh’s elite wheelchair race win as she clocked 1:42:28 to beat Switzerland’s Manuela Schär by one second. The men’s race also came down to a sprint finish, with Switzerland’s Marcel Hug clocking 1:32:57 ahead of Australia’s Kurt Fearnley with 1:32:58.
Festus Talam with fast winning debut at Eindhoven Marathon
Festus Talam was recruited to pace the DLL Marathon Eindhoven but the 21-year-old ended up winning the race on his marathon debut in 2:06:26 ahead of fellow Kenyans Marius Kipserem (2:08:00), Nobert Kigen (2:09:19) and Duncan Maiyo (2:09:25).
Talam passed through halfway in 62:57 and was still in a group of four at 35km in 1:44:38 before pulling away with a 14:57 5km split through 40km in 1:59:35.
Kenya’s Truphena Chepchirchir won the women’s race in 2:30:32 ahead of Switzerland’s Michele Gantner (2:39:34).
Zane Robertson runs Oceanian 10km record
New Zealand’s Zane Robertson stormed to victory in the Great 10k Berlin in an Oceanian record of 27:28. His time is the fastest in a 10km race this year, although James Mwangi passed through in 27:15 en route to victory in the Copenhagen Half Marathon.
Robertson becomes just the second non-African born athlete to run faster than 27:30 on the roads.
Eritrea’s Awet Habte (28:18) and Kenya’s Nicholas Korir (28:27) were second and third respectively.
Sweden’s Sarah Lahti won the women’s race in 31:57 ahead of Ethiopia’s Melat Yisak Kejeta (33:09).
Daniel Salel and Mary Wacera win B.A.A. Half
Kenyans Daniel Salel and Mary Wacera successfully defended their titles in the B.A.A. Half Marathon.
In cold and wet conditions, Salel clocked 63:13 ahead of Kenyan team-mate Abraham Kipyatich (63:22), with Eritrea’s Tsegay Tuemay third in 63:29.
Wacera won the women’s race in 70:19 ahead of Burundi’s Diane Nukuri (70:52) and Valentine Kibet (74:42).
Victory for Tamirat Tola and Viola Kibiwot at Groningen 4 Miles
Ethiopians dominated the men’s race at the Groningen 4 Miles with Olympic 10,000m bronze medallist Tamirat Tola (17:38) beating Rio fourth-placer Yigrem Demelash (17:39), with Uganda’s Abdallah Mande (18:01) third.
Kenya’s Viola Kibiwot won the women’s race in 20:02 ahead of Kenyan team-mate Caroline Jepkosgei (20:24) and Ethiopia’s Enatnesh Alamirew (20:37). Milcah Chemos was sixth in 20:52.
USATF 10 Mile Championships
Jordan Hasay won the USATF 10 Mile Championships at the Medtronic TC 10 Mile in 52:49 ahead of Aliphine Tuliamuk (53:01) and Olympic triathlon champion Gwen Jorgensen (53:13), who is preparing for the New York Marathon on November 6.
Sam Chelanga won the men’s race in 47:25 ahead of Noah Droddy (47:28) and Tim Ritchie (47:33).
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