A round-up of some of the latest news and results from the world of athletics
Gebrselassie is new Ethiopian Athletics Federation president
Olympic and world gold medallist and running legend Haile Gebrselassie has been elected as the new president of the Ethiopian Athletics Federation (EAF).
“I am very honoured that they trust me in this position. I am looking forward to work together with all people involved in the EAF to work on a great future for Ethiopian athletics,” he said.
The 43-year-old secured nine out of 15 votes. The other candidates were from regional federations, Dagnachew Shferaw, Tefera Molla and Woldegebrel Mezgebu.
In the newly created executive committee, athlete representatives are Sileshi Sihine with Meseret Defar. An elected member is former world cross country champion Gebre Gebremariam.
Peter Korcok remains Slovak Athletics Federation president
Former Olympic participant in race walking, Peter Korcok, will remain head of the Slovak Athletics Federation for another four years.
At Saturday’s General Assembly he was the only candidate for the president post and got 76 votes from 82. Among council members is Olympic gold medallist Matej Toth who will represent athletes.
More than 50,000 finishers expected
On Sunday more than 50,000 runners are expected to finish the 46th running of the TCS New York City Marathon. Last year 49,595 finished with an average time of 4:38:27.
A record number of finishers was registered in 2014, with 50,530 runners.
The 2016 TCS New York City Marathon will be broadcast live on ABC7, ESPN2 and is available globally in 175 countries and territories.
Athletics Kenya Cross Country Series
Olympic 5000m silver medallist Hellen Obiri and Katui Muya showed good shape with winning the senior races during the first leg of the Athletics Kenya Cross Country Series at Ngong Road Posta grounds.
Obiri clocked 34:01 for the 10km course for a clear win over Sheila Chepkirui with 34:27 and Nancy Nzisa with 34:43. Veronica Nyaruai pulled a hamstring, forcing her out of the race with four kilometres to go.
Muya was timed with 30:25 over Andrew Lorot’s 30:28 and Stephen Arita’s 30:30.
The 2015 World U18 steeplechase silver medallist Sandra Chebet successfully defended her junior women’s 6km title in 21:31, beating the 2013 World U18 3000m champion Lilian Kasait into second place in 21:38.
The junior men’s 8km was a newcomers race with Matthew Kimeli ruling in 24:11, beating Daniel Kipchumba to second in 24:12. From Daily Nation.
As has come to be tradition on TCS New York City Marathon weekend, Donn Cabral ran to another win at the Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5-K, scoring his third straight victory on the uphill course from the United Nations to Central Park in 14:19.
Cabral was joined on the top step of the podium by Karoline Bjerkeli Grøvdal, as the 26-year-old continued a strong Norwegian tradition of excellence on the roads of New York by winning in 15:40.
Second in the men’s category was Scott Fauble with 14:22 and third Kyle Merber with 14:30.
Greek Alexi Pappas was second in the women’s race with 15:54, and third was Stephanie Bruce with 16:07 ahead of Amy van Alstine’s 16:15 and Mary Cain’s 16:32. From Race Results Weekly.
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