A round-up of some of the latest news and results from the world of athletics, including a course record by James Mwangi Wangari to lead seven runners to sub-one-hour in Copenhagen
Mwangi 59:07 and Gebrekiden 68:00 in Copenhagen
James Mwangi Wangari led seven runners under the one hour-mark in the Copenhagen Half Marathon.
The 22-year-old set a vicious pace and was under world record pace through 10km and 15km in world-leading marks of 27:15 and 41:32 but slowed in the last quarter which was largely run into a headwind.
Wangari clocked a course record of 59:07 with Stephen Kibet (59:28) and Albert Kangogo (59:29) completing the podium.
“The speed was excellent on the first half. But the wind was very strong. I really feel I am in shape to beat the world record,” said the winner.
Reigning champion Bedan Karoki finished fifth in 59:32, with Uganda’s Thomas Ayeko the leading non-Kenyan in eighth in 60:26. Further back, Abraham Cheroben and former world cross-country champion Japheth Korir were 11th and 12th both in 61:00, Mathew Kisorio was 14th in 61:41 and world 10km and 15km record-holder Leonard Komon was 18th in 62:50.
There was an Ethiopian winner in the women’s race with Hiwot Gebrekiden clocking a PB and course record of 68:00 ahead of Bahrain’s Eunice Chumba (68:04 national record) and Kenyans Veronicah Wanjiru (68:06) and Gladys Chesire (68:20).
Usti nad Labem Half Marathon
Barselius Kipyego won the Usti nad Labem Half Marathon in a lifetime best of 59:15 comfortably ahead of Ethiopia’s Adugna Takele (61:31) and pacemaker Abraham Kipyatich (61:40), while world half-marathon champion Peres Jepchirchir won the women’s race in a fast 67:24 despite stopping at the 18km mark to adjust her shoe. Lucy Cheruiyot and Ethiopia’s Afera Godfay were second and third in 68:17 and 68:32 respectively.
Best Europeans were Ukrainian Dmytro Lashyn in 16th with 64:06 and Italian Fatna Maraoui with 73:17 for 7th.
Nadine Broersen of Netherlands with a season’s best 6377 points in the heptathlon and Ukrainian Oleksiy Kasyanov with 8077 points in the decathlon were the winners of the 40th jubilee Decastar meeting (IAAF CE Challenge) in Talence.
The top seven women went over 6000 points. Second was Cuban Yorgelis Rodriguez with 6373 (she was leading after day one) and third was German Claudia Rath with 6310, her best mark of 2016.
In the decathlon the top three were over 8000 points. In second was Maicel Uibo from Estonia with 8071 and third was Canadian Pierce Lepage with a 8027 personal best (after being the overnight leader).
Olympic medallist Kevin Mayer withdrew and only jogged the 400m at the end of day one with 66.61. He cited fatigue after his silver medal-winning performance at the Rio Olympics and gave the public a discus effort only on the second day (44.80).
Challenge winners are Germans Caroline Schafer and Kai Kazmirek.
There was an Ethiopian double in the Beijing Marathon courtesy of Mekuant Ayenew and Meseret Mengistu.
Mengistu won the women’s race in a fast 2:25:56 ahead of Melkam Gizaw (2:26:10) and North Korea’s Jo Un-Ok (2:33:38), while Ayenew clocked 2:11:09 ahead of team-mates Feyere Gemeda (2:11:30) and Mesfin Teshome (2:11:56).
USATF 5km Championships
Ryan Hill and Aliphine Tuliamuk reigned supreme at the USATF 5km Championships, held in conjunction with the CVS Health Downtown 5K through the streets of Providence.
Hill waited until 200 meters remained to jump ahead of Sam Chelanga and score the victory in 13:57 (second Shadrack Kipchirchir 13:58 over Chelanga, also with 13:58), while Tuliamuk ran hard from the gun to gap the women’s field. Her winning time was 15:22. Second was Emily Sisson 15:42 and third Jordan Hasay 15:48.
Report information from RRW.
The next USA championship on the schedule is the USA 10 Mile Championships in Minneapolis, scheduled for October 9.
Richard Kilty and Dovile Dzindzaletaite have baby son
On Saturday the son of world and European indoor sprint gold medallist Richard Kilty and European under-23 triple jump champion Dovile Dzindzaletaite of Lithuania was born. He was born at 9:27 weighing 8.9lbs.
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