A round-up of some of the latest news and results from the world of the sport
Top names for NYC Marathon
Reigning champions Stanley Biwott and Mary Keitany lead the elite fields for the TCS New York City Marathon on November 6, informs organisers.
Biwott is the fastest runner in the field with a lifetime best of 2:03:51 set in the London Marathon in April and he will be aiming to bounce back from a DNF in the Olympic marathon.
Other top international names in the field include world champion Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, former two-time Boston Marathon champion Lelisa Desisa, Hamburg Marathon champion Lucas Rotich and top track runner Moses Kipsiro from Uganda.
Leading American athletes in the field include Dathan Ritzenhein, Ryan Vail, Matt Llano and Shadrack Biwott.
In the women’s race, Keitany faces fellow Kenyans Joyce Chepkirui, Gladys Cherono and Sally Kipyego, last year’s runner-up Aselefech Mergia from Ethiopia and team-mate Buzunesh Deba.
Molly Huddle, Kim Conley, Kellyn Taylor, Janet Bawcom and Sara Hall are among the top Americans in the field, while Olympic triathlon champion Gwen Jorgensen is also due to make her debut.
Record-breaking London Marathon
A record-breaking £59.4 million was raised for charity from the 2016 London Marathon, informs organisers. More than £830 million has been raised for good causes since the first edition of the race in 1981.
France wins Decanation
The French team won the Decanation match for the second time. In the 12th edition they scored 115 points ahead of America’s 109, Ukraine’s 102, Japan’s 92, China’s 68 and Decaclubs’ 64 (foreign athletes in French clubs).
The best male result was the fast 20.23 (-0.4) in the 200m by Christophe Lemaitre over Japan’s Shota Hara 20.63 and USA’s Jarrion Lawson 20.68. Legendary Asafa Powell won the 100m in 10.20 (-1.9) ahead of Yoshihide Kiryu of Japan’s 10.35.
Renaud Lavillenie cleared 5.80m in the pole vault and Dimitri Bascou also clocked a fast 13.24 (-0.1) in the hurdles. Olympic winner Ryan Crouser won the shot put with 20.61m and was second in the discus with 59.13m, the winner being Ukrainian Mykyta Nesterenko with 60.67m.
There was a good quality 51.06 in the 400m by Courtney Okolo, while Kaliese Spencer clocked 55.71 in the 400m hurdles and Jacquelyne Coward 12.96 (-0.3) in the 100m hurdles. There were French wins for Eloyse Lesueur in the long jump with 6.57m (-0.2) and Melina Robert-Michon in the discus with 61.40m.
Mattoni Usti nad Labem Half Marathon
Top names for the Mattoni Usti nad Labem Half Marathon on September 17 include world half-marathon champion Peres Jepchirchir, informs organisers.
Jepchirchir will face opposition from Ethiopians Muliye Dekebo (1:09:45) and Aberu Mekuria (1:12:29) while the men’s race includes a quartet of athletes with sub-one hour lifetime bests: Barselius Kipyego (59:30), Aziz Lahbabi (59:25), Adugna Takele (59:40) and Geofrey Kusuro (59:43).
Charlotte Purdue for Berlin Marathon
Former European junior cross-country champion Charlotte Purdue will compete in the Berlin Marathon on September 25, informs RRW. The Briton ran 2:32:48 on her debut in London in April and was the top British runner in the Great North Run in 72:13.
Chris O’Hare wins Minnesota Mile
Briton Chris O’Hare won the 10th Grandma’s Minnesota Mile in 4:01.6 on Sunday ahead of Ford Palmer 4:02.0 and Riley Masters 4:02.5.
The women’s top three was Emily Lipari 4:36.9 over Heather Kampf 4:37.0 and Christy Cazzola 4:39.9.
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