A round-up of some of the latest athletics news and results from the world of the sport
Cherono breaks Honolulu Marathon record
In warm and humid conditions, Lawrence Cherono set a course record of 2:09:39 to win on a hilly course in the Honolulu Marathon ahead of fellow Kenyan Wilson Chebet (2:10:48), who was also under the previous course record.
Ethiopia’s Olympic marathon silver medallist Feyisa Lilesa dropped off the pace around the 20-mile mark and finished fourth in 2:15:57. He walked the last 100 metres while making the famous ‘X’ gesture with his arms in silent protest.
Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei won the women’s race in 2:31:11 ahead of American Lindsey Scherf (2:34:05) and pre-race favourite Buzunesh Deba from Ethiopia (2:35:34).
Morocco’s Salah-Eddine Bounasr won the Guangzhou Marathon in 2:11:09 ahead of Kenya’s Ezekiel Omullo (2:11:11) and Ethiopia’s Alemayehu Belachew (2:11:16).
Ethiopia’s Aynalem Kassahun upset team-mate and course record-holder Mulu Seboka in the women’s race, 2:31:52 to 2:32:26.
Abraham Tadesse continued winning ways at the 40th Silvesterlauf Zürich, clocking 14:29 for 5.2 km. Second was Simon Tesfay with 14:37 and third Patrick Ereng with 14:38.
Betty Chepkwony was the best woman with 16:39, beating Martina Strahl (16:53) and Krisztina Papp (17:22).
USATF Club Cross Country Championships
Olympic steeplechase finalist Colleen Quigley won the USATF Club Cross Country Championships at the Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Florida over 6km in 19:31 ahead of Sarah Pagano (19:36) and Samantha Silva (19:36).
Sam Chelanga and Stanley Kebenei finished first and second in the men’s 10km in 28:55 and 29:04 respectively, with Morgan Pearson third (29:05).
There were team titles for Boston Athletic Association (women) and American Distance Project (men).
Italian Olympian Catherine Bertone won the Reggio-Emilia Marathon in 2:37:10 ahead of Sara Galimberti (2:39:16), while Francesco Bona won the men’s race in 2:14:59 from Rwanda’s Jean-Baptiste Simukeka (2:16:32) and Morocco’s Said Douirmi (2:17:04).
European Cross Country Championships
More than 440 runners from 33 countries competed on a sunny day in Chia. Turkey and Great Britain topped the country rankings.
There were interesting historical medals for Norway, Poland and Denmark. In total 10 countries won medals.
The 24th SPAR European Cross Country Championships will be held in Samorin, its first time in Slovakia, on December 10, 2017.
In 2018 the event will be in Tilburg, Netherlands.
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