A round-up of some of the latest athletics news and results from around the world, including results from the Rotterdam, Hannover, Vienna and Rome marathons, plus some track and field performances
Taplin 44.41 WL, Koffi 10.01 NR
An excellent world-leading 44.41 PB by Grenada’s Bralon Taplin in the 400m highlighted the Sun Angel Track Classic on Sunday. Behind him, Fred Kerley clocked a 45.10 PB.
Another sensational performance was a national 100m record for Ivory Coast by Wilfried Koffi with 10.01 (+1.1) over Ameer Webb’s 10.03.
World medallist Andre De Grasse of Canada won his first 200m of the year in 20.23 (+0.5) ahead of Devin Jenkins’ 20.39 PB and Mexican record-holder Jose Carlos Herrera’s 20.41.
Jeshua Anderson won the 400m hurdles in a 48.92 world lead. Universiade winner Shaquille Walker improved in the 800m to 1:44.99.
Also to note is Jordan Clarke’s 20.12m in the shot put and two fast 4x100m times by Altis teams of 38.40 and 38.95.
Britain’s Jodie Williams clocked 22.99 (+0.2) in the 200m, hurdles world medallist Shamier Little a 23.25 (+0.2) PB in another race and she also won her event in 56.67.
Canadian record-holder Christabel Nettey leaped to a windy 6.88m (+2.2, and legal 6.66m). Behind her, Tori Polk leapt 6.67m (+1.1). Evonne Britton improved to 12.97 (+0.6) in the 100m hurdles. Canadian Taryn Suttie improved in the shot put to 17.88m.
Kipserem is surprise winner in Rotterdam
Kenya’s Marius Kipserem upstaged some big names to claim the Rotterdam Marathon title in 2:06:11 on Sunday to slice more than three minutes from his lifetime best of 2:09:21.
Debutants Solomon Deksisa (2:06:22) and Geoffrey Kirui (2:07:22) performed well, finishing second and third respectively.
Tsegaye Kebede and Ayele Abshero came with the intentions of impressing the Ethiopian Olympic selections but the sub-2:05 performers finished fifth (2:10:54) and eighth (2:12:16) respectively. Kebede lost touch after 30km while Abshero fell off the pace after 13km.
Best European was Mariusz Gyzinski of Poland with 2:14:43 for 11th.
In the women’s race, Haylay Gebreslasea came from behind to win in 2:26:15 ahead of Sutume Asefa (2:28:04), who was on sub-2:20 pace in the early stages and passed halfway in 70:49.
Kenya’s Rebecca Korir was third in 2:29:16 with 43-year-old Italian Catherine Bertone fourth in a PB of 2:30:19.
Third Hannover victory for April
South Africa’s Lusapho April claimed a record third victory in the HAJ Hannover Marathon on Sunday. He was hoping to break his course record of 2:08:32 but the windy conditions scuppered these aspirations and he had to settle for victory in 2:11:27.
He is hoping to return next year to have another attempt at the course record.
Kenyans Martin Kosgey and Moses Masai comprised the podium in 2:11:54 and 2:15:43 respectively. Best European was Jean Habarurema of France with 2:16:33 for fourth.
Edinah Kwambai claimed the women’s race in 2:29:17 ahead of Anna Hahner (2:30:35) and Salome Biwott (2:30:47).
Fourth was Nancy Koech with 2:31:16 ahead of Lithuania’s Vaida Zusinaite’s 2:32:50 and the second Hahner twin, Lisa, with 2:34:56.
Genemo clocks top time in Vienna despite windy conditions
In windy conditions with gusts reaching 45 kilometres per hour, Ethiopian Shuko Genemo ran the second fastest time in race history in the Vienna City Marathon on Sunday with 2:24:31 ahead of team-mate and debutante Ruti Aga (2:25:27) and Kenyan Doris Changeywo (2:31:50).
“It was cold and windy, which made it difficult to run fast. In perfect conditions I could have run 2:22 today,“ she said.
Kenyan runners filled the top five places in the men’s race: Robert Chemosin (2:09:48), Charles Cheruiyot (2:10:09), Suleiman Simotwo (2:10:15), Silas Limo (2:10:16) and Raymond Choge (2:11:07).
Top Europeans were Hermano Ferreira of Portugal in 10th with 2:15:48 and Lithuanian Remalda Kergyte with 2:36:46 in 6th.
In total 42,511 runners from 126 nations were represented across the weekend.
With info from Race News Service.
Kipruto wins debut in Rome
Kenyan Amos Kipruto made a winning debut in the Rome Marathon, clocking 2:08:12 on Sunday.
Kipruto had never contested a marathon before today although he did pace the Dubai Marathon in January through the 30km checkpoint.
“The pacemakers did a very good job clocking 3:01 to 3:02 splits until 30km,” he said. “At 35km I still had a lot of energy and I decided to push the pace.”
Ethiopian Birhanu Addisie Achamie was second in 2:09:27 with Kenyan Dominic Ruto third in 2:09:28.
Ethiopia took a one-two in the women’s race courtesy of Rahma Tusa (2:28:49) and Mulu Diro (2:29:59).
Giovanna Epis was top European in fourth with 2:38:20.
Among the men the best Europeans were also Italians and Martin Dematteis was 11th with 2:18:20.
With help from the IAAF and Alberto Stretti.
World indoor marathon record in New York
Two world records were set at the New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory on Saturday during the Indoor World Record Challenge portion of the three-day inaugural Armory NYC Indoor Marathon.
Malcolm Richards of San Francisco set the men’s world indoor marathon record with a 2:21:55 time, eclipsing Michael Wardian’s 2010 mark of 2:27:21 from Arlington.
Manhattan’s Allie Kieffer – a former standout runner for Wake Forest University and West Islip High School – established a women’s indoor marathon record of 2:44:43 that shattered the previous mark of Monika Kalicinska (2:53:53) set in 2014 in Toronto.
With info from the Armory website.
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