Some of the latest news from the world of the sport, such as entries for the Tokyo Marathon and a look ahead to the Santa Pola International Half Marathon including Britain’s Lily Partridge
Kipsang set for Tokyo Marathon
Former world marathon record-holder Wilson Kipsang will headline the first Abbott World Marathon Majors race of the year, the Tokyo Marathon on February 26, informs organisers.
Kipsang will face fellow Kenyans Bernard Kipyego (2:06:19) and Dickson Chumba (2:04:32), who finished second and third in last year’s race along with leading Ethiopians Tadese Tola (2:04:49) and Tsegaye Kebede (2:04:38).
Top names in the women’s race include Ethiopians Amane Beriso (2:20:48), Amane Gobena (2:21:51) and Birhane Dibaba (2:22:30), while Kenyan track star Betsy Saina (67:22 HM) will make her full marathon debut. The fastest entrant is Lucy Kabuu (2:19:34) who is on the comeback trail.
Partridge favourite in Santa Pola
The IAAF informs that having recently been awarded IAAF Bronze Label Road Race status, the Santa Pola International Half Marathon in Spain on Sunday has attracted competitive fields for both races.
This year’s men’s cast is headed by Kenya’s Peter Cheruiyot Kirui, a consistent performer over the distance who holds a career best of 59:22 from 2014. Also to mention fellow Kenyan James Kipsang, with France’s El Hassane Ben Lkhainouch (PB of 61:31), Kenya’s Daniel Muindi Muteti (62:11) and Italy’s Stefano La Rosa (62:15).
Britain’s Lily Partridge will start as the favourite for the women’s race with toughest opposition expected from from Ethiopia’s Bezunesh Getachew.
The 45th edition of the Jablonec Indoor meet on January 28 does not have EA Indoor status as last year but will still offer some good competition.
The main international star will be the fastest 40+ sprinter in the world, Kim Collins from St. Kitts.
From Czech Republic the top athletes to mention are Zuzana Hejnova, who will compete in the 60m hurdles, and Petr Svoboda, who goes in the men’s 60m hurdles.
Kenya Defence Forces Cross Country Championships
Hellen Obiri defeated Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong over 10km at the Kenya Defence Forces Cross Country Championships, 32:49 to 33:17.
Joyciline Jepkosgei was third in 33:29, with former world half-marathon champion Gladys Cherono fifth in 34:02.
Emmanuel Kipsang won a close men’s race in 29:20 with second placer Frankline Keitany given the same time in second. Hillary Kering was third in 29:47.
With information from Kip Evans.
Centrowitz 2 miles
Olympic 1500m champion Matthew Centrowitz, already a three-time NYRR Wanamaker Mile champion, will turn his attention to the Paavo Nurmi Two Miles at the 110th NYRR Millrose Games at The Armory’s New Balance Track & Field Center on February 11, informs organisers.
He will line up against a field that includes Ryan Hill, the world indoor 3000m silver medallist, plus Olympians Ben Blankenship, Hassan Mead, Mo Ahmed, Donn Cabral and also Ben True.
The American record of 8:07.41 by Centrowitz’s Nike Oregon Project teammate, Galen Rupp, could be in play.
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