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Kebede sets Ethiopian 25k record in Berlin

Kebede - Berlin 25k

Ethiopia’s newcomer Sutume Asefa Kebede produced a stunning performance in the BIG 25 Berlin on Sunday. The 21 year-old stormed away after the start of the traditional 25 k race and kept going right to finish line in the historic Berlin Olympic Stadium, smashing the Ethiopian record with a time of 1:21:55. Despite very windy conditions she was 19 seconds faster than Ejegayehu Dibaba in Chicago in 2011. Kebede’s time is a world lead and the fifth fastest ever run at this distance. The Ethiopian was more than four minutes faster than second placed Kenyan Winny Jepkorir who clocked 1:25:59. Elizeba Cherono of Kenya was third with 1:26:59.

Kebede breaks Ethiopian record, Cheroben defends with world lead

Abraham Cheroben defended his title with a world lead of 1:12:31. The Kenyan was almost a minute ahead of Temesgen Daba Ejerssa. The Ethiopian took second in 1:13:28 while Kenya’s Kenneth Kipkemoi was third with 1:14:18.

11,480 runners registered for the 35th edition of the BIG 25 Berlin, which back in 1981 was Germany’s first major city road race.

As expected the men’s races started very fast. This is partly because the course is slightly downwards during the first five kilometres. But today the wind was also a major factor. During the first 10 k it was mostly a tailwind, which led to split times of 14:06 and 28:30 at 5 and 10 k respectively. Led by a pacemaker the four leaders – besides Cheroben, Ejerssa and Kipkemoi there was also Kenya’s Frederick Ngeny in this group – were running at world record pace. This mark of 1:11:18 was established by Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto, when he won the BIG 25 Berlin in 2012.

However once the leaders passed the 11 k point, where the pacemaker dropped back, they faced a strong headwind. With forecasted wind gusts of up to 60 kilometres per hour corresponding to 7 on the Beaufort scale there was no chance of keeping this sort of pace during the remaining distance. Kilometre splits dropped by almost ten seconds from 2:51 to slightly over three minutes during some sections.

Shortly before the 15 k mark, which was then passed in 43:04, Ngeny was the first one who dropped back from the leading group. The Kenyan finally finished fourth in 1:14:49. When Ejerssa worked hard in the lead he managed to drop Kipkemoi after 17 k. But the Ethiopian could not run away from Cheroben. The defending champion, who ran a world-class time of 1:11:47 a year ago, then started to attack with around six kilometres to go. On a slightly uphill stretch Cherono build a decisive lead.

“I intended to attack the world record today. But with such strong headwinds during the second half of the race it was not possible,” said the 22 year-old. “I will have to come back next year and try again.” Cherono will now prepare for the Kenyan 10,000 m trials for the World Championships. “It would be great if I could snatch a place for Beijing.” But whatever happens he will not run a marathon this year. “This is for the future, I will continue running shorter events on the roads first.”

In the women’s race Sutume Asefa Kebede ran at her own pace right from the start, leaving the other elite women well behind. Following a pacemaker she passed the 10 k point in a breathtaking 31:05, well inside world record pace. Kenya’s Mary Keitany had run 1:19:53 in the BIG 25 in 2010.

But Kebede, who now has won all of her seven road races this spring, also slowed in the wind. However she still achieved a world-class time of 1:21:55. Passing the half marathon point before, which has an official timing, she was clocked with 68:23. This is by far the fastest half marathon time of a woman on German territory since spring 2013.

“I am very happy to have broken the Ethiopian record. I did not expect this to happen today,” said Kebede, who now intends to run the 5,000 m on track in Ethiopia. “In the autumn I will run road races again.”

Behind Kenyans Jepkorir (1:25:59) and Cherono (1:26:59) two Ethiopians followed in fourth and fifth: Helen Bekele Tola and Zewdnesh Ayele Belachew clocked sub 1:30 times with 1:27:39 and 1:28:55 respectively.
photo credit: photorun.com

Ben True sets US 5k Record

ben true - US 5K road record

At the seventh annual B.A.A. 5K, New England native Ben True ran his way into the record books, clocking a national record time of 13:22 to win his third B.A.A. 5K title. True, 13:24, became the first athlete in race history to claim three titles, a testament to his fast finishing kick and determination. [Read more…]

Wanjiru wins in Prague, three run sub one hour

Daniel Wanjiru - Prague

Daniel Wanjiru stormed to a first major career win, when he took the Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon. The 22 year-old Kenyan clocked a personal best of 59:51 with two other runners achieving times inside the hour mark. [Read more…]

Komon targets world leading time

Komon - Ronoh

Leonard Komon is ready to produce something special at the Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon. The Kenyan, who is the world record holder at 10 and 15 k, will run only his second race at the distance on Saturday. [Read more…]

Mary Keitany shines at 2015 RAK 21k

mary keitany

Mary Keitany the star at the RAK 2015, while the men dither

Ultimately it was a day of near misses at the 9th edition of the RAK Half Marathon on friday, for despite the usual cool, calm weather at the 7am start, not to mention the enhanced course routing to reduce the number of corners, the men’s field chose to watch each other and ran strategically, while the women set off perhaps too fast and paid the price. [Read more…]

Kipchoge, Keitany ready to rock at RAK

2015 RAK Half Marathon

Eliud Kipchoge, Mosinet Geremew, Mary Keitany and Priscah Jeptoo ready for the RAK challenge
The question, in the last days before this year’s RAK Half Marathon, after eight years of consistent record-breaking and astonishingly fast elite racing, should perhaps not be “Will it be a good day?”, but “How great a day will it be?”. Last year, eight men broke the one hour mark while nine women went under seventy minutes. And for this year’s race on Friday 13th February, the course is faster still. [Read more…]

Women set records in Dubai Marathon

Haile - Mergia

The Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon has impressively confirmed its position as one of the fastest races in the world. Winning times of 2:05:28 from Lemi Berhanu and 2:20:02 by fellow-Ethiopian Aselefech Mergia are both world-class. While hopes for course bests did not quite materialise other records on this superflat course in Dubai were broken on Friday. In the past few years usually the men’s race produced unique performances. However this time it was the turn of the women. [Read more…]

Surprise Winners at Egmond Half 2015

Azmeraw Mengist wins Egmond Half Marathon 2015

Purity Cherotich and Azmeraw Mengist were surprising winners of this year’s stormy PWN Egmond Half Marathon 2015

The PWN Egmond Half Marathon, during which today’s stormy weather played a leading role, was won by Kenyan runner Purity Cherotich in 1:11:40. This is the second year in a row that the traditional male-female race was won by a woman. In the men’s group, unknown Ethiopian Azmeraw Mengist fought and won against the elements in 1:03:01. The first Dutchman across the finish line was Abdi Nageeye, who did very well and finished fourth in 1:03:59. With 1:15:51, Andrea Deelstra ran the best time for the Dutch ladies. [Read more…]

Turkey Trot Breaks Records

turkey trot

OCEANSIDE, Calif. (Nov. 27, 2014) – Like many in the record crowd of 10,000, Sarah and Darren Brown started a new holiday tradition at the 9th Pacific Marine Credit Union O’side Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. Only their tradition started off with more of a gallop than a trot. [Read more…]

IAAF and Park Run join forces

Park Run

The latest partner of the IAAF’s landmark new social responsibility programme Athletics for a Better World (ABW) is parkrun. [Read more…]