Ethiopia’s Degitu Azmeraw smashed the women’s course record at the TCS Amsterdam Marathon with 2:19:26, the second-fastest debut in history for the distance, while Kenya’s Vincent Kipchumba won a close men’s contest in 2:05:09 at the IAAF Gold Label road race on Sunday (20).
Philemon Rono is almost as familiar with Toronto roads as those around his training camp in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley.
Kenya’s Philemon Rono set a Canadian all-comers’ record of 2:06:52 when he successfully defended his Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon title a year ago. He will return to this IAAF Gold Label race on Sunday (21) in search of what North Americans call the ‘three-peat’ - three consecutive victories.
Kenya’s Philemon Rono will return to the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on 21 October intent on winning this IAAF Gold Label race for the third consecutive time.
Philemon Rono successfully defended his Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon title on Sunday (22) while giving organisers of this IAAF Gold Label road race something they had coveted for the past three years: a Canadian all-comers’ record.
Philemon Rono survived a pre-race accident to take a surprise victory at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Sunday (16), running away from a strong field to win the IAAF Gold Label Road Race in 2:08:27.
After the success of its half marathon event held barely four weeks ago, when Kenya’s Abraham Cheroben ran the fastest time in the world this year, the Mediterranean city of Valencia stages its highly regarded marathon, an IAAF Silver Label Road race, on Sunday (15).
The fifth African Mountain Running Championship was held in conjunction again, as it has been since its inaugural year in 2009, with the famous Obudu International Mountain Race in Nigeria and saw race wins for Kenya’s Philemon Rono and Ethiopia’s Genet Yalew on Saturday (23).
Two years ago, when Imane Merga won at the last IAAF World Cross country Championships, it was a slight surprise to many people as the Ethiopian had a reputation for competing well on the track but rarely winning.
The final arithmetic for the Kenyan 2013 Bydgoszcz IAAF World Cross Championships team is in the hands of coaches after 28 athletes were selected in the initial squad following the conclusion of the strongly contested KCB/AK National Cross Country Championships, an IAAF Cross Country Permit meeting, in Nairobi on Saturday (16).