venerdì 22 gennaio 2016


martedì 19 gennaio 2016

Return of the Champions: Stellar men's field at 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon

2015 champion Eliud Kipchoge takes on 2014 champion Wilson Kipsang when the two Kenyans head a stellar field at the Virgin Money London Marathon in the British capital on Sunday 24 April.
Kipchoge beat two-time champion Kipsang by just five seconds in a thrilling sprint finish at the end of last year's 35th race, with world record holder Dennis Kimetto (Kenya) left to fight for third place.
Kipchoge's winning time of 2:04:42 was a fraction outside Kipsang's course record, and the former world 5000m champion went on to win the BMW Berlin Marathon last September in a personal best of 2:04:00 and currently leads the Abbott World Marathon Majors rankings. He now sits sixth on the all-time list behind Kimetto's historic best of 2:02:57 and Kipsang's former world record of 2:03:23.
Kimetto returns to London in 2016 hoping to improve on his third place last year and Stanley Biwott is the fourth outstanding Kenyan in the field, running in London for the fourth time after finishing fourth last year, second in 2014 and eighth in 2013. Biwott should be full of confidence after an impressive victory at the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon.
 With Rio 2016 Olympic places to be won, there will be even more at stake for the Kenyan greats in 2016 when the quartet toe the London start line again in pursuit of one of world running's most prestigious prizes. The promise of an Olympic berth could well be the incentive Biwott needs to finally top the London podium.
"It was fantastic to win the Virgin Money London Marathon last year against one of the greatest fields ever assembled in marathon running," said Kipchoge. "This year I will come back to London to compete again with the world's best athletes. I will work hard to defend my title in London and, together with Wilson, Dennis, Stanley and those from other countries, make it a fast and wonderful race. I want to thank the organisation for again bringing the best athletes in marathon running together in London, it's great for our sport."
Kipchoge's superb record of five wins and one second place from six marathon starts since 2013 will make him the marginal favourite from a stellar elite men's field that contains the top five finishers from 2015, five men who have run the 26.2-mile distance in under 2 hours 5 minutes, and 16 who have finished quicker than 2:10.
 Biwott, Kimetto and Kipsang are likely to be the champion's main challengers, with the latter two looking to make amends after dropping out of the World Championships race in Beijing last August. Kipsang has always shown great form in London with victories in 2012 and 2014, but he was unable to retain his New York title in November when he finished fourth.
Kimetto will also feel he has something to prove after losing touch with his two compatriots on the run for home along London's Victoria Embankment last year. He also dropped out in the early stages of December's Fukuoka Marathon and hasn't won a race since his world record victory in Berlin in 2014.
However, the Kenyans will be challenged by runners from neighbouring east African countries, not least Ethiopia's triple Olympic gold medallist and multi-world record breaking track champion, Kenenisa Bekele, and Eritrea's teenage hero from the Beijing World Championships, Ghirmay Ghebreslassie.
The 33-year-old Bekele moved up to take on the ultimate distance challenge in 2014 when he won the Paris Marathon in 2:05:04 before finishing fourth in Chicago that October. Injury kept him out of action in 2015, and he will be keen to make his mark on a long-awaited return to the roads against one of the toughest fields he's ever faced.
Ethiopia's talented quartet also includes Tilahun Regassa, who was fifth here last year, Endeshaw Negesse, the 2015 Tokyo Marathon champion, plus last year's Rotterdam champion Abera Kuma – all men who have run quicker than 2:06.
Ghebreslassie, who became the surprise world champion in Beijing, makes his first appearance in London alongside four compatriots – former Eritrean record holder Samuel Tsegay; Ghebrezgiabhier Kibrom, who finished eighth last year; Amanuel Mesel, who was ninth in Beijing; and Tewelde Estifanos, last year's champion at the Oita Marathon in Japan.
 Ukraine's nine-times European cross country champion, Serhiy Lebid, is the top European in the line-up. He finished 10th last year. German record holder Arne Gabius also earns a place following his barrier-breaking fourth place in Frankfurt last October, while Poland's former steeplechaser Marcin Chabowski and Lebid compatriot Vitaliy Shafar could also be top 10 contenders.
 No fewer than 13 Britons are set to line up at the elite Blue Start with hopes of securing a place on Team GB's Rio-bound Olympic plane.
Londoner Scott Overall and Scot Callum Hawkins have already beaten the Olympic qualifying time of 2:14 with confident autumn runs in Berlin and Frankfurt respectively. They just need to be among the first two Britons across the line to guarantee a ticket to South America.
Among those hoping to join them are Chris Thompson, the 2010 European 10,000m silver medallist, who was 11th on his marathon debut two years ago and Leeds City's Derek Hawkins. Ian Kimpton and Matthew Hynes both lowered their PBs in 2015 to within touching distance of the Rio selection time while Phil Wicks, Ben Moreau and John Beattie could also be in contention.
Virgin Money London Marathon Event Director Hugh Brasher said: "After such a fantastic finish to last year's race, and a brilliant champion in Eliud Kipchoge, we can only hope for more of the same in 2016.
"With the world record holder, the world champion, and our own course record holder Wilson Kipsang racing, Eliud knows he will have to be at his best. It should be thrilling to watch.
"And with the Rio Olympics fast approaching, the battle to be top Briton should be equally enthralling."

Virgin Money London Marathon 2016 elite men and personal bests:
> Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) 2:04:00
> Dennis Kimetto (KEN) 2:02:57
> Wilson Kipsang (KEN) 2:03:23
> Endeshaw Negesse (ETH) 2:04:52
> Stanley Biwott (KEN) 2:04:55
> Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 2:05:04
> Tilahun Regassa (ETH) 2:05:27
> Abera Kuma (ETH) 2:05:56
> Samuel Tsegay (ERI) 2:07:28
> Ghirmay Ghebreslassie (ERI) 2:07:47
> Amanuel Mesel (ERI) 2:08:17
> Serhiy Lebid (UKR) 2:08:32
> Arne Gabius (GER) 2:08:33
> Tewelde Estifanos (ERI) 2:09:16
> Ghebrezgiabhier Kibrom (ERI) 2:09:36
> Vitaliy Shafar (UKR) 2:09:58
> Marcin Chabowski (POL) 2:10:07
> Scott Overall (GBR) 2:10:55
> Chris Thompson (GBR) 2:11:14
> Yuki Sato (JPN) 2:12:12
> Callum Hawkins (GBR) 2:12:17
> Nordstad Moen (NOR) 2:12:54
> Lee Merrien (GBR) 2:13:41
> Derek Hawkins (GBR) 2:14:04
> Shawn Forrest (AUS) 2:14:37
> Kevin Seaward (IRL) 2:14:52
> Phil Wicks (GBR) 2:15:37
> Paul Pollock (IRL) 2:15:38
> Ben Moreau (GBR) 2:15:52
> Ian Kimpton (GBR) 2:15:55
> Matthew Hynes (GBR) 2:16:00
> John Beattie (GBR) 2:16:38
> Andrew Davies (GBR) 2:16:55
> Stephen Scullion (IRL) 2:34:33
> Bedan Karoki (KEN) Debut
> Gervais Hakizimana (RWA) Debut
> Jonathan Hay (GBR) Debut
> Ryan McLeod (GBR) Debut
> Alejandro Fernandez Martin (ESP) Debut
> Ends

lunedì 18 gennaio 2016


Official results men @crossitalica
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Official results women in @crossitalica
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#crossitalica an incredible emotion for me this weekend.
I was in Spain,in Seville,first time in my life to follow live the most famous spanish xc and i am very satisfied about the experience.So many years i have heard,read and watched about these magic race and this year,finally i was there!!!Thanks to Jesus Olivan to have invited me in Santinponce.
Organization very professional in every sides and attention to everything help us very much to be really at home.
Arrived on course i was absolutely impressed  by the magnificent site of the course:Italica,one the biggest cities of Ancient Rome where emperors Traianum and Hadrianum were born.Marvellous was the panorama over the finish line to see such many people to see the races since two hours before international events.Never seen something similar in Italy,almost impossible to find such a big crowd as Spain.Clear why cross country season in Spain is something very deep in all runners..
Many emotions in myself to think that on this course in last years u could have seen legends as Haile,Tergat,Kenenisa and Komen as first names...
Coming to Seville was also interesting to understand all the culture around crosscountry and athletics in Spain,and for this would like to thank public important spanish coach Antonio Serrano who explained me very well and deeply the spanish movement of athletics.

International races were absolutely fantastic both and winners are world top class athletes.
Women started very fast since the beginning and race went closed as a kenyan-job very soon.Faith Kipyegon did an impressive solo killing every dreams of gold for other girls.Still seeing her pushing so easy last lap without any thoughts.
Violah Kibiwot looked better thant Bolzano and infact she admited after race to be happy of his result beating clearly Irene Cheptai who closed third.Not so brilliant day in women for Ethiopia with Heroye and Gudeta far from an impressive kenyan power./
Interesting to hear below here voice-comments from Kipyegon and her coach Bram Som to understand what could be 2016...what a season has started just from #crossitalica.
Men race for me looked very easy to preview and Tola confirmed my opinion.I saw him in Bolzano on 31st December and he was superb in his runningstyle so impossible to see him suddenly out of shape .Before the race,Tamirat Tola looked very focused on his mission and also very concentrated.Fantastic his second part of race where he opening an important gap over other guys going away very strong.

My congrats to all spanish athletes being first time seeing them live.Competing almost every sunday is quite difficult and not easy but watched many interesting athletes and for sure we will hear about some of them soon.Pls listen great analysis of coach Serrano about what said CrossItalica for national athletes.

Really a great experience be in Spain..Hope to repeat soon ...

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giovedì 14 gennaio 2016

martedì 12 gennaio 2016

Tufa takes on Keitany at 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon

For immediate release: 12 January 2016
Tigist Tufa will return to the scene of her greatest triumph when she lines up to defend her Virgin Money London Marathon title on Sunday 24 April against the woman she beat to win the coveted crown in 2015 and the woman who won the world title last summer.
Tufa upset the odds when she outran four much-fancied Kenyans to win last year, becoming only the second Ethiopian ever to claim the women's title on a day that saw record numbers cross the London Marathon finish line at the end of the 35th anniversary race.
Tufa was at the head of them all, producing a devastating burst in the last three miles to take a shock victory in front of two-time winner Mary Keitany.
She returns to the British capital determined to show that last year's victory was no fluke after finishing sixth at the Beijing World Championships last August, a race won by fellow Ethiopian Mare Dibaba, and third at the New York City Marathon where Keitany enjoyed her second victory last November.
"Winning in London was the greatest moment in my career so far," said Tufa, who won the Shanghai and Ottawa marathons in 2014. "I am happy to be returning to London in 2016 to defend my title. I know it won't be easy because the London fields are always the best in the world, but I am determined to do my best again."
The 28-year-old denied Keitany a third London Marathon victory last year and the Kenyan looks set to be Tufa's main rival again in 2016. Keitany smashed the African record with 2:18:37, the fourth fastest time in history, when she won the London Marathon for a second time in 2012 but she needed a sprint finish to secure last year's runner-up spot by one second.
Keitany is again the fastest woman on the start list, one of nine women in the elite field with personal bests better than 2 hours 22 minutes, while no fewer than five have run the gruelling 26.2-mile challenge in under 2:20.
Dibaba, a former Chicago Marathon champion who runs in London for the first time, is one of that quintet, with a best of 2:19:52. She and Keitany currently lie neck and neck at the top of the Abbott World Marathon Majors Series IX standings on 41 points apiece, with Tufa just seven behind. 
While competition between those three looks set to be fierce, London's sub-2:20 club includes two other highly–ranked Kenyans who have been in winning form: Gladys Cherono, the 2015 Berlin Marathon champion, who will make her London Marathon debut, and Florence Kiplagat, last year's Chicago Marathon champion and world half-marathon record holder, who was fifth last year. Kiplagat runs in London for the fifth time in 2016 seeking her first victory.
Aselefech Mergia, another of Tufa's compatriots, also falls into that elite bracket. A three-time winner of the lucrative Dubai Marathon, Mergia is the 2010 London champion and was fourth last year.
The five-strong Kenyan challenge is completed by Priscah Jeptoo, the Olympic bronze medallist who was a London Marathon winner three years ago, and Jemima Sumgong, a former Rotterdam Marathon champion who was sixth in 2015, one place ahead of Jeptoo.
The European challenge will be led by Portugal's Jessica Augusto and Volha Mazuronak from Belarus. Augusto ran a personal best to place sixth here in 2014, her third top 10 finish, while Mazuronak was ninth last year in a PB, just ahead of Morocco's Rkia El Moukim, who is also in the line-up again. 
With Team GB Olympic places up for grabs, there will be fierce competition among the leading Britons. The first two home with British Athletics's qualifying time of 2:31 are guaranteed a trip to Rio.
That puts Sonia Samuels and Alyson Dixon in the driving seat as they both beat the standard at the Berlin Marathon last September.
Samuels was the first Briton home in London last year and the Sale Harrier finished ninth in Berlin in a personal best of 2:28:04. Dixon also ran a PB in the German capital and the Sunderland Stroller will be hoping to make up for 2012 when she missed out on the London Games.
Susan Partridge could also be in the mix after coming desperately close to the selection time in Chicago last October, while Freya Ross has high hopes of making the Olympic team again after running at London 2012 as a late replacement for Paula Radcliffe. The experienced Louise Damen is also capable of achieving the time, and marathon debutantes Jess Coulson and Charlotte Purdue should not be discounted either.
Hugh Brasher, Virgin Money London Marathon Event Director, said: "Tigist Tufa showed last year that predictions mean nothing in marathon racing when she beat all the favourites with a thrilling victory.
"This year's line-up is no less exciting with five members of the prestigious sub-2:20 club all set to challenge the champion. With the Rio Olympics around the corner providing an extra incentive to all the elite runners, it is set to be another race to remember."
Virgin Money London Marathon 2016 women's elite field and personal bests:
Tigist Tufa (ETH) 2:21:52
Mary Keitany (KEN) 2:18:37
Gladys Cherono (KEN) 2:19:25
Aselefech Mergia (ETH) 2:19:31
Florence Kiplagat (KEN) 2:19:44
Mare Dibaba (ETH) 2:19:52
Priscah Jeptoo (KEN) 2:20:14
Feyse Tadese (ETH) 2:20:27
Jemima Sumgong (KEN) 2:20:48
Jessica Augusto (POR) 2:24:25
Volha Mazuronak (BLR) 2:25:36
Rkia El Moukim (MAR) 2:26:33
Diana Lobacevske (LTU) 2:28:03
Sonia Samuels (GBR) 2:28:04
Freya Ross (GBR) 2:28:10
Alyson Dixon (GBR) 2:29:30
Louise Damen (GBR) 2:30:00
Susan Partridge (GBR) 2:30:46
Irvette Van Blerk (RSA) 2:31:26
Cassie Fien (AUS) 2:38:53
Jess Coulson (GBR) Debut
Charlotte Purdue (GBR) Debut

lunedì 11 gennaio 2016


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