giovedì 26 marzo 2015

Lagat, Gebremeskel Headline Sunday's Carlsbad 5000

Lagat, Gebremeskel Headline Sunday's Carlsbad 5000
•             Ethiopia's Dejen Gebremeskel looks to win 5th straight title at 30th edition of 'World's Fastest 5K' 
•             Bernard Lagat, Diego Estrada lead U.S. runners at one of road racing's iconic events
•             Elite invitational races to feature new start line and two-loop route on Sunday, March 29

CARLSBAD, Calif.  – March 23, 2015 – Recognized as the 'World's Fastest 5k' with a storied history of 16 world records, no athlete in Carlsbad 5000 history has been more successful than Dejen Gebremeskel.

Gebremeskel, a 25-year-old Ethiopian, has won the last four runnings of the race, following a second-place finish in 2010. On Sunday, he will try and make it an unprecedented five in a row.

It will not be easy. Lined up next to him will be 40-year-old Bernard Lagat, one of the most decorated distance runners of all time. Last year, Lagat finished second, only five seconds Gebremeskel and thought he had broken the American record by three seconds with a time of 13:21. However, on a remeasurement of the course, it was found to be 13.5 feet short, so the record was not acceptable.

"It was absolutely our fault," Matt Turnbull, elite athlete coordinator for the event. "There's no doubt about it. So Mark Davis' record of 13:24 at Carlsbad in 1996 still stands."

Turnbull said the organizers won't make that mistake again.

"We have a new elite course for the first time in the event's history, and I guarantee we'll be making sure the course is measured properly this year," he said. "Those things happen. It's unfortunate."

Last year's duel between Gebremeskel and Lagat was decided over the last kilometer. That's when Gebremeskel made a big move and pulled away for the victory.

Lagat was not dismayed.

"I'm glad it went the way it did," the 4-time Olympian said, "because I'm going to be hungry for even more next year and the year after that."
Lagat said Gebremeskel had an advantage last year because he was familiar with the course.

"I knew from history that the course would be a challenge," Lagat said. "It's not that easy, even though it looks flat. Experience means a lot at this race."

In its 30-year history, 16 world records and eight U.S. bests have been recorded at the Carlsbad 5000. Of the top 50 5K road marks in history, 45 have been set at Carlsbad.

Gebremeskel's best time at Carlsbad is 13:11 in his first victory in 2011. The world record is 13:00 by Kenya's Sammy Kipketer in 2000 and 2001. Kipketer is among the three-time men's winners at Carlsbad, also having won in 2002. The others are Steve Scott (1986-88) and Dejene Berhaus (2003-2005). Berhane's time of 13:10 in 2005 is the closest anyone at Carlsbad has come to Kipketer's record.

While Gebremeskel and Lagat have the potential to threaten the mark, there are several runners in the field with strong resumes. There's Lawi Lalang of Kenya, who trains with Lagat and their coach, James Li, in Tucson, Ariz. Lalang, 23, attended the University of Arizona and won eight NCAA championships.

Not to be overlooked is 25-year-old Diego Estrada of Flagstaff, Arizona, who returns to Carlsbad after winning the U.S. Half Marathon Championships in January with a time of 1:00:51.

And there's Andy Vernon, 28, of Great Britain. He is the European silver medalist over 10,000 meters and has won five national titles in the UK. Vernon has a PR of 13:30 for 5K on the roads, which he set at Carlsbad in 2012.

Still, Gebremeskel is the one to beat.

"You always want to bring back the defending champion and it's up to the rest of the field to try and knock him off his perch," Turnbull said.

It's been very difficult to do that to Gebremeskel.

A signature event of the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series, the Carlsbad 5000 will celebrate 30 years the weekend of March 27 – 29, 2015. The race is internationally known as the "World's Fastest 5K" because 16 world records, 8 U.S. records, along with numerous national and age-group records have been set on the scenic oceanfront course. The is home to the current world 5K road records: 13:00, Sammy Kipketer (KEN), 2000 & 2001, and 14:46, Meseret Defar (ETH), 2006. It is the only race from a commonly run distance in the world that is home to the world records and its home country records for both genders.

Race weekend kicks off with a Junior Carlsbad pre-registration party on Friday, March 27 hosted at the Carlsbad Village Faire. On Saturday, March 28 more than 1,500 junior racers, age 12 and under, will take part in one of the eleven age group races. All runners receive a t-shirt and finisher's medal for their efforts. Sunday's 'Party by the Sea' gets started as soon as the first runners cross the finish line. After enjoying the scenic 3.1-mile course, runners aged 21 and over can step into the beer garden, sip two free beers from Pizza Port and enjoy a live music. For more information or to view the full race day schedule, visit

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2015 Elite Men's Field

1. Dejen Gebremeskel, Ethiopia, Defending champion has won the last 4 editions of the race, 11/24/1989
2. Bernard Lagat, USA, Four-time Olympian and holder of five American middle-distance records, 12/04/1974
3. Lawi Lalang, Kenya, An 8 time NCAA Champion competing for the University of Arizona, 06/15/1991
4. Wilson Too, Kenya, Has a best of 13:47 for 5000m and ran 27:36 for 10k on the roads last year, 03/14/1991
5. Andy Vernon, Great Britain, European silver medalist over 10,000m, 08/07/1986
6. Joseph Kitur, Kenya, Finished fourth over 5000m at last summers Commonwealth games, 07/20/1988
7. James Leakos, Canada, Has a personal best over 5000m of 13.44.57 on the track, 05/13/198
8. Dan Lowry, USA, Finished 6th at the National Indoor Championships last month, 10/30/1989
9. Diego Estrada, USA, 2015 U.S. Half Marathon Champion, 12/12/1989
10. Ben St Lawrence, Australia, Australian record holder for 10,000m with a time of 27.24.95, 11/07/1981
11. Luke Caldwell, Great Britain, Luke has a personal best of 13.29 for 5000m, 09/02/1991
12. Mikael Ekvall, Sweden, Has represented Sweden at both the European and World Championships, 06/18/1989
13. Sam Chelanga, Kenya, Won NCAA titles at 5000m (2011) and 10,000m (2010), 02/23/1985
14. Haron Lagat, Kenya, Finished at Carlsbad in 2008 with his personal best time of 13:36,08/15/1983
15. Steve Mangan, USA, Ran 3.58.24 for the mile indoors this year, 04/14/1992
16. Ethan Shaw, USA, Has set PR's this year 3000m and 2 miles indoors, 03/12/1990
17. Ben Bruce, USA, Incredibly won five Rock 'n' Roll Marathons in 2014, 09/10/1982
18. Andrew Springer, USA, PACER, 03/10/199

lunedì 23 marzo 2015


Excellent...absolutely Excellent...

Yesterday in Lisbon i was very pleased to assist at LisbonHalf,one of the fastest race on this distance.
Organization totally perfect and my congrats to them.
If u have lost livestreaming of the race...dont the complete video of the race:

A race where women started before men with a solution more tactitc at the beginning while in men,Wilson Too as pacer,went out incredibly fast probably killing the hopes of gold for someone who followed him in a impressive 21.44 at 8k..
Mo Farah intelligently understood pace was too fast and choose the solution to leave this group away (with Kibet,Adola and Micah Kogo ) and coming to finish with his own pace.At 14k the maximum gap in 12sec,with lead in 39.13.
In last part Mo did his show closing slowily every km more on the head of the race before going away with Micah Kogo.
Here the official splits released by organizers for Farah:

Honestly i dont believe in 18km splits...think some mistakes otherwise 2.06 at km in that moment..

After the finish,i did this interview where Farah had spoke about the race and more on his future and road-career.

Interviews also to Rose Chelimo and Priscah Jeptoo on the women:




lunedì 16 marzo 2015


Two of the greatest marathon fields ever assembled have just become even stronger with the announcement today that Geoffrey Mutai and Aselefech Mergia have been added to the men’s and women’s elite line-ups for the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon.
Kenya’s Mutai and Mergia from Ethiopia are the two most prominent names in a second wave of athletes signed up for the London Marathon’s 35th anniversary races on Sunday 26 April.
The initial fields announced in January included Kenenisa Bekele, the multiple Olympic and world track champion, who broke the Paris Marathon course record on his debut at the distance last April. But Bekele has been forced to withdraw from the 2015 race with a right Achilles tendon injury sustained during the Dubai Marathon in January.
“Unfortunately, I have had to pull out of this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon because of the problems I had while running in Dubai,” said Bekele. “I desperately wanted to run in London this year, but the injury to my Achilles has not healed sufficiently for me to compete against such a great field.
“I hope to be back in 2016 and ready to challenge the best marathon runners in the world in London.”
Despite the Ethiopian’s withdrawal, the men’s line-up remains one of the best ever seen, and has been strengthened further with the new addition of Geoffrey Mutai, a man who has won the New York Marathon twice in recent years and tasted victory at the 2012 Berlin Marathon. He famously set an unofficial world best when he won the 2011 Boston Marathon in two hours three minutes two seconds, although not acceptable for official records because of the downhill Boston course.
The 2011/12 World Marathon Majors champion joins a field featuring the first ever marathon clash between world record holder Dennis Kimetto and defending London champion Wilson Kipsang, plus the second fastest marathon runner in history, Emmanuel Mutai, the reigning Chicago Marathon champion, Eliud Kipchoge, and last year’s London Marathon runner-up Stanley Biwott.
The line-up contains the three fastest marathon runners of all time, and six of the 10 quickest men in history, while Mutai, who has a ‘legitimate’ personal best of 2:04:15, is one of nine men to have run the gruelling 26.2 miles in under 2:05.
A training partner of Kipsang and Kimetto, the 33-year-old Kenyan was due to compete at the Tokyo Marathon on 22 February, but had to withdraw from that race because of a niggling injury and instead has prepared himself to compete with the rest of the world’s best in London, a race already described as “ridiculously good” and “fantasy track and field” by the Let’s Run website.
Mergia’s record is barely less impressive. She returned from pregnancy to win the women’s race at the lucrative Dubai Marathon in January for a record third time, while her personal best of 2:19:31 makes her the third quickest on paper in a women’s field containing the last three London Marathon champions – Edna Kiplagat, Mary Keitany and Priscah Jeptoo – plus last year’s runner-up, the world half marathon record holder Florence Kiplagat.
Mergia will take on Kenya’s fab four in London alongside fellow Ethiopian Tirfi Tsegaye, the 2014 Tokyo and Berlin Marathon champion, who is another new addition to the talented roster. Tsegaye broke the course record when she won the Tokyo Marathon last February, and ran a personal best of 2:20:18 to take victory in Berlin last September.
While this will be Tsegaye’s London Marathon debut, Mergia runs for the third time having reached the podium on her first appearance in 2010. The addition of these two champions means the race now features four women who have run quicker than 2:20 and eight who have broken 2:21.
Another new name further down the women’s list is that of Elvan Abeylegesse, the Ethiopian-born Turk who won Olympic silver medals at 5000m and 10,000m in 2008 and clinched the distance double on the track at the 2010 European Championships.
A former world record holder at 5000m, she moved up to the marathon two years ago and finished fifth at last summer’s European Championships in Zürich. The 32-year-old will be hoping to make her breakthrough at world class level in her first World Marathon Majors race.
Virgin Money London Marathon race director Hugh Brasher welcomed all the new additions.
“Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, it has,” said Brasher. “In most marathons around the world Geoffrey Mutai and Aselefech Mergia would be headline names in their own right.
“While, of course, we are disapppointed to lose Kenenisa, we are delighted to have added Geoffrey and Aselefech to our already bursting fields and welcome them back to London along with all our elite athletes.
“With these ‘fantasy’ fields, Paula Radcliffe’s farewell run, and the IPC Athletics World Championship marathons as well, our 35th anniversary promises to be a very special day.”
The full elite men’s and women’s line-ups can be found below, with new names in bold. Please note that Britain’s Steve Way has also withdrawn with a gluteal injury.
Wilson Kipsang KEN 2:03:23
Dennis Kimetto KEN 2:02:57
Emmanuel Mutai KEN 2:03:13
Eliud Kipchoge KEN 2:04:05
Geoffrey Mutai KEN 2:04:15
Ayele Abshero ETH 2:04:23
Sammy Kitwara KEN 2:04:28
Tsegaye Mekonnen ETH 2:04:32
Stanley Biwott KEN 2:04:55
Tilahun Regassa ETH 2:05:27
Samuel Tsegay ERI 2:07:28
Serhiy Lebid  UKR 2:08:32
Aleksey Reunkov RUS 2:09:54
Ghebrezgiabhier Kibrom ERI 2:10:00
Marcin Chabowski POL 2:10:07
Koen Raymaekers NED 2:10:35
Scott Overall GBR 2:10:55
Michael Shelley AUS 2:11:15
Javier Guerra ESP 2:12:21
Bekir Karayel TUR 2:13:21
Hermano Ferreira POR 2:13:28
Christian Kreienbühl SUI 2:15:35
Anuradha Cooray SRI 2:15:51
Mert Girmalegesse TUR 2:17:45
Cesar Lizano CRC 2:17:50
Stijn Fincioen BEL 2:17:57
Matt Hynes GBR 2:43:40
Pedro Ribeiro POR Debut
Guye Adola ETH Debut
Edna Kiplagat KEN 2:19:50
Mary Keitany KEN 2:18:37
Aselefech Mergia ETH 2:19:31
Florence Kiplagat KEN 2:19:44
Priscah Jeptoo KEN 2:20:14
Tirfi Tsegaye ETH 2:20:81
Feyse Tadese ETH 2:20:27
Jemima Sumgong KEN 2:20:41
Tigist Tufa ETH 2:21:52
Tetyana Gamera UKR 2:22:09
Tatyana Arkhipova RUS 2:23:29
Ana Dulce Félix POR 2:25:40
Sara Moreira POR 2:26:00
Alessandra Aguilar ESP 2:27:00
Rkia El Moukim MOR 2:28:12
Iwona Lewandowska POL 2:28:32
Mary Davies NZL 2:28:57
Elvan Abeylegesse TUR 2:29:30
Diane Nukuri BUR 2:29:35
Sonia Samuels GBR 2:30:56
Alyson Dixon GBR 2:31:10
Emma Stepto GBR 2:32:40
Volha Mazuronak BLR 2:33:33
Rebecca Robinson GBR 2:37:14

sabato 14 marzo 2015


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