venerdì 23 gennaio 2015


Una foto pubblicata da Alberto Stretti (@albertostretti) in data:

Dear Alberto,
Today, I obviously was not happy, also if athletes of my training group with Gianni Demadonna management (followed by Gemedu Deguefo and Gebehyu Behrane using my training plan) did very well, winning both the races, with the surprise of Lemmi Hayle (that before the race we told Gianni could be able running in 2:05, looking at his training from October) and the big come back of Aselefech Mergia, stronger than 3 years ago after the motherhood. In the women race, we had also the opportunity to see a very fast debut from Demisse Shure, daily in training with Aselefech and able to do the same workouts, but in any case better than the previews, because nobody of us could think of a time under 2:21 while junior in her first attempt. Aberu Kebede, 5th at the end, confirmed her continuity, but today found somebody strongest than her.
Under the side of Gianni Demadonna, it was a big day, with all the top 5 among women (also Gladys Cherono, World Half Marathon Champion, runner up, and Lucy Kabuu, having a fast come-back at top level after 3 years, are with the Italian Manager) and the winner among men (who previously had one competition in full marathon only, winning last year in Zurich with 2:10:40) are under his management.
In Ethiopia, I have two coaches working together following Demadonna’s athletes and applying my training plans : Gemedu Deguefo , and was the one recruiting the athletes and building a local activity able to produce winners in Dubai in both women (Mergia 2012 and this year) and men (Tsegaye Mekonnen in 2014 and Lemmi Hayle this year) with very important performances. Another important person in Gebehyu Berihun , who always follows the athletes in training. They send me weekly reports about the athlete’s training, and I provide to send the training plan, every two weeks.
Sometimes, we can see some surprise. Last year Tsegaye Mekonnen joined this group in October, after few HM competitions slower than 62’, but this was because his training was very casual. The boy showed his talent, and was asked to give training plan for a goal of 2:07. In November, the target became 2:06, in December 2:05, in Dubai he won with 2:04:32…..
This year, we had the same situation with Lemmi Hayle. the boy was growing every week, and we modified his plan, with a final goal to run 2:05. So, don’t be too much surprised if athletes without any real background are able to run very fast in Dubai : there are plenty Ethiopian running at medium level with poor training, and the most important thing is to be able to find among them who has real talent.
But I can’t be totally happy because my first goal was to see the race and the behavior of Kenenisa Bekele.
How I told yesterday in some interview, his preparation after Chicago faced several problems, the main being an Achille’s tendon pain which obliged Kenenisa to reduce training for about two weeks in November, and was cured using TECAR machine for one week of full immersion between 17 and 24 December, with the best operator of the Company. In spite of these problems, the shape of Kenenisa grew continuously, and the last workout, exactly one week ago, was really good.
Also if, in my opinion, what he did is no more than 60% of the total training for a marathon, I was confident in a time under 2:05, and never I had some doubt he couldn’t win the race.
But today he didn’t feel good from the start. Several times I saw him running, and his action didn’t have the relaxation and the total body control which are one of the best qualities for Kenenisa.
After 28 km, Jos Hermens (on a motorbike of the organization) came to me (I was on the car of the chief of the Jury) telling me “the pace is slow, Kenenisa seems very fresh, what he has to do ?”, and I told him “tell him to push after 30 km, looking at the Race Record of Ayele Abshero”.
Never words were less prophetic : after one km, Kenenisa started to struggle, limping a little, and losing contact
with the leading group, which continued running at a pace not really fast.
Problems at both his hamstrings, he told me after the race, probably provoked by the big tension he had from the start, when understood the pain in his tendon could not disappear after few minutes (such as during the last training sessions), but instead was growing of intensity. This tension, it’s my thought, caused carmps and soreness to both the hamstrings, and he couldn’t continue the race.
The fact he dropped out doesn’t change my opinion he can be the next top marathon runner in the world.
I was with him in training for the last two month, many times following him personally around Addis Ababa, and could build in my mind an idea of his possibilities. His engine is still the most powerful in the World, and, when the body is ok, his ability to relax himself and to control his body is absolutely superior to the same ability of every other runner I know. He doesn’t have problems of fuelling, and of course no problems of personality in the race.
But it’s a fact that at the moment he doesn’t have his full efficiency. How I told him after the race, “an injured or sick athlete doesn’t exist : he’s one injured or sick man, and the first step is to concentrate all the energies for becoming a fit and healthy man. Only after this first step, he can look for becoming an athlete again”.
We are now exactly in this position. The next step of Kenenisa is to look seriously at the way for solving his tendon problem, which was not present in Paris and in Chicago, but started at the beginning of November.
So, at the moment can be useless to speak about future plans, because there is one plan only, and is to find the right way for recovering the full efficiency.
After this, I have no doubt Kenenisa can become the number one in the longest Olympic event, too.


giovedì 22 gennaio 2015


Tomorrow the day.. #dubaimarathon

 My essential guide will start with Official Media Guide where u can find every infos..
Statistics are also important to follow such an important marathon as nothing best than KenNakamura's statistics about race (many thanks to him to let me publsih the file )


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Pacers men:

Diro hunde, eliud tarus, edwin koech, simon chprot and mutai kipkemei

Pacers women:

Stanley kibet, bikila garedew, habib bariso, bekama dubaro
70'20"/ 70'00

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lunedì 19 gennaio 2015

2015 Schneider Electric Paris Marathon: A star-studded elite field

Who will take Bekele's crown?
The 2014 edition of the Schneider Electric Paris Marathon was one for the history books, with running
prodigy Kenenisa Bekele setting a new event record of 2:05:04 in his first attempt over the 42.195 km
distance. Flomena Cheyech also produced a brilliant performance in the ladies' race to win with a time of
Who will take their crown on the tarmac of the French capital next April 12? The 39th edition of the Schneider
Electric Paris Marathon will once again feature a star-studded elite field. Kenyan Moses Mosop, with a
personal best of 2:03:06, will be the favourite. Mosop won in Chicago and finished second in Boston in 2011.
However, three athletes who have already broken the 2:05:00 barrier will be there to take the fight to him:
Kenyan Vincent Kipruto (winner in Paris in 2009) and Ethiopians Bazu Worku (third in Berlin in 2010) and
Deresse Chimsa (second in Frankfurt in 2012).
Kenya's Laban Korir, Gilbert Kirwa and Mike Kigen will also be worth keeping an eye on, just like Ethiopia's
Seboka Tola and Raji Assefa. All of them have run marathons in under 2:07:00. The home crowds will be
counting on Abdellatif Meftah, best French athlete in the 2014 edition (2:13:00), as well as Jean Damascene
Habarurema and Yassine Mandour.

Sophie Duarte's big debut
The ladies' 2015 Schneider Electric Paris Marathon should also be fiercely contested. Four athletes have set
personal bests within one minute of one another: Ethiopians Mulu Seboka (2:23:13) and Amane Gobena
(2:23:50), Kenyan Philes Ongari (2:23:22) and Ukrainian Olena Shurkhno (2:23:32).
It will also be Sophie Duarte's big marathon debut —quite a challenge for the 33-year-old from Rodez,
France, who won the European cross-country championship in 2013 and has held the national record in the
3,000 metres steeplechase since 2009. The Parisian crowds will shout themselves hoarse to cheer her on
throughout the 42.195 km race.

mercoledì 14 gennaio 2015

Fantastic Four Line Up At 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon:elite women field


 Edna Kiplagat will face two former champions and the fastest half marathon runner in history when she defends her Virgin Money London Marathon women's title on Sunday 26 April, in a clash that organisers are calling the battle of the Fantastic Four.
 The double world champion sprinted to victory on The Mall last year, beating half marathon world record holder Florence Kiplagat by just three seconds, in the closest women's race for 17 years. The two Kiplagats will meet again in April when they face the 2013 champion, Priscah Jeptoo, and Mary Keitany, who topped the London Marathon podium in 2011 and 2012.
The women's elite field announced today contains seven runners who have completed the 26.2-mile distance in less than two hours 22 minutes, and no fewer than 10 who have run quicker than 2:25. But it's the Fantastic Four who are expected to battle it out over the closing stages just as they did in 2012 when Keitany smashed the Kenyan record.
 "Winning my first London Marathon title on my fourth attempt last year was a special moment for me," said Edna Kiplagat, the 35-year-old defending champion, who was third on her London debut in 2011 and twice a runner-up before her 2014 triumph.
 "Now I have tasted success in London, I am determined to win again. But I know it will be tougher than ever in 2015. Florence will be hungry to win after getting so close last year, and both Priscah and Mary will be doing their best to regain the number one spot.
"We have all had some great races in London in the past and I am sure it will be even better this year."
 Keitany's return to the London Marathon will be keenly anticipated by marathon fans after she won her second title in compelling style three years ago in 2:18:37, a time only world record holder Paula Radcliffe has ever beaten on the London course.
 Keitany made a spectacular return to marathon racing last year when she won the New York City Marathon in November after taking a year out in 2013 to have her second child. Undefeated over the London course, she is the quickest in this year's line-up by more than a minute and is aiming to become only the fourth woman to win the London Marathon three times.
"I am thrilled to be returning to the London Marathon this year," said Keitany, who turns 33 on Sunday (18 January). "I have had great success in London before and will be training hard to win my third title."
Both Edna and Florence Kiplagat have also dipped under 2:20 in the past, while Jeptoo set her personal best of 2:20:14 when she was third in London three years ago. After failing to finish last year, the 2012 Olympic silver medallist will be keen to make amends this time.
The Kenyan contingent is further strengthened by New York City Marathon runner-up Jemima Sumgong, while Feyse Tadese and Tigist Tufa provide the Ethiopian threat. Tadese was fourth last year and second in September's Berlin Marathon, while Tufa won marathons in Ottawa and Shanghai in 2014. All three have the pedigree to push for top three places.
 The east Africans won't have it all their own way though. The 2015 field contains a number of strong European runners led by three women who have all gone sub-2:25 – Russia's 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Tatyana Arkhipova; Ukraine's Tetyana Gamera-Shmyrko, the 2014 Osaka champion who was seventh in London last year, and last year's European champion, Christelle Daunay of France.
The strong field also contains a pair of Portuguese contenders in Ana Dulce Félix, who was eighth last year, and Sara Moreira, who was third on her marathon debut in New York last November. And Spain's Alessandra Aguilar could also target a top 10 spot – she has finished fifth at World and European Championships in recent years.
 British interest will be high as world record holder and three-time London champion Paula Radcliffe says farewell to marathon running. The British legend will announce her race plans on 30 January. Other British runners are Sonia Samuels, a top 20 finisher at the Moscow 2013 World Championships, elite late-comer Emma Stepto, who was 14th last year at the age of 44, and Rebecca Robinson, who ran for Britain at the 2010 European Championships after finishing 18th in the London Marathon that year.
 Virgin Money London Marathon Race Director Hugh Brasher said: "Once again we are delighted to be able to announce one of the strongest women's marathon fields ever seen. With our last three champions and the world half marathon record holder, these athletes can truly be called the Fantastic Four.
>"We are also absolutely thrilled that Paula has chosen London for her final marathon and we know the British crowds will be out in force on 26 April to celebrate her extraordinary career. This is a fitting celebration of marathon running in our 35th year."
> The 2015 elite women's line-up and their best marathon times:
> Edna Kiplagat (Kenya) 2:19:50
> Mary Keitany (Kenya) 2:18:37
> Florence Kiplagat (Kenya) 2:19:44
> Priscah Jeptoo (Kenya) 2:20:14
> Feyse Tadese (Ethiopia) 2:20:27
> Jemima Sumgong (Kenya) 2:20:41
> Tigist Tufa (Ethiopia) 2:21:52
> Tatyana Arkhipova (Russia) 2:23:29
> Tetyana Gamera-Shmyrko (Ukraine) 2:23:58
> Christelle Daunay (France) 2:24:22
> Ana Dulce Félix (Portugal) 2:25:40
> Sara Moreira (Portugal) 2:26:00
> Alessandra Aguilar (Spain) 2:27:00
> Volha Mazuronak (Belarus) 2:27:33
> Rkia El Moukim (Morocco) 2:28:12
> Iwona Lewandowska (Poland) 2:28:32
> Diane Nukuri (Burundi) 2:29:35
> Sonia Samuels (Great Britain & NI) 2:30:56
> Emma Stepto (Great Britain & NI) 2:32:40
> Rebecca Robinson (Great Britain & NI) 2:37:14
> Ends

domenica 11 gennaio 2015


In Edinburgh i have interviewed some of the top my playlist with all the interviews...tomorrow two more will be added to playlist.



Proud down here to present a selection of 12 amazing shots did exclusively by north irish photographer Keith McClure.Feel free to follow him on Fb and look all the complete album from Edinbugh he excellently did.

giovedì 8 gennaio 2015

Kipsang and Kimetto To Clash At 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon

Una foto pubblicata da Alberto Stretti (@albertostretti) in data:


 The world's greatest men's marathon runners will go head-to-head over the marathon distance for the first time when they clash at the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 26 April, the race organisers announced today.
Former world-record holder Wilson Kipsang will defend his London Marathon title in a mile-by-mile bout against fellow Kenyan Dennis Kimetto, the man who made history last year when he broke Kipsang's record to become the first man ever to run 26.2 miles in less than two hours three minutes.
 Kimetto, who clocked 2:02:57 in last September's Berlin Marathon, will make his London Marathon debut in April, while Kipsang takes on the iconic course for the fourth time having won in 2012 and 2014. The two are training partners in the Kenyan town of Iten but have never faced each other over the marathon distance.
 Kipsang, who set the former world record of 2:03:23 at the Berlin Marathon in 2013, broke the London course record last year when he won in 2:04:29. Now he is aiming to become only the fourth man in the event's 35-year history to claim a hat-trick of London titles.
 The 32-year-old has won eight marathons in his career, including his last three races, and was crowned the 2013-2014 World Marathon Majors champion after winning the 2014 New York City Marathon last November.
"I would love to join the London Marathon legends by winning a third title," said Kipsang, who took the bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
"London always has the best fields but with Dennis in the line-up this year it promises to be a bruising battle. I certainly won't give up my title without a fight, but let's see who has the knock-out blow."
 The 30-year-old Kimetto, a relative late-comer to world-class distance running, ran the fastest ever debut marathon when he finished second in Berlin in 2012. He has since won three World Marathon Majors races, taking victory at the 2013 Tokyo and Chicago Marathons before last year's triumph in the German capital when he averaged four minutes 41 seconds per mile to break the historic 2:03 barrier.
 "I broke Wilson's world record in Berlin last year and now I want his London Marathon crown," said Kimetto. "I am relishing the chance to face my friend over the famous course. I know it won't be easy but I am confident I can go the distance whatever he throws at me."
 Virgin Money London Marathon race director Hugh Brasher said: "Having the current and former world-record holders in the same race, going stride for stride for the first time, is a real coup for us on our 35th anniversary, and a thrilling prospect for marathon fans.
 "Wilson is familiar with our course and showed last year why he is already regarded as one of the greatest marathon runners of all time. But Dennis arrives as a history-maker after making headlines around the world a few months ago. It would take a brave man to predict which one will be left standing on 26 April."
 The Kenyan pair are just two of the big hitters in a magnificent men's elite field announced today that includes the three quickest marathon runners of all time (on legitimate courses); five of the world's all-time top 10; and eight men in total who have run sub-2:05.
 And that's without counting the legendary Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele, the triple Olympic track gold medallist, and multiple world-record breaker, who makes his London Marathon debut in what is scheduled to be his fourth race over the distance.
 Bekele ran 2:05:04 to win the Paris Marathon in 2014, but such is the quality of the London field that he is only the ninth quickest in the line-up and third fastest Ethiopian behind 2012 Dubai Marathon champion Ayele Abshero and Tsegaye Mekonnen, who became the fastest junior in history when he won the Dubai race last January.
 Kipsang and Kimetto are joined by four other strong Kenyans, including 2011 London champion Emmanuel Mutai, who ran the second quickest time ever when finishing runner-up to Kimetto in Berlin last year; Eliud Kipchoge, the former world 5000m champion who won the 2014 Chicago Marathon last October; and Sammy Kitwara, who was second in Chicago and third in Tokyo last year.
 Last year's runner-up Stanley Biwott, another sub-2:05 man, returns to the London Marathon seeking to go one better in 2015, while a former Rotterdam Marathon champion, Tilahun Regassa, is the fourth Ethiopian in the field with a best of 2:05:27.
 British interest rests with Scott Overall, a 2012 Olympian who was fifth at the Berlin Marathon in 2011, and Steve Way, the 40-year-old reformed drinker and smoker who broke the British veterans' record to finish 10th at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

 The 2015 men's elite line-up and their best marathon times:

> Wilson Kipsang (Kenya) 2:03:23
> Dennis Kimetto (Kenya) 2:02:57
> Emmanuel Mutai (Kenya) 2:03:13
> Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya) 2:04:05
> Ayele Abshero (Ethiopia) 2:04:23
> Sammy Kitwara (Kenya) 2:04:28
> Tsegaye Mekonnen (Ethiopia) 2:04:32
> Stanley Biwott (Kenya) 2:04:55
> Kenenisa Bekele (Ethiopia) 2:05:04
> Tilahun Regassa (Ethiopia) 2:05:27
> Samuel Tsegay (Eritrea) 2:07:28
> Serhiy Lebid (Ukraine) 2:08:32
> Aleksey Reunkov (Russia) 2:09:54
> Ghebrezgiabhier Kibrom (Eritrea) 2:10:00
> Marcin Chabowski (Poland) 2:10:07
> Koen Raymaekers (Netherlands) 2:10:35
> Scott Overall (Great Britain & NI) 2:10:55
> Michael Shelley (Australia) 2:11:15
> Javier Guerra (Spain) 2:12:21
> Steve Way (Great Britain & NI) 2:15:16
> Christian Kreienbühl (Germany) 2:15:35
> Pedro Ribeiro (Portugal) Debut

> Ends