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Elite athletes tcs bangalore 10k 2016 from Alberto Stretti

Unfortunately Edwin Kipyego out of competition since yesterday

domenica 17 aprile 2016

Haspa Marathon Hamburg: Melkamu breaks course record, Abera wins

Press Release - Haspa Marathon Hamburg:

Meselech Melkamu breaks course record, Tesfaye Abera wins Hamburg

Ethiopia’s Meselech Melkamu smashed the course record by more than two minutes in the Haspa Marathon Hamburg. Finishing in 2:21:54 despite windy conditions she made a strong statement regarding the selection of Ethiopia’s marathon Olympic team. Fellow-Ethiopian and defending champion Meseret Hailu was second with 2:26:26 while Germany’s Anja Scherl caused an upset with a tremendous run for third place. Improving by more than eight minutes to 2:27:50 she has secured Olympic selection. 

Ethiopia’s Tesfaye Abera took the men’s race in 2:06:58. Achieving his second marathon win this year after taking Dubai in a world lead of 2:04:23, he should gain selection for the Olympic team. Kenyans Philemon Rono and Josphat Kiprono followed in second and third with 2:07:20 and 2:10:44 respectively.

Women’s Race: Fast Pace from the Start

Meselech Melkamu dictated the pace together with the defending champion Meseret Hailu from the start with the Kenyan Sarah Chepchirchir pressing at their heels. That scenario came to an end just before 20km when Melkamu broke away in the style which reminded onlookers of her best performance of 2:21:01. She went through halfway in 71:04 and a 15 second lead over Hailu and Chepchirchir. Despite the strong headwind at times during the second half of the race, Melkamu maintained her pace and the pursuing duo were unable to cut the deficit. Meseret Hailu finished second in 2:26:26 but Chepchirchir faded to seventh place in 2:30:08.

“I think that without the wind I could have run under 2:20 today because it’s a fast course. This was one of the best performances of my career. I hope it will be enough to win Olympic selection,” said the 30 year old Meselech Melkamu, who is also the African record holder at 10,000m. She improved the course record by Netsanet Abeyo by 2:18 minutes. The fellow-Ethiopian ran 2:24:12 in 2012.

For much of the race Anja Scherl was in seventh place. Her objective from the start was to run the Olympic qualifying time for the German team. Her race splits showed she was on course to break 2:30 and the qualifying time was 2:30:30. But there was an added proviso – to be relatively sure of booking a trip to Rio, Anja Scherl had to run faster than Anna Hahner, who ran 2:30:19 in Berlin last autumn.

When she went through halfway in 73:57 in seventh place, Anja Scherl admitted she was startled: “I was really surprised by the time, even a little shocked. But until 32 kilometres I had no problems at all, it was a fantastic race for me,” said Scherl, who ran as Anja Schneider before her marriage. Even the strong headwinds over the second half failed to slow her pace. By 35 km she had improved to fifth, moving up two more places in the last five kilometres. “I still can’t believe yet that I’ve qualified for Rio,” said Anja Scherl, whose place in the Olympic Marathon team is now guaranteed. She took a giant slice off her personal best with an improvement of 8:41 minutes and became the eighth fastest German woman in the marathon of all time.

There was also good news further down the women’s field: Leila Luik ensured that Estonia would be sending all three sisters to the Olympic marathon after she ran 2:42:11. Her target had been to break her federation’s qualifying time of 2:45 which means she should now join her sisters Liina and Lily in the marathon squad.

Men’s Race: Times gone with the Wind

Wind was a strong factor as shown by the race splits and the way the men’s race developed. In the early stages a tail wind gave the leading group an extra boost between 7 and 15 kilometres, giving them a split time for the latter of 44:17 and on course for a finishing time of 2:04:30. The course record of 2:05:30, set by Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge three years ago, appeared to be in danger.

They couldn’t maintain this kind of pace consistently as headwinds began to blow strongly. The leading group comprising ten men reached halfway in 62:49 but by 30km the numbers were cut in half. This quintet consisted of four runners plus the Kenyan pacemaker Albert Kangogo and reached 30km in 1:29:29. The pacemaker then dropped out, leaving the outcome to be decided between Tesfaye Abera and Philemon Ron along with the Ethiopian Abayneh Ayele and Eritrea’s Yekeber Bayabel. It came down to a duel between the lanky Abera, 1.92m tall, and the diminutive Rono. After 35km the Ethiopian made a break but the Kenyan was back with him two kilometres later. The decisive attack came shortly before 40km when Abera attacked and Rono had no response.

“It was a good race for me. We ran in a big group and worked well together which led to very fast splits at the beginning. When I led later on, the wind was very strong,” said the 24 year old Tesfaye Abera. As far as his chances of Olympic selection were concerned, the Ethiopian, who is the fastest marathoner this year with his winning time of 2:04:23 in Dubai, commented: “What is important is that when the selectors decide, I am still the fastest Ethiopian.”


1. Tesfaye Abera ETH 2:06:58
2. Philemon Rono KEN 2:07:20
3. Josphat Kiprono KEN 2:10:44
4. Abayneh Ayele ETH 2:11:49
5. Merhawi Kesete ERI 2:12:21
6. Ezekiel Chebii KEN 2:12:45
7. Ivan Fernandez ESP 2:12:55
8. Abdelhadi El Hachimi BEL 2:13:10

1. Meselech Melkamu ETH 2:21:54
2. Meseret Hailu ETH 2:26:26
3. Anja Scherl GER 2:27:50
4. Monika Stefanowicz POL 2:28:26
5. Madai Perez MEX 2:29:27
6. Kelly Arias COL 2:29:36
7. Sarah Chepchirchir KEN 2:30:08
8. Adriana da Silva BRA 2:31:23

lunedì 4 aprile 2016

Fwd: Meseret Defar, Joshua Cheptegei Prevail at Carlsbad 5000




Meseret Defar, Joshua Cheptegei Prevail at Carlsbad 5000

Bernard Lagat Shatters his own Masters World Record; Christian Cushing Murry and Julie Ertel place first in Men's and Women's Masters


SAN DIEGO – April 3, 2016 – Sunshine and speed: those two words perfectly embodied the Carlsbad 5000 on Sunday. The 31st edition of the world's fastest 5K took place with thousands of runners taking to the streets of one of California's most-scenic seaside towns.


The ultimate showdown for the day took place last with the men's and women's elite divisions that started after 11 a.m. Ethiopian Meseret Defar, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in the 5000 and the top-seeded runner on Sunday lived up to expectations to clearly dominate the woman's race. The 32-year-old Defar's time for the 5K was 15:02. Kenyan rival Caroline Kipkirui came across the line second in 15:13. Susan Kuijken, of the Netherlands was third in 15:28.


"The race was good. The first kilometer was a little bit fast," Defar recalled. "I didn't run a very fast time, but the race was good for me." Defar flashed a smile at the end and admitted that Carlsbad is her favorite road race. "It's my favorite place. The fans are amazing. They cheer me on. I am so happy to be here."


Defar is now setting her sights on preparations for the Summer Olympics in Rio later this year. "I will try to run the 10,000 at some Diamond League meetings before the Olympics," she said.


In the men's race, Joshua Cheptegei, of Uganda held back speedy competitors to win in 13:24. Wilson Too of Kenya (13:29) and Debeli Gezmu of Ethiopia (13:38) were second and third respectively.


The big news in Carlsbad in the men's race went to the American Bernard Lagat who, at 41 years old, was in prime shape to place fourth overall in 13:38 and better his own World Masters record by two seconds.


"I'm always happy to come here in Carlsbad and compete," Lagat said. "Thank you to the fans, too."


Lagat now hopes to make yet another Olympic team.


"I'm going to try and train and stay healthy before the U.S. Trials. I still want to run the 5000m in Rio, but my coach said we should mix it up a little bit and try the 10,000m and see if I can run a good time in May. If I run a good time like 28 [minutes] flat then I will be happy. But I'm a miler and to go up to a monster like a 10,000m will be a challenge."


The day started with the men's masters division. Forty-eight-year-old Christian Cushing Murray from Santa Ana, Calif., broke the tape first at the finish line in downtown Carlsbad in 15 minutes 11 seconds.


"I just knew it was a loaded field today," Murray said. "I didn't think there was one guy who could run me down; I thought there were five guys who could do it. I had never been more afraid."


Murray said the race was thrilling down to the wire with rival Greg Mitchell doing most of the work.


"We slowed down a bit and that helped because I knew I could kick. But on any given day, depending how the race plays out, I could end up losing this race 8 out of 10 times and I just got him." Murray had been struggling with injury last year and dealing with the challenges inherent in trying to run fast at the master's level. "Everyone is dealing with being old," he said. "Everyone is banged and dinged up. You got to step on the line and put yourself in the position to win it."


Mitchell from McMinnville, Oregon, came in 4 seconds later in 15:15, while third place was awarded to Jeremey Deere (15:18). Julie Ertel won the women's masters division in 17:30.


"It was good. The weather was fantastic, but those gals went out much faster than I expected," the 43-year-old Ertel who lives in nearby Irvine said. "My family used to vacation here. I love Carlsbad. I'm starting my vacation today. The crowds were great. There's nothing better than running a 5K and have people cheering the entire way. You don't get that at any other race."


Second masters went to Janet McDevitt (17:33) from Bainbridge Island, Washington, and Renee Tolan of Clifton Park, New York took third in 17:37.


Nick Scarpello, a former Penn State standout, won the men's 29 and under division in 14:31. "It was a great addition to the weekend," he said. "The race went out quick. I wanted to try and stick with my teammates. It was an effort from start to finish. This has to be one of the best races in the country to compete in. The Rock and Roll series always does a phenomenal job with post-collegiate athletes like myself."


Roosevelt Cook won the men's 30-39 division in 15:17, while Julia Budniak was the first women in that age group (17:15).


Regardless of performance or time, all participants got to enjoy the same rewards at the finish line. Runners over 21 toasted their achievements in a beer garden sponsored by Pizza Port, while the headliner of the Toyota Rock 'n' Roll Concert Series, Betamaxxx, jammed on stage to 80s cover songs as part of the race's finish-line. Race weekend kicked off on Saturday with Junior Carlsbad. More than 1,500 junior runners ages 12 and under took part in one of the eleven age-group races.


For complete results, photos and more, visit






2016 Carlsbad 5000 Results

Name, Age, Hometown, Time

Elite Men

1.            Joshua Cheptegei, 19, Uganda, 13:24, $5,000

2.           Wilson Too, 25, Kenya, 13:29, $3,500

3.           Debeli Gezmu, 19, Ethiopia, 13:38, $2,000

4.           Bernard Lagat, 41, Tucson, AZ, 13:38, $6,500**

5.           Hassan Mead, 26, Eugene, OR, 13:39, $2,300*

6.           Clement Langat, 24, Kenya, 13:44, $700

7.            Haron Lagat, 32, Kenya, 13:55, $500

8.           Lawi Lalang, 24, Kenya, 13:58, $400

9.           Luke Caldwell, 24, Great Britain, 14:06, $300

10.         Kevin Batt, 25, Ireland, 14:06, $200

14.   Matt McElroy, 24, Poway, CA, 14:17, $1,000*


Elite Women

1.            Meseret Defar, 32, Ethiopia, 15:02, $5,000

2.           Caroline Kipkirui, 21, Kenya, 21, 15:13, $3,500

3.           Susan Kuijken, 29, Netherlands, 15:28, $2,000

4.           Diane Nukuri, 31, Burundi, 15:34, $1,000

5.           Sarah Lahti, 21, Sweden, 15:52, $800

6.           Jen Rhines, 41, Boston, MA, 15:53, $3,200*

7.            Eilish McColgan, 25, Great Britain, 16:01, $500

8.           Jessica O'Connell, 27, Canada, 16:04, $400

9.           Marisol Rosales, 32, Mexico, 16:11, $300

10.         Elvin Kibet, 26, Kenya, 16:16, $200

11.          Alisha Williams, 34, Golden, CO, 16:19, $1,000*


*Includes top three American bonus courtesy of John Legere

**Includes top three American time bonus and Master's World Record bonus


Master's Men

1.            Christian Cushing Murr, 48, Santa Ana, CA, 15:11, $1,000

2.           Greg Mitchell, 42, McMinnville, OR, 15:15, $500

3.           Jeremy Deere, 40, Canada, 15:18, $200


Master's Women

1.            Julie Ertel, 43, Irvine, CA, 17:30, $1,000

2.           Janet McDevitt, 42, Bainbridge Island, WA, 17:33, $500

3.           Renee Tolan, 42, Clifton Park, NY, 17:37, $200


Men's Wheelchair

1.            James Senbeta, 29, Savoy, IL, 10:14, $1,65o*

2.           Scott Parson, 56, San Jose, CA, 11:36, $1,000

3.           Francisco Ramierez, Mexico, 11:47, $500


Women's Wheelchair

1.            Shirley Reilly, 30, Tucson, AZ, 12:45, $650*


*Includes time bonus


Men's Carlsbad Mile

1.            Dusty Solis, 23, Big Bear Lake, CA, 4:18, $750

2.           Nick Scarpello, 24, 4:19, $500

3.           Slater Solis, 17, 4:51, Corona, CA, $250


Women's Carlsbad Mile

1.            Raquel Lambdin, 22, San Diego, CA, 5:01, $750

2.           Shannon, Leinhert, 28, San Diego, CA, 5:07, $500

3.           Cortney Berling, 26, Oceanside, CA, 5:12, $250



venerdì 25 marzo 2016

Bernard Lagat to headline 2016 Carlsbad 5000


Road to Fifth Olympics Leads Through Carlsbad for Bernard Lagat
·        American racing legend Bernard Lagat to headline world famous Carlsbad 5000
·        Event weekend to feature a new competitive 1-mile race on Saturday for the first time ever
·        World's Fastest 5k to take place the weekend of April 2-3, 2016; Online registration closes

CARLSBAD – March 24, 2016 – Even though he's 41 years old doesn't mean the world-famous middle-distance runner, Bernard Lagat, is ready to take it easy. The five-time world champion will be lacing up his shoes to compete in the Carlsbad 5000, billed as the "world's fastest 5K", next weekend in the beautiful California seaside town north of San Diego. Lagat, a Tucson, Arizona native owns a staggering 11 American records that range from the 1500m to the race distance he is competing in next weekend: the 5000.

"I'm excited to be coming back to Carlsbad and running the 5K again," Lagat said. This year is a big year for me. Hopefully a successful race in Carlsbad will lead to my fifth trip to the Olympics this summer."

This versatile runner who doesn't seem to age like the rest of us, will be squaring off against some still American and international competition in Carlsbad. Expected to give Lagat a run for the money is defending champion Lawi Lalang of Kenya. The 24-year-old is an 8-time champion from the University of Arizona and a close friend and training partner of Lagat.

Top runners from the United States include Will Leer who finished 4th at Carlsbad back in 2013 when he ran 13:36. The 30-year-old Leer, who ran successfully at Pomona College, owns a 13.21.55 5000m PR that he ran on a track.

Kenya and the United States aside, there are also elite runners from other countries who will be toeing the line in the world's fastest 5K most notably Andy Vernon of Great Britain who owns three European medals: one silver and two bronze. The super-fast Carlsbad course is especially memorable to the 30-year-old who set a PR of 13.40 there back in 2012. An Aussie will also be in the mix on Sunday as two-time Olympian Collis Birmingham looks to improve on his 5000m road PR that he set in Carlsbad back in 2009 when he finished in 13:27 for fifth place.

The Carlsbad 5000 is a signature event of the Rock 'n' Roll series. This year marks the 31st anniversary of this storied race, which as witnessed 16 world records, 8 U.S. records, as well as numerous age-group records along its scenic and lively waterfront course.

The race weekend kicks off with a Junior Carlsbad pre-registration party on Friday. On Saturday, the action begins when 1500 junior runners ages 12 and under will take part in one of the eleven age-group races. For the first time in 2016, Saturday's events will include a new 1-mile race for adults featuring $3,000 in prize money. The culminating event in Carlsbad takes place that next day on Sunday when the starting gun for the famous 3.1-mile race sounds. The party doesn't end with a finisher medal, however, as all runners over 21 years of age can step into a post-race beer garden for free suds from Pizza Port while enjoying live music and celebrating their accomplishments.

Another impressive add to the field:

For more information, or to register for the event, visit

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giovedì 17 marzo 2016