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Coaching Athletics Quarterly

Marathon

Following a two-year break because of the Corona Pandemic organisers of the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon are confident that their race will return on 30th October. First held in the spring of 1981 with over 3,000 participants the event is Germany’s oldest city marathon.

(Simon Turnbull for World Athletics Heritage) At the start of October in 1975, distance running for women was still a fringe activity. For women Olympians, laying the foundations for the following year’s Games in Montreal, there was nothing farther than a mile to test their endurance. The 1500m was the limit of their horizon. But not of their ambition, thankfully.

With deep elite fields and an overall total of more than 35,000 runners the 43rd edition of the N Kolay Istanbul Marathon will go ahead on 7 November. Ethiopians Herpasa Negasa and Mamitu Daska head the start lists with personal bests of 2:03:40 and 2:21:59 respectively.

(photo: winner Corinna Harrer,/ Norbert Wilhelmi / GENERALI MUNICH MARATHON ) Alexander Hirschhäuser and Corinna Harrer won the GENERALI MUNICH MARATHON and took the national championships which were included in the race. The event was the third race in Germany to go ahead with more than 10,000 runners during the Corona pandemic. In the past two months Berlin’s half marathon and marathon races were staged successfully in the capital.

Monday, 04 October 2021 22:27

Jepkosgei and Lemma reign supreme in London

(iAAF) You lose some and you win some. Just hours after Joyciline Jepkosgei lost her 10km world record, the highly talented Kenyan blew away a stellar women’s field to win the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday (30) on her debut in the World Athletics Elite Platinum Label race.

(photo: VCM / Jenia Symonds) - The Vienna City Marathon staged on 12 September was the first major marathon worldwide with a strong international elite field and a mass race since the start of the Corona pandemic. In total 18,118 runners from 126 nations competed during the two day event. 6,000 of them were marathon runners. Organisers were now able to confirm that no Covid cases at all are related to the Vienna City Marathon.

(PHOTO: photorun.net) 24 hours after he had stood on the startline of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON, Kenenisa Bekele reflected on the dramatic events of Sunday’s race where he trailed in third with a time of 2:06:47, albeit set in hot and humid conditions. After pre-race talk of high hopes for an attack on Eliud Kipchoge’s world record of 2:01:39, set on this same Berlin course in 2018, the Ethiopian’s career appeared to be in the balance and not for the first time given his age and injury record. But at 39 he is adamant that his potential for future success is realistic. Right after the race Kenenisa Bekele admitted that „for me the big problem was a lack of training because of the pandemic“. The Ethiopian also said that he caught Covid earlier this year. But he had no strong symptoms and recovered well.

Ethiopians Guye Adola and debutant Gotytom Gebreslase won the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON in unusually warm weather conditions. 30 year-old Adola, who was second in Berlin four years ago, clocked 2:05:45. While Bethwel Yegon of Kenya took second place at Brandenburg Gate in 2:06:14 it was not the day of Kenenisa Bekele.

(photo: photorun.net) No doubt about who carried off the top honours in the BMW Berlin-Marathon on Sunday since Ethiopians won the men’s and women’s title. It was, however, a day of disappointment for Kenenisa Bekele by his own superlative standards. Guye Adola won the men’s crown, running 2:05:45 to finish ahead of Kenyan Bethwel Yegon, the latter clocking 2:06:14 at the finish line near the Brandenburg Gate. As for Kenenisa Bekele, his hopes of challenging the world record, set on this same course by his Kenyan rival Eliud Kipchoge in 2018 with 2:01:39, faded in increasingly warm and humid conditions. Ethiopia’s triple Olympic champion finished third in 2:06:47. The best German finisher was Philipp Pflieger who ran 2:15:01 for 16th place.

(photo photorun.net) The women’s race at the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON on Sunday is looking increasingly like an attack on the course record. The best time to date was set three years ago when the Kenyan Gladys Cherono ran 2:18:11. Half-a-dozen women will be on the start line who have run under 2:25 and among them is the Ethiopian Hiwot Gebrekidan, the fastest women in the world this year thanks to her personal best of 2:19:35 in winning the Milan title in April. She will be making her debut in the Abbott World Marathon Majors Series of which the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON is a part.

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