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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 19:39

World record is on the cards, says Keitany

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A new marathon world record could be on the cards on Sunday when the best elite women’s field ever assembled go for victory on the streets of the British capital at the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon.

Stellar high hurdles field - EUGENE (USA): Superb field is announced for Prefontaine Classic 110 m hurdles race. The last five No. 1 world-ranked high hurdlers will go head-to-head, the all-star quintet includes the last two Olympic Champions, the last two World Champions and the World Record Holder, all of whom have dipped under the 13-second barrier in their careers. Aries Merritt, Omar McLeod, Sergey Shubenkov, David Oliver, Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, Dimitri Bascou and Andy Pozzi are the names. The race will be staged on Saturday May 27 and is a non DL event.

DES MOINES, Iowa– Grand Blue Mile race officials today announced the elite fields for the 2017 USA Men’s & Women’s 1 Mile Road Championships set for Tuesday, April 25, in Des Moines. A world-class group of elite runners will headline the event, along with more than 2,500 participants who will compete among the recreational and amateur competitive divisions.

Kenyan double  - BOSTON (USA, Apr 17): Geoffrey Kirui (2:09:37) and Edna Kiplagat (2:21:52) made it a Kenyan double in the Boston Marathon. Kiplagat ran a big negative split of 69:19 to win on her race debut ahead of Bahrain’s Rose Chelimo (2:22:51) and debutante Jordan Hasay (2:23:00) with long-time leader Desiree Linden fourth in 2:25:06. Kiplagat, 37, also became the oldest winner of the women’s race since 1977. Reigning champion Atsede Baysa from Ethiopia dropped off the pace after the 15km mark and faded to 22nd in 2:40:07 while notable DNFs included Kenyans Joyce Chepkirui and former winner Caroline Rotich. Kirui broke away from Galen Rupp in the last five kilometres to win the men’s race in 2:09:37 (64:35/65:02) to Rupp’s 2:09:58. His training partner Suguro Osako was third in 2:10:28 ahead of Shadrack Biwott (2:12:08), Wilson Chebet (2:12:35) and Abdi Abdirahman (2:12:45). Six Americans finished inside the top-10 although former winner Meb Keflezighi finished down the field in his penultimate marathon in 13th (2:17:00). Fastest entrant Emmanuel Mutai was a distant 18th in 2:19:33 while notable DNFs included reigning champion Lemi Berhanu, Sisay Lemma and Kenyans Daniel Salel and Sammy Kitwara.

The event’s elite race co-ordinator Dave Bedford has revealed that Eliud Kipchoge’s stunning winning time of 2:03:05 at last year’s race has convinced the world’s best marathon runners that London is a course where records can be broken.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Twenty Olympians, including 11 medalists from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, will take to Thomas A. Robinson Stadium in Nassau, Bahamas for the 2017 IAAF World Relays, April 22-23.

Kenenisa tops the list - LONDON (GBR): Ethiopian legend Kenenisa Bekele tops the list of world class contenders for the men’s elite race at London Marathon 2017. He seeks to become only the third Ethiopian man ever to win the coveted London Marathon title and the first since two-time winner Tsegaye Kebede in 2013. He will face five opponents who have run marathons quicker than 2:06, while the field contains two marathon world champions, three of the top five finishers from last summer’s Olympic Games, and the winners of the Abbott World Marathon Majors races in Tokyo, Berlin, Chicago and New York in 2016. Specially to mention his team-mates, Feyisa Lilesa, Tesfaye Abera and and Tilahun Regassa. Abel Kirui and Daniel Wanjiru willo lead the Kenyan challenge. Eritrea’s young star Ghirmay Ghebreslassie returns to London after finishing fourth last April in a PB 2:07:46 and is 2015 World champion. A number of Britain’s best will be out in force too seeking a place on the London 2017 World Championship team. Former European 10 000 m silver medallist Chris Thompson, London 2012 Olympian Scott Overall and Rio Olympian Tsegai Tewelde are the leading contenders. Organisers are writing in a preview.

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P3R offers $132,000 overall prize purse plus $40,500 American Development Program money in the Steel City on Sunday, May 7 - PITTSBURGH, PA – Top American marathoners Nick Arciniaga, Ben Bruceand Craig Leonlead the U.S. contingent for the 2017 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathonand UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathonset for Sunday morning, May 7 in the Steel City.

With Rio ninth-placer Chris Hawkins already selected, the battle is on for Britain’s best marathon runners to fill the remaining places in the nation’s London 2017 World Championship team.

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