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Coaching Athletics Quarterly

Marathon

Ninth edition draws 20,165 Marathon and Half Marathon entrants - PITTSBURGH – (May 7, 2017) – At the 9th DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon under first overcast and later sunny, cool breezy conditions on Sunday morning, Jacob Chemtai of Kenya and defending champion Ayantu Dakebo Hailemaryam of Ethiopia were the 26.2 mile champions in 2:15:25 and 2:36:20, respectively. In the UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon Kenyans Cyrus Korir and Gladys Kipsoi took the titles in 1:04:14 and 1:12:09, respectively.

After nearly 24 hours up for the Doha Diamond League meeting, I took a two hour nap and woke up as the Breaking2 event was being introduced. Craig Masback, Paula Radcliffe and Kevin Hart were among the announcers provided for the event.

Uganda’s youngster Robert Chemonges is the winner of the 15th METRO Marathon Duesseldorf with a personal best. The 19 year-old clocked a fine 2:10:31 in windy conditions, which should secure qualification for the World Championships’ marathon in London this summer. Norway’s Weldu Gebretsadik took second with 2:11:16 and also qualified for London while Yared Shegumo of Poland was third. The runner-up from the European Championships in Zurich 2014 clocked 2:12:33.

As he reflected a few hours after finishing runner-up to Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Mekonnen on his debut in the Haspa Marathon Hamburg on Sunday, Stephen Kiprotich was clearly a man who has quite a few years of top flight racing ahead of him. He had run 2:07:31 in difficult conditions, hail stones and rain sweeping in from the North Sea at times, losing by only five seconds on the run-in by a resurgent Ethiopian who had regained his winning form after two years of injury.

Third marathon, third personal best and a first victory: Nancy Kiprop had every reason to celebrate at the Vienna City Marathon. The Kenyan took the 34th edition of the Vienna City Marathon on Sunday and clocked the second fastest time ever in the events’ history. Nancy Kiprop improved to 2:24:20 despite the unfavourable weather conditions with some heavy wind. She missed the course record by just 33 seconds.

London’s Olympic Marathon Champion Stephen Kiprotich is ready for a fast race at the Haspa Marathon Hamburg on Sunday. The 28 year-old from Uganda hopes for a 2:06 time in Germany’s biggest spring marathon. And he insists that his friend and training partner Eliud Kipchoge would be happy for him to break his course record. Back in 2013 Kipchoge won his debut in Hamburg, bringing the course record down to 2:05:30. While he is one of five sub 2:07 runners on the start list the favourite for the women’s race is Jessica Augusto. The Portuguese will go for Rosa Mota’s 32 year-old national record of 2:23:29 on the fast Hamburg course. Meanwhile the London Olympic Marathon Champion Tiki Gelana of Ethiopia has had to withdraw because an injury. Around 16,000 runners have entered the 32nd edition of the Haspa Marathon Hamburg. “More and more elite runners realize that we can offer them very good conditions for running a fast time. This explains why the fields are so strong,” said race organiser Frank Thaleiser.

Deribe Robi eyes 2:05 to 2:06 time in Vienna - Ten runners feature personal bests of sub 2:10 in what is likely the best ever men’s elite field in the history of the Vienna City Marathon. Depending on weather conditions organisers hope for a winning time of 2:06 or may be a bit faster with the current course record standing at 2:05:41. „If the weather is fine I want to run 2:05 or 2:06 on Sunday,“ said Deribe Robi during today’s press conference in Vienna. With a personal best of 2:05:58 the Ethiopian is the second fastest runner on the start list behind Kenya’s Eliud Kiptanui (2:05:21).

Coverage Available with New Direct-to-Consumer offering, NBC Sports Gold’s “Track & Field Pass”, Content Presented As Part of Recently-Announced Olympic Channel Partnership among NBCUniversal, the IOC, and the USOC

STAMFORD, Conn. - April 20, 2017 -NBC Sports Group presents live coverage of the London Marathon this Sunday, April 23, at 3:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN. Coverage will be streamed live on NBC Sports Gold’s “Track and Field Pass,” as well as on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. Universal HD will present an encore of the race Sunday at 7 p.m. ET.

A year after battling high winds during the Vienna City Marathon Shuko Genemo is back in the Austrian capital. Despite the severe conditions in 2016 the Ethiopian won the race with a personal best of 2:24:31. Now she hopes for better conditions this time to further improve her personal best. However a possible attack on the course record of 2:23:47 might again depend on the weather. The Vienna City Marathon, which will see its 34th edition on Sunday, is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

" I need London" is what Abel Kirui told RunBlogRun writer Sabrina Yohannes. Remember that for Sunday, because Abel might not be on few journo's list, but Abel Kirui should be considered. Here's Sabrina's story on Abel Kirui.

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