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Coaching Athletics Quarterly

Marathon

Defending champions Abel Kirui and Florence Kiplagat will be hoping for a sweet sense of deja vu at the 40th anniversary of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday (8), an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

To earn back-to-back titles, however, the 2016 champions will have to overcome rivals who have covered the distance far quicker, with world record holder Dennis Kimetto headlining the men’s field and Tirunesh Dibaba, one of only three women to have broken 2:18, the star attraction on the women’s side.

Wednesday, 04 October 2017 21:45

SPIKES takes a look at defending Chicago Champ Abel Kirui

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SPIKES takes a look at Abel Kirui, who will look to repeat his Chicago Marathon victory from last year. The former World Champion in the marathon has seen a return to prominence after joining Eliud Kipchoge's training camp in Kaptagat. In the article he explains one key to Kipchoge's sucess that he is trying to master himself: consistency. Famed Villanova coach Jumbo Elliott said "live like a clock"; Kipchoge definitely does that. That truly benefits any athlete, not just Kipchoge or Kirui, to live like a clock. Be consistent with sleeping, eating, training. Coaches should encourage and to some extent mandate consistency in the lives of their athletes.

Jane Kibii repeats for women, blanket finish highlights USATF 10 Mile Championships - St. Paul, Minn. – October 1, 2017 – Dominic Ondoro won an unprecedented third straight Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon title, adding another accomplishment to his list of marathoning feats on Minnesota soil.  The 29-year-old Kenyan, who owns the course records at the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon and Grandma’s Marathon, clocked 2:11:53.

Eliud Kipchoge confirmed his position as the world’s strongest marathon runner by taking a dramatic win in the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON. The Kenyan clocked a world leading time of 2:03:32, but in difficult weather conditions with rain and high humidity the world record set by Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto in Berlin in 2014 with 2:02:57 was out of reach in the final part of the race. While top stars Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia and Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang did not manage to finish a debutant caused a major surprise: Guye Adola of Ethiopia was leading the race until close to the 40 k mark, when Olympic Champion Kipchoge came from behind and then surged ahead. Adola clocked 2:03:46 for second place, which is the fastest debut ever recorded on a record eligible course. Fellow-Ethiopian Mosinet Geremew took third place in 2:06:12. For the second time after 2015 Gladys Cherono took Germany’s most spectacular running event. The Kenyan clocked a world-class time of 2:20:23 after suffering in the final stages. Ruti Aga of Ethiopia was second in 2:20:41, while Kenya’s Valary Aiyabei took third with 2:20:53.

The morning after winning the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON for the second time in three years, Eliud Kipchoge was in reflective mood. Looking back on Sunday’s race which produced more than its fair share of surprises, he offered his assessment on the upsets provided by the event’s 44thedition: “Planning to run a marathon is like life, anything can happen. You can run fast today and tomorrow you run slow.”

Eliud Kipchoge confirmed his position as the world’s number one marathon runner by taking a dramatic win in the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON. The Kenyan clocked a world leading time of 2:03:32 after coming from behind. In difficult weather conditions with rain and high humidity the world record set by Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto in Berlin in 2014 with 2:02:57 was out of reach in the final part of the race. However Kipchoge can add another superlative to his collection: No one has ever run faster in such conditions. The 32 year-old clocked a „rain world record“ in Berlin on Sunday.

Gladys Cherono is the favourite of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON on Sunday. She already won the race in 2015 with a world-class time of 2:19:25, going within 13 seconds of breaking the course record, set in 2005 by the Japanese Mizuki Noguchi (2:19:12). In this interview the 34 year-old Kenyan speaks about her form, the injury she suffered last year and her goals for Sunday.

The Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya, Ethiopia’s defending champion Kenenisa Bekele and the former world record holder Wilson Kipsang from Kenya are ready for a world record chase in the 44th edition of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON on Sunday. The three strongest marathon runners in the world want to break the mark of 2:02:57 which Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto set three years ago in Berlin. In their interviews they speak about the record attempt, their shape and their competitors.

Thrilling showdown in prospect in Berlin - The Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge, defending champion Kenenisa Bekele and the former world record holder Wilson Kipsang are ready for a world record chase in the 44th edition of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON on Sunday. The three strongest marathon runners in the world want to break the world record of 2:02:57 which Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto set three years ago in Berlin. The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race and part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors series.

Read this piece from SPIKES to get a glimpse into the mind of the world's greatest marathoner ahead of the best marathon race so far this century.

There is some great insight into his unflappability and coaching, truly worth a read. The Berlin Marathon on Sunday morning, truly worth a watch.

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