Athletics Briefs: Kiptoo earns $80,000, Gena Siraj of Ethiopia wins Beijing Marathon, Ebuya lands new course record in Portsmouth and more...

DUBLIN (IRL, Mon 25): Course record for both the men’s and women’s winners at 31st adidas Dublin Marathon on Bank Holiday day. Kenyan Moses Kangogo Kibet and Russian Tatyana Aryasova, who both ran “negative split” races achieved that.

Kibet was with four other contenders at the half-way point (1:05:22), and five other contenders at 30 km (1:32:24). He then quickened his pace to cover the second half of the race in 1:03:36 and won by 46 seconds in 2:08:58; course record holder Aleksey Sokolov finished fifth in 2:10:31 as best European. Second Ethiopian Fikadu Kedir (2:09:44), third and fourth Kenyans Maurice Mutinda (2:10:25) and Jonathan Chesoo (2:10:27).

PORTSMOUTH (GBR, Oct 24): Cross World Champion Joseph Ebuya won the 21st Bupa Great South Run in Portsmouth. He clocked new course record at 10 miles 45:16 (before 45:56). Second steeple record holder Saif Saeed Shaheen of Qatar 46:37 and third Vincent Yator, another Kenyan 47:28. Fourth best European Briton World Indoor participant Scott Overall in 47:37.

Marathon specialists Austrian Gunther Weidlinger (48:07) and Euro winner Viktor Rothlin (48:43) were at positions 6 and 9. Also women race had a clear winner in Kenyan Commonwealth gold medalist Grace Momanyi in 52:03. Second Freya Murray 52:27 ahead of Hungarian Aniko Kalovics 53:01. Italian Anna Incerti was fourth 53:34 and Stephanie Twell 6th (53:52).

CHUNCHEON (KOR, Oct 24): Last year Rome winner Benjamin Kiptoo won the 65th Chosunilbo Chuncheon Marathon in new course record 2:07:54 and will recieve 50 000 USD for the position and another 30 000 USD for the event best. In good weather second Benson Barus in 2:08:53 just beat David Kisang 2:08:54. Three more Kenyans followed Boniface Mbuvi 2:09:27, Luka Chelimo 2:10:11 and Anderson Chirchir 2:12:01 (all lifetime bests). Favorite Deriba Merga was a non-finisher.

BEIJING (CHN, Oct 24): Gena Siraj of Ethiopia won a rain-lashed Beijing Marathon, but the 25 year old only eased clear of 38 year old Gert Thys of South Africa in the final kilometre; and the dreadful conditions resulted in a winning time of 2.15.45, one of the slowest times in the event’s 30 year history.

Thys, in what he reckoned was probably his 40th marathon in a career that began at the age of 13, finished second in 2.15.56 and pacemaker Matthew Sigei of Kenya stayed in the reckoning after his stint at the front, and came back from sixth place with 10k to run, to finish third in 2.16.01.

LJUBLJANA (SLO, Oct 24): More than 18 000 runners (from them 6500 in marathon) participated in all races at 15th Ljubljana Marathon. Holder of the best marathon debut Kenyan Evans Rutto won the race in 2:10:17 and missed the course record of Williams Biama (was 6th this year in 2:12:12) from last year only by two seconds. His first prize was 13 000 E. He was followed by team-mates Philemon Tarbei (2:10:44) and Joseph Lomala (2:10:55).

CASABLANCA (MAR, Oct 24): Ethiopian Shumi Gerbaba was the winner of the 3rd Casablanca Grand Marathon achieving new course record 2:09:03 in his debut at the distance. Shumi is a known person in Morocco as he already won the Casablanca 10 km race and the Royal Air Maroc Half Marathon.

Second place for best home runner Rachid Kisri with a fast 2:09:10 in front of another ethiopian Girma Beyene Gezahu 2:09.52. Kenyan Hillary Kipchumba, who was leading for a long time ended the race in the fourth position (2:10:02). In the women race Ethiopian Tadesse Yeshimebet also got a new event best 2:31:10. Second another Ethiopian Kedir Zahara (2:36:49) ahead of experienced Russian Larisa Zyusko (2:37:13).

VENICE (ITA, Oct 24): African wins at jubilee 25th Venice Marathon. Kenyan Simon Mukun clocked 2:09:35 after a duel with Ethiopian Sahle Betona Warga who was second in 2:09:47. For both lifetime bests. Third another Kenyan Peter Nderitu (2:10:52).

Ethiopian women winner Makda Harun Haji who was here last year fourth achieved personal best 2:28:08. Second was Kenyan Elizabeth Chemweno in 2:29:21 ahead of Russian Yelena Rukhlyada who achieved new personal best 2:30:41.

MONTEREAU (FRA, Oct 24): Good 10 km win for Abraham Niyonkuru of Burundi here after 28:41 ahead of Kenyan Geoffrey Terer 28:50. In women category Josephine Kimuyu achieved 32:17.

[Courtesy Alfonz Juck/ EME News 2010]

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