Athletics Briefs: Kirwa won in Des Moines, Dejene Yirdawe wins in Korea, Getu Feleke hits 2:05:44 mark in Amsterdam and more...

BUCURESTI (ROU, Oct 17): Kenyan Duncan Koech (2:11 PB) won the 3rd Bucuresti City Marathon in 2:13:59 ahead of his team-mate James Cheruiyot 2:15:33. Belarus Svetlana Kovgan won the women category after 2:35:13.

DES MOINES (USA, Oct 17): Kenyan James Kirwa won the Des Moines marathon in a lifetime best 2:14:23. Belarus runner Alena Vinnitskaya, 37, was the best woman in 2:41:23.

GYEONGJU (KOR, Oct 17): Former Kosice marathon winner Dejene Yirdawe of Ethiopia won the 2010 Gyeonghu International Marathon in good 2:09:13. Second Abdellah Falil of Morocco improved to 2:09:24 and third Kipchirchir Kimali as unknown debuted at the distance with 2:09:44.

AMSTERDAM (NED, Oct 17): The 35th edition of Amsterdam Marathon registered new course record and personal best for Ethiopian Getu Feleke 2:05:44 (before 2:08:04). His mark is the 30th fastest performance and 19th best performer ever.

In ideal weather second Wilson debuted at the distance with extraordinary 2:06:12, the second fastest debut ever behind 2:05:50 of Evans Rutto in 2003. Third Dechase Chala got 2:07:23, fourth 2008 world indoor medalist Abraham Cherkos Feleke debuted also at high level 2:07:29. Another personal best for fifth Hailu Mekonen 2:07:37 and sixth Shadrack Kiplagat also dipped under 2:08 (2:07:56).

In women race Alice Timbilil improved to 2:25:03 lifetime best as winner. Second 2004 African Champion Eyerusalem Kuma of Ethiopia achieved 2:27:04 over Robe Guta 2:27:44 and more Ethiopians followed with Woinshet Girma 2:27:51 and debuting Shitaye Bedaso 2:29:48.

ISTANBUL (TUR, Oct 17): Kenyan and Ethiopian athletes dominated the 32nd Eurasia Marathon in Istanbul Sunday with thousands of amateur athletes also running the world’s only intercontinental course.

Kenyan Vincent Kiplagat improved the course record to 2:10:39 ahead of Ethiopian Dereje Woldegeorgis 2:11:53 and Assefa Girma 2:13:37. Defending champion Kasime Adilo Roba did not win for third time in a row and was finishing 4th with 2:16:08.

Ashu Kasim of Ethiopia got women course record in fast 2:27:25. Close Alemitu Abera 2:27:54 and third Amane Gobena 2:32:28 made if for Ethiopian sweep.

World CC Champion Emily Chebet of Kenya won the 15 km in 48:44 and in men´s race Abayneh Woldegeorgis got 45:43.

REIMS (FRA, Oct 17): Kenyan Stephen Chebogut in his first European marathon won the Reims Race (held since 1984) in excellent 2:09:38. Second Stanley Biwott got 2:09:41 and third Ethiopian Terefe Yae 2:10:03. 2000 Olympic medalist Tesfaye Tola was 10th (2:17:25).

In the women race, Gisaw Melkam of Ethiopia dipped for the first time in her career under 2:30 with 2:28:58 (second fastest in the history of the race). Second Meseret Legesse clocked 2:33:37 and third Eshetu Degefa 2:34:07.

Men´s half race was won by Ethiopian Solomon Deksisa 1:02:19 ahead of Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda 1:02:20 and Peter Kosgei of Kenya 1:02:28.

Thanks to Alfons Juck/EME News 2010

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