Athletics Briefs: Kipyego, Fredericks, Matebo and Melkamu show impressive forms

ADDIS ABABA (ETH, Feb 20): Berlin 10000m silver winner Meselech Melkamu won the Ethiopian CC Trials with 21:23 at 8 km in the absence of olympic winner Tirunesh Dibaba. Second was Hiwot Ayalew (24:31) who beat Belaynesh Oljira (24:37) still ahead of Wude Ayalew (24:40) and Genzebe Dibaba (24:48).

Men´s 12 km race winner was young Hunegaw Mesfin in 32:20. Second was Diamond League winner Imane Merga 32:33 ahead of Dino Sefer (32:35). Marathon runner Feyisa Lelisa was fourth (32:40).
Tesfaye Chernet won boys 8 km junior competition (21:32) and the World Youth 2009 medalist Genet Yalew the girls 6 km (18:27).

VERONA (ITA, Feb 20): 30-years old Kenyan Albert Matebor won the 10th Verona Marathon in personal best 2:09:16 (he had 2:09:33 from Frankfurt 2007). Philemon Kipchumba as second achieved 2:11:11. Rebecca Jerotich won in women category with 2:35:56. Here best Italian Monica Carlin was fourth (2:47:06).

TRABZON (TUR, Feb 20): Kenyan Moses Too won the 31st Half Marathon of Trabzon in 1:04:53. Female win for Turkish Bahar Dogan in 1:13:42.

RIBARROJA (ESP, Feb 20): Edwin Kipyego of Kenya won the 15th Half Marathon Ribarroja del Turia in 1:01:23 beating his team-mate Patrick Kimeli 1:02:37. Hellen Mugo was the best woman in 1:13:16.

GUADALAJARA (MEX, Feb 20): Kenyan Julius Kipyego won for third time in a row the Half Marathon here in new course record 1:02:31. Mexican Juan Luis Barrios was close second with 1:02:37. Women win for Ethiopian Alane Shewarge in personal best 1:11:23, also a new course record. Mexicans Marisol Romero (1:13:12) and Madai Perez (1:13:17) followed.

POTCHEFSTROOM (RSA, Feb 19): 2010 African Championships silver medallist, Cornel Fredericks posted a solid 49.60 secs in the 400m hurdles at the first Yellow Pages Series meet of 2011. Roscoe Engel won the 200 m in life-time best 20.76 (+0.4).

[Thanks to Alfonz Juck/EME News 2011]

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