Athletics briefs: Mokoena's windy 8.29m in Durban, Chepyego's world lead in Kumamoto...and more weekend round-up

South African Long Jump star Godfrey Khotso Mokoena
THESSALONIKI (GRE, Apr 10): Kenyan Peter Biwott won the 6th edition of the Alexander The Great Marathon in 2:13:12. His team-mate Isaiah Kosgei was second in 2:13:49 and third place for Moroccan Benazzouz Slimani 2:14:37. 2005 Athens marathon winner Sisay Measo of Ethiopia was the best woman after 2:40:41 ahead of Belarus veteran Alena Vinitskaya (37) 2:45:43.

PARIS: The biggest marathon of the weekend was 35th jubilee Paris with nearly 40 000 runners. Benjamin Kiptoo won in 2:06:31 ahead of Bernard Kipyego 2:07:16 and Ethiopian favorite Eshetu Wondimu 2:07:33. Priscah Jeptoo improved hugely her best and was the best woman in 2:22:55 ahead of Agnes Kiprop 2:24:43. Best European Margarita Plaksina of Russia was fifth (2:27:07). This was an Kenyan affair.

BRIGHTON: Kenya’s Philemon Kiprop Boit smashed the course record by almost three minutes when he won the second Brighton marathon in 2:16:07.

DURBAN (RSA, Apr 9): Former World Indoor champion Khotso Mokoena won the long jump with windy 8.29 (+3.2) during first day of South African Championships. Second was world junior champion from Moncton Luvo Manyonga (794). Chris Harmse got his 17th consecutive national hammer title achieving 71.70 m. Rene Kalmer won the 5000 m in 15:42.21. Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius after 47.40 was out in the semifinals (7th in his semi). Fast times also in the 100 m semifinals. Simon Magakwe posted 10.18 (+1.5) ahead of Roscoe Engel 10.19 life-time best. Hannes Dryer won the other semi in 10.27 ahead of Leigh Julius 10.29.

KUMAMOTO (JPN, Apr 9): Kenyan Sally Chepyego clocked world leading 15:18.70 in the women 5000 m at Kanaguri meet. In men´s 5000 m three Kenyans went sub 13:30. Edward Saweru 13:21.37, Josphat Ndambiri 13:21.76 and Patrick Mwaka 13:26.29. In the 1500m Jonathan Ndiku won in 3:43.18 over Japanese Yasunori Murakami 3:43.27.

[Thanks to Alfonz Juck/EME News 2011]

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