Africa Briefs: Moroccan Boubker and Ethiopia Jinma triumph in Leiden, Komon wins in New York and more...
LEIDEN (NED, May 15): At Leiden Marathon 2011, there was wins for Moroccan Abdelkrim Boubker in 2:14:40 and Ethiopian Marshet Jimma 2:39:08. New course record in half-marathon by Nathaniel Kipkosgei 1:01:25 ahead of Kennedy Kimutai 1:01:30. Women winner Moroccan Sofiya Labani 1:12:56. In the 10 km another course record for Josephine Kimuyu (32:09), male winner Gadengoi Loitareng, both of Kenya achieved 28:44.
SAN SEBASTIAN (ESP, May 15): Moroccan Abdellah Taghrafet won the San Sebastian half-marathon in 1:02:05 over his country-mate Hassan Ahouchar 1:02:55. Kenyan Beatrice Jepchumba was the best woman (1:15:21).
SAN FRANCISCO (USA, May 15): Ridouane Harroufi of Morocco won the 100th annual Zazzle Bay to Breakers 12K, one of the world’s largest and oldest footraces, with the time of 34:26 on Sunday. Harroufi is the first Moroccan male to win the race in 100 years and the first non-Kenyan male to win in 20 years. Second was Ethiopian Deriba Merga 34:29 and Kenyan Allan Kiprono was third in 34:31.
Lineth Chepkurui of Kenya, the returning female winner and world record holder in the Women’s Division, again finished first in 39:12. Second was Mamitu Daska in 39:13.
GABORONE (BOT, May 15): Last day of 10th African Junior Championships was in running events an Ethiopian day. Atnafu Zerihun won the 5000 m in 13:38.52 over Kenyan Abraham Krasongor 13:39.17 and Ugandan Thomas Ayeko 13:40.04. Geleto Aman was the best at 800m (1:46.62) beating Kenyan Anthony Chemut (1:47.16) and home runner Amos Nigel (1:47.38). Birtukan Admasu achieved another win for Ethiopia in girls 3000m steeple (9:53.80).
In the 1500m gold for Uganda as Anette Negesa clocked 4:09.17 (also national senior record) over Kenyan Nancy Chepkwemoi 4:09.25. In the 200 m finals gold medals for South Africa. Siphelo Ngquboza achieved 20.94 (-0.3) in the boys race and Sonya Van der Merwe 23.78 (+0.1) in the girls. Here second Ethiopian Magiso Manedo 23.90 what is also senior national record. In the 4x400 m finals wins for girls of South Africa 3:38.16 and boys from Sudan 3:09.77.
NEW YORK (USA, May 14): Kenyan road world record holder Leonard Patrick Komon on his first trip to NYC won the 7th annual UAE Healthy Kidney 10 km in course and Central Park record 27:35. That earned him in total 45 000 USD. Behind him, Micah Kogo won the sprint for second against Joseph Ebuya, by one second in 27:55 and 27:56. Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa and Kenya’s Simon Ndirangu battled for the fourth spot, and officials declared Desisa fourth, although both men were given the same time: 28:19.
BERN (SUI, May 14): Kenyan Daniel Chebii won the Bern Grand Prix at 10 miles in 48:18. Second Eritrean Tadese Abraham (49:17) ahead of Ethiopian Alemayehu Wodajo (49:17). In women's race, Kenyan win for Monica Jepkoech (55:56) in close finish over Hungarian Aniko Kalovics (55:56) as 0.1 separated them. Third Japanese marathon runner Yuri Kano (57:25).
MOMBASA (KEN, May 14): At the AK meeting in Mombasa, East and Central Africa junior 400m and 200m champion Agnes Aneno of Uganda beat Pamela Jelimo in the 400m who was only third (56.4 and 57.2, grass track). It was also by sheer luck that Jelimo was allowed to participate in the 400m final after making a false start, which meant that she was supposed to have been disqualified
[Thanks to Alfonz Juck/ EME News 2011]