Athletics Briefs: Moses Mosop, Sammy Kitwara and Peter Kirui for Rotterdam Marathon, Reuben Kosgei step up to Hannover Marathon...and more
Both athletes are feeling very good and are hoping to gain qualification for the London Olympic Games when running in Rotterdam, what means they are aiming to break the 2:04.23 that compatriot Ayele Abshero ran in Dubai earlier this year.
Also in the race are Maroccan Rashid Kisri (2:06.28) and Kenyan athlete Stephen Kibet (2:09.27).
Organizer Mario Kadiks added that Moses Mosop is taking his marathon world record attempt so serious that he has checked the marathon course on March 5th while taking notes of how to run the course best.
DAKAR (SEN): 400 m world champion Amantle Montsho of Botswana made her season‘s debut on 100m (11.64w) at the national Ligue de Dakar. Her 100 m national record from last year is 11.60.
HANNOVER (GER): Reuben Kosgei finally wants to make a major step in the marathon. Kenya’s Olympic Steeplechase Champion from Sydney 2000 will run the TUI Hannover Marathon on 6th May and hopes to significantly improve his personal best.
The 32 year-old, who also was World Champion in the Steeplechase in 2001, had run his first marathon attempt in Vienna in 2009. In warm conditions he did not finish the race. In the autumn of that year he had a second go at the distance and had more success.
In Florence he finished second with 2:11:22, beaten by just one second. There will be strong oppostition for Reuben Kosgei in Hannover.
The fastest in the field will be Nixon Kipkoech Machichim. The Kenyan ran 2:08:22 when placing fourth in the Toronto Marathon in 2010. This year he has already competed in the Mumbai Marathon, where he placed fifth in 2:11:37.
Three more runner with personal bests of sub 2:10 will be in the field on 6th May: Kenyan Edwin Kutto, who is the brother of the reigning World Marathon Chamapion Abel Kirui, has achieved 2:08:57 in Eindhoven last year. Amos Matui (Kenya/2:09:35) and Botoru Tsegaye (Ethiopia/2:09:57) are the other two.
The two-year old men’s course record from Yussuf Sangoka (Kenya) stands at 2:08:52. In the women’s race the course record will be the target as well: Last year’s winner Georgina Rono (Kenya) is the holder of this one with 2:31:19.
Ethiopia’s Fatuma Sado will be the favourite on 6th May. The winner of the Hamburg Marathon in 2011, who has run 2:28:01 in that race, intends to run the first sub 2:30 time in the history of the TUI Marathon Hannover.
STELLENBOSCH (RSA, Mar 20): First Yellow Pages series meet saw national record holder Ruben Ramolefi winning the steeple in 8:27.50, four seconds behind the olympic qualifier.
Gladwin Mzazi won the 5000m in 13:24.13 what is fourth fastest by a South African, but missed also the London qualification mark of 13:20. Peter van der Westhuizen was the best in the 1500 m in 3:38.61. Pierre de Villiers set a new South African record 11:24.04 in the men‘s 3000m walk on the track.
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