Wednesday December 4, 2013
Marathon action last weekend focused on the western Pacific with events in Singapore, China and Japan.
In Japan's Fukuoka Marathon, Martin Mathathi of Kenya crossed the line in 2:07:16 to beat the runner-up, defending champion Joseph Gitau, by almost two minutes. Very hot weather in Singapore resulted in relatively slow times as a pair of Kenyans overcame the conditions to post victories. Sharon Cherop and Ethiopia's Debre Godana were both credited with times of 2:41:12 in the women's race, but Cherop finished first by about two-thirds of a second. Chelimo Kipkemoi won the men's race in 2:15:00. China's Shanghai Marathon provided an exception to the usual parade of Kenyan and Ethiopian winners this year, as South Africa's Stephen Mokoka won the men's race in 2:09:30. Aberu Kebede of Ethiopia finished first in the women's event, in 2:23:27.
Friday November 29, 2013
Track and field history buffs can check out new articles on the men's and women's 800-meter world record progressions, plus lists of the women's and men's Asian outdoor marks.
Wednesday November 27, 2013
Marathons took a back seat to cross-country events last weekend. In the U.S., the highlight was the NCAA Championships. Kenyan Edward Cheserek, running for the University of Oregon, won the men's title in Terre Haute, Ind., completing the 10-kilometer course in 29:42. Dartmouth's Abbey D'Agostino won the 6-km women's race in 20:01.
Ethiopia's Sofia Assefa won Sunday's Cross Internacional de la Constitucion in Spain, running the 7.6-km course in 25:33. Emmanuel Bett of Kenya won the men's race in 28:00 over 9.5 km.
In the Great Ethiopian Run 10K event, Atsedu Tsegay was the men's champion in 29:21 while Netsanet Gudeta ran 33:23 in the women's race. Cornelius Kangogo defended his title in the Cross L'Acier in France, finishing the 9.5-km course in 28:07. Hiwot Ayalew won the women's race in 22:30 over 6.55 km.
Check out new profiles of 2013 World champions Asbel Kiprop and Jehue Gordon, as well as new articles detailing the men's and women's 400-meter world record progressions.
Sunday November 17, 2013
Both Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce turned the 100-200 sprint double at the World Championships this year. The pair turned another double on Saturday, as both Jamaicans earned IAAF Athlete of the Year awards. Bolt won the men's award for the fifth time in the past six years while Fraser-Pryce gained the women's crown for the first time. Each athlete won three gold medals in Moscow, including their performances in the 4 x 100-meter relay.
Mo Farah, a men's finalist, didn't win on Saturday, but his coach did. Alberto Salazar gained the IAAF Coaching Achievement Award for his work with runners such as double-World champion Farah, Galen Rupp and Mary Cain. Cain also earned a trophy, the IAAF Rising Star award, after qualifying for the World Championship 1500-meter final at age 17.
At the other end of the age spectrum, American Dwight Phillips and Russia's Yelena Isinbayeva won the Distinguished Career awards. Both athletes announced retirements in 2013, although Isinbayeva hinted she may return. Phillips won one Olympic and four World Championship gold medals in the long jump. Isinbayeva won pole vault golds at two Olympics, three outdoor World Championships and four World Indoor Championships. She holds the women's pole vault record with a leap of 5.06 meters (16 feet, 7¼ inches) in 2009.