Sunday, November 01, 2009

News of Note: 26 October - 1 November

Interesting happenings in the world of Ethiopian running:

Feyisa Lilesa, first Ethiopian to win Dublin City Marathon (26 October 2009) - 19-year-old Feyisa Lilesa's marathon debut time was just five seconds outside the course record.

Mengistu victory highlights Ethiopian weekend performances
(26 October 2009) - Ethiopian Meseret Mengistu wins the Marsellie-Cassis Half marathon in France; Ethiopia cleansweeped the podium in Morocco's Casablanca Marathon.

Ethiopians to take centre stage in New York, Seoul, and Delhi (30 October 2009) - November 1 is a big day for Ethiopian runners, as they compete in top distance running events across the globe.
  • New York:
Derartu Tulu Wins as Radcliffe Struggles to Fourth (1 November 2009) - Derartu Tulu becomes the first Ethiopian woman to win the New York City Marathon.

Keflezighi and Tulu triumph in New York

Paula Radcliffe loses out in New York as Derartu Tulu triumphs

Tulu, Petrova, Daunay Post-Race Press Conference Transcript

  • Delhi:
Results – Delhi Half Marathon (1 November 2009) - Top ten men’s and women’s results from the 2009 Airtel Delhi Half Marathon — IAAF Gold Label Road Race. Ethiopian Deriba Merga won the men's race, while Kenyan Mary Keitany won the women's race in 1:06:54 - a new course record. Check out Keitany sub-1:07 again, Deriba Merga defends in Delhi Half Marathon for more race details.

Previous coverage: Merga, Mergia, and Kebede lead strong Ethiopian contingent for Delhi Half Marathon (29 October 2009)

  • Seoul:
Kenyans in dramatic sprint finish (1 November 2009) - Francis Larabal of Kenya wins the 11th JoongAng Seoul Marathon; Lee Sun-young wins the women's race.

Previous coverage: Molla returns to defend Seoul title (30 October 2009)

Other interesting running news:

Foundation Helps Young Ethiopian Women Runners - Girls Gotta Run Foundation provides new shoes for girls in Ethiopia who are training to be runners.

Sub-2:07 marathons reach historic point - Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot runs the 100th sub-2:07 marathon.

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