Sunday, November 15, 2009

News of Note: 9 November - 15 November

Interesting happenings in the world of Ethiopian running:

Radcliffe comes as guest appearance to 2009 Great Ethiopian Run (10 November 2009) - British runner Paula Radcliffe makes her first trip to Ethiopia, as a guest of the 2009 Great Ethiopian Run taking place on 22 November.

Like An Airline: A Behind-The-Scenes Look Into What It Takes To Set An Elite Marathon Field (10 November 2009) - A look at some of the variables in play leading up to the 2009 ING New York City Marathon, which had an abnormal number of withdrawals.

Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele nominated for IAAF Athlete of the Year (13 November 2009) - Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele is one of the 5 male finalists for IAAF Male Athlete of the Year. The other finalists include Usain Bolt of Jamaica, Tyson Gay of the United States, Steven Hooker of Australia and Andreas Thorkildsen of Norway.

Men’s course record set in McDonald’s Half Marathon (14 November 2009) - Nicholas Kurgat of Kenya set the course record in the men’s division with a time of 1 hour, 6 minutes, 2 seconds. Alemtsehay Misganaw, a native of Ethiopia, won the women's division.

Basweti captures second consecutive SunTrust Marathon title (15 November 2009) - Kenyan Jynocel Basweti wins the SunTrust Richmond Marathon.
Kenyan men, Russian women dominate field (15 November 2009) - Gilbert Koech of Kenya wins the second annual Rock 'n' Roll San Antonio Marathon.

Chane and Jelila win Sendafa cross country meeting (15 November 2009) - Abera Chane and Koreni Jelila win at the kick off of Ethiopia’s domestic cross country season.

Dibaba shatters 15Km World record in Nijmegen! (15 November 2009) - Tirunesh Dibaba broke the women's 15km world record at the Zevenheuvelenloop 15Km in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, clocking 46:28 in her first road race since 2005. Her husband Sileshi Sihine won the men's race in 42:14.

Other interesting running news:

India’s grand old marathon man completes 98th run (9 November 2009) - Ashis Roy, age 77, finished his 98th race in Harrisburg and plans to run his 100th marathon in Mumbai Jan 17, 2010.

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