Tuesday, February 23, 2010

News of Note: 15 February - 22 February

LetsRun.com: The Week That Was In Running: February 15 - February 21, 2010 - Includes a look at the Kenyan and Ethiopian XC trials.

World leads set, national records tumble on action-packed programme in Birmingham (20 February 2010) - Despite an absent Kenenisa Bekele, who pulled out of the men's 3000 due to a calf problem, there were some excellent Ethiopian showings. Tirunesh Dibaba came within 6 seconds of Meseret Defar's two-mile word record of 9:06.26, clocking the fastest time ever seen in the UK. Gelete Burka won the women’s mile in 4:23.53, while Kakedan Gezahegn came in second in a record-breaking 4:24.10. Deresse Mekonnen ran a 3:33.10 1500m, breaking the UK all-comers' record. Also see Dibaba’s two-mile win climaxes Aviva Grand Prix

Stunning 1:07:07 Half Marathon debut by Abeylegesse Ras Al Khaimah (19 February 2010) - Ethiopian born Turk Elvan Abeylegesse ran the fastest debut half marathon ever, finishing in front of Mare Dibaba and Aselefech Mergia. Eight women finished in under 1:09. Ethiopian Deriba Merga stepped off course in the men's race, with Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya taking the win.

Melkamu and unheralded A. Bekele take Ethiopian World XC trials titles (21 February 2010) - It was a surprise victory for Azmeraw Bekele at the senior men's race at the Ethiopian World XC trials. Favorite Meselech Melkamu took the woman's race and her fourth national title in the event.

Monday, February 15, 2010

News of Note: 8 February - 15 February

Interesting happenings in the world of Ethiopian running:

Mo Farah set to face Ethiopian legend Kenenisa Bekele (10 February 2010) - Three-time Olympic champion Kenenisa Bekele will race again European 3000m indoor champion and British record holder Mo Farah in Birmingham on 20 February.

Another blazing 5000m run by Defar - Stockholm report (11 February 2010) - Meseret Defar comes within .42 seconds of breaking her own World record in the 5000m. At 14:24.79, she still clocked the second best time ever.
Bekele earns Laureus nomination (11 February 2010) - Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia has been nominated for the 2010 Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award, which recognizes sporting achievement during 2009.

Merga and Kosgei to defend Boston titles, will face four other former winners (11 February 2010) - Ethiopian Deriba Merga and Kenyan Salina Kosgei will defend their Boston Marathon titles on 19 April. Past champion Dire Tune will also run.

Burka targeting indoor Mile record in Birmingham (15 February 2010) - Gelete Burka, one of only 4 women ever who have run a sub-four minute indoor 1500m, hopes to break the one mile World record at the Aviva Grand Prix in Birmingham.

Koech clocks World best in 2000m Steeplechase, G. Dibaba impresses in Gent (15 February 2010) - Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba won the 1500m in a lifetime best of 4:04:80, in the lead the entire race. Kenyan Paul Kipsiele Koech set a World Best with an impressive 2000m Steeplechase. See also Dibaba takes Gent 1500m on debut

Tune returns to lead deep field in Ras Al Khaimah (15 February 2010) - Dire Tune, defending champion, will be part of an impressive line-up at the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon. Competing against 12 other sub-1:10 half marathoners, she planning on running at World record pace. Her competition includes fellow Ethiopian Aselefech Mergia, who took second in 2009.

Monday, February 08, 2010

News of Note: 1 February - 8 February

Interesting happenings in the world of Ethiopian running:

Burka, Mesfin, and Gobena grab Ethiopian victories (2 February 2010) - A look back at the previous weekend's Ethiopian victories.
Fast 5000s in Boston - Dibaba dominates, Lagat breaks US record (7 February 2010) - Tirunesh Dibaba won the women's 5000-meter race in a world-leading time, but failed to set a third World record. Kalkidan Gezhagne beat Genzebe Dibaba in the women's 3000m. In the men's race, American Bernard Lagat passed fellow American Galen Rupp and Ethiopians Dejen Gebremeskel and Bekana Daba with 1.5 laps to go, breaking Rupp's American record in the men's 5000-meter run. Dejen came in second and Bekana third.
Jones-Ferrette shocks with 6.97 dash in Stuttgart (7 February 2010) - Meseret Defar won the women's 3000m in the third-fastest time ever, less than a second off the World record she set three seasons earlier. Deresse Mekonnen won with men's 1500m with a personal best, and Gelete Burka took the women's race with another world-leading time. Laverne Jones-Ferrette from the US Virgin Islands clocked the first sub-7.00 in a decade during the women's 60m. Also see No record for Defar, but triple Ethiopian triumph in Stuttgart

Other interesting running news:
Kipkorir prevails at Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon (7 February 2010) - Kenyans Jonathan Kipkorir and Daniel Njenga take 1-2 at the 59th Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon.

Monday, February 01, 2010

News of Note: 25 January - 31 January

Ethiopian sweep at Marrakech Marathon (1 February 2010) - Yared Daganw Sharew clocked a career best, beating fellow Ethiopian Gebressellassie Tsegay Reda in the men's race of the Marakech Marathon. Ethiopian Gelaw Tsega was victorious in the women's race, beating Kenyan Georgina Rono and Ethiopian Gebre Zebenaye Moges.

With late race charge Gobena triumphs in Osaka (31 January 2010) - Ethiopian Amane Gobena became the first Ethiopian to win the Osaka Ladies Marathon, with a personal best of 2:25:14.

Mesfin comes of age with 21st birthday victory at Cinque Mulini (31 January 2010) - Humegaw Mesfin of Ethiopia won the 78th Cinque Mulini in San Vittore Olona, Italy. Humegaw recently made headlines when he beat Gebre-Egziabher Gebremariam on 10 January in Amorebieta, Spain.

Defar and Dibaba To Take Separate Cracks At 5000m Indoor World Record (28 January 2010) - Meseret Defar, Ethiopia's most decorated indoor runner, has two world record attempts lined up--the world indoor 3000m on 6 February and the 5000m on 10 February. Tirunesh Dibaba will make a world record attempt at the 5000m on 6 February.

Other interesting running news: