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.

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