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.

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