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Huge Weekend On The Roads- Half Marathon And Marathon World Records Under Siege

  • 12-09-2018 10:02am
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    May be the greatest assembly of long distance runners ever in one weekend in the Copenhagan Half on Saturday and Berlin on Sunday.

    Copenhagan has 17 guys with PB's of sub-60 minus Rupp who has withdrawn. Erick Kiptanui saying he is attacking Zernesey Tadesse's 58:23 World Record. field is so stacked that even targeting a pace like that, he might have 10 more go out with him at World record pace so expect carnage in this one. Add to that, two of Debutants are 6th fastest 5000m man Yomif Kejelcha fresh off his 12:46 in Brussels 2 weeks ago and 26:54 man William Sitonik and this is one of the greatest assembly's of distance runners at one ever. Paul Pollock is also in for Irish Interest so should be interesting to see how he is performing after the Euros.

    Women's field is also loaded with talent with the second fastest woman in history Joan Melly and recent Womens only race World Record holder Mary Wacera and also contains 14:22 5k and 3:56 1500m woman Sifan Hassan making her debut although she probably won't be competitive in this field at this distance yet. Jordan Hasay has withdrawn.

    Abraham Cheroben (BRN) 58:40
    Erick Kiptanui (KEN) 58:42
    Jorum Lumbasi Okombo (KEN) 58:48
    Alex Oloitiptip Korio (KEN) 58:51
    Jemal Yimer Mekonnen (ETH) 59:00
    Mangata Ndiwa (KEN) 59:07
    Daniel Kinyua Wanjiru (KEN) 59:20
    Edwin Kiprop Kiptoo (KEN) 59:26
    Abraham Kiptum (KEN) 59:36
    Morris Munene Gachaga (KEN) 59:36
    James Rungaru (KEN) 59:37
    Galen Rupp (USA) 59:47
    Amdework Walelegn Tadese (ETH) 59:50
    Moses Martin Kurong (UGA) 59:50
    Leonard Korir (USA) 59:52
    Asefa Mengstu Negewo (ETH) 59:54
    Meshack Kiprop Koech (KEN) 60:07
    Shura Kitata (ETH) 60:10
    Felix Kibitok (KEN) 60:11
    Teshome Mekonen Asfaha (ETH) 60:27
    Lelisa Desisa (ETH) 60:28
    Alexander Mutiso (KEN) 60:31
    Leonard Komon (KEN) 60:48
    Kenta Murayama (JPN) 60:50
    Betesfa Getahun (ETH) 60:54
    Abayneh Degu Tsehay (ETH) 61:43
    Kota Murayama (JPN) 62:00
    Paul Pollock (IRL) 62:10
    Abdi Hakin Ulad (DEN) 62:15
    Yomif Kejelcha (ETH) debut
    Maxwell Kortek Rotich (UGA) debut
    Timothy Kiplagat Ronoh (KEN) debut
    William Malel Sitonik (KEN) debut
    Canisious Nyamutsita (ZIM) debut

    Joan Chelimo Melly (KEN) 65:04
    Edith Chelimo (KEN) 65:52
    Netsanet Gudeta Kebede (ETH) 66:11
    Ruth Chepngetich (KEN) 66:19
    Ababel Yeshaneh Brihane (ETH) 66:22
    Mary Wacera Ngugi (KEN) 66:29
    Meskerem Assefa (ETH) 67:42
    Jordan Hasay (USA) 67:55
    Hiwot Gebrekidan Gebremaryam (ETH) 68:00
    Zeineba Yimer (ETH) 68:07
    Meseret Belete (DEN) 68:09
    Desi Jisa Mokonin (BRU) 68:10
    Bekelech Gudeta Borecha (ETH) 68:12
    Visiline Jepkesho (KEN) 68:12
    Gelete Burka (ETH) 68:18
    Naomi Jebet (KEN) 68:22
    Rahma Tusa (ETH) 68:28
    Delvine Relin Meringor (KEN) 69:01
    Stellah Barsosio (KEN) 69:31
    Monicah Wanjuhi Ngige (KEN) 69:55
    Sylvia Medugu (KEN) 70:42
    Lilian Jelagat (KEN) 71:03
    Sifan Hassan (NED)
    Betha Chikanga (ZIM) debut

    Then Berlin is on Sunday with Kipchoge's agent saying he is attacking the World Record and looking for 61 low pace through halfway. The mens field is pretty weak compared to recent years but does have the 4th fastest marathoner ever Wilson Kipsang although he has been hit and miss over the last while.

    The women's field is a lot stronger than usual even if many are in the twilight of their career with some big hitters and 5 women who have run sub-2:20. 3rd fastest woman in history and arguably the greatest female distance runner in history, Tirunesh Dibaba heads the field against defending champ Gladys Cherono and marathon legend Edna Kiplagat and 3 time Dubai winner Aselefech Mergia. Hard to see past Dibaba in this one.


    Eliud Kipchoge - 2:03:05
    Wilson Kipsang - 2:03:13
    Zersenay Tadese - 2:10:41
    Eliud Kiptanui - 2:05:21
    Amos Kipruto - 2:05:43
    Abera Kuma - 2:05:50
    Benson Kipruto - 2:07:11
    Yuki Sato - 2:08:58
    Daisuke Uekado - 2:09:27
    Kohei Ogino - 2:09:36
    Daichi Kamino - 2:10:18
    Scott Overall - 2:10:55
    Fernando Cabada - 2:11:36 PB


    Gladys Cherono - Defending champ, 2:19:25
    Tirunesh Dibaba - 2:17:56
    Yebrugal Melese
    Edna Kiplagat - 2:19:50 PB
    Aselefech Mergia - 2:19:31 PB
    Ruti Aga - 2:20:41 PB
    Mizuki Matsuda - 2:22:44 PB
    Rei Ohara - 2:23:20 PB
    Honami Maeda - 2:23:46 PB
    Andrea Deelstra - 2:26:46 PB
    Ines Melchor - 2:26:48 PB

    Should be a cracking weekend of racing:)


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,851 ✭✭✭✭average_runner

    Is there any tv coverage for these events?

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 221 ✭✭Safiri

    Is there any tv coverage for these events?

    No tv coverage but there will be streams, will post em up when closer to the days when I find good quality working streams.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,834 ✭✭✭OOnegative

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,454 ✭✭✭Glencarraig

    Freesports covered Berlin last year, hopefully will do again this year.If you have Sky you can tune it in under the "other channels". Frequency is:
    Polarisation: V
    FEC: 5/6

  • Registered Users Posts: 310 ✭✭MrSkinny

    Freesports covered Berlin last year, hopefully will do again this year.

    Not according to the schedule currently on their web site. :(

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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 221 ✭✭Safiri

    Would have to run the last 5k in 15:40 to miss it now. He's been running sub-14:30 5k splits all race

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 221 ✭✭Safiri

    Incredible from Kipchoge. 2:01:40 to take 1:17 off the old record. Splits of 61:09/60:31:eek:

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,416 ✭✭✭Lazare

    What a man.

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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 610 ✭✭✭Sprinter Sacre

    Hope he goes under 2 hours one day even though he himself said he couldn't do any more than what he did.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 221 ✭✭Safiri

    Stream for copenhagan:

    Men are on 58:57 pace through 15k. Women are on world record pace.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 221 ✭✭Safiri

    Safiri wrote: »
    Stream for copenhagan:

    Men are on 58:57 pace through 15k. Women are on world record pace.

    Kipkemoi wins the half in 59:04 but what a debut Sifan hassan in the womens race. 65:13 which must be a top 5 all-time performance. A woman with a 1:56 800m best running that time is an incredivle range.

  • Registered Users Posts: 36 nevan

    Sifan Hassan breaks the European record in Copenhagen half marathon with 1:05:14 (from 1:06:25 by Lornah Kiplagat). Her first half marathon.

    From LRC:
    "There are four women in the field who have run under 67 minutes for the half marathon. The other big name in the field is Sifan Hassan of the Nike Oregon Project, who is one of the best 1500/5000 meter runners on the planet, and is taking her first crack at a world class half marathon."

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,537 ✭✭✭Working class heroes

    Safiri wrote: »
    Incredible from Kipchoge. 2:01:40 to take 1:17 off the old record. Splits of 61:09/60:31:eek:

    The run in.....

    Racism is now hiding behind the cloak of Community activism.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,431 ✭✭✭sideswipe

    Analysis of Kipchoge's training in the lead up to Berlin HERE

    Interesting read.....40k tempo at altitude anybody?

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,582 ✭✭✭Swashbuckler

    That was last year and was a measly 2.03.32 so I wouldn't waste my time with that plan ;)

  • Registered Users, Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 7,372 Mod ✭✭✭✭yerwanthere123

    Hassan went through 10k in 30:37, and is apparently moving up to the 10k next year. Will be fascinating to see what she could do.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,016 ✭✭✭Itziger

    I've just started watching the Half on Youtube. The whole race. The pace at the beginning is unreal. They cut away to the Happy Joggers for a minute and when they came back to the elites I thought they were going at a suicidal speed. Then I realised it was the lads around the leading female.
    Off now to watch the rest of it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,016 ✭✭✭Itziger

    Wow. Hassan, that is one awkward stride and gets worse of course as she tires/speeds up.
    Goddamn effective though. A tasty debut.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 16,153 ✭✭✭✭Pherekydes

    Thread title never mentioned Decathlon! :eek: