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Ethiopia’s Dejen Gebremeskel notched up his fourth consecutive victory at the 29th annual Carlsbad 5000 road race, crossing the line in 13:13 and coming home five seconds ahead of local favourite Bernard Lagat on Sunday (30).
Jamaica, and some of its Caribbean neighbours as well, showed off its latest generation of athletics talent at the Boys and Girls Championships, the annual competition among Jamaica’s high school teams, which ended after five days of competition on Saturday (30).
In his debut at the distance, Leonard Komon won the 34th Vattenfall Berlin Half Marathon with the world class time of 59:14, just edging out fellow Kenyan Abraham Cheroben in a sprint finish on Sunday (30).
The image of all five of the Kenyan team running in a line at the front of the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships women's race, eyes front, arms pumping in unison, will remain in the memory of all who witnessed it on what was, in all senses, a glorious day for running in Copenhagen on Saturday (29).
His 10.02 clocking in the heats on Friday whet the appetite for something special, and in the 100m final on Saturday (29) at the Texas Relays, USA’s Trayvon Bromell did not disappoint, equalling the world junior record* of 10.01.
No sooner had Kenya’s Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor deposed the dominant half marathon runner of the past decade, Zersenay Tadese, at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships than he was setting his sights even higher – at the world record of 58:23 set by the man who has won five golds and a silver in the past six editions of this event.
The first outdoor meeting of the 2014 season in China, featuring only long throws for seniors, juniors and youth, kicked off with some excellent results on Saturday (29) in Chengdu, Sichuan province.
Kenya, as expected, produced a totally dominant performance in the women’s race at the 2014 IAAF/AL-Bank World Half Marathon Championships in Copenhagen as they reclaimed individual and team honours from their Ethiopian rivals.
Zersenay Tadese, the dominant force in men’s half-marathon running for almost a decade, was finally run out of the medals here at the IAAF/AL-Bank World Half Marathon Championships as he finished fourth in a race won by Kenya’s Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor in 59:07, the world’s fastest time this year.
A day before the IAAF/AL-Bank World Half Marathon Championships start, the organisers of the event in Copenhagen have already found themselves on top of the podium.
Tadese going for unprecedented sixth win. Men’s preview – IAAF/AL-Bank World Half Marathon Championships
Wilson Kipketer, official ambassador to the IAAF/Al-Bank World Half Marathon Championships, has described the flat and scenic course in Copenhagen, which starts and finishes in front of the National Parliament, as “the perfect setting for making personal bests.”
The relatively novel aspects of this year’s IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Copenhagen – only the second time in the event’s history that it is being held in the spring, and only the second time that the championship race also incorporates a mass participation event following the very first version on Tyneside in 1992 – are likely to be counterbalanced in the women’s race by a return to business as usual on Saturday.
Zersenay Tadese will set out on the streets of Copenhagen in tomorrow’s IAAF/AL-Bank World Half Marathon Championships seeking to extend his unprecedented run of individual success in this event.
IAAF Ambassadors Kajsa Bergqvist and Andreas Thorkildsen visited the Hvidovre Stadion in the Copenhagen suburbs on Friday (28) to run a Kids’ Clinic for 24 teenage athletes from around the Danish capital.
Organisers of the Volkswagen Prague Marathon have signed up one of the biggest names in distance running for the 20th anniversary edition of the IAAF Gold Label Road Race race on May 11 – Moses Mosop.
World 800m champion Mohammed Aman has set world youth bests and world junior records, but he now wants to replicate that feat as a senior and has targeted the 1000m world record at the Golden Spike IAAF World Challenge meeting in Ostrava on 17 June.
Priscah Jeptoo is to make her debut in the Bupa Great Manchester Run on 18 May, organisers for the IAAF Gold Label Road Race announced on Wednesday (26).
Copenhagen 2014 official entry lists as at 26 March 2014 – IAAF/AL-Bank World Half Marathon Championships
The official entry lists for the IAAF/AL-Bank World Half Marathon Championships, Copenhagen, Denmark on Saturday 29 March 2014, are now available.
Newly-minted world pole vault record-holder Renaud Lavillenie will compete at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Oslo on Wednesday 11 June, organisers announced on Tuesday (25).
A total prize purse of US$245,000 will be paid by the IAAF for the men's and women's races at the IAAF/Al-Bank World Half Marathon Championships, Copenhagen, Denmark on Saturday 29 March 2014.