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The Bank of America Chicago Marathon organisers are talking about course records – or better yet, a men’s world record – and, to fulfil those lofty ambitions, the IAAF Gold Label Road Race has signed up seven men with personal bests of 2:05 or better and five women who have or could dip under the 2:20 mark to be on the start line on Sunday (12).
Joyce Chepkirui returns to the ASICS Grand 10 in Berlin on Sunday (12) with the aim of putting herself on the top of the pile for the 10km distance on the roads this year.
Leonard Komon, the 10km and 15km world record holder on the roads, revealed he has been inspired by the recent 2:02:57 world record set by his compatriot Dennis Kimetto and will have it in his mind during his marathon debut at the 2014 De Lage Landen Marathon Eindhoven on Sunday (12).
With the addition of Ethiopia’s Tariku Jufar to the 2014 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, organisers of the IAAF Silver Label Road Race on 19 October can proudly point to the fact that four men in the field have beaten 2:07 in the past three years.
The 13th episode of IAAF Inside Athletics is available to watch online now.
Next up to answer our work, rest and play questions is Jamaican 400m hurdling star Kaliese Spencer.
The 300-day countdown to the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015 begins tomorrow (26) and to mark that significant milestone, the Local Organising Committee will reveal their ticket pricing.
Kenyan runners executed a clean sweep and won all four races at the two IAAF Gold Label Road Races – the Rock ’n’ Roll EDP Lisbon Marathon and the Rock ’n’ Roll Vodafone Half Marathon – contested in the Portuguese capital on Sunday (5).
Two-time world marathon champion Edna Kiplagat pulled out an impressive victory at the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run in Glasgow to lead home a Kenyan 1-2 over the half marathon distance at the IAAF Gold Label Road Race on Sunday (5).
Andrea Mayr continued her domination of the 2014 World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) World Cup and clinched victory in the season-long series with a win and a course record at the famous Smarna Gora race in Slovenia on Saturday (4).
At 41 years young, Haile Gebrselassie still has plenty of ambitions to fulfil, but the Ethiopian has been told he will have to fight to defend his title at the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, in Glasgow on Sunday (5).
With the series having concluded at the recent Asian Games, Germany’s Rico Freimuth and Nadine Broersen of the Netherlands ended the year as the overall winners of the IAAF Combined Events Challenge.
There will be serious attempts to break the course records at both the Rock ’n’ Roll EDP Lisbon Marathon and the Rock ’n’ Roll Vodafone Half Marathon of Portugal, two IAAF Gold Label Road Races, on Sunday (5) in Lisbon.
One athlete was competing in his ninth marathon of the year; another was contesting the first marathon of his career. Surprisingly, it was the latter who came away with the gold medal in the final athletics event of the Asian Games in Inchon on Friday (3).
The international Smarna Gora Mountain Running Race remains one of the highlights of the mountain-running season, and on Saturday (4) it will double up as the final competition in the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) World Cup.
They were already leading the athletics medal table at the Asian Games in the Korean city of Inchon, but China went from strength to strength on Thursday (2), adding four more gold medals to their tally.
Defending champion Vincent Kipruto will return to the BMW Frankfurt Marathon on 26 October, but he will face a pair of Ethiopians with sub-2:05 bests at the IAAF Gold Label Road Race.
The men’s and women’s 800m finals at the Asian Games in Inchon on Wednesday (1), the fifth day of athletics, could not have been more different.
His winning mark in Talence last month may not have been one of his highest scores to date, but Mikk Pahapill didn’t mind. He was simply happy to get through the decathlon in one piece.
Ehsan Hadidi got Iran’s first gold medal of the athletics programme when he won the men's discus for the third successive Games on the fourth day of the athletics at the Asian Games in the South Korean city of Inchon on Tuesday (30).