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LaShawn Merritt, Tori Bowie added to adidas Grand Prix entries

NEW YORK – World champions LaShawn Merritt and Abeba Aregawi along with top sprinters Kerron Stewart, Lolo Jones and Tori Bowie, are the latest athletes to be confirmed for Saturday’s adidas Grand Prix.

Jamaica’s Stewart is the 2008 Olympic silver medalist at 100 meters, the distance that she will run here. She won a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics as part of Jamaica’s 4×100 relay team, with which she won world titles in 2009 and 2013.

Also added to the women’s 100-meter field is Bowie, the American who is having a break-out year in the sprints. Bowie, 23, is the 2011 NCAA Champion indoors and outdoors in the long jump who stunned the sports world when she won last month’s Prefontaine Classic 200 meters in 22.18 in only her second race at the distance as a professional.

Then last week at the Rome Diamond League meeting, Bowie won the 100 meters in11:05, another personal best.

Jones, 31, is a two-time World Indoor Champion at the 60-meter hurdles. A five-time national champion, she finished fourth, just off the medal stand, in the 100-meter hurdles at the 2012 Olympics.

Merritt, 27, won two Olympic gold medals in 2008 (400m, 4x400m), and is a seven-time IAAF World Champion. The American had the fastest time in the world last year, 43.74, and finished the year ranked #1 in the world.

Aregawi will face former World champion Jenny Simpson in the 1500m, along with World 800m medallist Brenda Martinez, former World 1500m medallist Shannon Rowbury and Morgan Uceny. Mary Cain, previously announced for the 1500m, will now run a special women’s 800m.

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World leading times in BIG 25 Berlin for Abraham Cheroben and Janet Rono

Kenyans Abraham Cheroben and Janet Rono won the BIG 25 Berlin with world leading times. It was Cheroben who produced the performance of the day. The 21 year-old clocked 1:11:47, which is the fourth fastest time ever run at 25 k.

Fellow Kenyan Kenneth Kipkemoi was second with 1:12:32 while Ethiopia’s Tebalu Zawude crossed the finish line inside the Berlin Olympic Stadium in 1:13:09 for third place. Janet Rono was well ahead in the women’s race which she won with 1:24:37.

Valentine Kibet of Kenya took second in 1:26:18 while third placed Maja Neuenschwander broke the Swiss record with a time of 1:27:01. Adding other running events a total of 11,050 athletes took part in the 34th edition of the BIG 25 Berlin.

Janet Rono in action: PHOTO: Victah Sailer / BERLIN RUNS
Janet Rono in action: PHOTO: Victah Sailer / BERLIN RUNS

There was a minute of silence before the start in honour of the former president of the Berlin and German sports associations (LSB and DSB), Manfred von Richthofen, who died on Thursday. Once the runners got off in dry but cool conditions with temperatures between 8 and 11 Celsius a very fast men’s race developed.

A group of nine runners passed the 5 k mark in 14:00 and then reached 10 k in 28:20. With some tailwind during this first section of the race the split times were faster than expected and even pointed towards the world record time. This mark of 1:11:18 was established by Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto in the BIG 25 Berlin two years ago.

Two of the pre-race favourites then lost contact to the leaders. After 12 k Kenya’s double world marathon champion Abel Kirui could no longer hold on. He finally finished in sixth position with 1:14:22. Defending champion Richard Sigei of Kenya lost ground at around 16 k and later finished fourth in 1:13:11. In the leading group it was Cheroben who continued to push the pace.

After 18 k he was a few metres ahead of his two remaining rivals, Kipkemoi and Zawude. For a short period it looked as if Kipkemoi, who was tenth in the World Half Marathon Championships earlier this year, might be able to close the gap. But Cheroben was too strong and build a good lead in the final section of the race. Despite a head wind in this part of the course he clocked a superb 1:11:47.

“I think without the wind I could have run a bit faster. Additionally it was cold, but I felt fine,” said Cheroben, who only started competing internationally a year ago. At the end of March he was second in the Berlin Half Marathon in 59:14, beaten by just one step by his training partner Leonard Komon.

“I was disappointed to have lost that race, but today I am very happy to have won,” said Cheroben, who lives and trains in Kitali, which is an hour away from Eldoret. “In the autumn I am looking for a fast half marathon. I want to go sub 59 minutes,” said Cheroben.

Although finishing sixth Abel Kirui enjoyed the 25 k. “I am happy with my race. It was the first time I ran a race at this distance and I really liked it. It was great to finish inside the Berlin Olympic stadium,” Kirui said.

In the women’s race Janet Rono took the lead right from the start. The 25 year-old Kenyan passed the 5 k mark in 15:54 and then reached 10 k in 32:36. At this point she was already 37 seconds ahead of fellow-Kenyans Valentine Kibet and Rodah Tanui. However the pace was too fast. “I knew that I had to slow a bit because I would not have been able to hold onto this for the whole distance,” said Janet Rono, who still managed to increase her lead during the second part of the race. “It was a very nice race for me, I felt fine,” said Rono, who trains with elite men in Kenya. Among them is the 25 k world record holder Dennis Kimetto. “My next goal will be an autumn marathon, where I want to improve to about 2:24.”

During the second half of the race Maja Neuenschwander came through to third place. The 34 year-old broke an old Swiss record. Martine Oppliger was the former record holder with a time of 1:27:11 from 1989. Neuenschwander now improved this mark by ten seconds 25 years later.

Results, Men:
1. Abraham Cheroben KEN 1:11:47
2. Kenneth Kipkemoi KEN 1:12:32
3. Tebalu Zawude ETH 1:13:09
4. Richard Sigei KEN 1:13:11
5. Marc Korir KEN 1:14:06
5. Abel Kirui KEN 1:14:22
7. Abraham Kipyatich KEN 1:15:11
8. Peter Some KEN 1:15:59

Women:
1. Janet Rono KEN 1:24:37
2. Valentine Kibet KEN 1:26:18
3. Maja Neuenschwander SUI 1:27:01
4. Rodah Tanui KEN 1:28:38
5. Chelangat Sang KEN 1:32:06

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Rudisha, Fraser-Pryce set for adidas Grand Prix

NEW YORK CITY (April 23, 2014) – Three of the most dominant athletes in the sport are the latest superstars to join the lineup for the adidas Grand Prix, which this year marks its 10th year of brining the world’s top athletes to Icahn Stadium, organizers announced today.

David RudishaShelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Valerie Adams - who among them own five Olympic gold medals and 14 World Championships titles – will all be returning to the NYC event, set to be held this year on June 14. One of the premier track-and-field events in the world, the adidas Grand Prix has hosted two World Records and 15 National Records in its first nine years, and its fans have had the privilege of witnessing almost a dozen performances that were the fastest ever recorded on U.S. soil—including Rudisha’s awe-inspiring run here in 2012.

Tickets for the event, at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island, are on sale now at www.adidasgrandprix.com or by calling 1-877-849-8722.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica

Rudisha is the 2012 Olympic gold medalist, 2011 IAAF World Champion, and World Record-holder (1:40.91) at 800 meters. In his U.S. debut at this meet in 2012, Rudisha sent the crowd into a frenzy with a stunning final lap that saw him stop the clock at 1:41.74, the fastest time ever run in this country. The 25-year-old Kenyan holds six of the 10-fastest times in history.

Fraser-Pryce, 27, has won the past two Olympic gold medals at 100 meters, and is a six-time World Champion. Three of those world titles—at 100 meters, 200 meters, and the 4×100-meter relay—came in 2013, earning Jamaica’s sprint queen the title of 2013 IAAF Female World Athlete of the Year.

Adams, 29, is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and four-time World Champion in the shot put, and has not lost a competition in more than three years, a streak of 46 straight victories going back to August 22, 2010. The New Zealander had eight of the 10 longest
throws in the world last year, and has been ranked #1 in the world for eight of the past nine years.

Also added to the lineup are:

• Christine Ohuruogu of Great Britain, the 2008 Olympic gold medalist and reigning World Champion at 400 meters, ranked #2 in the world.

• Erik Kynard of the USA and Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar in the high jump. Kynard, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist ranked #4 in the world and Barshim, the 2014 World Indoor Champion and 2013 World Championships silver medalist ranked #2, will join the previously announced Bohdan Bondarenko of Ukraine, the 2013 World Champion ranked #1, in what promises to be among the best high-jump competitions ever seen in the U.S.

• Michael Tinsley of the USA and Javier Culson of Puerto Rico in the 400-meter hurdles. Tinsley and Culson, the 2012 Olympic silver and bronze medalists, respectively, also have three World Championships silver medals between them: two (2009, 2011) for Culson and another (2013) for Tinsley.

They will all be joined by the previously announced Olympic gold medalist and World Indoor Record- holder Jenn Suhr in the pole vault; Sally Pearson, the reigning Olympic Champion in the 100-meter hurdles, and Yohan Blake, the double 2011 World Champion (100 meters, 4×100-meter relay) and 2012 Olympic gold medalist (4×100-meter relay).

The sixth stop on the international IAAF Diamond League circuit, the adidas Grand Prix is in its 10th year at Icahn Stadium, in conjunction with the Randall’s Island Sports Alliance. The latest news, photos and information on the event can be found atwww.adidasgrandprix.com; on Facebook; and on Twitter.

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Getu Feleke running in Vienna in 2009. PHOTO: VCM / Manuel Platzer

Ethiopia’s Getu Feleke to challenge Henry Sugut at Vienna City Marathon

Course record holder Henry Sugut will face an even tougher task when he will try to win the Vienna City Marathon for an unprecedented fourth time on 13th April.

The Kenyan will face a runner from Ethiopia who has been more than two minutes faster than Sugut’s PB of 2:06:58, which is also the course record.

Organisers confirmed today that Getu Feleke was added to the start list. With a personal best of 2:04:50 the 27 year-old is the fastest runner ever entered for the race. The 31st Vienna City Marathon is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

Feleke has a special connection to the Vienna City Marathon. It was here where he competed in his first race outside Ethiopia. In 2009 the organisers staged a unique debutants’ only marathon and Feleke was among the athletes invited.

He finished seventh five years ago with a time of 2:11:47. “I have very good memories of the Vienna City Marathon. The city and the atmosphere were both impressive. I will never forget my first race outside Ethiopia,” said Feleke, who is looking forward to return to the place where his international career began.

After his debut marathon in Vienna Feleke developed very well. In the same year he improved to 2:09:32 in Amsterdam. In 2010 he clocked a fine half marathon time of 59:56 and then returned to Amsterdam, winning the race with a course record of 2:05:44.

This is his only international marathon victory so far. However he managed to improve significantly again in April 2012, when he ran his personal best of 2:04:50.

Feleke was second in Rotterdam with this time. A year ago he added another second place finish in Rotterdam. In warm weather conditions Feleke clocked 2:06:45.

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Sally Kipyego wins NYC Half on debut

New York – In the 2014 NYC Half, Sally Kipyego of Kenya set an event record of 1 hour, 08:31 seconds in her debut at the distance on Sunday.

Fellow Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai took advantage of a fall during the race and easily won the men’s title.

Mutai clocked 1:00:50 for the title after Great Britain track star and double Olympic champion Mo Farah tripped between the fifth and sixth mile; it was the third straight win in NYC for the two-time defending New York City Marathon champion.

Farah recovered to finish second in 1:01:07.

The inaugural wheelchair champions were Josh George (50:37) of the USA and Diane Roy (59:25) of Canada. Approximately 20,750 runners finished the race.

The Following are the results from the respective events

Men: http://www.nyrr.org/sites/default/files/top10_men%20%283%29%20%281%29_0.pdf

Women: http://www.nyrr.org/sites/default/files/top%2010%20women.pdf

Wheelchair Men: www.nyrr.org/sites/default/files/top men wheel.pdf

Wheelchair Women:http://www.nyrr.org/sites/default/files/top%20women%20wheel.pdf

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