The parents and sister of one of the group’s top runners, Leila Aman, who were also the mother and father in law to 2008 Boston Marathon and Houston Marathon champion Dire Tune, were shot and killed by Aman’s brother in-law. The incident has forced some of the runners to stop training during a period of mourning.
The runners are also thinking about canceling competitive plans this fall. Tune is considering the New York City Marathon on Nov. 1.
“I still cannot believe what happened,” said Adilo, who received a phone call about the shooting from fellow coach and agent Gemedu Dedefo, the husband of Ethiopian elite marathon runner Leila Aman (2:27.18 in the 2004 Berlin Marathon)…..Read More
BERLIN — Ethiopian legend Haile Gebrselassie will race against Duncan Kibet in what is expected to be an exciting contest in the Berlin Marathon.
The September 20th event which features the two fastest performers over the distance, will take place on a fast course that could very well present another super time.
Gebrselassie, who has been dominant at this category in his career, won the race last year with a world record performance of two-hours 3mins 59 seconds to break the previous world mark of 2:04:26.
But Kenyan star Kibet will definitely be around after proving is talent with a 2:04:27 personal best to win the Rotterdam Marathon in April of this year. The time is the third fastest ever behind Gebrselassie’s two bests.
Earlier this year, Gebrselassie announced that he will try to break his own world marathon record again.
The fast course through the German capital has seen six world records since 1998.
NAIROBI – Beijing Olympic marathon champion says he had decided to withdraw from the IAAF World Championships last this summer in attempt to concentrate on break the world record in the Berlin marathon.
The 22-year-old who was named in a Kenyan 20 athletes training squad to prepare for the worlds, decided to give up his spot, citing the closeness of the two meetings in the German city, as the prime reason.
"I had already set out my programme to run in the Berlin marathon on September 20 and there was no way I could reverse that decision right away," Wanjiru was quoted as saying on Thursday.
The world championship will be held from August 15-23 with the marathon coming a month later.
Athletics Kenya (AK) press officer Peter Angwenyi, who confirmed Wanjiru’s withdrawal, said the runner has been replaced by four-time Boston marathon winner Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot, who was originally selected as a reserve.
Included in the team is Duncan Kibet, the world’s second fastest marathon runner who clocked 2:04.27 in Rotterdam in April.