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Boston Marathon affects latest World Rankings

World Rankings

The latest All-Athletics.com World Rankings have been released. This week the biggest effect came from the Boston Marathon.

Men’s winner Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot of Kenya moved from 28th to the 6th position, while Ethiopian Tekesde Kebede, who was second in Boston, went from 24th to 13th place.

Winner of the women’s race, Teyba Erkesso of Ethiopia, improved from 17th to the 8th rank. Thanks to her silver medal position in Boston, Russian Tatyana Pushkareva rash from the 129th to the 33rd position.

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Report: Moses Tanui Injured, David Lelei killed in auto accident

Former 10,000-meter world champion Moses Tanui was injured and former world championship runner David Lelei killed in an auto accident on the outskirts of the Kenyan capital, the Daily Nation newspaper reported Wednesday.

Tanui sustained serious leg and chest injuries and was rushed to Nairobi Hospital, where the newspaper described his condition as being “out of danger.”

The 44-year-old Tanui won the 10,000 at the 1991 world championships in Tokyo and silver in 1993, narrowly losing to Haile Gebrselassie.

He was the first athlete to run a half marathon in under 60 minutes — finishing in 59 minutes, 47 minutes at Milan in ’93. He is also a former Boston Marathon winner.

The 38-year-old Lelei was a finalist in the 1,500 at the 1999 world championships in Seville, Spain, and in the 800 at the world indoors at Lisbon, Portugal, in 2001.

“It is too early to speculate the cause of the accident because this area is a known black spot and has claimed lives of several people,” Nakuru Police commander Johnstone Ipara told the newspaper.

Lelei was an official of Athletics Kenya and was an active coach.

Ethiopian runners affected by murder-suicide

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