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4 JUNE 2011: FREIHOFER'S RUN FOR WOMEN 5K, USA

A record 4,816 women jammed the streets of downtown Albany for the 33rd running in which Mamitu Daska dominated. She had finished second in 2009 and third last year.

After the long climb up Madison Avenue Daska went to the front and was never headed. Last year's winner Emily Chebet and the emergent Aheza Kiros from Ethiopia stayed close to start with but Daska's strength eventually told. Chebet tried to close and in doing so moved ahead of Kiros, but she soon lost her advantage as she weakened towards the end. "I could tell that they couldn't keep up after the first mile" commented Daska, "so I kept going."

The race also saw some breakthrough US performances. Alissa McKaig stole fourth place just before the line from local favourite, Megan Hogan. In doing so, McKaig became the highest-placed American since this race was opened to international runners in 2005.

1  Mamitu DASKA                   ETH  15:19
2  Aheza KIROS                    ETH  15:23
3  Emily CHEBET                   KEN  15:29 
4  Alissa MCKAIG                  USA  15:53
5  Megan HOGAN                    USA  15:54
6  Diane Nukuri JOHNSON           BDI  15:57 
7  Everlyne LAGAT                 KEN  16:02
8  Tigist TUFA                    ETH  16:05
9  Meghan Armstron PEYTON         USA  16:13
10 Risper GESABWA                 KEN  16:15

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5 JUNE 2011: TCS WORLD 10K BANGALORE, INDIA

On a humid morning in Bangalore the two separate elite 10km races played out very differently. Philemon Limo made a decisive break before the 4km point to build up a lead which he never lost, although he slowed from 27:30 pace at halfway to record 28:01, 10 seconds slower than the course record set by Zersenay Tadese in 2008. By contrast the women's race started slowly, with a large group staying together until late into the race. Dire Tune won in the final sprint, recording the same time as Merima Mohamed, with the next three to finish also pressing very close.

MEN:
1  Philemon LIMO                  KEN  28:01
2  Leonard LANGAT                 KEN  28:09
3  Lilesa DESISA                  ETH  28:13
4  Emmanuel KIKEMEI               KEN  28:20
5  Vincent KIPRUTO                KEN  28:45
6  Aschealew MEKETA               ETH  28:47
7  Nicholas KAMAKYA               KEN  28:52
8  Tesfaye DIBABA                 ETH  28:54
9  Habtamu FIKADO                 ETH  29:04
10 Sentayehu MERGA                ETH  29:05

WOMEN:
1  Dire TUNE                      ETH  33:19
2  Merima MOHAMMED                ETH  33:19
3  Belianesh OLJIRA               ETH  33:20
4  Koren YAL                      ETH  33:21
5  Philes ONGORI                  KEN  33:22
6  Doris CHANGEYWO                KEN  33:26
7  Aselefech MERGIA               ETH  33:27
8  Edna KIPLAGAT                  KEN  33:35
9  Hilda KIBET                    NED  33:40
10 Mare DIBABA                    ETH  33:43

5 JUNE 2011: QUITO LAS ULTIMAS 15km, ECUADOR

Photos: Alan Brookes

Peru's Constantino Leon and Ecuador's Diana Landi concluded a weekend-long festival with victories in the 51st edition, writes Alan Brookes. It was Leon's first victory in four attempts, as he ran a smart race to cross the line inside Estadio Olympico after a thrilling duel with hometown favourite Segundo Jami. Landi broke away from fellow-Ecuadorian, Sandra Ruales and Kenyans Rose Jebet and Neria Asiba at 3km, to easily defend her title. Mexico's Karina Perez came through to take a distant second place.

The event was founded a half-century ago by then-President of Grupo Comercio, Jorge Ribandeneira, who still comes out on Race Day, even though El Comercio's dynamic Sales Manager, Pablo Gonzalez, has taken over as Race Director. It began as a gift from the newspaper to this city of 1.4 million, that sits directly on the equator at 2850m above sea level. With 15000 participants it has grown into the largest road race in Ecuador, and has been embraced by the community as a festival that goes far beyond running. The event showcases the best of Quito and the warmth and generosity of its people.

Conditions were ideal for the 09.00 start in front of the El Comercio/Ultimas Noticias offices on San Bartolo — overcast and 10°C. New York-based Ethiopian Alene Reta and Mexico's Hugo Romero took a pack of 11 through an ambitious first, uphill kilometre in 2:51. The lead group hit 5km in 14:48 and were then faced with a long, twisting climb up Avenida Moldonado and Loja. At the top Segundo Jami made a bold break, quickly opening up a gap of 50m. “I felt good,” said Jami. “I felt comfortable and very strong after the hill. And the cheers of the crowd encouraged me to take the risk.” Jami maintained his lead all through the Centro Historico — the first UNESCO designated World Heritage site — through Plaza Santa Domingo, with picturesque El Panecillo as an imposing background capped with its 30m statue of the Virgin of Quito, past Palacio Municipal, Iglesia San Augustin and Plaza del Teatro, and into New Town. He passed 10km in 30:09, but in the 14th kilometre Leon closed the gap and moved past decisively.

Leon trains at the 18-month old High Performance Training Centre in Huancayo, set up by the Peruvian Ministry of Sport, for marathoners. Leon credits their new Korean coach with improving their training, with more quantity and quality — but also in teaching them to run smarter, tactical races. “Last year I went too hard on the hill, and paid for it later, finishing fourth. This year, I wanted to run smarter and win. I dropped back to 5th or 6th on the hill and let the others go a bit,” he said. “I felt under control from that point.” Jami, the second child in his family, was still pleased with his second place, and was a hero to the thousands of spectators who packed the course and Estadio Olympico. He was even a little philosophical after. This was his second 2nd place at Quito Ultimas Noticias 15K. His father has also come second three times in the race. “I think I will name MY son 'Primero'” he joked.

MEN:
1  Constantino LEON               PER  46:25
2  Segundo JAMI                   ECU  46:48
3  Miguel ALMACHE                 ECU  47:09
4  Peter NKAYA                    KEN  47:12
5  Juan ORTEGA                    ECU  47:21
6  Isaac KIMAIYO                  KEN  47:56

WOMEN:
1  Diana LANDI                    ECU  52:23
2  Karina PEREZ                   MEX  53:43
3  Rose JEBET                     KEN  54:11
4  Evelyn ANANGONO                ECU  54:34
5  Neria ASIBA                    KEN  55:28
6  Sandra RUALES                  ECU  57:27

5 JUNE 2011: ZELENOGRAD HALF MARATHON, RUSSIA

MEN:
1  Dmitrii LUKIN                  RUS  1:07:42
2  Sergei BELYAKOV                RUS  1:07:48
3  Aleksei PALAGUSHIN             RUS  1:08:00
4  Vsevolod KHUDYAKOV             RUS  1:08:12
5  Sergei SHEVCHENKO              RUS  1:09:03
6  Andrei SMIRNOV                 RUS  1:09:48
7  Aleksandr GUSEV                RUS  1:10:09
8  Oleg KNYAGIN                   RUS  1:12:33
9  Konstantin SHISHOV             RUS  1:12:38
10 Maksim AGARKOV                 RUS  1:12:55

WOMEN:
1  Yulia KHAZOVA                  RUS  1:21:14
2  Elena TIKHONOVA                RUS  1:21:31
3  Ekaterina SHLYAKHOVA           RUS  1:21:35
4  Larisa KLEYMENOVA              RUS  1:22:30
5  Natalya IZMODENOVA             RUS  1:23:04
6  Elena ORLOVA                   RUS  1:23:18
7  Nina MAKSIMOVA                 RUS  1:24:57
8  Larisa USACHEVA                RUS  1:30:24
9  Ekaterina PEREVERZEVA          RUS  1:36:10
10 Michelle MITCHELL              USA  1:38:54

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6 JUNE 2011: CORK CITY MARATHON, IRELAND

MEN:
1  Sergiu CIOBANU                 2:25:34
2  Alan FOOLKES                   2:31:03
3  Colin MERRITT                  2:31:59
4  Wieslaw SOSNOWSKI              2:32:47
5  Lorcan CRONIN                  2:33:36
6  John BYRNE                     2:33:39
7  Kevin O'CONNOR                 2:33:42
8  Cathal O'CONNELL               2:34:00
9  Daniel ROTHWELL                2:37:37
10 Peter MOONEY                   2:39:07

WOMEN:
1  Angela MCCANN                  2:53:31 
2  Mary SCULLEY                   2:57:15
3  Anne CURLEY                    2:57:38 
4  Mary O'LEARY                   2:59:16 
5  Ann Marie HOLLAND              3:02:40 
6  Nollaigh HUNTER                3:02:53 
7  Gillian COTTER                 3:18:49 
8  Margo DINAN                    3:19:20 
9  Joan ENNIS                     3:20:04 
10 Louise NOLAN                   3:21:09

HALF MARATHON
MEN:
1  TJ MCHUGH                      1:12:51 
2  John MEADE                     1:14:10 
3  Brian HEGARTY                  1:15:25 

WOMEN:
7  Lizzie LEE                     1:19:45 
9  Claire MCCARTHY                1:20:48 
10 Catherine CONWAY               1:23:56 

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12 JUNE 2011: LAGUNA PHUKET INTERNATIONAL MARATHON, THAILAND

MEN:
1  Vsevolod KHUDYAKOV             RUS  2:33:51
2  Christopher PAULETT            USA  2:51:24
3  Lekcome CARADLOUNG             THA  2:54:31
4  William STARNER                USA  2:59:34
5  Rubin MCRAE                    SWE  3:03:50
6  Nick PAINE                     AUS  3:04:08
7  Ka Hung LEUNG                  CHN  3:05:45
8  Prasert PALSARN                THA  3:07:17
9  Hiroshi HONMA                  JPN  3:08:47
10 Sunichiryo ISHIGAKI            JPN  3:11:52

WOMEN:
1  Mari KAURI                     FIN  3:30:46
2  Moira LOWE                     GBR  3:39:07
3  Angela STEPHENS                AUS  3:42:45
4  Shelly CLOWES                  AUS  3:49:51
5  Alyssa MATHESON                AUS  3:52:46
6  Manami TAKAHASHI               JPN  3:58:36
7  Alexandra PETERSEN             USA  3:59:29
8  Deanna FULLER                  USA  3:59:58
9  Ewa NOSSOWICZ                  POL  4:00:37
10 Prateep THONGCHAI              THA  4:03:00

HALF MARATHON
MEN:
1  Jaray JEARANI                  THA  1:22:35
2  Charoen KANGKARO               THA  1:23:47
3  Tim LINDOP                     AUS  1:24:14

WOMEN:
1  Naomi OCHIAI                   JPN  1:26:01
2  Katia KUCHER                   CAN  1:34:10
3  Kristin MILLER                 AUS  1:36:59

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18 JUNE 2011: OLOMOUC HALF MARATHON, CZECH REPUBLIC

MEN:
1  Shami Abdulahi DAWIT           ETH  1:00:44
2  Eliud KIPTANUI                 KEN  1:01:23
3  Adugna TEKELE                  ETH  1:01:39
4  Paul Kimaiyo KIMUGUL           KEN  1:01:52 
5  Daniel Kinyua WANJIRU          KEN  1:03:35
6  Andrew KIPROP                  KEN  1:03:36
7  Micah Kiplagat SAMOEI          KEN  1:05:03
8  Thomas Muke KIROP              KEN  1:07:38
9  Ivan BABARYKA                  UKR  1:09:26
10 Pavel NOVAK                    CZE  1:10:41

WOMEN:
1  Netsenet ACHAMO                ETH  1:10:41
2  Pamela LISORENG                KEN  1:11:39
3  Tadelech BEKELE                ETH  1:12:13
4  Tatiana VILISOVA               RUS  1:14:26
5  Hellen KIMUTAI                 KEN  1:16:33
6  Kellen Mukami WAITHIRA         KEN  1:16:47
7  Petra KAMINKOVA                CZE  1:19:47
8  Radka CHURANOVA                CZE  1:20:07
9  Jitka BELOHLAVKOVA             CZE  1:23:42
10 Alena KRCHAKOVA                CZE  1:29:19

10km 
MEN:
1  Michal KUNST                   CZE  32:30
2  Pavel ONDRASEK                 CZE  34:23
3  Roman KOVAR                    CZE  36:20

WOMEN:
1  Alexandra HLATAVA              CZE  43:16
2  Stacy ZAHATNANSKY              CZE  44:01
3  Anna KOVACOVA                  CZE  45:18

18 JUNE 2011: SANTA CLAUS MARATHON, FINLAND

MEN:
1  Riccardo CHIOCCOLONI           ITA  2:53:31
2  Atef HAJ                            3:00:22
3  Nikolay TIKHOV                 RUS  3:07:37
4  Olli KYYHKYNEN                 FIN  3:08:22
5  Seppo KOIVISTO                 FIN  3:15:20
6  Jorma KINNUNEN                 FIN  3:21:11
7  Markku TERVONEN                FIN  3:22:47
8  Jarkko KIVELA                  FIN  3:23:18
9  Heimo ZOJER                         3:24:00
10 Janne KARIULA                  FIN  3:24:15

WOMEN:
1  Laura PALONIEMI                FIN  3:26:59
2  Aila UUSIKARTANO               FIN  3:34:53
3  Sina HULKKONEN                 FIN  3:58:05
4  Arja KAIVORINNE                FIN  4:06:18
5  Anne KUMPULA                        4:13:10
6  Jamie FAUGHN                        4:13:13
7  Mari AKIO                      FIN  4:13:47
8  Anke BEISSER                   GER  4:14:41
9  Sina GUMANN                         4:15:51
10 Karin WITZLAU                       4:27:15

HALF MARATHON
MEN:
1  Olaide OGUNRONBI                    1:13:49
2  Ville MAUNUKSELA                    1:19:45
3  Ernesto SILVA                       1:21:12

WOMEN:
1  Anni HEMMINKI                       1:24:49
2  Elli HEMMINKI                       1:27:56
3  Katja TIKKANEN                      1:33:14

18 JUNE 2011: PORTUMNA MARATHON, IRELAND

MEN:
1  Peter MOONEY                   IRL  2:50:54
2  Rory MOONEY                    IRL  3:03:23
3  Thomas GRIMES                  IRL  3:03:58
4  Ray OCONNOR                    IRL  3:29:57
5  Phillip RAINEY                 IRL  3:30:42
6  Christy CAHILL                 IRL  3:31:51
7  Patrick MALONE                 IRL  3:32:53
8  Brendan HESSION                IRL  3:36:23
9  Gerry MCGRATH                  IRL  3:38:44
10 Anthony JINKS                  IRL  3:39:40

WOMEN:
1  Sarah MILEY                    IRL  4:25:02
2  Fionnuala OMARA                IRL  4:29:27
3  Brenda FRANCIS                 IRL  4:38:33
4  Annmarie BERGIN                IRL  4:38:54
5  Maria MCGREGOR                 IRL  4:55:33
6  Julie HUNT                     IRL  4:58:48
7  Helen MEANY                    IRL  5:33:28
8  Andrea DILLON                  IRL  5:33:28

50km
MEN:
1  Mike CUNNINGHAM                IRL  3:44:46
2  John DESMOND                   IRL  3:48:54
3  Lyall GUINEY                   IRL  3:59:39

WOMEN:
1  Dierdre FINN                   IRL  3:58:54
2  Patricia OBRIEN                IRL  4:22:33
3  Sarah FINNERTY                 IRL  4:34:41

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19 MAY 2011: SAO PAULO INT'L MARATHON, BRAZIL

MEN:
1  David Kemboi KIYENG            KEN  2:11:53
2  Haylu Abebe DAGAGA             ETH  2:13:12
3  Musenduki Mohamed IKOKI        KEN  2:18:43
4  Laelson Da Silva SANTANA       BRA  2:20:15
5  Jair Jose DA SILVA             BRA  2:21:00
6  Marcos Alexandre ELIAS         BRA  2:21:43
7  Joao Marcos FONSECA            BRA  2:22:24
8  Eliesio Miranda DA SILVA       BRA  2:22:44
9  Gladson Alberto Silva BARBOSA  BRA  2:23:13
10 Paulo Da SILVA                 BRA  2:23:15

WOMEN:
1  Samira RAIF                    MAR  2:36:01
2  Elizabeth Rumokol CHEPKANAN    KEN  2:36:46
3  Nancy Jepkosgei KIPRONO        KEN  2:38:52
4  Sueli Pereira SILVA            BRA  2:39:10
5  Magdaline Jepkorir CHEMJOR     KEN  2:40:22
6  Marily DOS SANTOS              BRA  2:40:50
7  Marluce Quieroz Fereira BORGES BRA  2:49:01
8  Conceicao Carvalho OLIVEIRA    BRA  2:58:53
9  Silvia Regina DOS SANTOS       BRA  3:03:59
10 Leone Justino DA SILVA         BRA  3:08:37

19 JUNE 2011: MARATHON DE L'ILE MAURICE, MAURITIUS

In the early morning runners stroll and stretch before the start of the second Mauritius Marathon writes Wolfgang Slawisch. We are a mixed crowd: Serge from Mauritius, mixing it with foreign competition; Esteban, an Emirates flight captain from Costa Rica; Caroline from neighbouring Réunion, supported by her family; Helgaard and Heather fresh from a Comrades Marathon finish; and Britons David and Linda who “collect” exciting Marathons. For me it is 12 years since I was here, helping to organise a previous Mauritius Marathon that lasted only three years. I would like to help this new version to last longer.

For the first 5km we run towards the rising sun. The impressive Morne Rempart reminds me of the Matterhorn. At Tamarin, the turning point, I manage the first 70m ascent as we pass Mauritians waking up to the day. The most scenic part of the course is from Black River to Le Morne, where this impressive mountain massif rises 500m sheer out of the sea. As the road continues to climb and descend one runner after another overtakes me. Most offer a smile and a cheer, ensuring my resolve to finish. I stop at a roadside shop to buy an ice cold drink. It stops raining, the sun breaks through the clouds and my mood brightens. Waves thunder against the distant reef, whlle surfers ride them closer to the shore, and the sight of the beach lures me on.

One more ascent and the village of St. Felix appears. Soon I can hear shouts and cheers from the finish line along with Mauritian Sega music. A beautiful Mauritian woman gives me my medal, I can enjoy drinks and refreshments, but I head straight for the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.

MEN: 
1  Jacek CIELUSZECKI              POL  3:02:24
2  Vincent Pierre Joël PICHARD    FRA  3:26:53
3  Serge PERRIN                   FRA  3:46:06
4  Philippe DE LA HAUSSE               3:56:32
5  Prashant PISE                       3:58:48
6  Luximan Balvin PITTEEA              3:59:32
7  Esteban PACHECO                     4:08:09
8  Geoff JENNETT                       4:15:35
9  Marc PUSZTASZERI                    4:17:00
10 Ronald LIPPS                        4:29:16

WOMEN:
1  Caroline MERZ                  RSA  4:18:05
2  Kathryn FITRELL                USA  4:21:05
3  Caroline HALE                  FRA  4:28:11
4  Heather MULLER                      4:52:41
5  Linda MAJOR                         4:55:47
6  Julie CHABER                        5:38:37

HALF MARATHON
MEN: 
1  Henri HOAREAU                  FRA  1:28:34
2  Bruno BENATTI                  ITA  1:31:12
3  Christian SANTERRE             FRA  1:33:31

WOMEN:
1  Daniela NICOSIA                ITA  1:51:56
2  Ute DIEFENBACH                 GER  1:55:52
3  Catherine BEECHOUK             MRI  1:58:50

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25 JUNE 2011: VIDOVDAN 10km ROAD RACE, BOSNIA

The 15th edition opened not with the traditional children's races, but with a babies' race. About 40 babies crawled 5m to reach the finish line. Then the children's race started featuring an honourary competitor who was not a child — AIMS President Paco Borao. Although he did not win, he did present the medal to the winner.

There was great spectator support as usual for all 12 of the races, from babies and children's to the main 10km race at 18:00. It was windy and the temperature was 23°C, but the winners recorded great results. The first 5km was very fast but they slowed in the second half due to the wind. Kimutai Kiplimo led from the start while in the women's race Tadelech Bekele Alemu overtook Pamela Chesopich Lisoreng to win the race in the last 300m.

In all more than 6000 participants took part and in the senior race 200 of them came from 15 countries.

MEN:
1  Kiplimo KIMUTAI                KEN  28:31 
2  Adugna Tekele BIKILA           ETH  29:12
3  Paul Kimaiyo KIMUGU            KEN  29:28
4  Tamas KOVACS                   HUN  29:43
5  Andrew KIPROP                  KEN  30:01
6  Velimir BOJOVIC                SRB  31:19
7  Irimia CRISTIAN                SRB  31:34
8  Goran MCLICIC                  SRB  31:46
9  Sasa STOLIC                    SRB  31:50
10 Miroslav KOVACEVIC             BSH  32:42

WOMEN:
1  Tadelech Bekele ALEMU          ETH  33:12
2  Pamela Chesopich LISORENG      KEN  33:16
3  Lucia KIMANI                   BSH  34:27
4  Daniela CIRLAN                 ROM  34:46
5  Matea MATOSEVIC                CRO  35:25
6  Sladana PERUNOVIC              MNE  35:44
7  Marianna Cegar LUKIC           SRB  39:55
8  Viera HALASOVA                 SVK  52:22
9  Zdravka KNEZEVIC               SRB  52:34
10 Vera VELIMIROVIC               SRB  53:59

25 JUNE 2011: MIDNIGHT SUN MARATHON, NORWAY

MEN:
1  Jens Kristian BERG             NOR  2:34:18
2  Lars VELS                      DEN  2:37:55
3  Ben EVANS                      GBR  2:42:13
4  Graham HEDGER                  GBR  2:50:24
5  Roberto MORETTI                ITA  2:50:38
6  Ariel ROSENFELD                ISR  2:51:44
7  Ricardo CHIOCCOCURI            ITA  2:52:48
8  Odd-Johan JACOBSEN             NOR  2:54:09
9  Serge VALETTE                  FRA  2:54:22
10 Dag FOSSUM                     NOR  2:54:25

WOMEN:
1  Mari Johanna BROX              NOR  2:58:01
2  Annelies DEMUYNCK              BEL  3:10:00
3  Erin SKRETTINGLAND             USA  3:12:19
4  Jennifer-Anne TASTARD          GBR  3:22:46
5  Linda Karlsson KJALL           SWE  3:27:15
6  Corrie ROBEETS                 GBR  3:27:52
7  Marit Kellerud TRONRUD         NOR  3:28:24
8  Oda Sandmo KRISTOFFERSEN       NOR  3:28:39
9  Gro STRANDE                    NOR  3:36:12
10 Petra BUS                      NED  3:37:49

HALF MARATHON
MEN:
1  Robin HANSEN                   NOR  1:14:26
2  Ronny JAKOBSEN                 NOR  1:14:51
3  Jan-Inge DAHL                  NOR  1:19:10

WOMEN:
1  Frida VULLUM_BRUER             NOR  1:16:41
2  Manuela KRAMER                 GER  1:23:57
3  Louise SKAK                    DEN  1:30:02

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26 JUNE 2011: TANGAMANGA MARATHON, MEXICO

MEN:
1  Marco T Flores PARTIDA         MEX  2:25:45
2  Luis Jimenez VASQUEZ           MEX  2:35:03
3  Hector Cesar Martinez RAMIREZ  MEX  2:35:11
4  Carlos Eduardo Colorado MORAN  MEX  2:44:40
5  Victor M Mu ESCALANTE          MEX  2:46:53
6  Carlos I Mares MENDEZ          MEX  2:52:27
7  Cesar Alejandro Garcia TOVAR   MEX  2:54:17
8  Omar Coyotl CAL                MEX  2:54:21
9  Rodolfo Garrido ALTAMIRANO     MEX  2:55:18
10 Jose F Galaviz GARZA           MEX  2:55:45

WOMEN: 
1  Emma Maldonado CARMONA         MEX  3:01:33
2  Candida Gachuz PEREZ           MEX  3:14:21
3  Lourdes Jimenez VAASQUEZ       MEX  3:18:34
4  Gloria Herrera ITURBIDE        MEX  3:46:20
5  Adriana Medrano SITAL          MEX  3:47:09
6  Maria Ines Reyna MEDINA        MEX  3:51:11
7  Anna Paula Noriega GONZALEZ    MEX  3:56:45
8  Virginia Mu SEGURA             MEX  4:01:04
9  Gricelda Xitali FLORES         MEX  4:01:13
10 Maria Tereza Orozco SUAREZ     MEX  4:02:36

HALF MARATHON
MEN:
1  Arturo Ruiz MIRANDA            MEX  1:17:39
2  Javier F Hernandez REYES       MEX  1:19:08
3  Antero Luna LOPEZ              MEX  1:21:59

WOMEN:
1  Cindy Meza DOMINGUEZ           MEX  1:29:30
2  Esmeralda Marquez SERNA        MEX  1:37:48
3  Rosalina Tapia CRUZ            MEX  1:38:13

26 JUNE 2011: SCOTIABANK VANCOUVER HALF MARATHON, CANADA

Resident Kenyan Kip Kangogo, and Washington State's Ruth Perkins ran intelligent races to claim victory in the 13th edition writes Alan Brookes. A record field of 4815 participated, with another 1396 in the 5km. Weather conditions were good at the 07:00 start: windless and 12°C. Kangogo's win was his third in a row and his fastest time on the scenic course.

Kangogo led from the start, heading a pack of eight at even three minutes per kilometre pace. After 7km [21:03] Matt Loiselle started to push, reducing the group to three as Dylan Wykes and Willy Kimosop dropped back. Loiselle, Kangogo and Rob Watson passed through 10km in 29:37 before Watson slipped back and Kangogo strategically tucked in behind, allowing Loiselle to do the work until the pace began to slip approaching 15km (44:55). Kangogo let rip going up the rise on Burrard Bridge from 18-19km, covering the following downhill kilometre in 2:34. Loiselle was rewarded with a personal best time.

The women's race was a test between youth and experience. 21 year-old Keddi-Anne Sherbino burst onto the scene with two winning marathons, but had to settle for sixth place two minutes behind winner Ruth Perkins who showed guile and patience in seizing her chance. Natasha Wodak and Kate Vaughan made the early pace but at 34:34 for 10k Wodak admitted it was “far too fast”. Yet she still ended up five minutes faster than in her only other half marathon. Perkins meanwhile bided her time, running with Vaughan and only starting to chase Wodak after 10km. Wodak suffered after 14km and Perkins caught her around 18km going onto the uphill of the Burrard Bridge. Vaughan also passed Wodak to finish just 10 seconds behind.

MEN:
1  Kip KANGOGO                    KEN  1:03:22
2  Matt LOISELLE                  CAN  1:03:47
3  Rob WATSON                     CAN  1:04:20
4  Dylan WYKES                    CAN  1:04:35
5  Willy KIMOSOP                  KEN  1:06:04
6  Rejean CHIASSON                CAN  1:06:15
7  Jeremiah ZIAK                  CAN  1:07:43
8  Kevin O'CONNOR                 CAN  1:10:18
9  Judd LEVIRS                    CAN  1:14:04
10 Mark BENNETT                   CAN  1:14:38

WOMEN:
1  Ruth PERKINS                   USA  1:16:14
2  Kate VAUGHAN                   CAN  1:16:24
3  Natasha WODAK                  CAN  1:17:14
4  Gillian GOOK                   CAN  1:17:33
5  Lucy NJERI                     KEN  1:18:00
6  Keddi-Anne SHERBINO            CAN  1:18:09
7  Emily KROSHUA                  CAN  1:18:58
8  Shauna SKINNER                 CAN  1:19:12
9  Lisa HARVEY                    CAN  1:20:11
10 Jane CULLIS                    CAN  1:20:16

26 JUNE 2011: WHITE NIGHTS MARATHON, RUSSIA

MEN:
1  Abdellah TAGHRAFET             MAR  2:14:12
2  Hassane AHOUCHAR               MAR  2:14:15
3  Sergey LUKIN                   RUS  2:16:48
4  Andrey KARPIN                  RUS  2:17:28
5  Vladimir PONOMAREV             RUS  2:17:37
6  Pavel TEPLYKH                  RUS  2:17:54
7  Mikhail BYKOV                  RUS  2:19:54
8  Joel Kiplimo KEMBOI            KEN  2:22:07
9  Aleksey PALAGUSHIN             RUS  2:22:33
10 Marat ABUBAKIROV               RUS  2:22:53

WOMEN: 
1  Alevtina IVANOVA               RUS  2:38:16
2  Vera TRUBNIKOVA                RUS  2:42:26
3  Irina KOZUBOVSKAYA             RUS  2:42:54
4  Olga DEGTYARENKO               UKR  2:44:57
5  Ekaterina FATEYEVA             RUS  2:45:27
6  Oksana TEPLYKH                 RUS  2:45:43
7  Hellen KIMUTAI                 KEN  2:48:01
8  Vera IL'INA                    RUS  2:53:59
9  Anastasia ZAKHAROVA            RUS  2:54:13
10 Larisa USACHEVA                RUS  2:59:41

10km
MEN:
1  Oleg BABCHIN                   RUS  31:48
2  Mikhail BORODIN                RUS  32:08
3  Dmitriy KONDRASHOV             RUS  32:13

WOMEN:
1  Anna PETRASHENKO               RUS  36:33
2  Oksana KOPYLOVA                RUS  37:31
3  Larisa SHELEKOVA               RUS  37:37

26 JUNE 2011: STANDARD CHARTERED KL MARATHON, MALAYSIA

MEN:
1  Kennedy Kiproo LILAN          KEN  2:20:09
2  Jonathan KIPCHIRCHIR          KEN  2:20:09
3  Julius Nderitu KARINGA        KEN  2:20:14
4  Alex MELLY                    KEN  2:20:16
5  Japhet Kosgei KIPKORIR        KEN  2:20:34
6  Richard Kiprotich SOIBEI      KEN  2:20:36
7  Nelson Kirwa ROTICH           KEN  2:20:59
8  John STEPHEN                  TAN  2:22:56
9  Patrick Tambwe NGOIE          FRA  2:24:26
10 Henry Kipkosgei CHERONO       KEN  2:26:08

WOMEN:
1  Rose Keruba NYANGACHA         KEN  2:34:38
2  Rose Jepkemboi CHESIRE        KEN  2:35:12
3  Ruth Jepkoech KUTOL           KEN  2:37:24
4  Jacqueline Nyetipei KIPLIMO   KEN  2:40:38
5  Fridah Jepkite LODEPA         KEN  2:51:11
6  Emelyne Teo Jia WEI           MAS  3:32:25
7  Rachel SEE                    SIN  3:46:26
8  Meei Meei CHEAH               MAS  3:50:33
9  Swee Kim ANG                  MAS  3:58:28
10 Pei Ni YEE                    MAS  4:00:39

HALF MARATHON
MEN: 
1  Joseph MWANGI                 KEN  1:06:59
2  Paul Kimani WANGUI            KEN  1:09:21
3  John Kiprop SAMOIE            KEN  1:09:27

WOMEN:
1  Eunice Nyawira MUCHIRI        KEN  1:18:27
2  Esther Wambui KARIMI          KEN  1:19:05
3  Ann NJIHIA                    KEN  1:20:37

26 JUNE 2011: LAKE SAROMA 100km, JAPAN

MEN:
1  Kiyokatsu HASEGAWA            JPN  6:31:06
2  Hideo NOJO                    JPN  6:36:29
3  Eric WAINAINA                 KEN  6:38:40
4  Yoshikazu HARA                JPN  6:41:17
5  Masakazu TAKAHASHI            JPN  6:56:49
6  Yoshiki TAKADA                JPN  6:57:00
7  Shinji NAKADAI                JPN  6:59:37
8  Shingo INOUE                  JPN  7:02:15
9  Kenji KAYAMA                  JPN  7:15:20
10 Kenichi ITO                   JPN  7:15:50

WOMEN:
1  Naomi OCHIAI                  JPN  7:54:08
2  Shiho KATAYAMA                JPN  7:54:20
3  Yuko ITO                      JPN  7:59:15
4  Wakako OYAGI                  JPN  8:02:15
5  Mai FUJISAWA                  JPN  8:02:25
6  Yukiko ODA                    JPN  8:04:15
7  Mikiko OTA                    JPN  8:14:22
8  Emi MATSUSHITA                JPN  8:15:04
9  Yoko YAMAZAWA                 JPN  8:22:25
10 Tomoko HARA                   JPN  8:23:19

50km
MEN:
1  Kaito IWAYAMA                 JPN  2:57:29
2  Hisashi KAZAMI                JPN  3:10:00
3  Ohikara SAEKI                 JPN  3:18:27

WOMEN:
1  Yuko EZAKI                    JPN  3:38:47
2  Mayumi NAGAI                  JPN  3:49:20
3  Kioyoko YAMAMOTO              JPN  4:16:46

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