This year’s Fukuoka Marathon will have 2016 winner Yemane Tsegay, 2015 world champion Ghirmay Ghebreslassie and Japanese hero Yuki Kawauchi on the start line for the IAAF Gold Label road race on 2 December.
If there was any doubt about Gelete Burka’s conversion to marathon running it was removed on Sunday (27) as the 32-year-old Ethiopian set a Canadian All Comers’ marathon record of 2:22:17 to win the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon by almost four minutes.
In the end it was the day of Ghirmay Ghebreslassie. The teenager won Eritrea’s first World Championships gold medal, taking the men’s marathon title on a day when more favoured runners wilted in the sun.
Caroline Rotich and Lelisa Desisa won the Boston Marathon titles on Monday (20) in the 119th running of the IAAF Gold Label Road Race. Rotich’s victory was the biggest race of her career to date, and Desisa returned to put good memories in place of bad ones from the race he won in 2013.
Despite much of the course blanketed in an early morning fog, the 2014 Scotiabank Ottawa marathon, an IAAF Silver Label Road Race, saw Ethiopia’s Yemane Tsegay and Tigist Tufa produce course records on Sunday (25).
Spectators lining the streets of Ottawa on Saturday night (24) will witness an epic race as two-time New York Marathon champion Geoffrey Mutai faces 2010 world half marathon champion Wilson Kiprop in the Lowertown Brewery Ottawa 10km, the first of the Canadian capital city’s two IAAF Silver Label Road Races.
The 2013 Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon produced course records in both the men’s and women’s races thanks to the Ethiopian pair of Tariku Jufar and Yeshi Esayias, who ran 2:08:05 and 2:25:31 respectively, but elite athlete coordinator Manny Rodrigues is optimistic that both marks will be reduced further on Sunday 25 May.
Yemane Tsegay Adhane has been looking for a fast performance for almost 18 months to consolidate his reputation as one of the quickest marathon men around and, after a frustrating 2013, he hopes to finally find it at the Daegu International Marathon, an IAAF Silver Label Road Race, on Sunday (6).