NAGOYA WOMEN’S MARATHON, JAPAN (IAAF Gold)
Whilst Tokyo Marathon last weekend had a faster top three with the podium all coming in under 2:21:05, the Women’s only Nagoya Marathon lived up to its normal standard of being a more competitive race, with the top 10 all within 2:25:25 (compared to 2:31:19 for Tokyo). Kenyans Jepkesho and Jemili mad moves at the 25k mark after the pacers dropped out. Namibian Johannes worked her way up to overtake them just after 39k and went on to set a new Namibian record. Full IAAF report here: https://www.iaaf.org/news/report/nagoya-lake-biwa-barcelona-big-half-marathon
1. Helalia JOHANNES, NAM 2:25:25 (3 min positive split after going halfway in 1:11:18)
2. Visiline JEPKESHO, KEN 2:22:58
3. Valary JEMELI, KEN, 2:23:01
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La mia terza maratona : Nagoya 2019 . Mi sono presa un bel rischio passando alla mezza in 1h 11 20 , ma sapevo di stare bene e aver lavorato duramente in questi mesi ... Una volta partita ho deciso di non fare troppi calcoli e seguire le sensazioni . Questo risultato mi sta insegnando, mai come prima ,che bisogna avere il coraggio di osare (usando sempre la testa ) . Ieri avrei potuto fallire clamorosamente ma sarebbe comunque stato peggio rimanere con il rimpianto di non averci provato ! . Ph @hasi0824
Other notable performances were from Sara Dossena of Italy (https://www.instagram.com/sara_dossena) who ran an all-or-nothing race to come 7th in 2:24:00 after failing to start at the Maraguma Half marathon back in February. Also on top form, Rachel Cliff (https://www.instagram.com/raecliff) of Canada who broke the previous Canadian record of 2:28:00 set by Lanni Marchant in 2013, running 2:26:56 to finish 15th. There were no GBR athletes in the elite start.
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An almost 2 minute PB and national record this morning at the Nagoya Women’s Marathon. Could not be happier!!! There were a few bumps on the road in this marathon build but things came together when they needed to. Thanks so much for the support and messages - I really appreciate all of them! And big thanks to @bcendurance (and all my teammates!) @chriswinter2, my fam and friends, @formcoaching @vanrunco @totalsportsus @haasruns @wataruogushi and the organizing committee at the Nagoya marathon. #canadianrunning #nagoyawomensmarathon #lovetherun #marathon
Now that these two big races are over, places for Japan’s Olympic Trials qualifying race, The Marathon Grand Championship, are pretty much decided. It’s a similar deal to the US Olympic Trials race in Altlanta, which we talked about last week but with tougher times to hit.
As Japan Running News explains, the criteria to get a shot at the trials are:
Between Aug. 1, 2017 and Apr. 30, 2019, on any IAAF-certified world record-eligible course
sub 2:24:00 (compared to 2:37:00 or 2:45:00 for the USA A and B levels)
averaging under 2:28:00 in their two fastest record-eligible races within the same window
OH, and you can also get in these ways too…
Top three if under 2:28:00 + the next three if under 2:27:00 at the 2018 and 2019 Osaka International Women's Marathon and Nagoya Women's Marathon
Top three under 2:29:00 + next three if under 2:28:00.at 2017 and 2018 Saitama International Marathon
1st place if under 2:32:00 + next five if under 2:30:00 at the 2017 and 2018 Hokkaido Marathon
Placing within the top eight at the 2017 London World Championships
Any medal at the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games
You can see the current list of qualifiers here pre- Nagoya 2019 http://www.mgc42195.jp/finalist/
So, for Nagoya, Reia Iwade has nabbed a place dipping under the qualifying time by 8 seconds to place 5th and 1st Japanese runner. Additionally The bonus ‘top three…blah blah’ rule means that Kayoko FUKUSHI (2:24:09) and Miyuki UEHARA (2:24:19) get a spot, as do Sairi MAEDA (2:25:25), Mizuki TANIMOTO (2:25:28), Aya IKEMITSU (2:26:07) because it was a generally fast race. That brings the total number of qualifying women to 14, 8 of whom have also cleared the recently announcer IAAF Olympic qualifying standards.
Full results for Nagoya are here http://womens-marathon.nagoya/__assets/_womens/pdf/result/2019_result.pdf
By the way, single sex marathons are common in Japan and there was a Men’s only race at Lake Biwa, Otsu, on the same day.
THE ZURICH BARCELONA MARATHON (IAAF Bronze), SPAIN
1 Kuftu Tahir 2:24:44 ETH
2 Josephine Chepkoech 2:25:29 KEN
3 Joy Kemuna 2:25:34 KZN
Holly Rush showed that her trail legs can handle the road too, coming 11th in 02:47:23 with Helen Hayes (London City AC) and Amy Sarkies (Rugby and Northampton AC https://twitter.com/SarkiesAmy) coming in the top 20 for GB as well.
While in the men’s race, the lead three sat as a pack until the final 400m and then sprinted for the finish, the women’s race was interesting in a different way. Steph Twell went out with intent as she always does, leading the race with Charlotte Purdue early on before striding ahead. Purdue and Charlotte Arter ended up running alone a lot on a VERY windy day, so for Purdue to work her way back a few miles before the end to overtake Twell decisively was even more impressive. Halyey Carruthers continues her amazing rise with a nearly 4 min PB and 4th place. Lily Partridge is still battling sciatica issue and will be hoping to get them sorted before London in just over a month’s time.
Full results https://www.thebighalf.co.uk/results/2019/
HUAWEI ROMAOSTIA HALF MARATHON (IAAF Gold)
1. Lonah Salpeter, ISR, 1:06:40
2. Diana Kipyokei, KEN 1:07:13
3. Antonina Kwambai KEN 1:07:50
Lucy Marland of Cardiff AC came 14th in 1:19:53
IN OTHER NEWS
There’s a big old debate going on about the IAAF’s decision to scrap 5k and 10k races from the Diamon League series. Oh and they’ve announced the 2020 Olympic qualifying criteria too. summary: it’s tough. https://www.iaaf.org/competition/standards/2020
Steve magness reacted:
You can see Adharanand Finn’’s piece at Fast Running here
The longest distance for an IAAF diamond league event will be 3,000 meters from 2020 onwards... IAAF announced this morning.— Steve Magness (@stevemagness) March 11, 2019
Way to shoot distance running in the foot.
and read ex-5k professional runner Lauren Fleshman’s tweets here
Canadian Running reports:
The 2019 United Airlines NYC Half-Marathon has a truly star-studded lineup. Canadian marathon record holder Cam Levins and 2015 Pan Am Games medallist Sasha Gollish will toe the line against some of the best distance runners in the world on Sunday, March 17
They’ll be joining Des Linden on the start line as well as the half marathon world record holder, Joyciline Jepkosgei and two-time marathon world champion Edna Kiplagat. There will be coverage on twitter https://twitter.com/nyrr
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