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Following the latest exploits of Kenyan runners on the road, it has become apparent that we are heading towards an explosion of times towards the 2h01-2h02 region and it looks as though just a matter of time before Patrick Makau‘s recent world record of 2h03:38 in Berlin makes way.

More runners are storming into the 2h03s, already two ‘legally’ with Wilson Kipsang and Geoffrey Mutai very much confirmed in New York to be potentially lying in that territory too, this year while the ease and numbers that people are ranging in the 2h05-2h06s with is frightening these days. Suffice to say that 25 individuals have covered the distance under 2h07 this season and double world champion Abel Kirui or great Gebre Gebrselassie are not among them – let alone that the Ethiopians have massively underperformed with not a single presence in that frame this season!

Of course, the raging hunt for the possession of the world record could be put on hold by some of the top contenders as the London Olympics are drawing near fast. But with only three places available on the Kenyan team some are inevitably going to miss out and could afford to turn their efforts towards this end. Gebrselassie should be excepted, though, since he needs to ensure of a qualifying next time out and London has got to be his swansong provided he makes it there.

So who is the man that is going to claim right to the world record next in your view?


Patrick Makau conquers top of the world in an awesome world record of 2h03:38 in Berlin

You can never dismiss Paula Radcliffe, can you? She has made several miraculous comebacks against the odds through her outstanding career but maybe this one could go down as the hardest and most daring to date, shaking off a dismal display in the streets of London in late May and a last couple of seasons deep in the shadows to firmly restore her game back into the thick of affairs. That demands some courage, grit and class to pull off and she showed them all!

Much to virtually everyone’s surprise, she even dared challenge stride for stride a flowing debutant Florence Kiplagat (KEN), as if driven by her predator competitive instict rather than the particular dictates of the race, over the first 12km at a pace around low 2h20 which could have spelled suicide to her hopes – even herself admitted pre-race that this was very much of a journey in the dark. But her gamble paid off to drive her out into the light.

Florence Kiplagat runs away with victory in the ninth fastest time ever as Paula Radcliffe secures that much needed Olympic qualifying A standard some way behind

The Kenyan did finally break away to move through the gears into an overwhelming victory in 2h19:44, second fastest this term and ninth all-time over the distance, but the Brit held her ground in resilient fashion all along even though her pace was slightly dropping off. In the end, she had to give way only to fast-finishing Irina Mikitenko (GER), runner-up in a SB of 2h22:18, in the late stages but gritted her teeth to a classy 2h23:46 to nail that much needed A qualifying standard and revive her Olympic dream and challenge.

For she may have lost convincingly on the day but her rivals must have paid heed to her remarkable recovery of form as they know that 10 months is a sufficient enough spell for her to get back on the very top of her game, entertaining them all on her home ground in London in the battle for the Olympic crown next summer.

23-year-old Ethiopian Atsede Habdamu could very well claim the title of the most consistent performer of the year as she crept a second inside her PB in 2h24:25, occupying the 4th slot again as in Dubai in January.

For good measure, Radcliffe’s time was her fastest since her 2h23:09 in the Big Apple in 2007 and the best by a Brit since Mara Yamauchi’s 2h:23.12 in 2009. Among the other British girls coming home a long way behind, Amy Whitehead knocked off nearly four minutes to a new best of 2h35:39 in 14th place and Becky Penty removed close to six minutes from her own to a new figure of 2h36:19 for 17th.

The limelight, though, was dominated by that amazing runner Patrick Makau and he merited every ouche of it as he stormed to a new world record of 2h03:38, slashing a sound 21 secs off the previous landmark. Despite the imperious figure of the Emperor Haile Gebrselassie in the field, the very owner up to the race, the Kenyan was apparently struggling to rein in his pace and was itching to go as the leading pack breezed midway through in 61:44, and when he went around the 26th km he really let it rip and wasn’t to be caught.

Like Radcliffe, ‘Gebre’ was riding pretty much on a flatline matching the Kenyan’s every stride; but unlike the Briton, he didn’t take his foot off the gas the slightest and when he tried to contain Makau’s break he turned over swiftly a kilometre later. He had to momentarily drop out with breathing problems only to rush back in to the chase of the Kenyan a minute or so later, but was eventually forced to throw in the towel around the 35th to a bitter ending to his quest for an Olympic qualifier.

In the wake of a rampant Makau, pacemaker Stephen Chemlany felt inspired to hang on to second in 2h07:55, a smashing PB, and Edwin Kimaiyo made it a clean sweep for the Kenyan contingent in 2h09:50, also a big PB.

Not far off behind them reeled out the other, even more astonishing, successful British story of the event that even the finest of scriptwriters would have struggled to come up with. Scott Overall, wavering between distances for seasons, on his debut and on a bumpy ride in the run-up, got off to a sizzling pace around 2h09 that might have set some alarms going early but, to everyone’s astonishment, kept feeling and going strong on and on to pull off the unthinkable eventually. He did not only finish a smashing fifth and top non-African… Overall, but also came to clinch a massive Olympic A qualifier of 2h10:55 which very much equates to half a berth on the British Olympic team.

Of course, there is a long way ahead and many can happen but one thing the Blackheath runner hasn’t got to worry about is necessarily racing over the distance again or chasing a time up to the Olympics, which is a considerable edge over his compatriots in the race for spots in London. By the way, his debut time constitutes the fastest clocking by a Briton since Thomas Abyu‘s 2h10:37 in 2007 in Dublin.

Former steeplechaser Ben Whitby came 11th in 2h16:27 (SB) and Tony Ford was 18th in 2h17:16 (SB) among other Britons behind.


Men 1.Patrick Makau (KEN) 2h03:38 (WR, AR, PB), 2.Stephen Chemlany (KEN) 2h07:55 (PB), 3.Edwin Kimaiyo (KEN) 2h09:50 (PB), 4.Felix Limo (KEN) 2h10:38 (SB), 5.Scott Overall (GBR) 2h10:55 (PB), …, 11.Ben Whitby (GBR) 2h16:27 (SB), 17.Anthony Ford (GBR) 2h17:16 (SB), 21.Andi Jones (GBR) 2h18:34 (SB)

Women 1.Florence Kiplagat (KEN) 2h19:44 (PB), 2.Irina Mikitenko (GER) 2h22:18 (SB), 3.Paula Radcliffe (GBR) 2h23:46 (SB), 4.Atsede Habdamu (ETH) 2h24:25 (PB), 5.Tatyana Petrova (RUS) 2h25:01 (PB), …, 14.Amy Whitehead (GBR) 2h35:39 (PB), 17.Becky Penty (GBR) 2h36:19 (PB)



Post-race news

***Kenyan Olympic Selection Poser – Over 150 men and 50 women led by the likes of Patrick Makau and Mary Keitanyhave obtained the Olympic qualifying marks so far in Kenya giving selectors a nice ‘heavy’ headache in view of London.


***Patrick Makau’s new marathon world record reignites the question of how fast man can go


***Haile Gebrselassie turns his sights on Dubai


After a long summer of relentless pulsating action of athletics, we’re going to need to get used to some more ‘spare’ menus over the following few months as far as the new indoor season gets underway in January. Not that this is necessarily bad as everyone around could use a little break, turn our attention on other things and come back with a sharpened up appetite for more after New Year. As of this weekend, it is going to be mainly road, and later cross-country, events that are going to entertain us in the meantime and there are a few big affairs lined up over the next couple of days like the 5th Avenue Mile in New York and the Berlin Marathon, featuring Paula Radcliffe on her return to top notch racing as she attemps to revive her Olympic dream, tomorrow. So let’s catch up with the action as it shapes up around:

5th Avenue Mile, New York, USA, September 24

Great Bernard Lagat (USA) wrapped up a fabulous season of the highest quality in style as he convincingly knocked last year’s winner Amine Laalou (MAR) off  his  prestigious seat by well over a second in a time of 3:50.5 to 3:51.7, the fastest winning time on the course since Aussie Craig Mottram‘s 3:49.9 in 2005. For that matter, Kiwi Olympic silver medalist Nick Willis also set 3:50.5 winning the 2008 edition of the race.

Third was a surprisingly strong David Torrence (USA) in a fast 3:52.4 to hold off astounding compatriot Jeff See who ended up just outside the top three in an excellent 3:52.9. By contrast, noted Kenyan Boaz Lalang sank way down the field in 14th place slightly inside 4 mins (3:59.1).


1.Bernard Lagat (USA) 3:50.5, 2.Amin Laalou (MAR) 3:51.7, 3.David Torrence (USA) 3:52.4, 4.Jeff See (USA) 3:52.9, 5.Craig Miller (USA) 3:54.4, 6.Jon Rankin (USA) 3:54.7, 7.Gareth Heath (USA) 3:55.3, 8.Jeff Riseley (AUS) 3:56.6, 9.Haron Lagat (KEN) 3:57.0, 10.Anthony Famiglietti (USA) 3:57.1, …, 14.Boaz Lalang (KEN) 3:59.1, 17.Nick Symmonds (USA) 4:04.9

Bernard Lagat lays down his law in the men’s mile

World 1500m champion Jenny Simpson, a former steeplechaser, topped off a nearly surreal campaign to winning ways in the women’s version in 4:22.3 as she edged out Sally Kipyego (KEN) and Hannah England, who finished tied for second and third in 4:22.6, although the anticipated challenge of Diamond League winner Morgan Uceny surprisingly never really took shape, coming a distant sixth in 4:26.2 . The winner’s time was the fastest since Lisa Dobriskey‘s 4:18.6 shortly after the Beijing Olympics in 2008 come to that.

England, for her part, must be feeling pleased to wrap up a wonder season on a high with yet another high-profile top three placing to bolster up her foothold in the top tier of the middle distances on the global stage. As a matter of fact, what a trio of milers could Britain field in London if England, Dobriskey, Steph Twell, who made a low-key return to racing this weekend, and Charlene Thomas are all healthy and on top of their game!

Shannon Rowbury, the winner of the previous two occasions, endured a modest display to trail home seventh in 4:27.0 where Daegu ‘chase finalist Barbara Parker enjoyed an encouraging run in 4:31.7 to round out the top ten.


1.Jenny Simpson (USA) 4:22.3, 2.Sally Kipyego (KEN) 4:22.6, 3.Hannah England (GBR) 4:22.6, 4.Ingvill Makestad Bovim (NOR) 4:24.6, 5.Susan Kuijken (HOL) 4:25.5, 6.Morgan Uceny (USA) 4:26.2, 7.Shannon Rowbury (USA) 4:27.0, 8.Sarah Hall (USA) 4:29.1, 9.Brenda Martinez (USA) 4:29.6, 10.Barbara Parker (GBR) 4:31.7, …, 14.Alysia Montano (USA) 4:34.0, 20.Maggie Vessey (USA) 4:44.5

Jenny Simpson tops off a fairytale season winning the women’s mile with Hannah England just pipped on the line for a still excellent third

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Luckwell hits Olympic A qualifier in the javelin

Merwyn Luckwell, the former rugby player that has turned a javelin thrower, picked up where he left off last weekend to launch his spear to a stunning PB of 83.52m and gain a sound foothold well inside the Olympic A qualifying territory, backed up with his second furthest throw ever of 82.92m in the process. That took place at a low-profile meet in Wales as the 26-year-old smashed his previous best of 81.05m dating back to early 2009 at the European Winter Long Throws Champs at Compiegne (France) and added almost three metres to his SB of 80.60m.

On top of that, Luckwell moves up two places into sixth in the British all-time lists with the new specification while his new lifetime mark is the best landed by a Briton since Nick Nieland, who has made a coy return to action himself this season, set 84.70m in Riga (Letonia) in 2006. Needless to say, he has as good as put one foot in the Olympic team as only James Campbell and maybe Lee Doran look capable of reaching the A standard next summer of the other javelin throwers around the country. Though that could well be subject to change.

Also noteworthy was Richard Shuttleworth‘s substantial PB of 72.52, improving from 71.61m last  weekend, to narrowly miss out on the domestic U20 rankings top held by Joe Dunderdale a mere 3cm higher. Both today performers train under Esa Utriainen.


International Race Walking Naumburg, Naumburg, Germany, September 24

Alex Wright, still 20, walked to a big SB and UK-leading mark of 1h26:42 over 20km to overtake groupmate Tom Bosworth, a SB of 1h27:18m, to the top of the domestic rankings this season, improving from 1h28:07 in Lugano (Switzerland) last March. Both athletes train under Andy Drake by the way.

Irishman Brendan Boyce secured the Olympic A qualifying standard as he clocked a solid 3h57:58 over the far longer tough 50km distance.

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Thompson back in good shape in the streets of London

Chris Thompson, the European 10000m silver medalist, showed that he is well back on track as he set a massive PB of 62:11 for third over the Run To The Beat half marathon held mainly round the streets of Lambeth and Greenwich in South London yesterday. According to a tweet by Jemma Simpson it was done in a so-called ‘tempo run’ which makes the display even more impressive, a nice confidence boost after missing Daegu despite a superb start to the season.

Two Kenyans, not anything unusual, finished ahead of him in Milton Kiplagat Rotich (61:19) and Edwin Kipyego (61:57) while their compatriot Alice Mogire impressed with a 69:51 clocking as first woman home.




SEAA Road Relays, Aldershot, 24-25 September

The event marked the low-key return of Steph Twell to action for the first time since suffering that freak injury over cross-country in Belgium last winter and the apparent good news is that she has come off in one piece and unscathed, which may have been presumably her main goal testing her leg over its response in racing conditions.

For that matter, Charlie Purdue showed a sharp return to form as she clocked easily the fastest leg of the day in 12:15, a three seconds faster than last year when she was flying on every surface at this stage.

Both athletes are coached by Mick Woods for good measure.

Fastest legs

1.Charlotte Purdue (U23) 12:15, 2.Emelia Gorecka 12:48, 3.Jess Peterson 12:48,…, 7.Emma Pallant (U23) 13:01, 8.Steph Twell (U23) 13:03


Heslop draws the eye in Swansea

Justina Heslop has remained firm on a trail into new territories as she edged the Swansea Bay 10km in a lifetime best of 32:40 ahead of Kenyan Edith Chelimo (32:48), an 71:21 half-marathon performer this term, to slash 31 secs off her previous marker. Incidentally, she recently set also a best of 73:12 over the half-marathon in the Czech Republic.

Gemma Steel was third in 33:47 and veteran now triathlete Andrea Whitcombe, who was fourth at the 1990 World U20 Championships over 3000m, fourth in 33:53.

On the men’s side, Phil Wicks was second in 29:43 to Kenyan Edwin Kipkorir, who clocked 29:29 some way ahead, with Ben Tickner third in 30:14 and U23 Welshman Dewi Griffiths fourth in 30:22.