Haile Gebrselassie's remarkable recovery strength saw him score a runaway success in Sunday's Seven Hills race in Nijmegen. The Ethiopian star only five weeks after clocking 2:06:20 hours the world's fastest time of the year in the Amsterdam marathon, was again in unbeatable form. Gebrselassie breaking away after nine kilometres of the 15K road race in the Netherlands city, stifled the threat of Zersenay Tadesse to win in a very fast time of 41:57 minutes.
After a two year absence from marathon running, Naoko Takahashi won the Tokyo Women's Marathon today with a 2:24:39 performance. On this course wo years ago, Takahashi was overhauled by Elfenesh Alemu at 39 kilometres. This time, it was Takahashi who surged away from Alemu in the 35th kilometre. Thus what many considered to be a race of redemption for the 2000 Olympic champion became a great comeback story, particularly since she carried injuries into the race.
Making her first marathon appearance since 2003, Naoko Takahashi, the 2000 Olympic champion, will be the chief attraction at Sunday’s Tokyo Women’s Marathon, which doubles as the 89th National Championship and the qualifying race for next year’s Asian Games. Naoko Takahashi is a double real,- BERLIN MARATHON champion from 2001 and 2002. In 2001 she became the first women ever to break 2:20, when she won the real,- BERLIN MARATHON with 2:19:46.
Track and Field Athletics is the most universally known and practised of all sports. Its modern forms emerged for the most part around 1860 in Great Britain and USA. Its coming of age was accelerated with the revival of the Olympic Games (Athens 1896) and the foundation of the IAAF (International Amateur Athletic Federation) in Berlin, 1913. The latter is the governing body of the sport with over 200 affiliated countries, still with the same letterhead which now stands for International...