<p">Marathon Olympic Champion Mizuki Noguchi presented
herself in top shape on Sunday. The 27
year-old Japanese, who is preparing for the real,- BERLIN MARATHON on September
24th as the defending champion, won the Sapporo Half Marathon
despite windy weather conditions in a new course record of 68:14 minutes. She
bettered the old record set by Olympic marathon runner-up Catherine Ndereba by
nine seconds. The Kenyan, who had won the race last year ahead of Noguchi, was
running as well in the strong haf marathon event. But it wasn’t a good race for
Ndereba. She was only eighth in 71:50 minutes.
Mizuki Noguchi set the pace of the race right from the
start. Only momentaryly the later runner-up Hiromi Ominami (Japan/1:09:19) led
the group. But when Noguchi, the Asian marathon record holder (2:19:12 hours in
Berlin 2005), got away from the group at 14 k Ominami had no chance. „As she
increased the pace she didn’t even breathe hard,“ said Ominami when asked by a
journalist of the web page www.iaaf.org.
Ongori Philes (Kenya) came
in third in 1:10:00.
want to improve my personal best at the Berlin Marathon"
„It was windy and therefore I didn’t expect to better
the course record. But I felt very good and that’s why I was running fast. I
want to improve my personal best at the Berlin Marathon,“ said Mizuki Noguchi to
Japanese will now prepare for the real,- Berlin Marathon in St. Moritz
(Switzerland) as in the year before.
<p">In the men’s race the Kenyan Cyrus Njui won in 61:16 minutes
ahead of the Ethiopian Girma Assefa (61:21) and Tesfaye Girma (61:24).
Gete Wami wins Utica Boilermaker
Utica Boilermaker there was a Kenyan triple triumph. Sammy Rongo won the traditional
15 k race, which was held in Utica (New York State) for the 29th time, in 43:16
minutes ahead of countrymen Wilson Kiprotich (43:30) and William Chebor
(43:39). In the women’s race another runner of the upcoming real,- Berlin Marathon
on September 24th showed good shape: Gete Wami (Ethiopia). The 10,000
m World Champion of 1999 and Olympic 2000 runner-up clocked 49:31 minutes. In a
duel of two world class marathoners she prevailed against Susan Chepkemei. The
Kenyan finished two seconds later. Third was Jemima Jelegat (Kenya/49:39).