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USATF and road racing update

posted by The Track & Field Superblog
Monday, December 5, 2011 at 1:35pm EST

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This past weekend’s USATF Convention was far more interesting than you’d figure a bunch of meetings would be. More about that later today.

Road Racing

The Fukuoka International Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, was held on Sunday in the Japanese city. Kenya’s Josphat Ndambiri won in 2:07:36, his first-ever marathon.

The race functioned as one of Japan’s Olympic selection races, and “citizen marathoner” Yuki Kawauchi was the first Japanese runner across the line. But his less-than-impressive time did not get him automatic selection, and he plans on running again at Tokyo in February.

Leading results
1. Josphat Ndambiri (KEN) 2:07:36
2. James Mwangi (KEN) 2:08:38
3. Yuki Kawauchi (JPN) 2:09:57
4. Masato Imai (JPN) 2:10:32
5. Dmitri Safronov (RUS) 2:11:29

The Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore, an IAAF Silver Label Road Race, was held on Sunday in the city-state. Winners were Kenyans Charles Mwai Kanyao (2:14:33) and Irene Jerotich Kosgei (2:46:32).
IAAF report and results

The LCM Montferland Run 15k was run on Sunday in the Dutch city of ‘s Heerenberg.
Leading results
MEN
1. Philip Langat (KEN) 42:34
2. Hailu Mekonnen (ETH) 42:55
3. John Mwangangi (KEN) 43:13
WOMEN
1. Abebech Afework, (ETH) 49:19
2. Edna Kiplagat (KEN) 49:42
3. Hilda Kibet (NED) 49:48
IAAF report and results

The Zappos.com Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Half-Marathon was run on Sunday evening. Apparently, what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas, because we have a race report. Winners were Sean Houseworth (1:03:12) and Aussie Benita Willis (1:10:40); Houseworth’s time qualifies him to next month’s Olympic Trials.
Running Times report

The California International Marathon was run in Sacramento on Sunday. Winners were Kenyan Erick Monyenye (2:11:50) and Ethiopian Serkalem Biset Abrha (2:33:40). Eight US men and twenty-five women earned the Olympic Trials qualifying mark.
Sacramento Bee story

Cross Country

The fifth meet in the NBK/AK National Cross Country series was held on Saturday in Nyahururu, Kenya. Winners were Paul Lonyangata and Margaret Wangari.
IAAF report and results

The Cross Internacional de la Constitución was run on Sunday in the Madrid suburb of Alcobendas. Kidane Tadese (Eritrea) won over 2010 World XC champ Joseph Ebuya (Kenya) in a late surge. Priscah Jepleting (Kenya), 5th at last year’s World XC, won the women’s race.
IAAF report and results

Track and field

The USTFCCCA has all the weekend’s college results.

New Zealand 16-year-old shot putter Jacko Gill got an Olympic qualifier of 20.38 over the weekend. It’s an Olympic ‘B’ mark but beats Athletics New Zealand’s qualifying mark of 20.30.

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