Monthly Archives: April 2012

List of Kenya Marathon Team For 2012 London Olympics

Athletics federation of Kenya named six marathon runners to represent Kenya at 2012 London Olympics marathon. The picking of marathon runners has been a controversial issue because Kenya does not hold a marathon trial instead the selection is like election of the Pope. A secret committee meets in a back-room and decides. The criteria they use is anyones guess.

Kenya Mens Marathon Team 2012 Summer Games 

  1. Abel Kirui – A two time World Marathon Champion. The guy has never won a major marathon and has a PB of 2:05:04 but he seems to produce the goods when it comes to major Championships.
  2. Wilson Kipsang – He is the second fastest marathon runner in the world. He has won the Rotterdam Marathon plus he just won 2012 London marathon.
  3. Moses Mosop – He is the winner of 2011 Boston marathon and 2011 Chicago marathon.

Kenya Womens Marathon Team 2012 London Olympics.

  1. Mary Keitany – She has won the last two editions of London marathon. That alone was enough to guarantee her a place. I think she is so used to the London course and she may even run it blindfold.
  2. Edna Kiplagat – She took Gold at 2011 Daegu World Championships.
  3. Priscah Jeptoo – She was second at 2011 Daegu World Championships.

The major casualty was Patrick Makau, the 42Km World Record holder was left out after  he got a DNF at 2012 London marathon.

2012 London Marathon Results

I normally watch marathon races on Satellite Tv but heavy rains affected my outdoor dish and I have been disconnected for the last two days. I followed this years 2012 London Marathon via a UK Internet Radio station(Talk sports) and the experience wasn’t bad.

2012 Virgin London Marathon Results

Wilson Kipsang, (the second fastest marathon runner of all time) won the race in a time of 2:04:44. I just smile when I heard the announcer say “looks as if he’s just been on an effortless Sunday jog.” The leading group of Kenyans and Ethiopians had ran the whole race on recording breaking pace and when the commentator said they were averaging under 5 minutes a mile I thought the world record time was on the line.

Martin Lel who has been fading in the last few years, turned back the clock, he lurked on Tsegaye Kebede’s shoulder and overtook the Ethiopian for a Kenyan one-two, with Ethiopia’s Kedede having to settle for third. Lel, a conqueror of London streets so many times, had been gunning to make into Kenya Olympics Marathon team but he needed to win 2012 London in a World record Time to be considered.

2012 London marathon results from the Womens Race.

It was another Kenyan affair (Damn the Kenyans! they never share the win) Mary Keitany won the race in a time of 2:18. That was her personal best and fourth fastest time in history.  Keitany was two seconds ahead of Edna Kiplagat.  Priscah Jeptoo was  third to complete a Kenyan top three. Incredible!

Patellar Tendon Strengthening Exercises

Patellar tendon is the tendon that connects the kneecap to the shinbone. Patellar Tendon is prone to injury. The pain in that area is referred to as Patellar Tendinitis it is also known as Jumpers knee.Runners experiencing Patellar Tendinitis complain of knee pain.

It affects runners with a BMI of 25 or higher or who have a history of playing basketball and have suddenly increased their weekly mileage.

The patellar tendon helps your leg extend during running or jumping, but that repeated motion can create small tears in the tendon. After years of activity and then a sudden increase in mileage, your body may struggle to repair those tears.

Patellar Tendon Strengthening Exercises

To prevent Patellar Tendinitis keep your weight in check. Do squats to strengthen the patellar tendon and stretch your quads and hamstrings. Avoid increasing mileage by more than 10 percent per week.

The Patellar Tendon Strengthening Exercises are also good for those who are doing rehabilitation of Patellar Tendon.

Watch this video of Knee Exercises to Strenghen Muscles around the Patella to Avoid Knee Pain

2012 Paris Marathon Results

I was just checking the results from 2012 Paris marathon and results of South African Runner Hendrick Ramala caught my attention, I will get back to that later.

Kenyan runner Stanley Biwott won the men’s 2012 Paris marathon on Sunday in a record time of 2hrs 05 min 12 sec. This was a second win this year in the streets of Paris by Biwott. He also came first in Paris Half marathon.

Biwott broke away from the leading pack at the 30km mark and crossed the finish line more than a minute ahead of Ethiopian duo Raji Assefa and Sisay Jisa.

Women Winner 2012 Paris Marathon

In the women’s race Ethiopia’s Tirfi Beyene came motored home first in a new record time for the Paris renewal of 2hrs 21min 39sec. Beyene came home ahead of Turkey’s Sultan Haydar (2hr 25:09.) and Ethiopia’s Makda Harun (2hr 26:46).

Paris Marathon Runner Motoring In Streets of Paris.

Hendrick Ramala Paris Marathon

The 40 year old South African long distance runner was gunning for a place in South Africa Olympic squad but his goal fell apart when he finished 33rd in 2 hours, 17 minutes and 57.

“It’s all over, I was messed up by the weather.

It is extremely cold here,” said Ramaala soon after crossing the finish line.

“I’m not disappointed because I gave it my best shot – it was worth trying.

“But this is not the end of my athletics career, I will continue running to support my family. Athletics is my career.

“I have decided to take a week’s break before I can go back to the road,” said Ramaala. Story from Sowetan

I think Ramala is pushing his luck too far. Younger and faster runners are coming from Kenya and Ethiopia and it is now impossible for a 40 year old compete with them.

2012 Rotterdam Marathon Results

I was watching 2012 Rotterdam marathon on Satelitte and the race has just ended.  As a Kenyan it was a bad day in the races because our Ethiopian rivals swept the podium.

Winner 2012 Rotterdam Marathon

Ethiopia’s Yemane Adhane Tsegay was the first to cross the finish line in 32nd ABN AMRO Marathon Rotterdam in a personal best of 2:04:47. Yemane won a spirited battle with compatriot Getu Feleke who finished second in 2:04:50. Both men set personal bests.

Kenya’s Moses Mosop tried bravely to catch the two Ethiopians in the final kilometers, but finished third in 2:05:02. His compatriot Peter Cheruiyot Kirui, another pre-race favorite, dropped out of the race.

Video Yemane Wins Rotterdam Marathon.

This is a BIG BIG improvement for Yemane, I remember at 2012 Dubai marathon the man ran his best marathon to finish in a PB of 2:06:2 but this was not good enough because eight other Ethiopians and two Kenyans ran faster than him. He was placed 10th.

Women Winner 2012 Rotterdam Marathon

Tiki Gelana won the women’s race in a new record time for the Rotterdam event of 2hr 18:57. Gelana has become a specialist in women marathons in Netherlands. I remember she also won last years Amsterdam marathon.

The reason why so many runners set a new PB is because Rotterdam marathon has a near flat course and if the weather is ideal like today then the stage is set for fast times.