The so-called “Magnificent Seven” Vincent Kipruto, Eliud Kiptanui, Wilson Chebet, Gilbert Kirwa (all Kenya), Feyisa Lilesa, Getu Feleke and Chala Dechase (all Ethiopian). They were tipped to break the world record! Image courtesy of Guus Krol @ Flicker.
ABN AMRO Rotterdam Marathon 2011 has just ended and the mens winner is Wilson Chebet of Kenya. There was great expectation leading to this race that the world record would be broken but the winner fell short. Chebet won in a 2 hours, 5 minutes, 26 seconds.
ABN AMRO Rotterdam Marathon 2011 Mens Results
- Wilson Chebet – Kenya
- Vincent Kipruto – Kenya
- Chala Dechase – Ethiopia
ABN AMRO Rotterdam Marathon 2011 Womens Results
In the womens race, Philes Ongori broke away with 900m to go, winning her marathon debut in 2:24:19.
- Philes Ongori – Kenya
- Hildah Kibet – Kenya
There was late drama in the womens race when a man tarnished the finish for women’s winner Ongori, blocking her line to the tape. The finish photo was ruined.
The 2010 Stanchart Dubai marathon was beamed live on Satellite TV and I woke early morning to watch Haile Gebrselassie make another history by breaking his own marathon record.
It wasn’t to be
His highness Haile Gebrselassie came first at 2010 Stanchart Dubai Marathon. His winning time was 2hr 6min 9sec, just over two minutes outside his best. At 36 I think that is impressive time.
The Mystery of a Stiff Back!!
Believe it or not according to news coming from Dubai: Haile Gebrselassie woke up with a stiff back and had to be given intensive physiotherapy hours before the race. He fell asleep while watching television and woke up with a stiff back!!!!
The man was lucky he even managed to sleep on the night before the race, personally I never sleep before a marathon race.
Gebrselassie took the fatty $250,000 first prize (missing the $i Million bonus for breaking the record) ahead of Kenya’s Chala Dechase Beyene, and his Ethiopian compatriot Eshetu Wendimu Tisge finished third.
Mamitu Daska Molisa made it an Ethiopian cleansweep of titles as she won the women’s race in 2hr 24min 18sec, eight seconds ahead of Aberu Kebede Shewaye.