A round-up of some of the latest news and results from the world of athletics

Beirut Marathon

Kenya and Ethiopia shared the spoils on a hot and humid morning in the Blom Bank Beirut Marathon, informs organisers.

Kenya’s Edwin Kibet Kiptoo won the men’s race in 2:13:19 ahead of Ethiopia’s Abebe Gizachew (2:14:06), with reigning champion Jackson Limo third (2:15:02).

“It was a good race and I was comfortable in winning. My target was 2:09 but today you cannot run for time. The humidity, it was very hot,” said the winner.

Ethiopians took a clean sweep in the women’s race: Tigist Girma set a PB of 2:32:48 in spite of the conditions ahead of Seada Kedir (2:34:12) and Alemenesh Guta (2:37:23).

Cheyech 2:23:18

Flomena Cheyech won the Saitama International Marathon in Japan in the second fastest time of her career and a course record of 2:23:18.

“This course was very nice. As I’m used to when I train in Kenya, we always use up-and-downs most of the time,” she said.

Cheyech passed through the halfway point in 71:50 alongside Amane Gobena but the Ethiopian began to struggle with stomach problems in the second half.

Gobena was still a clear second in 2:25:58 with Kenya’s Monica Jepkoech (2:28:56) and Ethiopia’s Atsede Habtamu (2:29:44) also breaking the 2:30 mark.

Mizuho Nasukawa was the top Japanese finisher in fifth in 2:33:16 but this almost certainly won’t be fast enough to make the marathon team for the 2017 World Championships.

Istanbul Marathon

Former Kenyan Evans Kiplagat won the 38th Vodafone Istanbul Marathon for Azerbaijan in 2:13:38, while Kenya’s Agnes Barsosio won the women’s race in 2:28:24.

Second in the men’s race was Shura Tola 2:14:08 and third another Kenyan, Peter Kiptoo, with 2:14:33.

In the women’s race there was second place for Ethiopian Sechale Dalasa in 2:33:37 and third for her team-mate Tusa Chota in 2:35:44. Turkish champions were Mert Girmalegesse with 2:17:57 and Esma Aydemir with 2:40:28.

Athens Marathon

Kenyan runners filled the first seven places in the men’s race in the Athens Marathon which was held again on the original Marathon-to-Athens course, informs organisers.

Luka Rotich made up a 40 second deficit on Benson Kipruto in the last five kilometres to win in 2:12:49 ahead of Kipruto (2:13:24) and Andrew Kimtai (2:13:26).

“I think on a flat course I would have definitely run under 2:10 today and perhaps 2:06 or 2:07,” said the winner.

Nancy Arusei made it a Kenyan double in 2:38:13 in another close race with Algeria’s Kenza Dahmani second (2:38:28).

Marathon des Alpes Maritimes Nice-Cannes

Elisha Kipchirchir won the Marathon des Alpes Maritimes Nice-Cannes in a PB of 2:10:45 ahead of Felix Kimutai (2:11:11) and Ethiopia’s Azmeraw Mengistu (2:12:27).

Ethiopians took a one-two in the women’s race with Konjit Tilahun (2:37:56) and Zahara Kedir (2:41:30) finishing ahead of Kenya’s Lucy Murigi (2:42:39).

Barbora Spotakova wins Czech athlete of the year honour

Rio Olympic javelin bronze medallist and world record-holder Barbora Spotakova won for a record eighth time the Czech athlete of the year title. This time she scored 1685 points and in historical rankings went above Helena Fibingerova and Jan Zelezny who both topped this poll seven times.

In second place was pole vaulter and Olympic fourth-placer Jan Kudlicka (1433) and third was world indoor champion at 400m Pavel Maslak (1222).

Fourth was Zuzana Hejnova (1147) ahead of javelin throwers Jakub Vadlejch (867) and Vitezslav Vesely (848). In seventh place was Czech 1500m record-holder Jakub Holusa (748). Completing the top ten were Adam Sebastian Helcelet (676), Michal Balner (262) and Radek Juska (235).

Junior of the year was world under-20 high jump champion Michaela Hruba, newcomer of the year was miler Filip Sasinek and coach of the year the legendary Jan Zelezny.

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