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• MISSISSIPPI (USA) / High School Cross Country team seeking donations
The Harrison Central High School Cross Country team is seeking donations to help purchase warm ups, performance tees, and hooded sweat shirts for the team. They have 48 runners and the cost is $107.70 per set. Due to Hurricane Katrina the team is having a difficult time raising these funds locally. If your club, members or sponsors would like to make a donation towards these items, it would be greatly appreciated: please make checks payable to and mail to: Harrison Central High School Cross Country Booster Club, 14404 Old Highway 49, Gulfport, Mississippi 39503 (United States of America).
• JAPAN / Tolossa wins Tokyo Marathon
Making the decisive surge at 36.5Km, Ambesse Tolossa of Ethiopia won the 2006 "Tokyo Marathon" with 2:08:58, mere two seconds short of his marathon personal best, 2:08:56 which was record in the 2004 "Paris Marathon". At Paris, he also made his break at about the same point. Tolossa said, "My plan was to stay with the leaders until 35Km and then make my move around 36Km. I figure that everyone will be tired by then." Finishing second in 2:09:31 was Toshinari Takaoka, who earlier said, "I don't think 2:09 will win the race." As he had suspected, 2:09 was not fast enough to win. "Winning was my foremost goal, but cracking the 2:10 barrier was good," said Takaoka after the race. Because the day was very windy, Tolossa's winning time is quite impressive. Helped by the prevailing tail wind during the first half of the race, the race progressed at fast steady pace. In fact it was close to the national record pace. The first Km was passed in 2:58. At 1.7Km, the lead pack contained 22 runners. The second Km was covered in 3:06 and the third 3:03. The first to lose contact wit the leader was Getuli Bayo of Tanzania. After the pack of 20 runners passed 5Km in 15:04, four runners lost contact with the lead pack by 10Km (30:02). The main casualty between 5Km and 10Km was Zebedayo Bayo of Tanzania, the "Tokyo Marathon" champion from two years ago. He was gone from the lead pack at 6Km. The race continued with fast pace but sixteen runners were still together at 15Km (45:04). Joseph Kariuki (Kenya), one of the pace setters left the race at 18Km. After passing the 20Km in 1:00:06, the course turned around and heads back toward the national stadium. After the turn-around point, the pace dropped hampered by a strong head wind. The 5Km stretch between 20Km and 25Km was covered in 15:24, and at that point another pace setter, Luis Jesus (Portugal) dropped out. The next 5Km stretch took 15:30, but the pack was still reduced to six runners (four contenders plus two pace setters) by 30Km. Just before 30Km Kim Yi-Yong of Korea also lost contact with the leaders. When the last two pace setters - Ben Kimoundiu of Kenya and Samson Ramadhani of Tanzania - dropped out soon after 30Km, only four runners - Ambesse Tolossa, Toshinari Takaoka, Sammy Korir (Kenya) and Satoshi Irifune - were left in the lead pack. After covering the 5Km stretch between 30Km and 35Km in 15:24, four runners were still together at 35Km. Then at 35.9Km, Takaoka made his move. His teammate Irifune was the first to be left behind. However, it was not a decisive move. Tolossa not only covered the Takaoka's move, but 600m later it was Tolossa's turn to surge. He covered the 1Km stretch between 36Km and 37Km in 2:53 and Tolossa was running alone. By 37Km, the lead pack of four runners was completely stretched out. Tolossa led with Takaoka second followed by Korir in third. By 40Km, Tolossa led Takaoka by 21 seconds, with Korir another 26 seconds behind. Tolossa covered the uphill (elevation gain of some 30m) 5Km stretch between 35Km and 40Km in 15:30, quite impressive considering the gusty wind. He never relinquished his lead again and won by 33 seconds over Takaoka. Sammy Korir, the second fastest marathon runner in history, was third another 36 seconds behind. For Tolossa it was his second marathon victory in Japan. He also won the "Hokkaido marathon" in 1998 with 2:10:13. For Takaoka, this was his sixth sub 2:10 marathon, a record for Japanese. Source: www.arrs.net
• UGANDA / East African Cross Country Championships results
On February 18th in Entebbe, the East African Cross Country Championships were held, with Kenya sending only two junior teams. In the junior women's 6K, Kenyan women finished 1-2-3, with Veronica Njeri first in 20:05, Catherine Wanjiru second in 20:11 and Mary Wacera third in 20:21. Jane Suuto captured the senior women's 4K in 14:08, while Haile Teraza Yohannes (Ethiopia) dominated the senior women's 8K in 28:02. In the senior men's 4K, Martin Sulle (Tanzania) won in 11:25, with Ben Siwa second in 11:48, Peter Sulle (Tanzania) third in 11:48, Alex Cherop fourth in 11:50 and Alex Sanka (Tanzania) fifth in 11:58. Isaac Kiprop topped the men's list in 35:29, with Martin Sulle doubling to a second-place 35:37, Wilson Busienei third in 36:22 and Samuel Kosgei fourth in 36:33. Reprinted with permission from "Running Stats" (www.runningstats.com)
• PHILIPPINES / Top runner disqualified at the Southeast Asian Games
The Philippines lost its chances to win the overall championship in athletics of the 23rd Southeast Asian Games. But what shook the stadium on November 30 was Buenavista's disqualification after winning the 5,000 meters. Pursued by Thai Boonthung Srinsung at the final 150 meters of the race Buenavista raced wide and into the path of the rallying Thai effectively blocking the latter's path. Buenavista's misadventure, which came after his loss to the same Boonthung in the 10,000 meters, overshadowed the country's victory in the 4x400 meter relay. The gold medal went to Thailand, silver to Philippines courtesy of Julius Sermona, and the bronze to another Thai runner, Amnuay Tongmit. Source: www.transitiontimes.com
• INDIA / New Delhi Marathon experiences a Kenyan sweep
On February 12th the "New Delhi International Marathon" experienced a Kenyan sweep. When pre-race favorite Leonid Shvetsov (Russia) dropped out, Simon Maiyo eventually won in 2:17:00, with Mark Yatich second in 2:17:02 and Francis Kamau third in 2:17:03. ChinaView via LetsRun.com reports that Enantesh Tadesse (Ethiopia) claimed a close women's race in 2:44:29, with Monika Samila (Tanzania) second in 2:44:33 and Kenneni Chala (Ethiopia) third in 2:44:37. John Murithi (Kenya) topped the accompanying half marathon in 63:44, with Tesfaye Assefa (Ethiopia) second in 63:47 and Julius Kibet (Kenya) third in 65:31. Catherine Mutwa earned the women's equivalent title in 74:23, with Saraklem Bisset (Ethiopia) second in 75:06 and Tadelech Birra (Ethiopia) third in 75:43. Reprinted with permission from "Running Stats" (www.runningstats.com)
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