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Anyone up all night pulling an all nighter for college exams?
If so, this may interest you.
The 2011 Virgin London Marathon field will be released at 4AM EST today. We are not allowed to put up the press release from London until They will be appear at that time at this link (and no a computer doesn't put it up - we manually do it):
Without letting the cat out of the bag, it doesn't include Meb Keflezighi whom we assume will run in Boston. That has been speculated for a while now but definitely seems to be true now.
I pick Coolsaet for the darkhorse upset. Chinese domination in the women's race. Lotta fast old people in that one.
|Betta you be ridin' the bride|
Wejo you should be paying attention to your bride and not up looking for internet things to read at 4 AM.
|Al (not Salazar)|
All races do not have the same budget. John Hancock can not afford 4 US stars. Patrick Lynch is a frugal man and the fact that he has already signed Hall, Goucher, and Davila means that he is spent. It is cheaper to pull in a dozen 2:07-2:08 East Africans than it is to sign any of the top Americans. Boston will now simply be filling out their field.
London reveals its best ever fields
16 December 2010
Reigning champions Tsegaye Kebede and Liliya Shobukhova will return to defend their Virgin London Marathon titles on Sunday 17 April next year against two of the best fields ever assembled.
Kebede became only the second Ethiopian to take the men’s 2010 crown when he beat Kenya’s Emmanuel Mutai and the Moroccan Jaouad Gharib, while Liliya Shobukhova led a Russian one-two ahead of her compatriot Inga Abitova with Ethiopia’s Aselefech Mergia third.
All six medal winners from 2010 will be on the Blackheath start line again next April but with six men in the field quicker than 2 hours 6 minutes, and no fewer than 14 women with sub-2:24 personal bests, gaining a podium place in 2011 will be tougher than ever.
Indeed, both line-ups read like a virtual who’s who of marathon running, each featuring the top five in London last year, both Olympic and world champions, World Marathon Majors champions, and recent winners in Berlin, Chicago and New York.
According to race director David Bedford the women’s field is “undoubtedly our strongest ever”, while the men’s “rivals any of those we’ve put together in the last few years”.
“We certainly expect the men’s course record to be under threat again,” said Bedford, “while the women’s race looks likely to be one of the most competitive we’ve ever had.”
Kebede’s main threat will be Sammy Wanjiru, Kenya’s Olympic champion, who beat the Ethiopian in a thrilling race in Chicago this October to retain his World Marathon Majors crown and secure a cool half million dollars. Wanjiru, the London winner in 2009 and runner-up in 2008, was forced to drop out this year with a knee injury and is keen to make amends in 2011.
In 2010 Kebede finished just nine seconds outside Wanjiru’s course record of 2:05:10. But such is the quality of the 2011 field that the fastest PBs belong to two other Kenyans – the Rotterdam and Berlin champion Patrick Makau, fourth fastest in history with 2:04:48; and world champion Abel Kirui, fifth in London this year, who has a best of 2:05:04.
Others likely to feature in the leading pack include Ethiopian Bazu Worku, third in Berlin; Morocco’s Abderrahime Bouramdane, fourth on his London debut this year; two-times New York winner Marilson Gomes dos Santos of Brazil; and Viktor Röthlin, the Swiss runner who took the European title in Barcelona in August.
Shobukhova will undoubtedly start as favourite in the women’s race. She completed a brilliant year in October when she broke the Russian record to win the Chicago marathon and claim the women’s World Marathon Majors prize.
Shobukhova took the London crown from Irina Mikitenko, the 2008 and 2009 champion who dropped out in 2010 after struggling with an injury. But the German will be back to challenge Shobukhova again along with 2007 champion Zhou Chunxiu, the Chinese woman who recently retained her Asian Games title.
Zhou will be joined by her compatriot, the world champion Bai Xue, while Romania’s Olympic champion Constantina Dita returns for her 10th London Marathon. The 2011 race will also feature Ethiopians Bezunesh Bekele and Askale Tafa who finished fourth and fifth respectively in 2010, and Aberu Kebede, the Berlin winner.
Edna Kiplagat, the newly-crowned New York champion, leads the Kenyan challenge supported by Mary Keitany, who was third in New York. The Dutchwoman Lornah Kiplagat, fifth in 2007 and a former world half marathon champion, returns to London for the first time for four years.
Mara Yamauchi will again carry British hopes. Runner-up in 2009, Yamauchi is hoping to make up for her disappointing 10th place this year – after an epic, energy-sapping six-day journey to avoid the volcanic ash cloud – and a below par performance in New York last month when she was 13th. The Japan-based Briton will be keen to get back on track against such a high quality international field.
London will also welcome back British Olympian Liz Yelling for the first time since 2008, while two seasoned British internationals make their marathon debuts. Yelling will be joined by her sister-in-law Hayley Yelling, the former European cross country champion, while Jo Pavey also makes her first outing over 26.2 miles.
After an encouraging eighth place last year, Andrew Lemoncello returns in the men’s race aiming to improve his personal best.
Fields for the UK championship races will be boosted by a new set of British-only time bonuses for finishers under 2:19:00 in the men’s and 2:40:00 in the women’s rising to an $8,000 award for sub-2:11 or sub-2:31 performances.
Elite athletes and their best marathon times
Tsegaye Kebede ETH 02:05:18
Patrick Makau KEN 02:04:48
Samuel Wanjiru KEN 02:05:10
Abel Kirui KEN 02:05:04
Bazu Worku ETH 02:05:25
Jaouad Gharib MAR 02:05:27
Emmanuel Mutai KEN 02:06:15
Viktor Röthlin SUI 02:07:23
Abderrahime Bouramdane MAR 02:07:33
Yonas Kifle ERI 02:07:34
José Manuel Martinez ESP 02:08:09
Marilson Gomes dos Santos BRA 02:08:37
Dmitry Safronov RUS 02:10:12
Reid Coolsaet CAN 02:11:23
Eric Gillis CAN 02:12:08
Dylan Wykes CAN 02:12:39
Cuthbert Nyasango ZIM 02:12:40
Mike Shelley AUS 02:13:05
Michael Aish USA 02:13:21
Andrew Lemoncello GBR 02:13:40
Collis Birmingham AUS Debut
Mohamed Trafeh USA Debut
Liliya Shobukhova RUS 02:20:25
Zhou Chunxiu CHN 02:19:51
Irina Mikitenko GER 02:19:19
Constantina Dita ROU 02:21:30
Askale Tafa ETH 02:21:31
Inga Abitova RUS 02:22:19
Lornah Kiplagat NED 02:22:22
Aselefech Mergia ETH 02:22:38
Bezunesh Bekele ETH 02:23:09
Mara Yamauchi GBR 02:23:12
Bai Xue CHN 02:23:27
Mariya Konovalova RUS 02:23:50
Xiaolin Zhu CHN 02:23:57
Aberu Kebede ETH 02:23:58
Yukiko Akaba JPN 02:24:55
Edna Kiplagat KEN 02:25:38
Magdalena Lewy Boulet USA 02:26:22
Liz Yelling GBR 02:28:33
Lisa Weightman AUS 02:28:48
Mary Keitany KEN 02:29:01
Fiona Docherty NZL 02:32:17
Tanith Maxwell RSA 02:32:33
Jo Pavey GBR Debut
Jessica Augusto POR Debut
Nikki Chapple AUS Debut
No Zersenay Tadese, I wonder if he's temporarily giving up on the marathon until after the olympics
Why do people get worked up months before a marathon?
Lets see who shows up healthy and then decide on the depth of the field.
That is because she was shut out of Boston. Desiree and Kara meant NO MORE MONEY. London will give her a chance to run faster and improve her value. Running 2 minutes back of Davila in Chicago set her back in the earning department.
Boston has plenty of money. It's just hard to get anyone to run it when London gives athletes close to a preview of what to expect in the following year's Olympics.
you say boston cant afford a women who ran the best race of her life last year setting a personal best of 2:26:22 the 43rd fastest marathon in the year 2010.
the other poster said they cant afford meb because they dont have enough for 4 elite americans.
yet boston i am sure will try to get
1. the defending champions teyba erkesso and the younger robery cheruiyiot the boston course record holder at 2:05:52.
some runners i think they will try to get.
1. new york champion gebre gebremariam (they will probably get him as his agent is boston based)
2. wilson kiprotich ran 2:04:57 at frankfurt
3. geoffrey mutai lost twice to makau, but ran fast both times.
4. tadesse tola
okay #2,3, and 4 will likely run a faster course like paris or rotterdam.
5. wilson chebet
1. worknesh kidane the wife of gebremariam, who likely will debut at boston as her agent is the same boston based agent as her husband, more cross country medals than any woman (9 individuals including 2 wins.
2. sharon cherop
3. 18 year old merima hashim
4. they will try to get lineth chepkurui to debut at boston.
5. kim smith went to nearby providence college.
like the men they probably will only get 1-2 of the 5 mentioned. lets say they just get the gebremariam and kidane and/or the defending champions cheruiyiot and erkesso, that will cost more in appearance money than the 3 americans who have already been confirmed and throw in meb and ritz.
my guess for appearance money
1. kidane 250k
2. hall 200k
3. cheruiyiot 175k
4. gebremariam 150k
5. goucher and erkesso 75k each
7. davilla 25k
if boulet ran boston she would get about 10-15k appearance money.
So you think, to the Boston organizers, Werknesh Kidane is worth more than Ryan Hall, and over three times as much as Kara Goucher? Doesn't seem plausible.
absolutely, even hall or goucher would admit she has credentials hall and goucher can only dream of.
1. kidane 2 world xc wins, 9 top 3 finishes, top runners will tell you world xc is the toughest race to win or place.
2. #8 all time on world track 10k list 30:07, gouchers best time would put her 48 seconds behind. hall is probably about # 750-800 on the 10k list 1 second behind letsrun founder wejo.
3. kidane has a strong following in boston as she ran boston indoors several times.
4. she has a exciting front running style.
5. she has not run as good since she had her 2 babies, but talentwise she could challenge radcliffes time (not in boston).
6. she is a person you cant help but like (i am sure hall and goucher are as well)
7. she goes to church every day, not just sunday.
8. she does not speak english, but when her interviews are translated she does not give the same old boring answers.
the interviewer asks her it looked like she was going to break you how did you catch up.
kidanes answer, i just prayed and somehow with the power of god, i got the lead back.
even if she loses
if the interviewer ask's her are you dissapionted you lost today.
kidane will likely say yes, but god loves all his children equally so if he wanted it to be someone elses turn to win, i am still content.
i think even ryan hall would like her, if he got to meet her as they are both believers in god.
I'm sure I would like her if I met her. Her credentials are impressive. But you know what I mean by her "worth" to the Boston organizers.
No Ethiopian runner except Haile could bring nearly as much attention and excitement to a US marathon as an attractive white woman like Goucher - no matter how impressive their past Boston indoor track appearances.
I'm not saying it's right, but you can't let your own fervid interest in Ethiopian runners cloud your judgment. If Kidane is indeed in the Boston elite field, you can't really believe her appearance fee will be higher than Ryan Hall's and over three times Kara Goucher's? Do you really believe that?
Though perhaps they'd be a package deal anyway, I really doubt Kidane would get as much as Gebremariam. Yes, she has the stellar credentials you cited, but New York Marathon champ trumps all of that in value to marathon. And defending Boston champ in Cheriuyiot is probably worth more yet to the Boston Marathon.
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Madga ran Rotterdam and Chicago this year. My guess is she'd prefer London over Boston because she likes flat course and at this point in her career is emphasizing fast times.
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To be honest the fact that the Olympics are in London is irrelevant. The London marathon has been ahead of the Boston marathon at getting good fields for the last decade.
interesting composition of the mens elite field.
1. 4 from kenya
2. 3 from canada
3. 2 each from ethiopia, australia, morrocco and USA
4. 7 countries have 1 runner each.
canada has more elite runners in a marathon in a race that is not in canada, and simon bairu who is considered canada's best runner is not one of them.
i meant to say canada has more elite men running the london marathon than ethiopia. WOW who could have predicted that.
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