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Luke Kibet Wins 2007 World Champs in the Marathon
Japan Threepeats in Team Title

By LetsRun.com
Aug 24, 2007
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Until Saturday Luke Kibet of Kenya was a virtual unknown. That all changed Saturday morning in the high heat of Osaka as Kibet dominated the 2007 World Championships in the marathon.

The temperature was story of the day in Osaka. Osaka is hot and humid to begin with but the weather on Saturday was a scorcher. It was 82 degrees at the start, despite the 7 am time, and by the end it was 90 degrees.

The warm weather led to what would normally be considered a super slow pace, as 29 runners were still together at the half way point which was reached in 1:08:29.

Kibet was the only runner able to pick up the pace in the second half. By 35k the pack was down to 5: Kibet, ex countryman Mubarak Hassan Shami (the guy who put up his hands too early at the World Half Marathon Champs in 2005 and had to finish 2nd (letsrun recap and video of that here)), Yared Asmerom of Eritrea, Samson Ramadhani of Tanzania and William Kiplagat of Kenya with Viktor Rothlin of Switzerland still close by.

The rest of the way it was all Kibet as he moved to the front during the 19th mile and cruised to the victory. He was looking back occasionally. As he continued to move away from the field it was apparent he was looking back to see why no one was coming with him. Kibet cruised to the victory in 2:15:59 as he ran the second half of the race a minute faster than the first and would finish 1:19 ahead of 2nd.

Shami and Kiplagat were battling for the 2nd spot for a while but then Shami began to move ahead as Kiplagat began struggling in the heat very badly (at the finish of the race, Kiplagat stopped virtually on the finish and it was almost like he wasn't sure if he had finished or not. He then took one more step and just stood there and medical personal rushed to him).

Viktor Rothlin of Switzerland (who has run 2:08) who had been with Asmerom moved up to get the bronze.

The Japanese contingent ran a very strong steady race and Tsuyoshi Ogata closed super fast to get 5th in 2:17:42 and was followed by his teammates Satoshi Osaki in 6th and Toshinari Suwa in 7th as Japan easily won the World Marathon Cup team title. It was Japan's third straight team title and a fitting consolation prize before the home crowd.

The accolades however go to the victor and Luke Kibet joins the rank of great Kenyan marathoners. Kibet's biggest victory previously was the Vienna City Marathon (2:10:07 in April this year). Before that he was most known for winning the Taipai marathon. Hardly the stuff legends are made of. That all changed on Saturday.

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The US Men finished a very respectable 4th in the team competition.

More Coverage and Results:
*400+ posts Message board post with live by play
*Amy Shipley Recap from Wasington Post Talks about the American men led by Mbarak Hussein finishing a very respectable 4th in the team competition. Plus it talks about Fernando Cabada falling to the ground in the press area.
*US Men Get 4th
*IAAF Recap of Race
*Associated Press Recap
*Results

1   15      Luke Kibet       KEN    2:15:59      .
2   4   Mubarak Hassan Shami    QAT     2:17:18     .
3   9   Viktor Röthlin  SUI     2:17:25     .
4   73  Yared Asmerom   ERI     2:17:41     .
5   29  Tsuyoshi Ogata  JPN     2:17:42     (SB)
6   30  Satoshi Osaki   JPN     2:18:06     (SB)
7   14  Toshinari Suwa  JPN     2:18:35     (SB)
8   10  William Kiplagat    KEN     2:19:21     .
9   49  Janne Holmén    FIN     2:19:36     .
10  22  José Manuel Martínez    ESP     2:20:25     .
11  59  Dan Robinson    GBR     2:20:30     .
12  47  Alex Malinga    UGA     2:20:36     .
13  33  Tomoyuki Sato   JPN     2:20:53     .
14  8   Gashaw Asfaw    ETH     2:20:58     .
15  79  Ju-Young Park   KOR     2:21:49     .
16  56  Mike Fokoroni   ZIM     2:21:52     .
17  18  José Ríos   ESP     2:22:21     (SB)
18  60  José de Souza   BRA     2:22:24     .
19  81  Seteng Ayele    ISR     2:22:27     (SB)
20  66  Ali Mabrouk El Zaidi    LBA     2:22:50     .
21  45  Mbarak Kipkorir Hussein     USA     2:23:04     (SB)
22  50  Alberto Chaíça  POR     2:23:22     (SB)
23  70  Mike Morgan     USA     2:23:28     (SB)
24  76  Young Chun Kim  KOR     2:24:25     .
25  27  Samson Ramadhani    TAN     2:25:51     .
26  65  Myongseung Lee  KOR     2:25:54     .
27  2   Hendrick Ramaala    RSA     2:26:00     .
28  82  Chia-Che Chang  TPE     2:26:22     .
29  75  Khalid Kamal Yaseen     BRN     2:26:32     (SB)
30  28  Getuli Bayo     TAN     2:26:56     .
31  12  Dejene Birhanu  ETH     2:27:50     (SB)
32  72  Kyle O'Brien    USA     2:28:28     (SB)
33  64  Wei Su  CHN     2:28:41     (SB)
34  85  Wodage Zvadya   ISR     2:29:21     .
35  54  Luís Feiteira   POR     2:29:34     .
36  32  Haiyang Deng    CHN     2:29:37     (SB)
37  86  Ulrich Steidl   GER     2:30:03     .
38  17  Ambesse Tolosa  ETH     2:30:20     .
39  78  Michael Tluway Mislay   TAN     2:30:33     .
40  83  Asaf Bimro  ISR     2:31:34     .
41  53  Yousf Othman Qader  QAT     2:32:00     .
42  44  Paulo Gomes     POR     2:32:02     .
43  51  Zhuhong Li  CHN     2:32:44     .
44  42  Rachid Kisri    MAR     2:32:57     .
45  25  Abderrahime Bouramdane  MAR     2:33:26     .
46  35  Pablo Olmedo    MEX     2:33:40     .
47  90  Marcel Tschopp  LIE     2:33:42     .
48  67  Antoni Bernadó  AND     2:34:28     .
49  71  Longyun Ren     CHN     2:35:22     .
50  40  Fernando Cabada Jr  USA     2:35:48     (SB)
51  62  Peter Riley     GBR     2:36:00     (SB)
52  41  Laban Kagika    KEN     2:37:13     .
53  93  George Mofokeng     RSA     2:40:22     .
54  61  Rito Regules    MEX     2:45:26     .
55  87  Ser-Od Bat-Ochir    MGL     2:49:06     (SB)
56  43  Mitsuru Kubota  JPN     2:59:40     .
57  88  Tumi Malefetsane    LES     3:03:47     .
.   91  Patrick Dupouy  PYF     DNF     .
.   63  Geovanni Santos     BRA     DNF     .
.   92  Zongamele Dyubeni   RSA     DNF     .
.   80  Amos Masai  UGA     DNF     .
.   69  Yunshan Zheng   CHN     DNF     .
.   48  Francis Kirwa   FIN     DNF     .
.   38  Abdulhak Elgorche Zakaria   BRN     DNF     .
.   84  Abdil Ceylan    TUR     DNF     .
.   58  Joachim Nshimirimana    BDI     DNF     .
.   89  Nelson Cruz     CPV     DNF     .
.   52  Juan Gualberto Vargas   MEX     DNF     .
.   26  Gudisa Shentema     ETH     DNF     .
.   36  Khalid El Boumlili  MAR     DNF     .
.   74  Martin Beckmann     GER     DNF     .
.   23  James Mwangi Macharia   KEN     DNF     .
.   24  Migidio Bourifa     ITA     DNF     .
.   19  Tesfaye Tola    ETH     DNF     .
.   68  Óscar Martín    ESP     DNF     .
.   11  Laban Kipkemboi     KEN     DNF     .
.   37  Norman Dlomo    RSA     DNF     .
.   55  Iaroslav Musinschi  MDA     DNF     .
.   94  Bethuel Netshifhefhe    RSA     DNF     .
.   7   Hicham Chatt    MAR     DNF     .
.   21  Hélder Ornelas  POR     DNF     .
.   5   Abderrahim Goumri   MAR     DNF     .
.   77  Takhir Mamashayev   KAZ     DNF     .
.   1   Julio Rey   ESP     DNF     .
.   34  Pavel Loskutov  EST     DNF     .
.   16  Luís Jesus  POR     DNS     .
.   57  Simeon Kiplagat Sawe    USA     DNS     .


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