Racing — Rock N Roll San Diego 2012 to Feature Top Elites

running-advice-bugSAN DIEGO, Calif. — June 1, 2012 – Don’t confuse the Robert Cheruiyot who won the 2010 Boston Marathon with the Robert Cheruiyot, who won the Boston Marathon in 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2008. The first and last names are the same, but that’s one of the few resemblances. The more recent Boston winner is 23, the other is 32. The 2010 winner’s middle name is Kiprono, the other’s is Kipkoech. The younger Cheruiyot will be heading a strong professional field for Sunday’s 15th annual Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon. The other Cheruiyot will not be competing.

Ryan Hall will be among Half Marathon Runners @ 2012 San Diego Rock N Roll

On top of one of the strongest marathon fields in memory at Rock N Roll San Diego, the Half Marathon will feature two of America’s top runners in their final preparations for the upcoming 2012 Olympics. Both Ryan Hall and Meb Keflezighi will be gunning for a win Sunday as they test their fitness for the games.

Back to the Cheruiyots. “We are not related,” Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot said on Friday for the other Boston winning Cheruiyot.. “I’m not the one who won Boston four times. But now I have done it and I’m very happy to have done it.” Both Cheruiyots live in Kenya, but a great distance apart. The older one lives in Nairobi, the younger in the village of Sarucha.

When Kiprono returned to his little township two years ago after his Boston triumph, he was greeted like a conquering hero. He estimstes that about 20,000 people from villages all around his home base turned out to greet him and threw him a celebatory party. They also presented him with five cows, which he gave to his mother. Should he win in San Diego on Sunday, the celebration won’t be as large, but it will be significant, he said.
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Racing — Past Champions Merga, Kosegi Among Boston Contenders

running-advice-bugBOSTON — The organizers of the Boston Marathon have announced the international elite field for the 2010 Marathon. 2009 Boston Marathon champions Deriba Merga of Ethiopia and Salina Kosgei of Kenya will return to defend their titles for the 114th running of the race on April 19.

Among other returning champions Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot and Catherine Ndereba of Kenya, Dire Tune of Ethiopia, and Lidiya Grigoryeva of Russia will also be contending for the title. Organizers announced separately back in December that Americans Ryan Hall and Meb Keflezighi will lead the American contingent at the event.

In the 2009 men’s race, Deriba Merga of Ethiopia clipped Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot’s three-in-a-row streak and ran away from the lead pack in the Newton hills, unchallenged to the finish. Merga is just one of three Ethiopians to interrupt Kenyan dominance of the event over the past two decades.
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Boston Marathon — Hall, Sell and Goucher Tackle Boston Marathon Field

2009 Boston Marathon

2009 Boston Marathon

BOSTON — The Boston Athletic Assoication has annouced the elite field for the 2009 Boston Marathon. In addition to returning champions Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot and Dire Tune, this year there are a raft of top Americans in contention, including Olympians Ryan Hall, Brian Sell and Kara Goucher.

Headlining the field is four time champion and course record holder Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot of Kenya and defending women’s champion Dire Tune of Ethiopia. Also in the field are former champions Lidiya Grigoryeva of Russia and Timothy Cherigat of Kenya.

In addition to Challenging to Americans Hall, Sell and Goucher, other major challengers will be Deriba Merga and Gashaw Asfaw of Ethiopia and Salina Kosgei of Kenya.

American distance running is making a resurgence with the fine performances of runners like Hall and Sell at the Olympics in Beijing and the strength that Kara Goucher showed in her debut this past November in New York.
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Beijing Olympics: Kenya announces Olympic Marathon contingent

Kenya, the origin of many of the world’s fastest marathon runners, announced their official line-up to represent their country in Beijing at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. The annoucement includes all 37 athletes who will travel to Beijing for Track and Field events, but perhaps most importantly, the men’s and women’s marathon squad.

Among Kenya’s six entrants, at least four would be considered the best in the world at their craft. The men’s line-up stats with 2007 New York Marathon and 2007 & 2008 London Marathon Champion Martin Lel. Next up in the incredible young talent of half-marathon world-record holder Sammy Wanjiru, who ran 2:06 in his bebut and then broke 2:06 in his second marathon at London just a few months later. And finally, Robert Cheruiyot who has won the Boston Marathon in 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2008, setting a course record 2:07:14 in 2006.

The women’s side starts with the incredible Catherine Ndereba, often known as Catherine the Great. Ndereba holds the distinction of holding the only of the top five fastest times in marathon history that are not held by Paula Radcliffe. Her fourth fastest time in history (2:18:47) was a world record when she ran it in 2001 and makes her the only other woman in history to have broken 2:19:00 in the marathon.

In addition, Kenyan brings Martha Komu and Salina Kosgei to round out the team. Kosgei finished fourth in London in 2007.

Kenya will be a formidable force in the games, especially without world record holder Haile Gebrselassie in the mix. In particular Martin Lel, who has shown he can win strategically difficult races like New York, will be a front-runner to watch for sure.
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Races: Cheruiyot wins fourth Boston Marathon; Tune wins tightest women’s race in Boston History

Cheruiyot wins 2008 Boston MarathonBOSTON — Robert Cheruiyot won the 112th Boston Marathon today in a time of 2:07:46, earning him his fourth Boston Marathon victory and third in a row. Dire Tune outkicked Alevtina Biktimirova after a back-and-forth last mile to win by 2 seconds in the closest finish in the history of the women’s race.

Cheruiyot pulled away from Morroco’s Abderrahime Bouramdane as they entered the Newton Hills, reaching the crest of Heartbreak Hill with a 27-second lead and coasting to the sixth-fastest time in Boston Marathon history.

“This was the hardest,” Cheruiyot told the Associated Press. “Boston is not a very easy course, it’s very difficult. (But) I enjoy running the hills.”

Cheruiyot owns the course record of 2:07:14 which he set two years ago. Although his course record remained intact, he still beat his winning time of 2:14:13 in last year’s horrid weather conditions.

He was essentially unchallenged in this year’s race, prompting him to comment: “It’s very difficult when you’re running alone here in Boston,” he said. “You need company.”
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