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IAAF AL-Bank World Half Marathon Championships a Huge Success
by Larry Eder
The 2014 IAAF AL World Half Marathon Championships was a huge success today. For the Danish Athletic Federation, they sponsored the largest running event EVER in Denmark, with 30,000 runners in the half marathon, and 202 elite runners in their first World Championships of Athletics in Denmark. For the IAAF, their “bold experiment” should be de rigeur for all of their athletics events: a peoples’ race and road championships could be part of every and any championships.
The IAAF AL-Bank World Half Marathon Championships was a huge success. 30,000 plus runners. A first ever sweep in top five positions in women’s race by Kenya, a hugely popular Eritrean team win (with five of eight top finishers) with the Eritean diaspora community in Copenhagen. For the individual winners, Gladys Cherono used her speed and sped away at 18 kilometers, to win in 67:28. On the men’s side, Geoffrey Kamworor used a final 10k of 27:45 to blast away from the field, winning in a WL of 59:07!
Goeffrey Kipsang Kamworor, a two time World XC junior champ, third twice in Berlin and sixth in February’s Tokyo Marathon, had a fantastic victory . Kamworor, who is quiet spoken, noted clearly that he wants to go to Berlin and wants to run, very, very fast.
Wilson Kipketer, the former World Champion and World record holder ran 1:20:43 for the half marathon. ” My next goal is 1:15. I am not sure where I will run that. I loved the race today. Each kilometers, fans said hello Wilson!”.
US fortunes were pretty good. Josephat Boit ran 61:31 for 21rst, a PB, and was followed, in quick succession by Tyler Pennel (33rd), 1:02.19 and Matt Llano (35th), 1:02.24. Shadrack Biwot (39th) ran 1:02:27, and Fernando Cabada, Jr. was 46th in 1:02.53. The US men finished seventh.
The US women were fifth, finishing just behind Japan and Italy. Annie Bersagel (13th) ran a pb of 1:10.09 as Lauren Kleppin, fresh off a nearly 14 minute PB at the ASICS LA Marathon, ran another PB, of 1:10.17 for 14th place. Clara Santucci was 34th in 1:12:21, her PB also. In 36th, Mattie Suver ran 1:12.41, a seasonal best. And in 44th place, Wendy Thomas ran 1:14.06.
As the IAAF President, Lamine Diack noted, ” In what other sport, can you participate with the best in the world in a world championship race? ” Aware of the answer, Lamine Diack smiled a knowing smile, that the IAAF, in 2014, has put on two very successful World Championships in a row; the first in Sopot, Poland (World Indoor Champs, March 7-9, 2014), and now the IAAF AL-Bank World Half Marathon Championships.
And for today, in Copenhagen, all is good with the world.
2014 WCH, women, 1. Gladys Cherono, KEN,1:07.28, SB, 2. Mary Ngugi, KEN, 1:07.43, 3. Selly Kaptich, KEN, 1:07.51, 4. Lucy Kabuu, KEN, 1:08.36, 5. Mercy Kibarus, KEN, 1:08.41, 6. Netsanet Gudeta, ETH, 1:08.45, 7. Christelle Daunay, FRA, 1:08.47, 8. Valeria Straneo, ITA, 1:08.54, 9. Tsehay Desalegn, ETH, 1:09.03, 10. Genet Yalew, ETH, 1:09.14,
USA finishers: Annie Bersagel, 13th in PB of 1:10.09, Lauren Kleppin, 14th, in PB ob 1:10.15, Clara Santucci, 34th, in PB of 1:12.21, Mattie Suver, 36th in SB of 1:12:41, and Wendy Thomas, 44th in 1:14:06,
Women’s Teams: 1. Kenya, 2. Ethiopia, 3. Japan, 4. Italy, 5. United States, 6. France
2014 WCH, Men, 1. Geoffrey Kamworor, KEN, 59:07WL, 2. Samuel Tsegay, ERI, 59:20, 3. Guye Adola, ETH, 59:20, 4. Zersaney Tadese, ERI, 59:37, 5. Nguse Amlosom, ERI, 59:59, 6. Wilson Kiprop, KEN, 60:00,7. Ghirmay Ghebreslasie, ERI, 60:09, 7. Samson Gebreyohannes, ERI, 60.12, 9. Adugna Tekele, ETH, 60:14, 10. Kenneth Kipkemoi, KEN, 60:28.
USA finishers, Josephat Boit, 21. 61:32, 33.Tyler Pennel, 62:19, 35. Matt Llano, 62:24, 39. Shadrack Biwott, 62;27, 46. Fernando Cabada, Jr., 62:53,
Men’s Teams: 1. Eritrea, 2. Kenya, 3. Ethiopia, 4. South Africa, 5. Uganda, 6. Japan, 7. USA.