Thomas Omwenga captures his 4th Men’s Marathon Title and new Women’s Champion Crowned at BMO Vancouver MarathonWritten by Super User
Men’s Half Marathon record falls... Vancouver, BC – May 5, 2013 - Today under brilliant sunny skies in its 42nd year, the BMO Vancouver Marathon welcomed runners from 43 countries with 16,390 runners registered to participate in four events. A record fell, new titles were awarded, spectators flocked in numbers to cheer in 12 Vancouver neighbourhoods, and thousands of volunteers contributed to the success of the event.
Despite warm weather conditions both course records were broken in the TUI Marathon Hannover: South Africa’s Lusapho April clocked 2:08:32while Ukraine’s Olena Burkovska crossed the line in 2:27:07. While temperatures climbed to over 20 Celsiusduring the final part of the race both winners ran the second half faster than the first and improved their personal bests. Adding races at shorter distances a record total of around 16,000 athletes took part in the TUI Marathon Hannover. The event is an IAAF Bronze Label Race.
Kenya’s former World 5000m champion Eliud Kipchoge made a splendid Marathon debut at the Haspa Marathon Hamburg when he set a course record of 2:05:30 at the IAAF Gold Label Road Race on Sunday (21).
Ethiopia’s pocket-sized power house Tsegay Kebede unleashed a late surge to regain the men’s title at today’s 2013 Virgin London Marathon IAAF Gold Label Road Race as Priscah Jeptoo led a Kenyan one-two to add the women’s crown to the Olympic silver medal she won on the same London streets last August.
It has been a sombre week of sadness and solidarity ahead of start of the 2013 Virgin London Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, this coming Sunday.