Monday, November 26, 2012

Delilah Defeats Olympians in Manchester

Olympians Lisa Uhl and Diane Nukuri Johnson were left watching Delilah DiCrescenzo cross the finish line first at the 76-year-old Manchester Road Race on Thanksgiving morning.  As reported by Road Results Weekly, Delilah used her previous experience on the course to launch a perfectly-timed kick and earned a five-second margin of victory over Uhl. Runner-up in 2010, DiCrescenzo ran 16-seconds faster than that performance to notch Thursday’s thanks-meriting win.

The New York City-based athlete came to one of the most historic professional races in America after the NYRR Dash to the Finish 5k was washed out by Superstorm Sandy the day before the New York City Marathon. But DiCrescenzo looked none the worse for not racing in her hometown, and added her name to a Manchester winners-list that includes Worlds and Olympic silver medalist Sally Kipyego and Worlds and Olympic bronze medalist Shalane Flanagan, as well as other American superstars such as Deena Kastor and Lynn Jennings.

After using speed to defeat the 10,000m and marathon Olympians in Connecticut, Delilah now plans to spend the next few weeks working on her strength-based fitness.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Britton Fourth in Spanish Cross Meeting

Cross country and Fionnuala Britton clearly get along just fine. European Cross Country Champion a year ago, and an eight-time qualifier to the World Cross Country Championships, the Irishwoman got the hill-and-dale season off to a strong start in Atapuerca, Spain on Sunday.

Hiwot Ayalew (Ethiopia) and Linet Masai (Kenya) took home top honors, with Britton’s fourth-position finish putting her second among potential entrants at the European championships, coming up on December 9th. The Dublin-based athlete was in the lead pack early and battled with a group of Britons and Portugal’s Sara Moreira, after the two East Africans broke away. In the end, Britton would beat the Portuguese Olympian but finish just six-seconds back from Team GB’s Jessica Coulson.

Over a course just shy of 8-kilometres, Britton clocked 25:48.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Road Superstar Joseph Kimani Passes Away

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One of the finest runners to ever compete on the roads passed away on November 1st. Joseph Kimani of Kenya and KIMbia Athletics won virtually every road race that mattered on the American circuit in the mid-1990′s, setting records as he went, before dying of pneumonia at age forty.

In 1996, Kimani left the track for the roads and found eye-popping success. Front and center in a litany of achievements was his nearly-unthinkable 27:04 at Peachtree, to set the AIMS-recognized world’s best for 10k on the roads — an improvement over the 27:20 world’s best he had run in Cleveland just weeks prior which had already taken an incredible fourteen seconds off of the standing world record. That Peachtree run was an improvement of a staggering 52-seconds over the previous course record and remains the fastest performance in the history of this prestigious event, with no athlete coming within even 18-seconds of the mark. The next year he would run 33:31 for 12k in Evansville, IN to collect the world record at that distance. As a world’s best, Kimani’s 27:04 stood for six years: it wasn’t until the legendary Haile Gebreselassie ran 27:02 in 2002 that Kimani’s mark was bettered.

Much like his history-making run at Peachtree, Kimani’s win at the 2000 Bolder Boulder showed just how peerless the Kenyan was when fit and feeling good: Read the full article

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