Marathon News Service

Uganda's Kiprotich Shocks with Marathon Win

August 12, 2012 at 12:00pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

Coming into the Olympic Marathon, Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda was sitting anonymously in 48th place on the 2012 world list. Ahead of him were 22 Kenyans, 19 Ethiopians, and a decidedly uphill battle on the landmark-filled streets of London.

The 23-year-old Kiprotich apparently forgot to look at that, or any other, list. At mile 23, the upstart caught two-time World Champion Abel Kirui and 2012 and pre-race favorite Wilson Kipsang by surprise, sling-shotting past them on Read More

Categories: Pro Athletes

U.S. Went the Distance in London

August 14, 2012 at 01:00pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

The high points of U.S. distance running at the just-concluded Olympic Games were easy to spot: the silver medals earned by Galen Rupp and Leo Manzano at 5000 meters and 1500 meters, respectively.

The low points weren’t hard to pick out, either: A trio of DNFs in the marathon and Morgan Uceny’s rip-your-heart-out fall in the women’s 1500 meters.

But overall, how did the 2012 distance team stack up to recent editions? Stunningly well. An event-by-event breakdown Read More

Categories: Pro Athletes

Mo Farah Wins Gold Again

August 11, 2012 at 06:30pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

If it’s possible to top a gold-medal performance, Great Britain’s Mo Farah did it on Saturday.

After bringing his country its first 10,000-meter Olympic gold medal a week earlier, Farah fought off both Ethiopia’s Dejen Gebremeskel and what could have been the crushing weight of a nation to win his second title of these Olympic Games and become the first man to win a 5000-meter gold medal for Great Britain.

"There's not a word to describe it," Read More

Categories: Pro Athletes

Defar Upsets Dibaba in 5000 Meters

August 10, 2012 at 06:00pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

Meseret Defar of Ethiopia on Friday became only the second woman in history to reclaim an Olympic track gold medal when she powered past compatriot and longtime rival Tirunesh Dibaba on the homestretch of the women’s 5000 meters, thus denying Dibaba her second gold of the 2012 Olympic Games.

“I have been hoping for this day for a long time,” said Defar, who fell to her knees and wept at the finish, kissing a religious image that Read More

Categories: Pro Athletes

Going Head to Head: Will Rupp, Manzano Silence Critics?

August 10, 2012 at 03:00pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

On the opening day of competition, Galen Rupp won an Olympic silver medal at 10,000 meters, the first for an American since Billy Mills won gold in 1964. Then, on Tuesday, Leo Manzano took another silver for the U.S., this time at 1500 meters, for the first U.S. medal at that distance since Jim Ryun won silver in 1968. That’s two generations. Are Rupp and Manzano monumental exceptions to the rule, or does the combination Read More

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