Marathon News Service

Dibaba Defends 10,000-Meter Crown

August 03, 2012 at 06:30pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

With 500 meters remaining in the women’s 10,000 meters on Friday night in London, Tirunesh Dibaba reminded everyone of how she got her nickname.

Running serenely on the shoulder of Sally Kipyego, the “Baby-Faced Destroyer” finally decided it was time to take charge, and the race was as good as over the moment the thought entered her head. Storming past Kipyego, the Ethiopian blew away the field by 50 meters to win in 30:20.75, thus becoming Read More

Categories: Pro Athletes

Amy Hastings: Report from the Village

August 02, 2012 at 09:30am EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

Amy Hastings, 28, finished a heartbroken fourth at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in January, only to come back and win the 10,000 meters at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in late June to make her first Olympic team. A native of Leavenworth, KS, Hastings marched in the Opening Ceremony, then began to hunker down for her 10,000-meter final on Friday, the first day of track and field competition. NYRR News Service will Read More

Categories: Pro Athletes

Jager Masters Steeplechase in Record Time

August 02, 2012 at 04:30pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

(Updated August 3, 2 p.m. EDT)

The last American to win an Olympic medal in the men’s 3000-meter steeplechase was Brian Diemer, who earned bronze in 1984.

Could Evan Jager be the next?

“Oh yeah, absolutely,” said Marc Davis, a 1996 Olympian and the 1993 U.S. champion in the event.

“I think so,” said Tim Broe, a 2004 Olympian at 5000 meters and the 2000 NCAA champion in the steeplechase who finished fourth that year in the U.S. Olympic Read More

Categories: Pro Athletes

Farah, Rupp Team Up for Gold, Silver at 10,000

August 05, 2012 at 11:30am EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

When Mo Farah crossed the finish line on Saturday to win the Olympic gold medal at 10,000 meters in 27:30.42, he flung his arms straight out and screamed with joy. Then he quickly got back to business, turning around in time to see his Oregon Project teammate Galen Rupp coming in right behind him, in 27:30.90.

With a child-like look of delight, Rupp, 26, rushed straight toward Farah, 29. They shared an embrace, of each other Read More

Categories: Pro Athletes

Going Head to Head: Is Olympic Marathon the Ultimate Test?

July 29, 2012 at 11:00am EST | by Barbara Huebner, NYRR News Service

The debate has raged almost since Spiridon Louis won the inaugural event in in 1896: Is the Olympic Marathon the ultimate test of a true marathon runner? There are no pacemakers. There are no appearance fees. There are no time bonuses. The courses are seldom flat and fast. There is only the podium, and an athlete who drops out or fares poorly has to wait four years for another chance to run for the glory Read More

Categories: Human Interest