DUBAI (UAE): New women winner is expected at the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon on January 21, 2011. With last year’s champion Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia unable to defend her title, organisers have brought together a hugely talented field of elite athletes in the women’s category all eager to run off with the first prize of $250,000 – the richest in the sport. As well as an elite pack of men, the event has also attracted many of the marathon world’s best female runners with former winners Askale Magarsa and Berhane Adere – both from Ethiopia – in the field along with Paris 2009 and 2010 winner Atseda Tesema (also from Ethiopia) and Kenyan Helen Kirop who made it a Kenyan double in Prague alongside Dubai-bound Eliud Kiptanui in May 2010. Informs event website.
LAUSANNE (SUI): In an interview with European Athletics Mo Farah speaks up about his chances of beating the African athletes and confirms that he can close the gap in 2011. Farah has been preparing the season in Kenya and recently returned home to defend the British colors at the IAAF Cross Country Permit in Edinburgh. Farah will be running during the indoor season as a preparation for the outdoor season in which he wants to break the European 5000m record, which stands at 12:49.71 by Mohammed Mourhit.
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