BERLIN (GER): New German pole vault record holder Silke Spiegelburg is over the moon with her new record but hopes to jump 480 soon enough. Spiegelburg also is looking forward to competing against Yelena Isinbayeva again. The German athlete also admitted toleichtathletik.de she dreams of jumping five meters in the future.
HONG KONG (HKG): This year’s 15th edition of Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon will will feature around 65,000 runners in three events, 10k, half-marathon, and marathon, with the last expected to top 10,000 starters for the first time in its short history. Writes Pat Butcher (globerunner.org). The men’s course record is a respectable 2.14.57, in 2009, by two-time winner Cyprian Kiogora of Kenya, who returns this weekend, seeking a hat-trick; the women’s record belongs to Dai Yan Yan of China, who ran 2.34.41 in 2005. Local knowledge will serve both Kiogora and another former winner John Tubei well, but fastest man in the field is another colleague, Raymond Kiplagat, who ran 2.09.23 in Barcelona last year. There are three more sub-2.11 men, Nelson Rotich and Philemon Kemboi of Kenya, and Tesfaye Girma of Ethiopia. Veteran Lyubov Denisova of Russia, a winner twice in Los Angeles, and once in Honolulu returns as fastest woman with her 2.25.18, from third in New York in 2004. But the young Ethiopian trio of Meseret Legesse, Nagash Letay, and Serkalem Abraha, all of whom have run just over 2.30, along with Zheng Wenrong of China (2.33.29) will challenge for victory, and a share of the US$150,000 prize pot.
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