Skip to main content

Barngetuny Takes Down Wanjinshi Marathon Course Record

by Brett Larner

Despite windy conditions on the hilly seaside course Kenyan Eliud Kiplagat Bargnetuny celebrated the New Taipei City Wanjinshi Marathon's first edition as an IAAF bronze label by taking more than 4 minutes off the year-old course record to win in 2:13:14, with countrywoman Gladys Kipsoi winning a leisurely women's race just under 2:40.

After a slow start over the uphill first 5 km, Kenyans Josphat Chobei and Hosea Kosgei took off on low-2:14 pace, breaking up the large lead pack in the process.  Barngetuny and the race's other Kenyan entrant Samuel Kayla caught up by halfway to make it a four-man lead group in 1:06:00.  The group stayed together to fight headwinds over the second half before Barngetuny broke free on the downhills near the end of the race to take the win.  Chobei was next in 2:15:51, also more than a minute under the old course record.  Kalya was the only other athlete to break 2:20, taking 3rd in 2:18:30 as Kosgei faded to 6th in 2:23:08.  Starting conservatively and working his way up through the field during the first half, Japan's Etsu Miyata was caught alone in the wind in the second half and stalled at 8th in a disappointing 2:26:35.


The women's race likewise played out with a lead quartet made up of Kipsoi, the formerly Japan-based Kenyan Ruth Wanjiru, and Ethiopians Almaz Negede Fekade and Tigist Teshome Ayanu going out a conservative pace, hitting halfway in 1:19:54 before Kipsoi broke free after 30 km for the win.  Ayanu was 2 minutes behind in 2nd, Wanjiru filling the podium another minute back.


New Taipei City Wanjinshi Marathon
New Taipei City, Taiwan, 3/22/15
click here for complete results

Men
1. Eliud Kiplagat Barngetuny (Kenya) - 2:13:14 - CR
2. Josphat Kiptanui Too Chobei (Kenya) - 2:15:51 (CR)
3. Samuel Kalya (Kenya) - 2:18:30
4. Andre Sambu Sipe (Tanzania) - 2:21:45
5. Dadi Tesfaye Beyene (Ethiopia) - 2:22:37
6. Hosea Kosgei (Kenya) - 2:23:08
7. Eshetu Wendimu Tsige (Ethiopia) - 2:23:40
8. Etsu Miyata (Japan) - 2:26:35
9. Ahmed Nasef (Italy) - 2:27:54
10. Debesay Tsige (Eritrea) - 2:28:06

Women
1. Gladys Kipsoi (Kenya) - 2:39:32
2. Tigist Teshome Ayanu (Ethiopia) - 2:41:31
3. Ruth Wanjiru Kuria (Kenya) - 2:42:18
4. Rose Chekurui Kosgei (Kenya) - 2:48:09
5. Almaz Negede Fekade (Ethiopia) - 2:51:22
6. Eliana Patelli (Italy) - 2:52:36
7. Lucia Mwihaki Kimani (Bosnia & Herzegovina) - 2:58:07
8. Chen Ya Fan (Taiwan) - 3:08:32
9. Lin Yu Hsin (Taiwan) - 3:09:34
10. Aregu Lechisa Awaki (Ethiopia) - 3:09:47

(c) 2015 Brett Larner
all rights reserved

Comments

Most-Read This Week

Kusu Runs Steeplechase World-Leading Time, Yabuta and Yoshimura Break National Records, Tanaka Just Misses Fukushi's NR - Kitami and Liege Highlights

Wednesday afternoon and evening saw the fourth meet in this year's five-part Hokuren Distance Challenge series, this time in the town of Kitami. The program included the little-raced 2000 m steeplechase as a tuneup for Monday's series-closing Abashiri meet, and in both the women's and men's races the national records went down. A top collegiate steepler while at Kyoto Sangyo University, Yui Yabuta (Otsuka Seiyaku) ran 6:27.74 to break the women's record. In the men's race 1500 m specialist Yasunari Kusu (Ami AC) surprised many by breaking the Japanese national record with a world-leading 5:31.82 despite little experience in the steeple.

The women's 3000 m in Kitami was more explicitly set up as a national record attempt, with four of the ten fastest Japanese women ever over the distance lined up to gun for the great Kayoko Fukushi's 8:44.40 record dating back to 2002. From the gun it was out at NR pace, with pacers Hellen Ekalale (Toyota Jidoshokki) an…

Lemeteki and Aoki Win Shibestu Half

Kenyan Razini Lemeteki (Takushoku Univ.) and relative unknown Nanami Aoki (Iwatani Sangyo) took the top spots in hot and sunny conditions at the Shibetsu Half Marathon in Hokkaido. With Kenta Murayama (Asahi Kasei) doing early frontrunning in the men's race only to fade to a 20th-place finish in 1:06:40 Lemeteki had little competition for the win in 1:03:25. 2017 Shibetsu winner Tsubasa Hayakawa (Toyota) was the top Japanese man at 2nd in 1:03:42, beating MGC Race Olympic marathon trials qualifiers Daichi Kamino (New Balance) and Naoki Okamoto (Chugoku Denryoku) - by 4 seconds and 11 seconds. Other MGC Race qualifiers Masato Imai (Toyota Jidoshokki), Yuji Iwata (MHPS) and Ryo Kiname (MHPS) all struggled, none of them breaking 66 minutes.

Aoki won the women's race easily in 1:15:12 by almost a minute over Mai Nagaoka (Sysmex). MGC Race qualifiers Reia Iwade (Under Armour) and Keiko Nogami (Juhachi Ginko) were listed to start but apparently did not run.
33rd Suffolkland Shibets…

Japan Tops Universiade Medal Count With 33 Golds

A global celebration of university student sports, the closing ceremonies for 30th anniversary Summer Universiade took place July 14 in Napoli, Italy to bring 12 days of competition across a range of collegiate sports. Japanese athletes took part in all 15 categories of competition, winning a total of 33 gold medals to rank #1 worldwide in the medal count standings. Japanese athletes also won 21 silver medals and 28 bronze for a total of 82 medals overall, also ranking #1. Russia scored 82 medals total but had 22 golds, with China 3rd at 22 golds and 43 medals overall. The U.S.A. was 4th.

Just before the start of the closing ceremonies, Japanese delegation leader Ichiro Hoshino gave a positive evaluation of the teams's performance, saying, "I believe that our athletes in each area of competition carried their weight to help achieve this excellent result, and that that will provide momentum in Tokyo 2020." The next Summer Universiade takes place in Chengdu, China in 2021…