Afternoon News Roundup
Jesse Squire | On 01, Jan 2014
In Japan, the New Year is for running fans.
Happy New Year and welcome to our new feature, our daily afternoon news roundup. You can expect to see a roundup of the day’s track and running news each afternoon at about 3:00 (Eastern time).
Today’s news is mostly results from various New Year’s Eve races around the globe…
The 58th Sao Silvestre International 10km race in Luanda, Angola, was hot (90°) and humid. Kenyan Stanley Biwott won over a tough field that included Yenew Alamirew, Edwin Kipyego and Zersenay Tadese. The women’s race went to Priscah Jeptoo, the reigning New York City marathon champion.
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The men’s 10k race at the Boclassic Sylvesterlauf in Bolzano, Italy, went down to the wire. Imane Merga held off Wilson Kiprop by a tenth of a second. The women’s 5k race was won by miler Maryam Jamal, who pulled away from World 10k silver medalist Gladys Cherono over the last 300 meters.
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And in Maebashi, Japan, the New Year Ekiden, a seven-leg 100 kilometer relay race between corporate men’s teams, was won by the Konica Minolta team for the second straight year. Next up is the Hakone Ekiden on January 2 and 3, a two-day 218km college men’s relay which is just as popular in Japan as March Madness is in the USA.
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Today’s video of the day: the dramatic finish of the 2011 Hakone Ekiden