Course Records In The Kosice Marathon
(from Alfons Juck)

Course records in Kosice

KOSICE (SVK, Oct 7): It was a day with records in nearly ideal weather
conditions (15 degrees, cloudy, no wind, only slight rain). The 89th
edition of the oldest marathon in Europe, the International Peace
Marathon, saw both course records and new participation record achieved
(7400 in all races from 46 countries).

Some 30 000 around the streets of this Eastern Slovakian City were satisfied. Top four men went under the previous course record (2:08:33 Gilbert Chepkwony in 2010) with fast finishing (started after 36 km) Lawrence Kimaiyo. The 2:11:46 runner from his only marathon in Torino 2010 and after injury problems returned to the scene with incredible personal best 2:07:01 (nearly identical halves 1:03:54 and 1:03:57).

"I'm very satisfied with my personal best and course record. My feelings were great from the beginning, we also had here in Kosice top weather for marathon running. I believed I could be the winner. I was preparing for this race since January," said Kimaiyo.

Pacemakers Peter Wanjiru and Richard Sigei helped until 30 km. Evans Ruto who was considered a favorite before the race was for some time with Kimaiyo on top after 30 km but lost the battle for second by 0.02. Kimaiyo won the first place bonus including record 15 000 E. In case of sub 2:07 it would be 20 000 E.

In dramatic finish Philemon Baaru improved to 2:07:49 over Ruto also oficially 2:07:49, for both personal bests. Baaru had 2:09:51 from last year Porto win and Ruto 2:08:36 from Cologne 2009. Last year winner Elijah Kemboi was fourth but with more than 3 minutes improvement from 2:11:15 to 2:07:51. Personal best also for fifth Bellor Yator 2:08:39, sixth Vincent Kiplagat clocked 2:09:30 (missed his PB by 8 seconds) and seventh David Toniok also PB 2:10:39. Best from Ethiopians was Belete Gezu as 8th in 2:13:16.

It was new record for Kosice with six sub 2:10 runners in one competition and jubilee 10th Kenyan male win here.

Kenyan 2:27 runner Hellen Mugo fulfilled her favorite role, but started very fast with 1:12:12 half-marathon. That was clear for first ever sub 2:30 by a woman in Slovakia. At the end she faded (between 35-40 km 19:08 split, second half 1:17:47) but managed exactly what was needed with 2:29:59 (former course record was 2:30:50). Her first place and record prize money was 10,000E.

"I felt excellent that is why I started fast. Despite beeing tired at the end I was confident about win and new record. It was not that tough for me," said Mugo.

Second last year winner Maryna Damantsevich of Belarus with more equal pace (1:14:58 and 1:16:31) new life-time best 2:31:29. Third Ethiopian Ehitu Kiros Reda also got PB 2:33:43. Slovak national titles for Jozef Urban (overall 11th, 2:25:34)and Ingrid Petnuchova (overall 5th, 2:55:58). Slovak best walker and London 50 km 8th placer Matej Toth competed in half-marathon but only jogged with 1:42:36.

Results men
1. Lawrence Kimaiyo, KEN, 2:07:01 CR, PB, 15 000 E 2.
Philemon Baaru, KEN, 2:07:49, PB, 5500 E 3. Evans Ruto, KEN, 2:07:49 PB,
3500 E 4. Elijah Kemboi, KEN, 2:07:51 PB, 2500 E 5. Bellor Yator, KEN,
2:08:39 PB, 1000 E 6. Vincent Kiplagat, KEN, 2:09:30, 600 E 7. David
Toniok, KEN, 2:10:39 PB, 500 E 8. Gezu Belete, ETH, 2:13:16, 400 E 9.
Mehari Baraki, ETH, 2:16:40, 300 E 10. Peter Kurui, KEN, 2:18:38, 200 E

1. Hellen Mugo, KEN, 2:29:59 CR, 10 000 E 2. Maryna Damantsevich,
BLR, 2:31:29 PB, 2500 E 3. Ehitu Reda, ETH, 2:33:43 PB, 1500 E 4.
Natalya Malaya, UKR, 2:53:46, 1000 E 5. Ingrid Petnuchova, SVK, 2:55:58,
500 E 6. Patricia Ganovska, SVK, 3:04:11, 300 E