In the News
Many thanks to Victor Sailer of PhotoRun, best cameraman in the sport, for providing pics of Edna Kiplagat (Nike) winning today’s EDP Lisbon Half-Marathon, along with Irvette van Zyl (adidas) in 10th, Paula Todoran (adidas) in 17th, and Ionela Dinca in 18th. (As always, all rights reserved by PhotoRun, Inc.)
Sam Grotewald of the New York Road Runners continues his bid to take the Larry King/Piers Morgan chair at CNN with another good interview in the NYRR’s “On the Run” podcast/radio series. NYRR yesterday posted an great conversation between Sam and Diane Nukuri-Johnson (ASICS) in New York City in the aftermath of Diane’s 69:12 National Record and second-place finish at Sunday’s New York City Half-Marathon. Sam does a nice job chatting with Diane about her experiences running as a woman in Burundi and competing as a 15 year-old in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, where she also crossed paths with Bernard Lagat and Abdi Abdirahman. Diane also reflects on the steps to leave Burundi behind for Canada and then America, and the long-time support given her by University of Iowa’s Head Coach Layne Anderson. She and Sam also talk about Iowa and Diane’s expectations for next month’s Boston Marathon.
The 24-minute podcast is available free at this link. Click on Episode 15.
The UK’s Athletics Weekly highlights Freya Ross (adidas) training in Boulder with Susan Partridge as they both prepare under Coach Steve Jones for the NYC Half-Marathon, the Virgin London Marathon, and ultimately the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Colorado Running News interview with Kenyon Neuman (Nike). On Saturday, Kenyon continued his strong season on Colorado’s roads, taking 2nd in 66:28 just behind Scotland’s Andrew Lemoncello at the Sports Authority Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Half-Marathon at 5300 feet altitude.
The Tsogo Sun Hotels group in South Africa features Cosmo model Rene Kalmer (adidas/Nedbank) in their in-house magazine this month. Click here.
The Xinhua News Service has posted an interview with World Champion Edna Kiplagat (Nike) and countrywoman Mary Keitany on the possibility for a Kenyan gold medal in the women’s marathon this summer in London. In it, Edna dismisses any notion that Kenyan athletes are somehow gifted or their accomplishments are any easier to attain than those of any other athlete:
“Kiplagat says there is no secret to success other than training hard and motivation, self-esteem and discipline.
‘Many people have come up with theories that Kenyans run better because of a special gene in us. I don’ t know what gene they are talking about because we have reached where we are as a result of hard work. If such genes existed then I presume there is one among Brazilian footballers.'”