Here’s yet another edition of our weekly roundup of marathon race results, and who’s winning in Track & Field events around the world! Want to know which races are coming up, check out our weekly marathon digests here.
Harrisburg Half Marathon
In near-ideal conditions over 700 runners came out for the 19th edition of the Harrisburg Half Marathon. Harrisburg is billed as ideal for beginners taking on the half marathon distance. Fred Joslyn, 31, was the first overall finisher with a time of 1:09:31.86, while Brian Rosenberg, 37, finished second with 1:12:25.89 and Conor Lucas-Roberts, 32, of Baltimore, finished third in 1:19:01.11. The top female finisher was Alexandra Niles, 31, with a time of 1:21:22.34, according to results in Penn Live.
Victoria Falls Marathon
Nkosiyazi Sibanda successfully retained his Econet Victoria Falls Marathon crown in Zimbabwe on the weekend romping home in a time of 2 hours 19 minutes and 12 seconds, bettering his own mark set in 2014. In the women’s category, veteran athlete Thabita Tsatsa emerged the winner in a time of 2 hours 50 minutes with Tanzanian Sharon Mueni second in 2 hours 54 minutes and Lizzy Chokore in third place in 3 hours 01 minutes 07 seconds.
Millen Matende finished in the second place in the men’s category with a time of 2 hours 19 minutes 52 seconds. In third place was Portipher Dombojena
After the race, Sibanda said he was comfortable throughout the race as he started drawing away from the pack from the 36km-mark. “I’m happy that I have retained the title for the fourth time. I was within the leading pack and I did not give up despite the fact that Portipher was leading at some point. I just kept within distance with Fokoroni and Matende, but because of experience, I created a gap between me and Matende when we got to the 36km mark,” Sibanda was quoted as saying by News Day.
Constance Nyasango won the women’s 21km race in 1 hour 17 minutes 53 seconds with South Africa-based Rutendo Nyahora coming in second in 1 hour 18 minutes 28 seconds and in third place was Patience Mukoki in 1 hour 21 minutes 33 seconds.
In the men’s category, Munyaradzi Jari was first in 1 hour 5 minutes 45 seconds, Tanzanian Panuel Mkungo second in 1 hour 5 minutes 51 seconds and in third position was Isaac Mpofu in 1 hour 6 minutes 7 seconds.
Fairfield Half Marathon
In the Fairfield Half Marathon, Gosa Girma Tefera took advantage of perfect running conditions, to take home the win, finishing with a time of 1:04.05. The women’s winner was Ethiopia’s Etaferahu Temesgen, who crossed the finish line ahead of compatriot Elfnesh Melaku, with a time of 1:14.09.
“I felt strong the whole race,” Tefera told Connecticut Post after winning won $2,000 for finishing first. “The conditions were very good. The hills didn’t bother me. It was not a problem. It was a very good race.”
Kiptanui Too, who finished in 1:04.09 came a narrow second., while Kenyan Eluid Ngetich, placed third in 1:04.20.
The women’s winner Temesgen said “she was expecting to beat the record but this was an up and down course,” about the 1:12.06 time set by Elaine Van Blank in 1993.
USATF Outdoor Championships
At Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, Molly Huddle and Galen Rupp convincingly won the 10,000 meters titles at the USATF Outdoor Championships, according to a Runner’s World report.
Huddle overcame a touch challenge from three-time champion Shalane Flanagan and Emily Infeld. Rupp won his seventh national 10,000m title in a row with a timing of 28:11.61. Rupp took the lead with fewer than three laps remaining.
“I’m obviously pleased to get another championship,” Rupp is quoted as saying. Following Rupp was Ben True in second with a time of 28:14.26, and Hassan Mead in third with 28:16.54.
Favorites Matthew Centrowitz and Emma Coburn were also victorious at the USATF Outdoor Championships, winning the men’s 1500 m and women’s 3,000m steeplechase events respectively.
Centrowitz, won his third national 1500 m title with a finishing time of 3:37.25. “This U.S. championships I wanted to win the most. Obviously with everything going on, I wanted to win this one for our team, the Oregon Project, myself, my family. I wanted it bad,” he’s quoted in Runner’s World.
It was the fourth national title of the best steeplechaser in the US. Coburn defended her crown with a time of 9:15.59, the second-fastest time in the world this season. Stephanie Garcia and Colleen Quigley finished second and third in an exciting finish for the podium places.
Main image: Matthew Centrowitz by Michael Scott | Runner’s World