Battle of the Race figureheads at Daegu International Marathon, Sunday 10 April, Daegu, South Korea

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  • Battle of the Race figureheads at Daegu International Marathon, Sunday 10 April, Daegu, South Korea

With warm conditions for running, the athletes at the Daegu International Marathon on Sunday 10 April 2011 made sure that the anticipators all around the world get wholesome entertainment. The competition seemed to be an intense one as most of the World renowned athletes were there to stomp the track with their defying approach, the contest was the first and the final test run for the IAAF World Championships with the same place of Daegu to host the championships.

The good and warm weather conditions contributed to the fact of the race to test some of the World’s best runners and the Championships’ marathon course as well as it proved to be a fast one too. The men’s race commenced with a resilient pace among the huge leading pack of 21 athletes who were seen present at the 5km mark in just 15:04.

 The leading pack was totally a containment of the African runners, as it contained twelve Kenyans, five Ethiopians, one Korean, Two Chinese and one Moroccan. The next 5km held more intense battle as the leading pack was led by the trio of Ethiopian Daniel Abera and Kenyans Hillary Kimaiyo and Boniface Muema. With 18 athletes left at the front, the pack was lead to a 10km mark in 30:01. Despite the increasing and smashing pace which kept the momentum going for the race at the 15 km mark in 45:10, one more athlete from the leading group with Ethiopian Gashaw Melese was seen slowly plunging up for the apex. A sudden twist was seen on the scenario as Abera was wiped away at the 20km mark whereas the 18 athletes were still charging fast towards the finishing line.

 At the next 5km, briefly from 20 to 25km, more of the athletes got swayed away which gave advantage to the African leaders who were in command and reached the 25km mark in 1:15:50. Eleven athletes making the main group were seen at the 30km mark at 1:30:47. Kenyans Muema, Samuel Muturi and Patrick Muriuki afterwards were seen nowhere and got dropped off the race soon which left some of the competitors to strive for the ultimate goal.

The plunge between the 30km and the 35 km mark was a slow one as most of notified athletes were sidelined and the last pack contained six athletes to reach the finishing line for the place at the podium.

A magnificently stomping performance made it possible for Songoka, as with a brilliant competency at the track, he scored first spot with scores clocking at 2:08:08 and following him with just 8 seconds short was Moroccan Abdellah Falil. Both the super athletes recorded their personal bests as well as a course record by Songoka.


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