2009 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships

The 2009 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships was held in Birmingham, United Kingdom on 11 October 2009. It was the final event of the International Association of Athletics Federations' 2009 World Athletics Series.[1]

2009 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships
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Host cityBirmingham, England, United Kingdom United Kingdom
Nations participating39
Athletes participating157
Events2
Dates2009-10-11
Race length21.0975 kilometres
Individual prize money (US$)1st: 30,000
2nd: 15,000
3rd: 10,000
4th: 7,000
5th: 5,000
6th: 3,000
Team prize money (US$)1st: 15,000
2nd: 12,000
3rd: 9,000
4th: 7,500
5th: 6,000
6th: 3,000
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OrganisationEdit

The city of Birmingham was selected by the IAAF Council after a presentation by UK Athletics and the Birmingham City Council.[2] It was the third time the championships were held in Great Britain, after the 1992 event on Tyneside and the 2001 edition in Bristol.[3] A number of events were scheduled to coincide with the Championships: a three-day convention for Association of International Marathons and Distance Races, as well as an IAAF press conference to discuss the future and progression of the sport.[4]

In addition to the main World Championship races, the Birmingham Half Marathon started thirty minutes after the women's World Championship race. Organised by Birmingham City Council and sponsored by EDF Energy, it was the second edition of the mass race which attracted over 9000 runners in 2008.[4] A total of 12,068 people signed up to run the Birmingham Half Marathon.[5]

A total of 47 IAAF member federations sent athletes to the championships, the highest number since the 2002 edition.[4]

CourseEdit

The men's race and women's race started at BST 9.00 am and 9:30 am, respectively.[6] The course passed through Birmingham city centre and the city's southern suburbs, Centenary Square acting as the start and end point of the race. Highlights along the route included Cannon Hill Park, Cadbury World and the Bournville model village, Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Victoria Square and the Bull Ring.[7] The course is largely straight and flat, although there is an abrupt descent and ascent at the start and finish of the route, and slight rises and falls between the 10 and 16 km marks around Selly Park.[8]

CompetitionEdit

Pre-raceEdit

 
Zersenay Tadese entered the competition as the favourite, having won the 2007 and 2008 races

Eritrean runner Zersenay Tadese, who had won the last two World Half Marathons as well as the 20 km race in 2006, announced that he would attempt to defend his title and his chances improved after world leader Patrick Makau Musyoki was not listed from the Kenyan squad.[9] The defending women's champion Lornah Kiplagat did not attempt to defend her title due to a knee injury, and three-time champion Paula Radcliffe filled the void, aiming for a record fourth title.[10] However, she too withdrew from the event due to tonsillitis, dealing a blow to the host nation's chances.[11][12]

Tadese was the outright favourite of the men's race, with his greatest challenge coming from Kenyans Sammy Kitwara, Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich and Bernard Kiprop Kipyego, Ethiopians Tilahun Regassa and Dereje Tesfaye. Dathan Ritzenhein, Fabiano Joseph Naasi and Marilson dos Santos were other outside chances. The Kenyan and Eritrean men's teams were favoured for the gold and silver team medals, while the team's from Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda were suggested as possible bronze medallists. Unusually, Qatar (whose team placed third in 2008) did not send any runners to the competition.[13]

In the women's race, Kenyan Mary Jepkosgei Keitany was the favourite in the absence of Kiplagat and Radcliffe. Keitany went into the championships as the world's leading half marathon runner, having run 1:07:00 seconds earlier in the season, and the race was seen as a chance for her to make her mark over the distance. The next fastest runner that season was her compatriot Philes Ongori, although her time of 1:07:50 was some way off Keitany's. Two more possible medallists, Filomena Cheyech and Caroline Cheptanui Kilel rounded out a strong Kenyan squad. The Ethiopian team was missing two of their best runners (Dire Tune and Aselefech Mergia), but Abebu Gelan and Aberu Kebede were still in medal contention. The Japanese athletes, Yukiko Akaba and Yurika Nakamura, looked to maintain Japan's past podium form in the team competition. New Zealand's Kim Smith was regarded as an unknown quantity, as she was moving to the road competitions after much success on the track.[14]

At the pre-race press conference the IAAF General Secretary, Pierre Weiss, lamented the relative lack of interest in the competition, vocalising the IAAF's dissatisfaction with the number of competing athletes and federations. He acknowledged that the competition's prize money was not at parity with other top level marathons. Wilson Kipketer, the 800 metres world record holder, pointed out that the standard of Europe's long-distance runners had been largely surpassed by other region's athletes, most notably by Africa. Kipketer argued that Europeans were not making the most of their sporting facilities and were "not training properly or timing and planning their seasons properly". Ed Warner, chairman of UK Athletics, agreed that a rethink was needed in terms of training and mindset.[15]

MedallistsEdit

Detailed reports on the event and an appraisal of the results were given both for the men's race[16][17] and for the women's race.[18][19]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Individual
Men   Zersenay Tadesse (ERI) 59:35   Bernard Kipyego (KEN) 59:59   Dathan Ritzenhein (USA) 1:00:00
Women   Mary Jepkosgei Keitany (KEN) 1:06:36   Philes Moora Ongori (KEN) 1:07:38   Aberu Kebede (ETH) 1:07:39
Team
Team Men   Kenya 3:01:06   Eritrea 3:02:39   Ethiopia 3:06:42
Team Women   Kenya 3:22:30   Ethiopia 3:26:14   Japan 3:31:31

Race resultsEdit

Complete results were published[20] for the men's race,[21][22] for the women's race,[23][24] for men's team,[25][26] and for women's team.[27][28]

Men'sEdit

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
  Zersenay Tadese   Eritrea 59:35 CR
  Bernard Kipyego   Kenya 59:59
  Dathan Ritzenhein   United States 1:00:00 PB
4 Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich   Kenya 1:00:08
5 Samuel Tsegay   Eritrea 1:00:17 PB
6 Wilson Kwambai Chebet   Kenya 1:00:59
7 Kiplimo Kimutai   Kenya 1:01:31 SB
8 Stephen Mokoka   South Africa 1:01:36
9 Juan Carlos Romero   Mexico 1:01:48 PB
10 Sammy Kitwara   Kenya 1:01:59
11 Tilahun Regassa   Ethiopia 1:02:08 SB
12 Dereje Tesfaye   Ethiopia 1:02:09
13 Rachid Kisri   Morocco 1:02:11 PB
14 Abebe Negewo   Ethiopia 1:02:25 PB
15 Fabiano Joseph   Tanzania 1:02:25 SB
16 Marco Joseph   Tanzania 1:02:41 PB
17 Marilson dos Santos   Brazil 1:02:41 SB
18 Daniele Meucci   Italy 1:02:43 PB
19 Abrha Adhanom   Eritrea 1:02:47 PB
20 Andrew Carlson   United States 1:02:50
21 Yukihiro Kitaoka   Japan 1:02:50
22 Fouad Larhiouch   France 1:02:55 PB
23 James Theuri   France 1:02:55
24 Martin Toroitich   Uganda 1:02:55 SB
25 Ryosuke Fukuyama   Japan 1:03:00
26 Andrew Lemoncello   Great Britain 1:03:03 PB
27 Moses Aliwa   Uganda 1:03:06
28 Yoshinori Oda   Japan 1:03:09
29 Olebogeng Masire   South Africa 1:03:13
30 Mourad Marofit   Morocco 1:03:22 SB
31 Shamba Gitimi   Tanzania 1:03:23 SB
32 Atsushi Sato   Japan 1:03:25
33 Jackson Kiprop   Uganda 1:03:31
34 Simon Munyutu   France 1:03:33
35 Solomon Tsige   Ethiopia 1:03:33 SB
36 Mbongeni Ngxazozo   South Africa 1:03:47
37 Sylvain Rukundo   Rwanda 1:03:59 SB
38 James Carney   United States 1:04:00 SB
39 Jean Baptiste Simukeka   Rwanda 1:04:02 PB
40 Gervais Hakizimana   Rwanda 1:04:04
41 Eric Sebahire   Rwanda 1:04:09 PB
42 Jeffrey Gwebu   South Africa 1:04:11
43 Jeff Hunt   Australia 1:04:16
44 Tesfahiwet Gebretinsae   Eritrea 1:04:17 PB
45 Giomar da Silva   Brazil 1:04:20
46 Mark Miles   Great Britain 1:04:21
47 Yemane Teame   Eritrea 1:04:23 PB
48 Giovanni Ruggiero   Italy 1:04:24
49 Ahmed Baday   Morocco 1:04:42
50 Abdellah Taghrafet   Morocco 1:04:46
51 Miguel Ángel Gamonal   Spain 1:04:47
52 Denis Curzi   Italy 1:04:51 SB
53 John Cusi   Peru 1:04:56
54 Joe McAlister   Ireland 1:04:57 PB
55 Matt Loiselle   Canada 1:04:59
56 Francesco Bona   Italy 1:05:01
57 Arturo Regules   Mexico 1:05:09
58 Sergio Reyes   Mexico 1:05:11 PB
59 Jaime Caldua   Peru 1:05:16
60 Phil Wicks   Great Britain 1:05:18
61 David Ramard   France 1:05:23
62 Daniele Caimmi   Italy 1:05:23 SB
63 Andrew Jones   Great Britain 1:05:37
64 Brett Gotcher   United States 1:05:43
65 Cristinel Irimia   Romania 1:05:51
66 Keenetse Moswasi   Botswana 1:05:59 SB
67 Tomomi Itakura   Japan 1:06:00
68 Benoit Holzerny   France 1:06:00
69 Constantino León   Peru 1:06:05
70 Scotty Bauhs   United States 1:06:07 SB
71 Godiraone Nthompe   Botswana 1:06:07 PB
72 Ndabili Bashingili   Botswana 1:06:08 SB
73 Rapula Diphoko   Botswana 1:06:12 PB
74 Pablo Villalobos   Spain 1:06:17
75 Gareth Raven   Great Britain 1:06:51
76 Kaelo Mosalagae   Botswana 1:07:10 SB
77 Wu Shiwei   China 1:07:14
78 João de Lima   Brazil 1:07:14
79 Franck de Almeida   Brazil 1:07:44
80 Daglas Mashili   Zambia 1:07:56 SB
81 Taivo Püi   Estonia 1:07:58 PB
82 Edmundo Torres   Peru 1:08:12
83 José Francisco Chávez   Costa Rica 1:08:41 PB
84 César Lizano   Costa Rica 1:09:08 PB
85 Xolisa Tyali   South Africa 1:09:12
86 Chan Ka Ho   Hong Kong 1:10:17 SB
87 Fernando Rey   Spain 1:10:18
88 Marcel Tschopp   Liechtenstein 1:10:28 SB
89 Ronnie Holassie   Trinidad and Tobago 1:11:18 SB
90 Gaylord Silly   Seychelles 1:11:57
91 Simon Labiche   Seychelles 1:12:01 SB
92 Mengi Patou   DR Congo 1:12:17 PB
93 Andrew Pollando   Uganda 1:14:00 PB
94 Chan Chan Kit   Macau 1:28:04 SB
Haylu Mekonnen   Ethiopia DNF
Gary Murray   Ireland DNF
Mohamed Isak   Somalia DNF
Perhat Annagylyjov   Turkmenistan DNF
Damian Paul Chopa   Tanzania DNS

Women'sEdit

Rank Athlete Nationality Time Notes
  Mary Jepkosgei Keitany   Kenya 1:06:36 CR
  Philes Ongori   Kenya 1:07:38 PB
  Aberu Kebede   Ethiopia 1:07:39 PB
4 Caroline Cheptanui Kilel   Kenya 1:08:16 PB
5 Mestawet Tufa   Ethiopia 1:09:11 PB
6 Tirfi Tsegaye   Ethiopia 1:09:24 PB
7 Kim Smith   New Zealand 1:09:35 NR
8 Filomena Cheyech Daniel   Kenya 1:09:44
9 Silvia Skvortsova   Russia 1:09:56 SB
10 Amy Yoder Begley   United States 1:10:09 PB
11 Yurika Nakamura   Japan 1:10:19
12 Ryoko Kizaki   Japan 1:10:32
13 Workitu Ayanu   Ethiopia 1:10:35 PB
14 René Kalmer   South Africa 1:10:37 PB
15 Remi Nakazato   Japan 1:10:40
16 Serena Burla   United States 1:10:55 PB
17 Analía Rosa   Portugal 1:11:08 PB
18 Peninah Arusei   Kenya 1:11:10
19 Annerien van Schalkwyk   South Africa 1:11:26 PB
20 Dulce María Rodríguez   Mexico 1:11:32 SB
21 Abebu Gelan   Ethiopia 1:11:33
22 Elza Kireeva   Russia 1:11:34 PB
23 Furtuna Zegergish   Eritrea 1:11:56
24 Claire Hallissey   Great Britain 1:12:14
25 Yukiko Akaba   Japan 1:12:20
26 Irina Timofeyeva   Russia 1:12:38 SB
27 Olivera Jevtić   Serbia 1:12:44
28 Hiroko Shoi   Japan 1:12:46
29 Maria Sig Møller   Denmark 1:12:50 PB
30 Cassie Fien   Australia 1:12:55
31 Galina Aleksandrova   Russia 1:13:01
32 Amy Hastings   United States 1:13:20 PB
33 Michelle Ross-Cope   Great Britain 1:13:50
34 Alina Istudora   Romania 1:14:01 PB
35 Emma Quaglia   Italy 1:14:11 SB
36 Nyakisi Adero   Uganda 1:14:17
37 Heidi Westover/Westerling   United States 1:14:22
38 Marisol Romero   Mexico 1:14:26 PB
39 Poppy Mlambo   South Africa 1:14:27 PB
40 Inés Melchor   Peru 1:14:33 PB
41 Jimena Misayauri   Peru 1:14:47
42 Ivana Iozzia   Italy 1:14:52
43 Gemma Miles   Great Britain 1:14:56
44 Alyson Dixon   Great Britain 1:15:19
45 Rebecca Robinson   Great Britain 1:16:21
46 Claudette Mukasakindi   Rwanda 1:16:31 PB
47 Elva Dryer   United States 1:16:42
48 Nuța Olaru   Romania 1:16:56
49 Hortencia Arazapalo   Peru 1:17:27
50 Maria Baldaia   Brazil 1:18:32 SB
51 Julia Rivera   Peru 1:18:51
52 Caroline Desprez   France 1:19:06
53 Elizet Banda   Zambia 1:19:07 NR
54 Judith Ramírez   Mexico 1:19:41
55 Caitriona Jennings   Ireland 1:20:47
56 Liu Yingjie   China 1:24:29 PB
57 Chao Fong Leng   Macau 1:31:47 NR
58 Simone Zapha   Seychelles 1:38:58 PB
Inga Abitova   Russia DQ

: Inga Abitova from   Russia was initially 9th (1:09:53), but her competition results were annulled, beginning October 10, 2009, because of breaking anti-doping regulations.[29][30]

Team resultsEdit

Men'sEdit

Rank Country Team Time
    Kenya Bernard Kipyego
Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich
Wilson Kwambai Chebet
3:01:06
    Eritrea Zersenay Tadese
Samuel Tsegay
Adhanom Abraha
3:02:39
    Ethiopia Tilahun Regassa
Dereje Tesfaye
Abebe Negewo
3:06:42
4   United States Dathan Ritzenhein
Andrew Carlson
James Carney
3:06:50
5   Tanzania Fabiano Joseph
Marco Joseph
Shamba Gitimi
3:08:29
6   South Africa Stephen Mokoka
Olebogeng Masire
Mbongeni Ngxazozo
3:08:36
7   Japan Yukihiro Kitaoka
Ryosuke Fukuyama
Yoshinori Oda
3:08:59
8   France Fouad Larhiouch
James Theuri
Simon Munyutu
3:09:23
9   Uganda Martin Toroitich
Moses Aliwa
Jackson Kiprop
3:09:32
10   Morocco Rachid Kisri
Mourad Marofit
Ahmed Baday
3:10:15
11   Italy Daniele Meucci
Giovanni Ruggiero
Denis Curzi
3:11:58
12   Rwanda Sylvain Rukundo
Jean Baptiste Simukeka
Gervais Hakizimana
3:12:05
13   Mexico Juan Carlos Romero
Arturo Regules
Sergio Reyes
3:12:08
14   Great Britain Andrew Lemoncello
Mark Miles
Phil Wicks
3:12:42
15   Brazil Marilson dos Santos
Giomar da Silva
João de Lima
3:14:15
16   Peru John Cusi
Jaime Caldua
Constantino León
3:16:17
17   Botswana Keenetse Moswasi
Godiraone Nthompe
Ndabili Bashingili
3:18:14
18   Spain Miguel Ángel Gamonal
Pablo Villalobos
Fernando Rey
3:21:22

Women'sEdit

Rank Country Team Time
    Kenya Mary Keitany
Philes Ongori
Caroline Cheptanui Kilel
3:22:30 CR
    Ethiopia Aberu Kebede
Mestawet Tufa
Tirfi Tsegaye
3:26:14
    Japan Yurika Nakamura
Ryoko Kizaki
Remi Nakazato
3:31:31
4   Russia Silvia Skvortsova
Elza Kireeva
Irina Timofeyeva
3:34:08
5   United States Amy Yoder Begley
Serena Burla
Amy Hastings
3:34:24
6   South Africa René Kalmer
Annerien van Schalkwyk
Poppy Mlambo
3:36:30
7   Great Britain Claire Hallissey
Michelle Ross-Cope
Gemma Miles
3:41:00
8   Mexico Dulce María Rodríguez
Marisol Romero
Judith Ramírez
3:45:39
9   Peru Inés Melchor
Jimena Misayauri
Hortencia Arazapalo
3:46:47

: The team from Russia was initially ranked 3rd (3:31:23), but fell behind Japan after the disqualification of Inga Abitova.

ParticipationEdit

The participation of 157 athletes (98 men/59 women) from 39 countries is reported.[20]

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