Sporting Digest: Athletics

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WORLD HALF-MARATHON CHAMPIONSHIPS (Belfort, Fr) Men: 1 M Tanui (Ken) 1hr 1min 45sec; 2 P Yego (Ken) 1:01:46; 3 C Tangus (Ken) 1:01.50; 4 A Serrano (Sp) 1:02.56; 5 J Thugwane (SA) 1:02.28; 6 D Alves Dos Santos (Bra) 1:02.32; 7 H Vasquez (Col) 1:02.32; 8 N Sato (Japan) 1:02.36; 9 Y Miyamoto (Japan) 1:02.38; 10 J Pinheiro (Por) 1:02.40; 11 B Serrano (Sp) 1:02.41; 12 V Modica (It) 1:02.48; 13 D Goffi (It) 1:02.49; 14 O Strizhakov (Rus) 1:02.54; 15 G Leone (It) 1:02.54. Women: 1 V Yegorova (Rus) 1:09.58; 2 C Pomacu (Rom) 1:10.22; 3 A Catuna (Rom) 1:10.28; 4 C De Reuck (SA) 1:10.34; 5 A Zhilyayeva (Rus) 1:10.39; 6 E Fidatov (Rom) 1:10.39; 7 A Isabel Alonso (Sp) 1:10.43; 8 Z Dahmani (Fr) 1:11.28; 9 M Viceconte (It) 1:11.32; 10 R Rios (Sp) 1:11.42; 11 A Buia (Rom) 1:11.44; 12 K Gradus (Pol) 1:11.45; 13 M Renders (Bel) 1:11.52; 14 L Doering (US) 1:11.54; 15 C Fuentes (Sp) 1:12.01.

BUPA GREAT CALEDONIAN RUN (Edinburgh): Men: 1 G Staines (Belgrave) 28min 48sec; 2 A Pearson (Longwood) 28.50; 3 C Kelong (Kenya) 29.18; 4 B Jabour (Mor) 29.35; 5 C Robison (Spango Valley) 29.35; 6 D Burke (Ire) 29.50; 7 R Findlow (Bradford) 30.23; 8 M Hawkins (Bingley) 30.27; 9 I Brown (Leslie Deans RC) 30.33; 10 T Murray (Spango Valley) 30.45. Selected: 17 S Cram (Jarrow) 31.22; 26 J Ngugi (Ken) 32.11. Women: 1 L McColgan (Dundee Hawkhill) 32.27; 2 M Sutton (Westbury) 33.31; 3 K McCandless (US) 34.12; 4 A Wright (Bridgnorth) 34.30; 5 H Haining (City of Glasgow) 35.08.

James Zarei, the 51-year-old Croydon athlete, celebrated his second successive win in the 1995 Greek Spartathlon on Saturday in a new personal best of 25hr 59min 42sec. The testing ultra-distance race, the 155-mile course from Athens to Sparta, crosses five mountain ranges and has a 36-hour time limit.

SPARTATHLON (Athens to Sparta, Gr, 155 miles): 1 J Zarei (GB) 25hr 59min 42sec; 2 V Halkias (Gr) 27:49:46; 3 B Smith (Aus) 28:12:24.

FIFTH AVENUE MILE ROAD RACE (New York) Men: 1 I Viciosa (Sp) 3min 47.8sec; 2 S Kipkorir (Ken) 3:48.2; 3 G Di Napoli (It) 3:50.7; 4 S Benfares (Fr) 3:51.8; 5 A Whiteman (GB) 3:53.5; 6 J Mayock (GB) 3:54.4; 7 D Maas (US) 3:54.7; 8 G Lough (GB) 3:55.1; 9 G Hood (Can) 3:55.5; 10 H Siba (Mor) 3:57.7. Women: 1 S Delahunty (Irl) 4:25.2; 2 P Radcliffe (GB) 4:25.8; 3 B Bitzner-Ducret (Fr) 4:26.9; 4 L Borisova (Rus) 4:30.1; 5 P Plumer (US) 4:30.7; 6 M Rydz (Pol) 4:38.5; 7 J Jenkins (US) 4:39.8; 8 T Paulino (Moz) 4:44.6; 9 P Cassard (It) 4:45.0; 10 F ten Bensel (US) 4:45.1.

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