Yakob Jarso to make marathon debut at Beppu-Oita
Beppu, Japan Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Yakob Jarso of Ethiopia will make his marathon debut at the 61stÃ‚Â Beppu-Oita Marathonon here on Sunday.
Jarso will be joined by fellow Ethiopian Desta Gebrehiwet(2:11.55) and race favorites Samson Ramadhani of Tanzania (2:08.01) and Abdellah Falil of Morocco (2:08.18)..
Samson Ramadhani and Abdellah Falil are the only runners at thisÃ‚Â IAAF Silver Label Road RaceÃ‚Â with personal best under 2:10. Ramadhani, the 2003 Beppu-Oita Marathon champion, is the fastest runner in the field at 2:08:01. He also ran in Beppu last year, but lost contact with the leaders early and was only 34th. Falil has the next fastest personal best at 2:08:18, which was recorded in April of last year in Daegu.
In his most recent Marathon, Falil was seventh at the ING New York City Marathon. Since Ramadhani has broken 2:10 only once in the last seven years while Falil ran his best last year, he may be considered the favourite on Sunday.
Other non-Japanese invited runners include: PolandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Adam Draczynski who has a best of 2:10:49; Australian Jeff Hunt (2:11:00), Ser-Od Bat-Ochir of Mongolia (2:11:35), Ethiopian Desta Gebrehiwet (2:11:55), Yakob Jarso who is making the Marathon debut, and Kenyan Harun Njoroge (2:11:43).
Gebrehiwet has only one Marathon to his credit, fourth in Venice in 2011 with 2:11:55. Since he rarely races internationally even at short distances, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hard to assess his chance at Beppu. However, for example, since both Dino Sefer and Dadi Yami improved their marathon personal bests by more than five minutes to sub-2:06 clocking in Dubai recently, it will not be a surprise if Gebrehiwet runs a similar time in Beppu.
The most intriguing runner in the field is debutant Jarso. Although his personal best in the 3000m Steeplechase is only 8:12.13, he was fourth in the the 2008 Olympics and fifth at the 2009 World Championships
Samson Ramadhani (TAN) Ã‚Â 2:08:01 Ã‚Â 2003 London
Abdellah Falil (MAR) Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â 2:08:18 Ã‚Â 2011 Daegu
Adam Draczynski (POL) Ã‚Â 2:10:49 Ã‚Â 2010 Wien
Jeffrey Hunt (AUS) Ã‚Â Ã‚Â 2:11:00 Ã‚Â 2010 Beppu-Oita
Ser-Od Bat-Ochir (MGL) Ã‚Â 2:11:35 Ã‚Â 2011 London
Desta Gebrehiwet (ETH) Ã‚Â 2:11:55 Ã‚Â 2011 Venezia
Yacob Jarso (ETH) Ã‚Â Debut Ã‚Â 1:00:07 Ã‚Â 2010 New Delhi half marathon
Harun Njoroge (KEN) Ã‚Â Ã‚Â 2:11:43 Ã‚Â 2011 Beppu-Oita