Komon and Matebo excel on European roads in October
Lenoard P. Komon continued his dominance on the roads in October with victories in Berlin (10 km) and Portsmouth (10 Miles), while Levy Matebo entered the absolute marathon elite with his sub-2:06 effort in Frankfurt. Other Golazo-managed athletes with noteworthy road performances in the past month included Edwin Kutto, Elijah Kiprono Kemboi, Paul Kiprop, Nguriatukei Kiyara, and Josphat Bett.
Two more road circuit victories in October by Leonard Patrick Komon extended his winning streak to five road races, as well as now placing him at the top of the current '11 season world charts for 10 km, 15 km, and 10 Miles. The first among the pair came at the Asics Grand 10 km in Berlin on 9. Oct, where Komon's 27:15 season best vaulted him to the top of the 10 km world chart, while the second came at the BUPA Great Southern Run 10 Miler in Portsmouth in 30. Oct (46:18). Josphat Bett also competed in Berlin, his 27:45 personal best securing 2nd place, and moving him to no. 15 on this season's world chart.
The BMW Franfurt Marathon held 30. October served as Levy Matebo's breakthrough into the event's top echelon, as his runner-up performance and personal best of 2:05:16 moved him to no. 4 on this year's marathon world chart. The mark also makes him the 14th fastest performer (and 13th fastest Kenyan) in marathon history. Matebo earlier this season served notice of his world-class potential when he in March won the Barcelona Marathon in a then PB 2:07:31, then followed up in May with a 1:12:46 at the Berlin 25 km, history's no. 6 time over that distance.
In other road action during October, marathon victories were secured by both Elijah Kiprono Kemboi in Kosice (2:11:14) and Paul Kiprop in Brussels (2:14:51), while at the Eindhoven Marathon, personal bests were set by Edwin Kutto (2:08:57, 8th) and Golazo-newcomer Nguriatukei Rael Kiyara (2:25:23, 4th).