Aug 21, 2015 10:15 PM

The Latest: Ennis-Hill in 2nd place after heptathlon hurdles

The Associated Press

BEIJING (AP) The Latest from the world championships (all local times):


10:05 a.m.

Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill was in second place behind Nadine Visser of the Netherlands after the opening 100-meter hurdles of the women's heptathlon on Saturday.

The 20-year-old Visser set a big personal best of 12.81 seconds for a 0.10-second lead over Ennis-Hill. Brianne Theisen-Eaton of Canada had the third-best time with 12.98 while Anastasia Mokhnyuk of Ukraine was in fourth place with 13.07 seconds.

Even though Ennis-Hill was in second place, her time was well off her best she ran 12.54 to start her Olympic competition in London three years ago.

The women later moved on to their second morning event of the two-day competition, the high jump.


10:00 a.m.

Teenager Ghirmay Ghebreslassie of Eritrea won the men's marathon at the world championships on a sweltering Saturday.

The 19-year-old Ghebreslassie finished in 2 hours, 12 minutes, 27 seconds to hold off Yemane Tsegay of Ethiopia by 40 seconds. Munyo Solomon Mutai of Uganda was third.

Defending world champion and 2012 London Olympic gold medalist Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda wound up sixth.

Ghebreslassie grabbed his country's flag as he entered the Bird's Nest and waved it as the crowd cheered. It was his first marathon win.


9:30 a.m.

Now this is a surprise: Tsepo Ramonene of Lesotho is leading at the 30-kilometer mark of the men's marathon. This is a runner who wound up last at the 2012 London Olympics among those who finished.

Ramonene doesn't even have his name on his bib, just his number 724.

The 24-year-old Ramonene is 13 seconds ahead of Ruggero Pertile of Italy.


8:55 a.m.

Daniele Meucci of Italy is leading more than halfway through a tightly bunched men's marathon on a sweltering Saturday in Beijing.

There were 17 runners within eight seconds of Meucci through 25 kilometers, including teammate Ruggero Pertile and defending world champion Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda.

The temperature is already 28 degrees Celsius (83 degrees Fahrenheit). The field tried to find shade whenever possible, hugging the side of the road to gain cover from the trees if only for a few steps. They also ran under coolers spraying water in the second half of the race.


7:50 a.m.

The men's marathon started on a sunny Saturday as a pack of nearly 70 runners hit the streets of Beijing.

The air quality was listed as "good" by the U.S Embassy Beijing Air Quality Monitor, with temperatures at 23 degrees Celsius (73 degrees Fahrenheit).

Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda is in the field and looking to defend his world title from Moscow.

Much of the concern around the marathon had to do with pollution levels. But the local organizing committee took steps to improve air quality during the world championships by cutting down on pollution from nearby factories and limiting the amount of cars on the road in the lead-up to the competition.


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