Ethiopia’s Jemal Mekonnen won the 39th edition of Marseille-Cassis 20km that was held on SUnday (29) in Marseille, France.
The race had group of ten runners including the favourites –Yimer, Evans Cheruiyot, Wilfried Kimeli Kimetei, the Moroccan pair Abdenasir Fahti and Hamza Sahili, Terefa Deleba, Felicien Muhitira as well as Tesfaye Ambesa– passed five kilometres in 15:32.
Nobody was anxious to take the lead, explaining the sluggish pace. Perhaps they dreaded the tough 327-metre climb up to the Col de la Gineste, thus continued to keep an eye on each other until they reached the summit, passing the 10-kilometre mark in 31:39.
Mekonnen the 21 year-old passed the 15k with 45:42 and he held on to cut the tape in tape in 59:15 and was followed closely by Cheruiyot and Kimitei who took second and third place in 59:50 and 1:00.09 respectively.
The moroccan pair came fourth and fifth in 1:00.21 and 1:00.23 respectively.
1. Jemal Mekonnen (ETH) 59:16,
2. Evans Cheruiyot (KEN) 59:50,
3. Wilfred Kimeli (KEN) 1:00:09,
4. Abdenasir Fahti (MAR) 1:00:21,
5. Hamza Sahli (MAR) 1:00:23,
6. Ben Somikwo (UGA) 1:00:35,
7. Lencho Anbesa (ETH) 1:01:00,
8. Terefa Deela (ETH) 1:01:05,
9. Edwin Kiplagat (KEN) 1:01:43,
10. Mustapha Tachfirt (MAR) 1:02:01