Ethiopia’s Azmeraw Bekele and Muluhabt Tsega broke the course records for both men and women at the 31st edition of the Hangzhou Marathon that will be held on Sunday (5) in Hangzhou, China.
Bekele who was the race race favorite came to this race with a personal best of 2:07.12 that he got at the 2014 Dubai Marathon could not match that time but he cut the tape in 2:10.33 breaking the course record of 2:11.22 that was set in 2016 by Bejigan Regasa also from Ethiopia.
Kenya’s Samuel Theuri who fought and led this race for few kilometres could not match the kick of the 31 year-old Ethiopian at the last 2km but managed to hold on and cross the line in second place with 2:10.36, 1:10 shy of personal best of 2:10.41 that he got at the 2015 Marrakech Marathon.
Another Ethiopia Abdi Fufa closed the podium three with a new personal best of 2:10.41
In the women’s race Tsega smashed the course record of 2:31.21 that was set last year by Anne Bererwe from Kenya by more than three minutes to cut the tape in 2:28.08.
With the cloudy and cold weather patterns the 28 year-old who came with a personal best of 2:29.12 which she got at the 2014 at the Banque du Liban Beirut marathon and the course record still stands to date, could not run this time but managed to take home his second marathon title.
Tsega led a 1-2-3 Ethiopian podium finish as she was followed by Tinbit Gidey who also came with a personal best of 2:31.27 lowering it by 3:12 with Tsehay Desalegn coming third with a personal best of 2:28.35
Azmeraw Bekele (ETH) 2:10.33
Samuel Theuri (KEN) 2:10.36
Abdi Fufa (KEN) 2:10.41
Muluhabt Tsega (ETH) 2:28.08
Tinbit Gidey (ETH) 2:28.15
Tsehay Desalegn (ETH) 2:28.35