Ethiopia’s Sisay Lemma Kasaye crashed the course record at the 23rd edition of the Ljubljana marathon that was held on Sunday (28) in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
The 2015 Vienna and Frankfurt marathon champion faced off with the race favorite Peter Kimeli Some from Kenya and the 2009 World Cross Country junior winner Ayele Abshero.
The battle for the honors wasn’t an easy one for Kasaye as the organisers were very strategic when selecting the elite list as they had focused purely on lowering the course record of 2:08.19 that was set by Limenih Getachew who is also from Ethiopia in 2015.
The 28 year-old did not disappoint as he went ahead to crash the current record with over four minutes setting a new course record of 2:04.58 and missing to lower his personal best of 2:04.08 by fifty one seconds.
Kasaye was followed a distant later by another Ethiopian Gebretsadik Abraha Adihana who crossed the line in 2:08.36 with Eritrea’s Hiskel Twelde closing the podium three finishes in 2:08.49.
Some was the first Kenyan to cross line in a disappointing sixth place in 2:13.10 while Stephen Chebogut and Alfers Lagat finished in eighth and tenth place in 2:13.56 and 2:18.18 respectively.
- Sisay Kasaye (ETH) 2:04.58
- Gebretsadik Adihana (ETH) 2:08.36
- Hiskel Twelde (ERI) 2:08.49
- Ayele Abshero (ETH) 2:09.12
- Geoffrey Kusuro (UG) 2:10.53
- Peter Some (KEN) 2:12.57
- Douglas Chebii (KEN) 2:13.10
- Stephen Chebogut (KEN) 2:13.56
- Roman Romanenko (UKR) 2:15.38
- Alfers Lagat (KEN) 2:18.18