Ethiopia’s Roza Dereje defended her crown at the 18th edition of the Shanghai International Marathon that was held on Sunday (13) in Shanghai, China.
Dereje who last year won the race with a personal best of 2:26:18, she trimmed her PB to 2:25:17 earlier this year when placing third in Vienna, but a 1:07:23 half marathon PB in Copenhagen in September suggested a further improvement on her marathon best was likely.
Dereje broke away from her main competitor Lydia Cheromei at the 35k mark and she never looked back cutting the tape in 2:22.43, which is the seond fastest winning time in 18 year history of the race following compatriot Tigist Tufa’s course record of 2:21.52 that she set in 2014.
The 40 year-old Kenyan who came with a personal best of 2:21.30 she got at the 2012 Dubai Marathon came in second with 2:23.31 with Hirut Tibebu Damte from Ethiopia closing the first three position in 2:23.35 beating her own PB by 29 seconds.
“Good training led to the good race today, I was running at my own pace and it is very nice to set my best time.” said Dereje.
Ethiopia’s Gulume Chala and Margaret AGai from Kenya came in fourth and fifth place with 2:23.59 and 2:25.29 respectively.
- Roza Bekele (ETH) 2:22.43
- Lydia Cheromei (KEN) 2:23.31
- Hirut Damte (ETH) 2:23.35
- Gulume Chala (ETH) 2:23.59
- Margaret Agai (KEN) 2:25.29