Reining Dublin Marathon champion, Taoufik Allam from Morocco was full of emotions as he dethroned race favorites and wrote his name in history books at the 42nd edition of Rome Marathon held on Sunday (19) in Rome, Italy.
The 34 year-old who came to this race with a personal best of 2:11.30 that he got in Ireland last year, took on two Kenyans Winfred Kigen, who was the fastest athlete on paper with a time of 2:10.26 that he got in 2014 at the Ljubljana Marathon and Rogers Keror, who were in charge of the race for the better part of it but he managed to dislodge them during the last kilometer he went in history books as the first Moroccan to win the race in a new personal best of 2:07.43 with Kigen coming home second in 2:08.45.
Keror closed the podium three finishes in a new personal best of 2:10.50.
The race course record of 2:06.48 that was set last year by Ethiopian Fikre Bekele remains intact.
- Taoufik Allam (MOR) 2:07.43
- Wilfred Kigen (KEN) 2:08.45
- Rogers Keror (KEN) 2:10.50