Uganda’s Martin Musau won the 35th edition of the Haspa Marathon that was held on Sunday (12) Haspa, Germany.
The 22-year-old who finished in 12th place in 5000m at the 2016 World Junior Championships battled for honors in the last 5km with two Ethiopians, Bisetegn Masresha and Belay Bezabh but managed to hold to hold them to cut the tape in 2:10.14.
Masresha was forced to settle in second place with 2:10.54 with Bezabh closing the first three finishes in 2:14.00.
Musau who also competes in the 5000 and 10000m races was elated after his victory. “A marathon premiere is always something special, so you should be modest at first. I was aiming for a time under 2:10 hours, but I got muscular problems in the final section. The fact that it was still enough to win makes the success all the greater and makes me very happy.” Said Musau
Another Ugandan Bernard Cheptoch and Derseh Kassie from Ethiopia finished in fourth and fifth place in 2:17.10 and 2:17.36.
Ethiopia’s Gadise Demissie took the women pole position in 2:26.19 and she was followed by a distant later Camilla Elofsson from Sweden in 2:43.22 with Norwegian Marianne Donnem cloding the podium three finish in 2:55.10
Chief organiser Frank Thaleiser was also satisfied with the event saying they had achieved what was possible under the current COVID-19 conditions.