Kenya’s Pauline Mutwa Thitu broke the race course record at the 12th edition of the Tallin Marathon that was held on Sunday (11) in Tallinn, Estonia.
The 32 year-old who came to this race with a personal best of 2:39.08 that she got at the 2019 Rock ‘n’ Roll Madrid Maraton where she finished in fifth place, battled for the top honors with Mulu Seboka Seyfu from Ethiopia who had been profiled as the race favorite as she came with the fastest time on paper of 2:21.56 that she got at the 2015 Dubai marathon where she finished in sixth place.
Thitu came to this race with a mission to chase after the course record of 2:32.16 that had been set in 2019 by her compatriot Pamela Rotich. The Kenyan lived to her expectations as she erased the old course time with a new course record of 2:31.29.
Thitu who led a 1-2 Kenyan podium finish was followed by Naomi Jepkosgei Maiyo who crossed the line in second place in a time of 2:32.35.
Estonian Kadiliis Kuiv made sure their country was on the podium as she claimed the third spot in a new personal best of 2:47.41 with the race favorite Seyfu finishing in a disappointing fifth place in 2:53.58.
- Pauline Mutwa Thitu (KEN) 2:31.29
- Naomi Jepkosgei Maiyo (KEN) 2:32.35
- Kadi-Liis Kuiv (EST) 2:47.41
- Inga Cimarmanaite (LTN) 2:53.29
- Mulu Seboka Seyfu (ETH) 2:53.58