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Derara Hurisa destroys the Guadalajara Marathon course record

Ethiopia’s Derara Hurisa proved to the world that he that he is a man to watch after he destroyed the race course record of the Guadalajara Marathon that was held on Sunday (12) in Jalisco, Guadalajara.

Hurisa who was disqualified at the Vienna City Marathon for wearing shoes which were not compliant with the rules.

The Ethiopian who has participated in three marathons and taken pole positions in all of them was on another level as he trounced Rhonzas Lokitam from Kenya at the final two kilometres.

Derara Hurisa destroys the Guadalajara Marathon course record. PHOTO: Race Organisers

Hurisa pulled further away from Lokitam when he cut the tape in a new course record of 2:12.26 destroying the mark of 2:14.08 that had been set in 2019 by Kiprotich Kiuri from Kenya.

Lokitam who also ran under the old course record came home in second in 2:13.34.

Amos Kiplimo also from Kenya closed the first three podium finishes in 2:14.55.



  1. Derara Hurisa          (KEN) 2:12:26
  2. Rhonzas Lokitam    (KEN) 2:13.34
  3. Amos Kiplimo         (KEN) 2:14.55

You are on your own, Gianni Demadonna tells Derara Hurisa

Gianni Demadonna management has come out to clear the air following the public outcry after an athlete from his management was disqualified at the Vienna marathon for using unauthorized pair of shoe.

Ethiopian Derara Hurisa won the 38th edition of Sunday 12th September but he was disqualified by race organisers and that called for online ranting by fans who claimed that the management should come to his aid.

One Alphine Chepkerter Tuliamuk complained on social media, when she wrote: “This goes a long way to tell us that our athletes need someone to check in on them and make sure they have all of the right legal competition gear. First off, why are shoe companies sending illegal shoes to athletes? His management needs to take some responsibility and stand by their athlete and admit that he made a mistake. The athlete didn’t fully understand the issue with legal shoes; he needed someone to ensure he had the right information.”

Ethiopia’s Derara Hurisa on his way to win the 2021 Vienna City Marathon. PHOTO: Getty Images

But Demadonna replied saying “Everybody is writing without knowing anything about what is happened…the boy declare the day before the race that he was using the adios pro 2 shoes…but after looking in his bag he decided to use Adios Prime X that he forgot was only for training because 50mm and not 40mm as per the rules of WA…..so please stop to talk about his management…it was his decision.”

A screenshot of Gianni Demadonna’s comment on facebook

But Tuliamuk added “Why did he have the illegal shoes at the race, this looks brand new which means he got them at the race, did you explain to him that they were illegal? Were you there with him? If yes then you should have ensured that he had the right racing gear, Did he understand the consequences of wearing the shoes? As a management with athletes’ best interest in mind, you also bear this responsibility.

Organizers said Hurisa had registered another shoe that met race rules, but he switched to the shoes he had used in training to run the marathon.

“I can’t say at the moment why he didn’t run in the shoes that were specified in the form,” race coordinator Johannes Langer said.

When an athlete goes to a race, it’s easy for them to make mistakes because all they are focusing on is the race, that’s why we hire you, managers to make sure that you help us with everything else that could slip through the cracks! This is a lesson for the future; please make sure your athletes can count on you with logistics and everything in between so they can focus on the race!”

Adidas spokespeople weren’t available for comment outside of regular business hours. Elite runners’ gear is typically checked by officials a day or more before a race.

Nike Inc. was the first to add a carbon plate to the sole of its running sneakers, with competitors following.

Eliud Kipchoge ran the world’s only sub-two-hour marathon on a closed course in Vienna in 2019, in carbon-plated Nike shoes. Kipchoge’s time of 1:59:40 shaved almost two minutes off his official world record of 2:01:39 set at the 2018 Berlin marathon.

In January 2020 World Athletics, the governing body of track and field, prohibited from competition any running shoe with a sole thicker than 40 mm or that contains more than one plate. The banned models can still be used for training and by athletes not considered elite.

Derara Hurisa beats Leonard Langat to lift the Vienna City Marathon title

Ethiopia’s Derara Hurisa stole the show at the 38th edition of the Vienna City Marathon that was held on Sunday (12) in Vienna, Austria.

Hurisa took charge at the 400m to go leaving Leonard Langat with no option as he surged to cut the tape 2:09.22 with Kenyan coming home in second three seconds later.

Ethiopi’s Betesfa Getahun closed the first three podium finishes in 2:09.42



  1. Derara Hurisa       (ETH) 2:09.22
  2. Leonard Langat    (KEN) 2:09.25
  3. Betesfa Getahun  (ETH) 2:09.42

Kibet wins Vidovdan 10km Road Race

Kenya’s Moses Kibet lived to his expectations when he won the Vidovdan Road Race 10km, that was held on Saturday (23) in Brcko, Bosnia and Hercegovina.

The 21-year-old, who was fresh from winning the La Corrida de Langueux 10km in France in a solid 28:26, controlled the race throughout and led a breakaway pack in the early stages.

Kibet was followed closely by compatriot Ezra Kering, the winner of a 10km in Stadskanaal, Netherlands, in April, clocking 29:28, Romania’s Nicolae Soare, Morocco’s Jaouad Chemlal and Derara Hurisa of Ethiopia.

Hurisa had to withdraw in the second half after feeling pain in his back that left Kibet to take control of the race cutting the tape in 28:34 and was closely followed by his country-mate Kering who crossed the line thirty five seconds later with Romanian, Soare completing the top three podium finishes in 29:17.



  1. Moses Kibet    (KEN) 28:34
  2. Ezra Kering     (KEN) 29:09
  3. Nicolae Soare (ROM) 29:19

Kibet and Jelagat favourites In Brcko 10km

Moses Kibet will start as favourite at the Vidovdan Road Race 10km, an IAAF Bronze Label road race, in Brcko, Bosnia and Hercegovina, on Saturday (23) evening.

The 21-year-old Kenyan will bring some strong momentum to the northern Bosnian city, competing just one week after a solid 28:26 victory at the La Corrida de Langueux 10km in France.

He’ll be facing compatriot Ezra Kering, the winner of a 10km in Stadskanaal, Netherlands, in April, clocking 29:28. the 28-year-old has a 28:35 lifetime best from 2013.

The field also includes Derara Hurisa, who was fourth in the competitive Langueux race, clocking a personal best of 28:31. Another Ethiopian, 2:12 marathoner Fikre Workneh, is also in the field, along with Jaouad Chemlal or Morocco, a former steeplechase standout with a 28:43 personal best. In February the 24-year-old won the Castellon 10km in 29:43.

The favourite in the women’s race is Kenyan Lillian Jelagat.

The 29-year-old has been consistent this year, clocking between 32:40 and 32:57 in three races this spring. Most recently, she was second at last weekend’s Wiezoloop 10km in Wierden, Netherlands, clocking 33:50. her 31:59 personal best, set in 2013, makes her the fastest in the field.

She’ll take on her 21-year-old compatriot Daisy Cherotich, who has a 33:07 best from 2017 and 1:09:44 half marathon credentials this year.

The second fastest in the field on paper is Fatna Maraoui of Italy, although the 40-year-old produced her 32:38 lifetime best more than a decade ago. She’s still running well, more recently finishing fifth at the Milan Marathon in April.

Others who could factor in the battle for a top-five finish include Katsiaryna Karneyenka of Belarus, who clocked 33:19 earlier this month, and 29-year-old Zita Kacser of Hungary, who improved her lifetime best to 33:55 in Ciesyn, Poland, in April.

Both race records have proven difficult to beat. The men’s standard of 28:11 was set by Kenyan Gordon Mugi in 2010, but the women’s record has stood even longer. Serbian star Olivera Jevtic, a former European championships marathon silver medallist and five-time European cross country bronze medallist, clocked 32:04 back in 2008.

Kibet beats Fikadu to lift the Corrida de Langueux 10Km title

Kenya’s Moses Kibet produced a strong sprint to win the 28th edition of the Corrida de Langueux 10Km race that was held on Saturday (16) in Langueux, Brittany, France.

The 21 year-old battled with Bahrain’s Dawit Ayenu Fikadu who came to this race with a personal best of 27:56 that he got at Casablanca in 2016.

It was inexperience against experience as they reached the halfway point in 14:19, a pace well outside the course record of 27:46 that was set by Ethiopia’s Atsedu Tsegay in 2011. No one tried to break away in the following kilometres.

But with one kilometre remaining, seven men remained in contention. The race came down to a fierce sprint between the two but Kibet, outsprinted Fikadu to cut the tape in 28:26, almost a minute better than his personal best of29:20.

Ethiopian Yismaw Ayenu, who finished fourth in last year’s edition, improved two spots in this year’s crossing the line with a personal best of 28:27.  Gizachev Hailu Negasa also from Ethiopia closed the podium t5hree finish in 28:28.

Ethiopia’s Asefa Tefera and Bahrain’s Derara Hurisa took fourth and fifth place in 28:30 and 28:31 respectively.

Former Kenyan now trading as French citizen, James Theuri was the first French to finish crossing the line in 15th place with 29:31.



  1. Moses Kibet          (KEN) 28:26
  2. Yismaw Ayenu     (ETH) 28:27
  3. Gizachev Negasa (ETH) 28:28
  4. Asefa Tefera         (ETH) 28:30
  5. Derara Hurisa      (BRN) 28:31