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Rono breaks course record at Lattelecom Riga Marathon

Kenya’s Georgina Jepkirui Rono lived to her expectations as the favourite when she broke the course record at the 26th edition of the Lattelecom Riga Marathon that was held on Sunday (20) in Riga, Latvia.

The 37 year-old, was the clear class in the women’s field, building a two-second lead by 5km, and extending it to 11 at 10, reached in 33:47.

Georgina Jepkirui Rono on her way to break the course record of Lattelecom Riga Marathon on Sunday

Rono passed the 21km mark in 1:11.31, nearly a minute-and-a-half clear of her nearest competitor. This was Rono’s fastest performance since 2014 and the fourth fastest of her career.

The Kenyan held on with a four minute lead to cut the tape in a new course record of 2:28.32 erasing the previous record of 2:31.46 that was set by Ethiopian Bekelech Bedada Daba.

Ethiopia’s Tigist Teshome took second position in 2:32.46 with another Kenyan Pauline Njeri Kahenya closing the podium three in 2:34.41.

LEADING RESULTS
WOMEN

  1. Georgina Rono   (KEN) 2:28.32
  2. Tigist Teshome   (ETH) 2:32.46
  3. Pauline Kahenya (KEN) 2:34.41

Rono favorite to lift title at Lattelecom Riga Marathon

Kenya’s Georgina Jepkirui Rono will start as favourites at the 26th edition of the Lattelecom Riga Marathon that will be held on Sunday (20) in Riga, Latvia.

The 37 year-old, has a pair of high profile podium finishes to her name, second place in Frankfurt in 2012 where she clocked her 2:21.39 career best, and a third place finish in Boston earlier that year. She can also boast of victories in Eindhoven and Hannover. More recently, she was third at the Dongying Marathon in 2017 clocking 2:28.52.

Rono will battle with last year’s runner-up Kikuyo Tsuzaki of Japan, whose 2:31.32 career best came on this course in 2017. Two-time Warsaw Marathon winner Nastassia Ivanova from Belarus should also be a factor.

Rono comes to this race with a personal best of 2:21.39 that she got at Frankfurt in 2012, but ran season best of 2:28.03 that she got last month when defending her Warsaw title.

Ethiopian Tigist Teshome, will also be on the start line as comes with her lifetime best of 2:29.57 that she got at the Castellon Marathon in February.