The reigning Lagos City Marathon champion, Meseret Dinke lived to the race expectations as she demolished a strong elite field at the 17th edition of the Generali Genève Marathon held on Sunday (15) in Geneva, Switzerland.
The 25 year-old who came with the fastest time on paper of 2:25.12 that she got last year at the Valencia marathon where she finished in ninth place, took on the 2019 Rochelle Marathon champion, Marion Kibor and the 2021 Eldama Ravine Half marathon champion, Sharon Chelimo.
The 2012 Vienna City silver medallist was too good on the Kenyans as she left them with seven kilometres to go, increasing her pace to cut the tape in her third fastest time of 2:26.22.
Kibor came home in second place with over two minutes as she crossed the line in a personal best of 2:28.30 with Chelimo finishing in third place in 2:33.02.
The race course record of 2:24.19 that was set last year by Maureen Chepkemoi from Kenya remained undisturbed
- Meseret Dinke (ETH) 2:26.22
- Marion Kibor (KEN) 2:28.30
- Sharon Chelimo (KEN)2:33.02
The organisers of the 6th edition of the Lagos Marathon which is a silver label marathon have announced that this year the race will host 30,000 runners from around the globe.
This year’s race will be held on February 12th 2020 in Lagos, Nigeria
The Access Bank Lagos Marathon is the biggest one-day sports event in Africa and one of the top 10 marathons in the world in terms of prize money and participants.
The winners in each category will pocket a cool 50,000 USD (kshs 5671500/-).
Kenyans have dominated this race since its inception in 2016 with last year’s winner Emmanuel Naibei cutting the tape in 2:15.02. The men course record of 2:10.23 is held by David Barmasai while the women’s record of 2:32.14 which was set last year is held by Meseret Dinke from Ethiopia.
Kenya’s Vibian Chepkirui was no match at the 38th edition of the Vienna City Marathon that was held on Sunday (12) in Vienna, Austria.
Vibian who was poised for the course record could not maintain the pace as she slowed down at the 40km mark which was slower by a minute to the race course record.
The Kenyan soldiered on despite slowing down to cut the tape in 2:24.29.
Ethiopia’s Meseret Dinke come home in second place in 2:25.31 with race favorite and the fastest athlete on paper, Gelete Burka closing the first three podium finishes in 2:25.38.
Fabienne Schlumpf from Swiss finished in fourth in a time of 2:26.31, just missing her Swiss record by 17 seconds.