Ethiopia’s Fekre Bekele Tefera smashed the race course record at the 27th edition of the Rome Marathon that was held on Sunday (27) in Rome, Italy.
Terfera led a 1-2 Ethiopian podium finish as he erased the previous course record of 2:07.17 that was set in 2009 by Benjamin Kiptoo from Kenya.
Tefera cut the tape in new course record of 2:06.48.
He was followed by his compatriot who crossed in second with a personal best of 2:07.04 with Moroccan long-distance runner who was banned for two years as a result of irregularities in his biological passport and who was also the fastest runner on paper closing the first three podium finishes in a time of 2:07.31.
The first Kenyan to cross the finish line was Cheshari Kirui Jacob who pulled a time of 2:09.09 in position five with his compatriot Joshua Kipkemboi Kogo coming home in fifth place in 2:09.41.
- Fekre Bekele Tefera (ETH) 2:06.48
- Tadese Mamo Temechachu (ETH) 2:07.04
- Othamane El Goumri (MOR)2:07.15
- Abraha Girma Bekele (ETH) 2:08.31
- Cheshari Kirui Jacob (KEN) 2:08.39
- Joshua Kipkemboi Kogo (KEN) 2:09.09