Eritrea’s Nazret Weldu smashed three records at the 12th edition of the Daegu Marathon that was held early Sunday (3) in Daegu, South Korea.
The 32 year-old who came to this race with a personal best of 2:28.07 that she got last year at the Milano marathon destroyed three records in one race.
Weldu broke the Eritrean National record, the race Course Record of 2:23.28 that had been set three years ago by Margaret Agai from Kenya and she also thrashed her Personal best setting a new course record of 2:21.56.
Weldu was followed by Pamela Rotich from Kenya who was the fastest athlete on paper also ran under the old course record as well as destroying her personal best to crossing the finish in a new life time best of 2:22.56.
Kenya’s Judith Jerubet finished a distant third as she closed the podium three finishes in a time of 2:26.17.
- Nazret Grnrrhiwet (ERI) 2:21.56 (NR, CR, PB)
- Pamela Rotich (KEN) 2:22.43
- Judith Jerubet (KEN) 2:26.17
Kenya’s Janet Rono won the 10th edition of the Daegu International Marathon that was held on Sunday (1) in Daegu, South Korea.
The 29 year-old reached the half way mark in 1:13.11 in the company of Korea’s Ahn Seul-Ki, defending champion Pamela Rotich of Kenya and compatriot Winnie Jepkorir, last year’s runner-up.
Rono reached 30km mark in 1:44.08 and the lead quartet was starting to get strung out with Rotich and Jepkorir struggling to keep up. Over the course of the following 5km, Rono built up a 15-second lead over Ahn with Rotich and Jepkorir falling even further behind.
Rono maintained her advantage cutting the tape in 2:28.01 with Ahn coming in second with big personal best of 2:28.17, almost four minutes quicker than her previous best.
The dedfending champion closed the podium three slots in2:28.45 and was followed by Jepkorir four seconds later.
- Janet Rono (KEN) 2:28.01
- Ahn Seul-Ki (KOR) 2:28.17
- Pamela Rotich (KEN) 2:28.45
- WInnie Jepkorir (KEN) 2:28.49
- Soud Kanbouchia (MAR) 2:31.53
Kenya’s Lydia Cheromei won the 4th edition of the Marathon International de Rabat that was held on Sunday (4) in Rabat, Morocco.
The 40 year-old beat a strong field that included race favorite Megertu Alemu and Muluhabt Tsega to cut the tape in 2:28.48.
While speaking to the press she said, I thank God for enabling me to win today’s race. I was targeting to lower the course record but I missed it due to the weather but am very happy with the win.”
The course of 2:28.06 that was set by Pamela Rotich in 2016 will remain intact.
Alemu came a distant second in 2:31.33 with Tsega taking third place in 2:33.23.
- Lydia Cheromei 2:28.48
- Megertu Alemu 2:31.33
- Muluhabt Tsega 2:33.23