Reining Dublin Marathon champion, Taoufik Allam from Morocco was full of emotions as he dethroned race favorites and wrote his name in history books at the 42nd edition of Rome Marathon held on Sunday (19) in Rome, Italy.
The 34 year-old who came to this race with a personal best of 2:11.30 that he got in Ireland last year, took on two Kenyans Winfred Kigen, who was the fastest athlete on paper with a time of 2:10.26 that he got in 2014 at the Ljubljana Marathon and Rogers Keror, who were in charge of the race for the better part of it but he managed to dislodge them during the last kilometer he went in history books as the first Moroccan to win the race in a new personal best of 2:07.43 with Kigen coming home second in 2:08.45.
Keror closed the podium three finishes in a new personal best of 2:10.50.
The race course record of 2:06.48 that was set last year by Ethiopian Fikre Bekele remains intact.
Kenya’s Betty Chepkwony took the top honors at the 42nd edition of the Rome Marathon held on Sunday (19) in Rome, Italy.
The 28 year-old who came to this race with a lifetime best of 2:30.21 that she got in 2021 at the Instanbul Marathon, where she finished in eighth place, waited patiently behind Ethiopia’s Fozya Jemal and Zinash Getachew till the 40km mark where she accelerated with a high gear leaving the two as they could not respond to her kick, cutting the tape in huge a personal best of 2:23.01 cutting seven minutes from her previous best.
Ethiopia’s Jemal had no other option but to settle in second place as she crossed the finish line with over two minutes later in 2:25.08 with her compatriot Getachew closing the podium three finishes in 2:25.58.
The race course record of 2:22.52 that was set in 2019 by Ethiopia’s Alemu Megertu remains standing.
Kenya’s Brenda Jerotich Kiprono will be the star to watch at the 20th edition of the Münster-Marathon that will be held on Sunday (11) in Münster, Germany.
The 24 year-old who will be running her second marathon this year, comes to this race with a personal best time of 2:28.45 that she got in April at the Enschede Marathon where she finished in seventh place.
Kiprono who holds the Linz Marathon course record time of 2:30.27 will battle for honors with her compatriot Gladys Jeruto Kiptoo who comes to this race with a personal best time of 2:28.45 that she got this year at the Rome marathon where she finished in second place.
The two Kenyans will clash with Ethiopia’s Yeshimebet Tadesse Bifa, who holds a personal best time of 2:26.18 that she got at the Seoul Marathon in 2013 where she took the bronze medal. The 33 year-old holds a season best of 2:32.16 that she got in Rome where she finished in fourth place.
The three will be chasing to lower the race course record of 2:29.12 that was set in 2013 by Eleni Gebrehiwot from Germany.
Kenya’s Gladys Jeruto Kiptoo who was making her marathon debut was beaten to second at 27th edition of the Rome Marathon that was held on Sunday (27) in Rome, Italy.
Ethiopia’s Sechale Dalasa Adugna won the race in style as she took charge of the race at the 15km mark in a race that was dominated by her compatriots as she pulled away from the lead group and never looked back forging on to cut the tape in a new personal best of 2:26.08.
Adugna was followed a distant later by Kiptoo who proved to be a force to reckon in future races when crossed the line with a new lifetime best of 2:28.44.
Ethiopia’s Tadelech Bekele Nedi closed the podium three finishes in a time of 2:31.00.
Yeshimebet Tades Bifa and Tahiri Rahma both from Ethiopia finished in fourth and fifth place in a time of 2:32.15 and 2:32.36 respectively.
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.
Kenya’s Clement Langat Kiprono took top honors at the 26th edition of the Rome Marathon that was held early Sunday (19) morning in Rome, Italy.
The race was a truly unique edition, a ‘Dawn Edition Special Race“, because it was started almost in the dark, at the first light of day, to mark a rebirth of the city of Rome, of sport, of running, of well-being.
This was the first marathon for Kiprono as he fought a strong rich field that included the 2021 Lagos City Marathon winner Emmanuel Naibei to run away with his first marathon title in a personal best of 2:08.27.
Naibei followed him in second place one second later with Ethiopia’s Ulfata Deresa Geleta closing the first three podium finishes in 2:08.42.
Kenya’s David Kiprono Metto and Metaferia Bekele Muluneh from Ethiopia came home in fourth and fifth place in 2:09.45 and 2:14.46 respectively.
Mathew Kipsaat also from Kenya crossed the line in sixth place in 2:15.06.