Tanzania’s Emmanuel Gisamoda made his marathon debut memorable when he ran away with the honors at 17th edition of the Generali Genève Marathon held on Sunday (15) in Geneva, Switzerland.
The 33 year-old battled Sila Kiptoo and Stanley Bett for the honors but he was too swift on the two as he left them at the 25km mark and never looked back as he forged ahead solo for the reminder of the race to cut the tape for the first time over the distance with a personal best of 2:10.39.
Gisamoda was followed by Kiptoo who crossed the line in 2:11.31 with Bett closing the podium three finishes a distant later in 2:14.39.
Ethiopia’s Birhan Nebebew and Zaphania Cheruiyot from Kenya finished in fourth and fifth place in a time of 2:14.39 and 2:14.58 respectively.
Kenya’s Zablon Chumba smashed the race course record at the 17th edition of the Porto marathon Portugal that was held on Sunday (7) in Porto, Portugal.
The 30 year-old came to this race with a personal best of 2:10.38 that he got at the 2019 Marathon of Toulouse Métropole, ran as if he will not compete again cutting the tape in a new personal best and course record time of 2:08.58 smashing the previous record of 2:09.05 by eight seconds, that had been set by Robert Chemonges from Uganda.
Chumba led 1-2 Kenyan podium finish as he was followed by Bernard Kiprotich a distant later who crossed the line in 2:09.42.
Ethiopia’s Asnake Dubre closed the first three podium finishes in 2:10.14.
Sila Kiptoo and Ezekiel Kipruto Kemboi came home in fourth and fifth place in 2:13.16 and 2:15.27 respectively.
In the women category, it was an Ethiopian affair as they took all the three podium positions. Kidsan Alema ran a personal best as she took the top honors in 2:28.01 with Shewarge Alene Amare coming home in second in 2.28.16 and Motu Megersa finishing in third place in 2.28.56.