Ethiopi’s Shifera Aredo Tamru beat the race favorite Dickson Chmuba to claim the 12th edition of the Daegu Marathon title that was held early Sunday (3) morning in Daegu, South Korea.
The 33 year-old who came to this race with a personal best of 2:05.18 that he got in 2019 at the Dubai marathon beat a strong field that Chumba, who was the fastest athlete on paper with a time of 2:04.32 that he got at the Chicago marathon in 2014.
The race was decided between the three athletes, Tamru, Chumba and Shali by a powerful from the Ethiopian who pulled away from the two to cut the in a time of 2:07.15. All the three podium finishers were given the same.
Morocco’s Shali closed the podium three finishes with the same time margin of 2:07.15.
The Porto course record holder Zablon Chuma from Kenya and Ethiopia’s Belew Derseh finished in fourth and fifth place in a time of 2:07.18 and 2:07.27.
Two more Kenyans Bethwel Rutto and Jackson Kiprop finished in eighth and ninth place in a time of 2:09.18 and 2:09.43 respectively.
The race course record of 2:05.33 that was set by Filex Kipchirchir Kiprotich from Kenya in 2019 remains standing.
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.
- Zablon Chumba (KEN) 2:08.58
- Bernard Kiprotich (KEN) 2:09.42
- Asnake Dubre (ETH) 2:10:14
- Sila Kiptoo (KEN) 2:13.16
- Ezekiel Kemboi (KEN) 2:15.27
- Emmanuel Kibet (KEN) 2:16.31
- Ezekiel Kimeli (KEN) 2:20.48
- Kidsan Alema (ETH) 2:28.01
- Shewarge Amare (ETH) 2:28.16
- Motu Megersa (ETH) 2:28.56
- Feyne Gemeda (ETH) 2:29.32
- Meselech Tsegaye (ETH) 2:29.38
- Lydiah Mathati (KEN) 2:29:42
- Caroline Jepchirchir (KEN) 2:29:45