Kenya’s Rebecca Tanui ran away with Women’s marathon title at the 37th edition of the Wizz Air Venice marathon held on Sunday (22) in Venice, Italy.
Tanui who came to this race with the fastest time on paper of 2:23.09 that she got last year at the Zurich Marathon where she took the honors, pulled away from the leading group together with Ethiopia’s Kebene Chala, setting a scorching pace as they went through the half way mark in 1:11.37. Tanui tagged along the Ethiopian until the 30k mark when she pulled away from Chala creating a 14-second lead as she traversed the tricky terrains and the fourteen bridges of Venice. The well prepared Tanui who had set her focus on the main prize, ran the remaining 7km solo and cutting the tape in her second fastest time ever of 2:25.35. Chala having left with no other option was forced to settle in second place in a new personal best of 2:26.38.
“I was aware that I had to run across 14 bridges but did not expect such a challenging course in the final kilometres,” said Tanui.
The 25 year-old Bedada Tigist of Ethiopia improved her personal best by over 4 minutes to seal the podium three finishes in a new personal best of 2:28.06.
Kenya’s Shamilah Kipsiror and Dekebo Muliye of Ethiopia finished in fourth and fifth in respective time of 2:28.13 and 2:32.09.