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Ethiopia’s Sisay Lemma captures Valencia Marathon course report

Ethiopia’s Sisay Lemma captures Valencia Marathon course report


Ethiopia’s Sisay Lemma is now the fourth-fastest marathoner of all time, after successful Sunday’s Valencia Marathon in 2:01:48 and setting a brand new course report. Lemma broke now-world-record holder Kelvin Kiptum’s report of two:01:53, set final yr, and was one in all many Ethiopian athletes to run exceptionally effectively within the Spanish metropolis; compatriot Worknesh Degafa led an Ethiopian triple on the ladies’s aspect, taking the seventh-all-time quickest spot in 2:15:51.

Males’s race

Kenya’s Alexander Mutiso adopted Lemme in 2:03:11, and Dawit Wolde of Ethiopia ran 2:03:48 to spherical out the rostrum. 41-year-old Kenenisa Bekele (additionally of Ethiopia) succeeded in his objective of setting a brand new world masters report, working 2:04:19 to seize fourth place.

Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei, world report holder in each the 5,000m and 10,000m, struggled in his long-awaited marathon debut Sunday morning, working to thirty seventh place. Forward of his debut, followers and different esteemed marathoners, together with Eliud Kipchoge. had speculated as as to if Cheptegei might set a brand new report within the marathon (Kiptum reset the world marathon report on the Chicago Marathon earlier this yr, in 2:00:35).

Lemm, who gained the 2021 London Marathon, headed a lead pack that included Cheptegei and Kenyan nationwide half-marathon champ Kibiwott Kandie. The group hit the midway mark in 60:35, with Bekele working alone, simply behind the leaders. By 30K, Cheptegei seemed to be struggling and fell again; Kandie clocked marathon debut time of two:04:48 for sixth place. Lemma shot away from the group within the last 7km, charging to the end greater than a minute forward of Mutiso.

Canada’s Olympian Trevor Hofbauer dropped out of the race and Patrice Labonté of Quebec didn’t begin.

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Prime males

Sisay Lemma (ETH) 2:01:48.
Alexander Mutiso (KEN) 2:03:11.
Dawit Wolde (ETH) 2:03:48.
Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 2:04:19.
Gabriel Geay (ETH) 2:04:33.
Kibiwott Kandie (KEN) 2:04:48.
Chalu Deso (ETH) 2:05:14.
Mohamed Esa Huseydin (ETH) 2:05:40

Girls’s race

In a blistering quick race that noticed 30 ladies working below the Olympic qualifying customary of two:37:00, Degafa battled with second-place compatriot Almaz Ayana till the ultimate 8 km, dashing forward to complete with a thirty-second lead. Ayana clocked 2:16:22 to run a PB by 60 seconds, and third-place Hiwot Gebrekidan (additionally of Ethiopia) additionally ran a PB (by 71 seconds) of two:17:59.

The ladies’s lead pack hit the 5K mark in 16 minutes, reaching the midway level in 67:29, in a tempo that threatened final yr’s course report of two:14:58, set by compatriot Amane Beriso. Degafa and Ayana pulled forward, with Degafa shaking of Anaya and establishing a robust lead by the 40K mark.

Favorite-to-win Tsehay Gemechu, additionally of Ethiopia, was provisionally suspended by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) earlier this week for an unidentified doping violation.

Prime ladies

Worknesh Degefa (ETH) 2:15:51
Almaz Ayana (ETH) 2:16:22
Hiwot Gebrekidan (ETH) 2:17:59
Celestine Chepchirchir (KEN) 2:20:46
Majida Maayouf (ESP) 2:21:27
Sultan Haydar (TUR) 2:21:27
Desi Mokonin (BRN) 2:22:29
Genevieve Gregson (AUS) 2:23:08
Sofiia Yaremchuk (ITA) 2:23:16
Isobel Batt-Doyle (AUS) 2:23:27

For full outcomes of the 2023 Valencia Marathon, head right here.



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