Ethiopian runners took five of the six top spots of men and women titles on the 31st edition of Hangzhou Marathon which was held on November 5 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province of eastern China.
(IAAF)―Azmeraw Bekele and Muluhabt Tsega achieved an Ethiopian double victory at the 31st edition of the Hangzhou Marathon (Hangzhou, China), an IAAF Bronze Label Road Race on Sunday (Nov. 5), breaking both course records in the process.
Running under cloudy and cool conditions, the first seven finishers in the women’s race broke the course record of 2:31:21 set by Anne Cheptanui Bererwe of Kenya last year. Muluhabt enjoyed a comfortable solo lead in the final five kilometers and improved the record by more than three minutes to win with a personal best of 2:28:08.
It is the fourth race of the year for the 28-year-old Muluhabt. She clocked 2:30:38 to finish eighth in Osaka in January and finished fourth at the Warsaw Marathon in April with a 2:30:16 clocking. Last month she competed in the Toronto Waterfront Marathon but had to withdraw after 20 kilometers due to a stomach problem.
It is also the second marathon title for Muluhabt. She took the victory at 2014 Beirut Marathon in her marathon debut and set her previous PB of 2:29:12, which has since stood as the course record.
Tinbit Gidey, winner of 2016 Shenzhen Marathon, outraced fellow Ethiopian Tsehay Desalegn in the last kilometer to finish second seven seconds back, trimming 3:12 off her PB set last year when winning the Sanya Marathon title in 2:31:27.
The 26-year-old Tsehay also dipped under the 2:30 barrier for the first time of her career as she clocked 2:28:35 to take the third place, beating her former PB of 2:31:25 set when finishing fourth at the Prague Marathon in 2014.
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