Ethiopia’s Sule Gedo and Buze Diriba win women’s races at NYC Half Marathon in New York City and LA Marathon in Los Angeles, respectively.

NYC, N.Y. and LOS ANGELES, Cal. (EthiopiaOnline)―Ethiopia’s Buze Diriba won the 2018 United Airlines NYC Half on Sunday (March 18) in New York City, beating USA’s Emily Sisson who set an American debut record of 68:21 on New York City Half Marathon last year. Buze Diriba overtook Emily Sisson with 200m to go and win in 72:23, despite the American’s best efforts to catch her Ethiopian rival. Sisson finished second in 72:24 followed by Norway’s Karoline Bjerkeli Grovdal, who completed the podium in 72:43.

On the men’s title, Ben True became the first American winner of the race. His finishing time was 62:39. Ben True’s compatriot Dathan Ritzenhein and Great Britain’s Chris Thompson finished the race second and third, respectively.

On the other side of the United States Ethiopia’s Sule Gedo became the women’s champion of LA Marathon 2018 in Los Angeles, California on the same day. Sule Gedo waited until the final 800 meters to break away from countrywoman Tsehay Desalegn and Kenya’s Hellen Jepkurgat to win the women’s division of the race in 2:33:52. Tsehay Desalegn finished in 2:33.58, followed by Hellen Jepkurgat, the 2017 winner, in 2:34:03.

Weldon Kirui of Kenya won the men’s title for the second time in three years. Kuri’s finishing time was 2:11:48 (official). Kirui countryman Elisa Barno and Ethiopia’s Gebresadik Adihana, who won in the Marrakech Marathon (2:08:55) and Prague Marathon (2:08:47) finished the race as second and third winners, respectively. Gebresadik was able to hold edge as the race hits 20-mile (about 32km) mark. Kirui bolted toward the finish line with a 24-mile time of 4 minutes, 55 seconds, 16 seconds better than Gebresadik at a similar point where Kirui lost touch with last year’s winner, Elisha Barno.

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