• Ethiopian Negari and Kenyan Kiprop Dominates Rome Marathon
Despite windy conditions in the secondpart of the race six men managed to run under the 2:10 mark. Ethiopia’s Getachew Negari Terfa took the title in the men’s race with a time of 2:07:56, the second fastest time ever run in Rome marathon while Girmay Gebru Birhanu of Ethiopia finished in secod (2:08:11). Men's podium concluded Kenyan Stephen Chemlany who crossed the finish line in 2:08:30 2:08:11.
The race started in good weather conditions but it got colder with a lot of wind along the course. However, the weather did not cause problems because I was focused on my race. After winning in Xiamen I took a short rest of two weeks before starting the preparation again. During my training I felt well and I decided to run a second marathon. I want to help my family with the money won in Rome”, said the winner.
The 36-year-old Helena Kirop of kenya captured the victory in the women’s race clocking the third fastest time in Rome 2:24:40.
Kiprop, who debut in marathon race at age of 34 in 2006 at the Casablanca Marathon, pushed the pace at 37km mark and increased her leade over leading runners to 25 seconds to secure the victory in Rome. Getnet Selomie Kassa of Ethiopia finished more than a half minte behind kiprop in second (2:25:15), while Turkey's Sultan Haydar finished in third running 2:27:10.
“Pacemakers made a very good job despite the windy conditions. At 30km, I started pushing the pace. My plan was to run in the pack until the 30 km and start pushing at that point,” said kiprop.
Men's Top Results
|1||4||NEGARI GETACHEW TERFA||ETHIOPIA||02:07:56||02:07:53|
|2||19||GEBRU GIRMAY BIRHANU||ETHIOPIA||02:08:11||02:08:09|
|4||13||GEMEDA HAILE HAJA||ETHIOPIA||02:08:35||02:08:32|
|5||1||KANDA LUKA LOKOBE||KENYA||02:08:50||02:08:48|
|6||7||BARMAO SAMSON K.||KENYA||02:09:47||02:09:45|
|7||14||BOTORU WOLDE TSEGAYE||ETHIOPIA||02:10:00||02:09:58|
|8||18||KISANG PHILEMON KIPCHUMBA||KENYA||02:10:27||02:10:25|
|9||3||DABA BEKANA TOLESA||ETHIOPIA||02:11:16||02:11:15|
|10||22||KORIR PATRICK KIPTANUI||KENYA||02:11:32||02:11:30|
Women's Top Results
|2||F19||SELOMIE KASSA GETNET||ETHIOPIA||02:25:15||02:25:15|
|4||F2||KASIM ASH RABO||ETHIOPIA||02:30:10||02:30:10|
|5||F13||FIKRE KIFLE ALEM||ETHIOPIA||02:30:13||02:30:13|
|7||F15||LEONTEVA NADEZDHA||RUSSIAN FEDERATION||02:32:14||02:32:14|
|9||F6||DALASA SECHALE ADUGNA||ETHIOPIA||02:34:43||02:34:43|