Not even inclement weather could stop Ayantu Dakebo Hailemaryam, as she navigated a wet course to win the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon.
Dakebo brought home her first Pittsburgh Marathon crown Sunday at the young age of 19. Her time of 2:39:19 was a little under seven minutes slower than Clara Santucci’s winning time of a year ago. Santucci, who won the last two events, did not participate this year after competing in the Olympic trials in February.
Dakebo won with a lead of more than three minutes over Bizuwork Getahun Kasaye of Ethiopia. Phebe Ko was the top American in third place, followed by Kelsey Markham and Lindsey Ison. Joyce Swedish, 45, was the top-finishing Pittsburgh representative in seventh place.
Here is a shot of Dakebo and Ko finishing off their races:
Dakebo is the third Ethiopian winner in Pittsburgh Marathon history. In its eighth year since being revived—the race was not held from 2004 to 2008 due to lack of sponsorship—the Pittsburgh Marathon has the unfortunate distinction of being held so close to the race in Boston. The Presidents’ Day race is a historic Boston tradition and one of the most populated elite races on the circuit; Pittsburgh tends to gravitate toward more secondary and younger competitors.