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Ethiopian women athletes swarm the 2022 Valencia Marathon

Ethiopian women atheletes ablazed the 2022 Valencia Marathon, as Athlete Amane Beriso claimed the top spot in women’s category on Sunday, December 4, 2022.

Athlete Amane Beriso upstaged Ethiopian compatriot and the 2022 world 10,000m champion, Letesenbet Gidey, in the women’s race to go third on the all-time list.

The pre-race build-up revolved around Letesenbet, who set the world half marathon record in Valencia last year, breaking Brigid Kosgei’s world record of 2:14:04 on her marathon debut.

She and fellow Ethiopian athlete Amane Beriso were soon clear of the field, but it was the 31-year-old – whose previous personal best was set in Dubai six years ago – who moved away in the closing 5km.

Amane clocked 2:14:58 to put her third in the all-time list, only bettered by Kosgei and another Kenyan, Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir.

Speaking afterwards, Amane said she was very happy but felt that she would have broken the world record had she received more help from pacemakers.

2nd placed Letesenbet Gidey clocked 2:16:49 for the fastest women’s marathon debut in history with Kenya’s Sheila Chepkirui third in 2:17:29.

Other Ethiopian athletes Tadu Teshome (2:17:36), Tiruye Mesfin (2:18:47), Tigist Girma (2:18:52), and Etagegn Woldu (2:20:03) took 4th, 6th, 7th, and 8th spots, respectively.

Meanwhile, Eritrean athlete, Dolshi Tesfu finished 9th, clocking 2:20:40.

The top seven women all broke 2:19, the most in a single race, with a number of national records set.

In men’s race, Ethiopian athletes Tamirat Tola (2:03:40), Chalu Deso (2:04:56), and Milkesa Mengesha (2:05:29) claimed 4th, 6th, and 7th spots, respectively.

Kelvin Kiptum of Kenya won the men’s category, clocking 2:01:53. He became the quickest marathon debutant in history.


3 thoughts on “Ethiopian women athletes swarm the 2022 Valencia Marathon”

  1. Did you notice when Amane lapping many of the men’s behind? She was like ‘See ya tortoise!’ Boy, that cracked me up, dude! Letesenbet was doing the same to other men, bro!!! To win the marathon at 02:14:58? 99% of the men who competed in this run would kill to finish that fast! Our daughters had made me puffing with pride! I’m good now; I’m good for a week!

  2. After basking in this dominating victory by our daughter and I was then off to the World Cup. How about Morocco? They deserve every win of it! I know declare Morocco the champ already and Senegal the 2nd. This beyond repair Afro/Ethiopia-Centric high mileage junkie has already awarded the trophy to Morocco and the 2nd place to Senegal. There is nothing you can do about it. Again mark my word. Morocco has already won the World Cup 2022. Boy, I feel so proud of both our daughters athletes, Morocco and Senegal!!!!!

  3. Yetesfa Chilanchile

    Just recently the fascinating football tournament closed with so many amazing activities. The good thing is that the FIFA 2026 participating countries quota will increases from 32 to 48 in which Africa will take 9 quota. So what lesson Ethiopia gained from the 2022 tournament? What learned from Morocco team? How could resist Morocco team if they may get in one group? Great countries think about next squad and team formation from just now, but Ethiopia football federation what they doing, what a hell is there, where about the projects on kid & young players? No answer???

    When Ethiopian football fans have a chance to see such amazing team; like, Morocco let alone see great world teams. The government shall interfere in this fake federation and the organization structure has to be restructured to fill based on merit and capacity or professionalism requires for change instead of favor done with group for sake of rent seeking. Football is one of a big income source in the world that government also benefited from it but here the scenario is different. So when the change come???
    Previous great coach; like, Ato Sewenet Beshaw shall be invited in order to bring change…. The federation has to have a sound policies, rules & regulations to manage Football clubs including the players code of conduct, for this professionalized persons require otherwise change impossible.

    Hence, change, change, change, …………………………………………………… when possible?????????????????

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