Ethiopians excel in Germany


Hamburg – Ethiopians Shami Dawit and Seboka Diriba Tola broke local marathon records in winning the men’s races in Hamburg and Dusseldorf Sunday.

Dawit posted 2 hours 5 minutes 58 seconds over the 42.195

kilometres in Hamburg, bettering the previous best mark in the northern German city of 2:06.52 set by Julio Rey of Spain in 2006.

Ethiopian Dadi Yami was second in 2:07:01, with Augustine Ronoh of Kenya third in 2:07:23. The women’s race was won by Rael Kiyara of Kenya in 2:23:47.

Tola and Kenyan Agnes Jeruto set course records in winning the men’s and women’s races in Dusseldorf.

Tola crossed the line in 2:08:27, edging Duncan Koech of Kenya (2:08:33) and Abraham Kiprotich of France (2:08:35).

Jeruto clinched the women’s race in 2:25:49 ahead of Nastassia Staravoitava of Belarus (2:27:24) and Melkam Gisaw of Ethiopia (2:27:50). – Sapa-dpa

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