Marathon wins for Geleta and Gebru

Edwin  - CEO February 18, 2024
Updated 2024/02/20 at 9:19 AM
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Deresa Geleta wins the Seville Marathon (© Juan Jose Ubeda) Photo credit: World Athletics
Deresa Geleta wins the Seville Marathon (© Juan Jose Ubeda) Photo credit: World Athletics

As records fall in Seville


Azmera Gebru claims the women’s race win at the Seville Marathon (© Juan Jose Ubeda)


Ethiopia’s Deresa Geleta ran a world-leading course record of 2:03:27 to move into the top 20 on the men’s world marathon all-time list. At the same time, his compatriot Azmera Gebru won the women’s race in 2:22:13 at the Zurich Maraton de Sevilla, a World Athletics Elite Label road race, on Sunday (18), World Athletics reports.


Record breaking was the day’s theme, with eight national records set as athletes chased qualification times for the Olympic Games in Paris in August.


A total of 12 men dipped under 2:08, and 14 women went sub-2:25.


Three of those national records were achieved by the athletes who next followed Geleta over the finish line: runner-up Morhad Amdouni of France, who clocked 2:03:47; third-place finisher Gashau Ayale of Israel, who ran 2:04:53; and Yemaneberhan Crippa of Italy, who finished fourth in 2:06:06.


Behind Gebru, the runner-up spot in the women’s race was secured by Josephine Chepkoech in a PB of 2:22:38, while her Kenyan compatriot Magdalene Masai was third in 2:22:51.


The men’s race started fast, and the leaders reached 10km in 29:02 before the front group of nine passed the half marathon mark in 1:01:49 – 42 seconds inside the course record pace.


The pacemakers dropped out at around 25km, and Geleta made a move. A group of five athletes chased him, and by 30km, Amdouni had closed the gap. They ran together through that checkpoint in 1:27:44.


Geleta pulled away from Amdouni over the final 5km and won by 20 seconds in 2:03:27.


Further back, national records were also set by Sweden’s Suldan Hassan in ninth (2:07:36), Chile’s Carlos Martin Diaz del Rio in 18th (2:08:04), and Macedonia’s Dario Ivanovski in 20th (2:08:26).


Gebru was part of a six-strong women’s group that passed halfway in 1:11:22. At the two-hour mark, the race was down to three.


Gebru was the only athlete who could stick with the pacemaker over the following kilometers, and she reached the 40km mark in 2:15:02.


She continued to win in 2:22:13, 25 seconds ahead of Chepkoech. Masai finished a further 13 seconds back.


The record-breakers in the women’s race were Meline Rollin, who placed seventh in a French record of 2:24:12, and Argentina’s Florencia Borelli, who was eighth in a South American record of 2:24:18.


Before the race, a 42-second silence was held in tribute to marathon world record-holder Kelvin Kiptum, who died in a road traffic accident last weekend.




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