Beirut, Lebanon – Ethiopian athletes dominated the BLOM Beirut Marathon here today, with Mohammed Temam and Etaferaw Tarekegn winning the men and women categories respectively.

In the men’s race, Mohamed Temam (2:16.43) edged fellow Ethiopian Abere Chane (2:17.40) to win, with James Macharia of Kenya in third place (2:18:20).

Five of the top six finishers were Ethiopians.

Women’s race

Race favorite Etaferaw Tarekegn did not disappoint as she won in dominating fashion in 2:41.15, almost three minutes clear of second placed Mihiret Anamo, also of Ethiopia.

Results:

Men:
1. Mohammed TEMAM, ETH     2:16:43
2. Abere CHANE, ETH        2:17:30
3. James MACHARIA, KEN     2:18:20
4. Abere DAGNE, ETH        2:19:38
5. Desalegn TEGEGN, ETH    2:20:11
6. Makash TSEGAYE, ETH     2:20:17
7. Hussein AWADAH, LIB     2.20.31

Women:

1. Etaferahu TAREKEGN, ETH     2:41:15
2. Mihiret ANAMO, ETH          2:44:04
3. Irina KAZUBOSKAYA, RUS      2:46:05
4. Carolyne CHEMUTAI, KEN      2:47:56

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