Ethiopian Women dominates Delhi Half-marathon
New Delhi, India Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Ethiopian women athletes dominated the 6th edition of Airtel Delhi Half-Marathon race taking the top seven spots here today. Although the menÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s side was not as successful, they clinched the second, third and fifth spots.
The womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s race was not just an all-Ethiopian affair but a very tight and exciting finish with Aselefech Mergia coming in first (1:08.35s), followed by Merima Mohammaed (1:08.36s) and Wude Yimer (1:08.36s), just one second behind. Although Merima and Wude recorded the same, they had to be separated after a photo finish examination.
In the menÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s race, Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya, who recently clocked 2:04.55 at the Rotterdam Marathon, the second fastest time of the year, Ã‚Â took advantage of the last minute withdrawal by two-time champion Deriba Merga of Ethiopia, to emerge victorious in 59.38s to win the race and pocket the $25,000 prize money.
Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia (59.39s) and fellow compatriot Yacob Jarso (60.07s) finished second and third respectively.
Leading Results:MEN: 1. Geoffrey Mutai KEN 59:38, 2. Lelisa Desisa ETH 59:39, 3. Yacob Yarso ETH 60:07, 4. Silas Kipruto KEN 60:21, 5. Feyisa Lelisa ETH 60:33, 6. Titus Masai KEN 60:38, 7. Leonard Langat KEN 60:51, 8. Ayele Wolde Giorgis ETH 60:51, 9. Peter Kirui KEN 61:10, 10. Shumi Dechase ETH 61:38, 14. Chimsa Deressa ETH 62:22, 15. Dereje Mengesha ETH 62:25, 16. Marcos Geneti ETH 63:06, WOMEN: 1. Aselefech Mergia ETH 68:35, 2. Merima Mohammed ETH 68:36, 3. Wude Ã‚Â Yimer ETH Ã‚Â 68:36, 4. Aberu Kebede ETH 68:39, 5. Atsede Baysa ETH 68:43, 6. Mestawet Tufa ETH 68:48, 7. Feyse Boru ETH 68:50, 8. Sharon Cherop KEN 68:51, 9. Lydia Cheromei KEN 68:55, 10. Doris Chengeywo KEN 70:40, 11. Belaynesh Jemama ETH 72:17, 12. Sosena Gezaw ETH 73:09, 13. Askale Tafa ETH 73:41,