Ethiopia’s Amane Gobena won her fourth career international marathon title as she cruised to victory at the 9th Xiamen Marathon on Sunday.

The 28-year-old, who won her first marathon at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 2009, continued her good luck in East Asia, adding the Xiamen champion to the Osaka Marathon and Seoul International Marathon.

Amane clocked two hours, 31 minutes and 49 seconds for the win. Her compatriot Alemitu Abera was second in 2:31:54 and China’s Wang Jiali finished third in 2:32:00.

Men Category

In the men’s category, Robert Kipkorir Kipchumba of Kenya sets a new course record en route to victory. The 26-year-old, who made his marathon debut at the 2009 Rotterdam Marathon, clocked two hours, eight minutes and seven seconds for his first career title, breaking the course record of 2:08:47.

Ethiopia’s Mesfin Hailu Lemma finished second in 2:09:50 and his compatriot Alemayehu Shumye was third in 2:09:58.

Amane Gobena’s Bio:
Residence: Ethiopia
DOB: 09/11/82
PRs: 31:52 10k, 68:18 Half Marathon, 2:24:13 Marathon
1st 2010 Osaka Women’s Marathon
5th 2010 Zayed Half Marathon
1st 2010 Seoul Int. Marathon
2nd 2009 Los Angeles Marathon
1st 2009 Cooper Bridge Run
1st 2009 Ukrop Monument Ave 10k
5th 2009 Peachtree Road Race
2nd 2008 Freihofer’s Run for Women 5k
2nd 2007 Peachtree Road Race
2nd 2007 Bolder Boulder
Leading Results –
1. Robert Kipkorir Kipchumba (Ken) 2:08:07
2. Mesfin Hailu Lemma (Eth) 2:09:50
3. Alemayehu Shumye (Eth) 2:09:58

4. Gilbert Kiptoo Chepkwony (Ken) 2:10:19
5. Siraj Gena (Eth) 2:11:12
6. Zembaba Yigeze (Eth) 2:11:13
7. Paul Kiprop Kirui (Ken) 2:12:19
8. Negari Terfa Getachew (Eth)2:18:18

1. Amane Gobena (Eth) 2:31:49
2. Alemitu Abera (Eth) 2:31:54

3. Wang Jiali (Chn) 2:32:00
4. Desta Girma (Eth) 2:32:10
5. Tabitha Tsatsa (Zim) 2:34:00
6. Asha Gigi (Eth) 2:34:09
7. Jin Lingling (Chn) 2:34:10
8. Dehninet Demsew (Eth) 2:37:18