Ethiopian Athletes dominate Marrakech Marathon

Marrakech, Morocco – Ethiopian athletes dominated the 22nd edition of the Marrakech International Marathon here on Sunday winning both the men and women marathon races.

In the men’s category, Girma Beyene (2:10.22) finished first with compatriot Shumi Gerbaba (2:11.08) and Mourad Maaroufit of Morocco coming in second and third places respectively.

In the women’s race, Wudnesh Nega led an Ethiopian sweep clinching four of the top five spots. Soumia Labani’s (2:37.08) came in second.

Half-Marathon
Mulugeta Wendimu (1:02.00) won the men’s race. Kennedy Kumutai of Kenya was second five seconds back, with Morocco’s Mostapha Elaziz (1:02:09) third.

The only race that Ethiopian athletes did not fare was the women’s half-marathon, where Seada Kedir finished fifth.


Marathon:

MEN –
1. Girma Beyene (ETH) 2:10:22
2. Shumi Gerbaba (ETH) 2:11:08
3. Mourad Maarofit (MAR) 2:11:20
4. Hillary Kipchumba (KEN) 2:11:44
5. Urige Arabo Buta (NOR) 2:11:47
6. Berhanu Shiferaw Tolcha (ETH) 2:12:12
7. Haylu Abebe (ETH) 2:12.47
8. Hassan Belkhainouch (MAR) 2:13:00
9. Abunejnedi Sultan (ETH) 2:15:07
10. Gosa Tadesse (ETH) 2:15:38

WOMEN –
1. Wudnesh Nega (ETH) 2:37:00
2. Soumia Labani (MAR) 2:37:08
3. Demsem Dehinet (ETH) 2:39:34
4. Gadise Fita (ETH) 2:39:41
5. Bayush Abebe (ETH) 2:42:29

Half Marathon:
MEN –
1. Mulugeta Wendimu (ETH) 1:02:00
2. Kennedy Kummutai (KEN) 1:02:05
3. Elaziz Mostapha (MAR) 1:02:09
4. Woldemikael Feyisa (ETH) 1:02:27
5. Mourad Elbannouri (MAR) 1:02:35

WOMEN –
1. Asmae Leghzaoui (MAR) 1:10:47 Race Record
2. Kareema Yasin (BAH) 1:11:06
3. Samira Raïf (MAR) 1:11:10
4. Malika Belfakir (MAR) 1:12:11
5. Seada Kedir (ETH) 1:13:49

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