Fire Hiwot Dado clinches 3rd Straight Rome Marathon victory
Rome, Italy Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Fire Hiwot Dado of Ethiopia became the first woman athlete to win the Rome Marathon race 3 years in a row here today, when she finished first in 2:24.13, followed by fellow compatriot Goitelom Tessema (2:26.21) and Kebebush Haile (2:27.39).
Meanwhile, defending champion Siraj Gena (2:09.20) had to settle to second place behind Dickson Kiptolo Chumba of Kenya (2:08.44) in the menÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s category. Dawit Abdullah, also of Ethiopia finished third (2:09.41).
Fire Hiwot Dado took the Rome title in 2009 (2:27:08) and 2010 (2:25:28) , and also won the last edition of the Florence Marathon last November beating rainy and cold conditions.
Haile Kebebush Haile, who finished runner-up last year in the Italian capital in a new PB of 2:25:31, had to settle to third place this time.
1. Dickson Kiptolo Chumba (KEN) 2hr 8min 44sec,
2. Amda Siraj Gena (ETH) 2:09:20,
3. Dawit Shami Abdulahi (ETH) 2:09:41
1. Fire Hiwot Dado (ETH) 2:24:13,
2. Goitetom Tesema (ETH) 2:26:21,
3. Kebebush Haile (ETH) 2:27:39