Chaltu Ture of Ethiopia wins Marathon de La Rochelle
La Rochelle, France Ã¢â‚¬â€œ An Ethiopian trio led by Chaltu Ture won the Marathon de La Rochelle womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s race.
The womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s race was highlighted by the runs of three Ethiopians. Waynishet Abebe Hailu (2:42:57 in 2009) led Chaltu Ture (2:38:41 last season) and Marathon debutante Zerfe Boku.
The trio separated early from the rest of the field and remained together until the 24th kilometre, after having passed the half-way in 1:16:44. Hailu dropped back and eventually finished third in 2:38:39.
Chaltu emerged as the winner in the last couple of kilometre and smashed her personal best with 2:36:04, still far from the race record of Goitetom Haftu (2:28:24). Boku took the second place in 2:36:48.
In the menÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s category, John Komen of Kenya ran 2:07:13 to break the race record. Ã‚Â Feyisa Woldemikael of Ethiopia, a debutant at the Marathon finished fourth in 2:11:34. Feyisa has previously run the half-marathon in 62:27.
Daniel Limo of Kenya (2:08.39) and compatriot Nahashon Kimayo (2:10.44) finished second and third respectively.
1. John KOMEN (KEN) 2:07:13
2. Daniel LIMO (KEN) 2:08.39
3. Nahashon KIMAYO (KEN) 2:10:44
4. Feyisa WOLDEMIKAEL (ETH) 2:11:34
1. Chaltu Ture (ETH) 2:36:04
2. Zerfe BOKU (ETH) 2:36:51
3. Waynishet Abebe HAILU (ETH) 2:38:39
4. Adeline ROCHE (FRA) 2:45:15