Yacob Jarso wins Stramilano Half-Marathon

Milan, Italy – Yacob Jarso of Ethiopia won 37th edition of the Stramilano half-marathon race held here today.

Jarso beat a very competive Andrea Lalli from Italy in a hard-fought men’s race which was decided in the final 800 metres. The Ethiopian, fourth at the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008 and fifth at the IAAF World Championships in Berlin 2009 in the 3000m Steeplechase, beat the former European Under 23 and Junior Cross Country champion by four seconds in 1:01:07.

Jarso, who ran his Half Marathon PB of 1:00:07 in New Dehli in 2010 when he finished third, romped home in 1:01:07. He started as a world class steeplechaser but after moving to Japan some years ago he opted to pursue his international career on the road.

Results from the Stramilano:

1. Yacob Jarso (Ethiopia)       1:01:07

2. Andrea Lalli (Italy)           1:01:11

3. Kiprop Limo (Kenya)     1:02:30

4. Geoffrey Ndungu (Kenya) 1:03:15

5. Alexey Reunkov (Russia)  1:04:14

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