Ethiopian Athletes shine in Hamburg and Dusseldorf
Ethiopians Shami Dawit and Seboka Diriba Tola broke local marathon records in winning the men’s races in Hamburg and Dusseldorf on Sunday.
Dawit posted two hours five minutes 58 seconds over the 42.195 kilometres in Hamburg, bettering the previous best mark in the northern German city of 2:06.52 set by Julio Rey of Spain in 2006.
Ethiopian Dadi Yami was second in 2:07:01, with Augustine Ronoh of Kenya third in 2:07:23. The women’s race was won by Rael Kiyara of Kenya in 2:23:47.
Tola and Kenyan Agnes Jeruto set course records in winning the men’s and women’s races in Dusseldorf.
Tola crossed the line in 2:08:27, edging Duncan Koech of Kenya (2:08:33) and Abraham Kiprotich of France (2:08:35).
Jeruto clinched the women’s race in 2:25:49 ahead of Nastassia Staravoitava of Belarus (2:27:24) and Melkam Gizaw of Ethiopia (2:27:50).