Tilahun Regassa of Ethiopia wins Rotterdam Marathon

Tilahun Regassa (Photo: SuperSport.com)
Tilahun Regassa (Photo: SuperSport.com)

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP)— Tilahun Regassa led an Ethiopian 1-2 finish at the Rotterdam Marathon on Sunday, breaking away with 3 miles left.

He won the title in just his second marathon, finishing in 2 hours, 5 minutes and 38 seconds. That was 11 seconds slower than his personal best set in Chicago last year.

Regassa ran away from a leading pack of four runners around the 20-mile mark and finished blowing kisses to the crowd down the final straight in this port city. Regassa’s countryman Getu Feleke was second for the second straight year in 2:06.45. Sammy Kitwara of Kenya finished third in 2:07.22.

Jemima Jelagat of Kenya won the women’s race in 2:23.27. Abebech Afework of Ethiopia finished second in 2:23.59.



1. Tilahun Regassa, Ethiopia, 2 hours, 5 minutes, 38 seconds.

2. Getu Feleke, Ethiopia, 2:06:45.

3. Sammy Kitwara, Kenya, 2:07:22.

4. Geoffrey Kipsang, Kenya, 2:09:12.

5. John Mwangangi, Kenya, 2:09:32.

6. Assefa Bentayehu, Ethiopia, 2:09:35.



1. Jemima Jelagat, Kenya, 2:23:27.

2. Abebech Afework, Ethiopia, 2:23:59.

3. Hilda Kibet, Netherlands, 2:26:42.

4. Alesandra Aguilar, Spain, 2:27:03.

5. Mekuria Aberume, Ethiopia, 2:29:04.

6. Harun Makda, Ethiopia, 2:31:59.


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