Ethiopians Dereje Debele and Melkam Gizaw took the 11th edition of the Metro Group Marathon DÃƒÂ¼sseldorf on Sunday (28) as the menÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s course record was smashed in theÃ‚Â IAAF Bronze Label Road Race.
In ideal weather conditions 26 year-old Debele achieved the first sub-2:08 performance in DÃƒÂ¼sseldorf, while second-place Pius Ondoro was also under the previous course record with his 2:08:17. For the first time at the Dusseldorf Marathon, five men broke 2:10.
Pre-race favourite Gizaw was the womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s winner with a personal best of 2:26:24, the second-fastest womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s performance in the history of the race and just 35 seconds behind the course record. Kenyan Marathon debutant Rebecca Chesire ran a fine 2:27:52 for second place, while PolandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Agnieszka Ciolek-Mierzejewska was a distant third in 2:33:36.
1 Dereje Debele (ETH) 2:07:48
2 Pius Ondoro (KEN) 2:08:17
3 Duncan Koech (KEN) 2:09:10
4 Shengo Kebede (ETH) 2:09:53
5 Asmare Workneh (ETH) 2:09:56
1 Melkam Gizaw (ETH) 2:26:24
2 Rebecca Chesire (KEN) 2:27:52
3 Agnieszka Ciolek-Mierzejewska (POL) 2:33:36
4 Remalda Kergyte (LTU) 2:36:00
5 Nastassia Dashkevich (BLR) 2:41:51
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