Olympic marathon bronze medallist Galen Rupp won the 44th edition of the Huawei Roma Ostia Half Marathon today, clocking a personal best of 59:47 at this IAAF Gold Label road race.
Rupp ran a commanding race to beat Kenyan Moses Kemei by 57 seconds. Justus Kangogo, who finished runner-up in last year’s edition in his personal best of 59:31, reached the podium for the second consecutive year in 1:01:02. Another Kenyan, Emmanuel Kipsang, completed the top-four crossing the finish line in 1:01:33.
Ethiopian Haftamenesh Haylu Tesfay took the honours in the women’s race in 1:09:02 beating her compatriot Dera Dida by 19 seconds. Kenyan Rebecca Chesir took third in 1:11:04 improving on her fourth place in last year’s edition.
Chesir, Dida and Haylu took the lead in the early stages of the women’s race going through five kilometres in 16:04 and 10 in 32.37 with a gap of 47 seconds over Ethiopia’s Amane Shankule Beriso.
Haylu and Dida broke away from Chesir after the halfway mark, building a nine second gap by the 15th kilometre mark in 49:27. Haylu increased her lead over Dida by over 15 seconds in the final five kilometres before crossing the finish line in 1:09:02. Last January the Ethiopian runner finished fifth at the Dubai Marathon in her personal best of 2:20:13.