Tolossa smashes Riga Marathon Course Record, Eshetu dominates women’s race

Haile TolossaFor the first time in the 25-year history of the Lattelecom Riga Marathon, Ethiopia won both the men’s and the women’s races at the IAAF Bronze Label Road Race on Sunday.

And, for the third year in succession, the course record was broken in the men’s race by more than a minute.

In a race where three men ran well inside the previous course record, Haile Tolossa triumphed with a PB of 2:12:29 to record the fastest marathon ever on Latvian soil.

Compatriot Meseret Eshetu dominated the women’s race, winning by more than five minutes in 2:37:04 to narrowly miss the course record by 13 seconds.

Leading results

1 Haile Tolossa (ETH) 2:12:29
2 Beyene Effa (ETH) 2:12:52
3 Duncan Koech (KEN) 2:12:53
4 Abraraw Tegene (ETH) 2:13:51
5 Mariko Kipchumba (KEN) 2:14:38

1 Meseret Eshetu (ETH) 2:37:04
2 Workenesh Tola (ETH) 2:42:07
3 Ruth Wanjiru (KEN) 2:42:29
4 Natalia Volgina (RUS) 2:45:26
5 Vicoty Chepkemoi (KEN) 2:46:56

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Photo: Lattelecom Riga Marathon