Toronto, Canada – Shure Demise of Ethiopia was victorious at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon here today when she finished first in a time of 2:23:37, the fourth-fastest in race history.
With her victory today, Demise became the sixth Ethiopian female athlete to win in the past nine editions.
Demise stunned the marathon world when she finished the Dubai Marathon in 2:20:59, the fastest ever by a junior. She was inspired to take up running by Ethiopian great Deratu Tulu, a two-time Olympic champion on the track and winner of several top marathons.
There was a little controversy for the second and third place positions as Cherop and Sado arrived at the finish at exactly the same time. They collided and Cherop was originally given second place in 2:24:16, but after careful and lengthy review, officials decided to award both second place. They will both receive $12,000 rather than a share of the second-place and third-place prize money.
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