Fast times at Valencia marathon: Dereje sizzles 2:18:30, debutante Alayew 2:03:53

Ethiopian distance runner Roza Dereje (Photo: Giancarlo Colombo)

Ethiopians Roza Dereje and Kinde Atanaw Alayew produced impressive victories at the Maraton Valencia Trinidad Alfonso, a World Athletics Gold Label road race, in the eastern Spanish city today

In the women’s race Dereje clocked 2:18:30 to move up to No. 8 on the all-time world list while pulling the next three finishers under 2:19, the first time four women have broken that barrier in the same race.

In the men’s contest the 26-year-old Alayew clocked 2:03:53 in his debut over the distance to finish 38 seconds inside the previous Spanish all-comers record set at this race last year.

Leading results:

MEN –

  1. Kinde Atanaw Alayew (ETH) 2:03:51
  2. Kaan Kigen Ozbilen (TUR) 2:04:16
  3. Guye Adola (ETH) 2:04:42
  4. Abebe Degefa (ETH) 2:04:51
  5. Philemon Kacheran(KEN) 2:06:04

WOMEN –

  1. Roza Dereje (ETH) 2:18:30
  2. Azmera Abreha (ETH) 2:18:33
  3. Birhane Dibaba (ETH) 2:18:46
  4. Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN) 2:18:51
  5. Zeineba Yimer (ETH) 2:19:27

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