Ethiopian Adola digs deep to win Berlin marathon, Bekele third
BERLIN : Ethiopian Guye Adola survived a midway comeback from race favourite Kenenisa Bekele and a late surge from Kenyan Bethwel Yegon to power to victory in the Berlin marathon on Sunday.Yegon finished in second place ahead of Bekele, who was competing for the first time in 18 months and struggled with
BERLIN : Ethiopian Guye Adola survived a midway comeback from race favourite Kenenisa Bekele and a late surge from Kenyan Bethwel Yegon to power to victory in the Berlin marathon on Sunday.Yegon finished in second place ahead of Bekele, who was competing for the first time in 18 months and struggled with a COVID-19 infection nine months ago, in third.
In an Ethiopian treble, Gotytom Gebreslase won the women's race in her debut marathon in two hours, 20 minutes and nine seconds, leaving Hiwot Gebrekidan in second place and Helen Tola in third.There was no world record this time at the flat inner-city course but there was enough suspense and excitement before Adola crossed the finish line in an official time of two hours, five minutes and 45 seconds for the biggest win of his career.
Adola, who was second in Berlin in 2017, was made to work very hard from the start as part of the leading group of runners who set off at a dizzying pace with Bekele, a multiple Olympic and world champion over 5,000 and 10,000 metres, in the lead.The Ethiopian, along with countrymen Adola and Tefsaye Lencho, was three seconds quicker than the world's best mark set after the opening seven kilometres on a sun-drenched and warm autumn day. headtopics.com
The 39-year-old Bekele, who was two seconds off the world record in 2019 in Berlin for the second fastest-ever marathon run, was still on world record pace after 15km before dropping some 100 metres behind.While Bekele refused to continue at that pace, Adola stayed with the group of four runners that included Kenyans Abraham Kipyatich and Philemon Kacheran.
The high speed and warm temperatures gradually took their toll as the pace dropped considerably, and Bekele managed to claw his way back into the leaders' group.One by one Adola's rivals then started to peel off, leaving the 30-year-old in charge and Bekele in second.
After 35 kilometres Bekele could no longer keep up but Adola still had to survive a late surge from outsider Yegon with four kilometres left as the Kenyan tried to surprise him with a strong finish.But Adola pulled away to cruise to victory, leaving Yegon in second place and Bekele, who had contracted COVID-19 nine months ago and had not run competitively in 18 months, in third.
(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Hugh Lawson) Read more: CNA »
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