Merga Dominates In Bogota

Ethiopian wins by two minutes in course-record time.

Ethiopian Deriba Merga, who finished fourth at the 2008 Olympic Marathon in Beijing and won the 2009 Boston Marathon, ran a course-record 1:02:31 to top a star-studded field in winning the Bogota International Half Marathon in Colombia on Sunday.

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“This race was very good for me,” Merga said afterward. “The altitude is very high but I am very happy.”

Finishing two minutes behind Merga was defending champion Isaac Macharia in 1:04:39. Half marathon world record holder Zersenay Tadese dropped out of the race just after 10K.

In the women’s race, Ethiopian Shewarge Asmare upset countrywoman Dire Tune to take the win in 1:13:54. Amare kicked past Tune in the race’s final meters to win by seven seconds.

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