A new course, driving rain, and bitter cold made the race extremely challenging.
Despite the rain and cold, Ethiopians dominated the men’s and women’s division of the Florence Marathon last Sunday in Italy. Firehiwot Dado won the women’s race, while Aredo Tolesa Tadese was the first man to cross the line.
Dado’s winning time on the newly changed course was 2:28:58. She has raced well in Italy, having won the Rome Marathon in 2009 and 2010.
“It was terribly cold but I ran a good race,” she said afterwards. “I am now planning to return to Rome to win in the Eternal city for the third consecutive time next spring.”
In the men’s race, pacemaker Edea Bane Tola took the leaders through the half in 1:03:43 and then decided to run the whole marathon.However, the wet conditions and cobblestoned streets eventually took a toll on his legs and he faded with 5K to go. This left Tadese and fellow Ethiopian Teshome Gelana to battle for the finishing tape. Both crossed the line with the same time, but the win was awarded to Tadese.
“I am happy to win my debut marathon,” Tadese said. “When we saw that Tola was fading, we tried to launch our attack.”
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