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Italian Man Surprises The Field, Wins Turin Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Nov. 15, 2010
Italian Ruggero Pertile upset a field full of Kenyans to win the 24th Turin Marathon. Photo: IAAF

Italian Ruggero Pertile upset a field full of Kenyans to win the 24th Turin Marathon. Photo: IAAF

The race was supposed to be entirely a Kenyan affair.

Ruggero Pertile won the 24th edition of the Turin Marathon on Sunday. The race had been built up as a showdown between Kenyans Benson Cherono and John Komen, so Pertile’s victory was a surprise. Running in wet and slippery conditions, 36-year-old Pertile’s finishing time was 2:10:58.

The Italian runner had placed fourth in the Euopean Championship’s in Barcelona. His marathon PR, 2:09:53, was achieved in last year’s Turin Marathon. Second place went to 20-year-old Lawrence Kimaiyo of Kenya (2:11:46). Habteselassie Lemma from Ethiopia took third place in 2:12:21.

“I have come back from a difficult 2009 year in which I ran 2:09:53 but then I underwent surgery last December. I have to thank my club Assindustria Sport Padova, my wife and my daughter Alice who were here to support me,” Pertile said. He then went on to note that the 2012 Olympic Marathon in London is in his plans.

Pertile became the first non-African winner in a major fall marathon this year.

Priscah Jeptoo of Kenya triumphed in the women’s race, running 2:27:02. Her time was the second-fastest time ever recorded in the Turin Marathon.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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