It was a great day for Ethiopia in India’s largest city.
Girma Assefa of Ethiopia was victorious in the men’s race at the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon on Sunday. Assefa’s winning time was 2:09:54, which was nearly two minutes faster than the previous mark held by Kenneth Mungara of Kenya since 2009. Assefa’s victory in Mumbai was the first win for an Ethiopian in that marathon. In addition to setting a new course record, Assefa also bettered his own PR by four seconds.
The race was speedy all-around with the top seven finishers running faster than the previous course record.
In the women’s race, Koren Yal of Ethiopia also shattered the course record. She broke the tape in 2:26:56–three minutes better than the previous mark. The race was a close one with Yal fending off repeated challenges from compatriot Merima Mohammed up to the final yard.
“I am extremely happy and pleased with the result. We ran together and am happy that I was able to beat Merima at the end,” said Yal afterwards.
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