Goumri Finally Wins A Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Mar. 22, 2011

Abderrahim Goumri breaks the tape in South Korea. Photo: IAAF

He did it in Seoul, South Korea.

Do a little bit of research on Moroccan marathoner Abderrahim Goumri and you’ll quickly find that the seasoned runner is best known for taking second place in major marathons throughout the world. This is no longer the case. Last Sunday, Goumri won the Seoul International Marathon in 2:09:11.

According to an article on the IAAF Web site, the marathon was held in cool conditions. Goumri didn’t end up making the decisive move until the 40K mark when he extended his lead to 13 seconds.

Second place went to South Korea’s Jeong Jin-Hyeong who recorded his first sub-2:10 marathon, clocking 2:09:38. Third place was awarded to Oleg Kulkov of Russia (2:10:13). Ethiopians Wegayehu Girma (2:13:19) and Dereje Abera (2:14:18) were fourth and fifth respectively.

In the women’s race, it came down to a footrace with 2K to go between Robe Guta of Ethiopia and Wei Yanan of China. Guta, the 2009 champion, ended up winning in 2:26:51, while Wei settle for second in 2:27:13. South Korea’s Chung Yun-Hee took third in 2:32:25. Fourth-place finisher Gladys Tejeda set a Peruvian record with a 2:32:32 showing.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at 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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