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Merga Wins Boulogne-Billancourt Half Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Nov. 22, 2011
  • Updated Sep. 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM UTC
Ejigu Sentayehu Merga celebrates has he breaks the tape in France on Sunday. Photo: IAAF

Ethiopians captured the men’s and women’s titles.

Ejigu Sentayehu Merga celebrates has he breaks the tape in France on Sunday. Photo: IAAF

Ejigu Sentayehu Merga narrowly won the 5th edition of the “Semi-Marathon Christian Granger Boulogne-Billancourt”, an IAAF Bronze Label Road Race, last Sunday afternoon.

Nicolas Manza of Kenya’s course record (1:00:12) that was set in 2008 was not under threat as Merga broke the tape in 1:01:38. However, the race was exciting with Merga sprinting ahead of Eritrea’s Estifanos Tewelde who finished a second behind. Tewelde’s second-place finish was a one-second PR and an improvement from his fourth-place showing last year.

Alfred Cherop of Kenya ran 1:04:19 for third place. A month earlier, Cherop had won the Nancy Half Marathon in 1:01:48.

In the women’s race, Goitetom Haftu Tesema took home the title for Ethiopia. Her winning time was 1:10:57–a PR. Haftu Tesema had taken second in the Rome Marathon earlier this year, making her a pre-race favorite. Still, her time was not close to the existing course record held by this year’s ING New York City Marathon Champion Fireiwot Dado (1:09:26).

Adhina Tsehay Desale of Ethiopia and Lucy Macharia of Kenya finished second and third respectively.

For More: IAAF.org


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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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