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