East African Showdown In Vancouver Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published May. 7, 2012
  • Updated May. 7, 2012 at 10:12 AM UTC
Gezahgn Eshetu won the Vancouver Marathon on Sunday. Photo: Vancouver Sun

Ethiopia prevailed in the final kilometer.

Bernard Onsare of Kenya, who resides in Calgary, Canada, didn’t have the extra gear he needed to defeat Ethiopian rival Gezahgn Eshetu at the Vancouver Marathon on Sunday.

The two runners had been battling it out over the final kilometer, and the 28-year-old Eshetu prevailing in the end.

His winning time was two hours, 21 minutes, and 51 seconds. Onsare crossed the line 25 seconds later.

“He never got this experience of the coldness,” Onsare joked afterwards. For me, I’m here and I’m part winter. But it was very cold for him. He had his gloves on. It wasn’t easy for him because of the cold, but the weather for us was perfect.”

Ryan Day of Victoria, Canada, took third in 2:29:22.

Eshetu took home a $3000 prize for winning and admitted that the time was “very slow”.

Ellie Greenwood, native of Scotland, won the women’s race in 2:42:16. She finished 12th overall. California resident Mary Akor was second four minutes afterwards.

For More: The Vancouver Sun


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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