Terfa, Loshanyang Earn Rome Marathon Titles

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Mar. 18, 2013
  • Updated Mar. 18, 2013 at 9:36 AM UTC
Getachew Negari Terfa celebrates in Rome. Photo: IAAF

Ethiopian clocks the race’s second-fastest time ever.

Ethiopian Getachew Negari Terfa won the Acea Rome Marathon on Sunday, finishing the annual race in 2 hours, 7 minutes, 56 seconds.

Terfa’s time was the second-fastest in the race’s history.

His quick result came in part thanks to the work of three pacemakers: Matthew Kimutai, Luka Rotich and William Kibor.

Halfway through the race, the trio clocked a 1:03:43. Rotich ratcheted up his tempo at that point, but ultimately the pacemaker withdrew near the 30K mark.

“The race started in good weather conditions but it got colder with a lot of wind along the course,” Terfa said. “However, the weather did not cause problems because I was focused on my race. After winning in Xiamen I took a short rest of two weeks before starting the preparation again. During my training I felt well and I decided to run a second marathon. I want to help my family with the money won in Rome.”

In the women’s race, Helena Kirop Loshanyang earned the victory after crossing the line in 2:24:40.

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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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