Console Hopes To Regain Vienna Marathon Crown

Rosaria Console won the Vienna City Marathon in 2004. Photo:

Italian prevailed in the Austrian city nine years ago.

For Rosalba Console, the upcoming Vienna City Marathon on April 14 is more than just a race. It could be a major comeback.

The Italian won the race nine years ago. Now 33, she is hoping to do it again.

Her time then for the 26.2-mile race was 2:29:22 and is most likely her most-impressive marathon victory. Since then, she’s whittled down her PR to 2:26:10 that she set at the Berlin Marathon two years ago.

Squaring off against the Italian are a pair of speedy Ethiopians: Kebebush Haile and Meskerem Assefa. Haile won the 2011 Shanghai Marathon in 2:24:09. However, she did not improve on that mark last year.

On the other hand, Assefa enjoyed a strong debut at this year’s Houston Marathon when she ran a 2:25:17 to place third in challenging weather.

Previously, Assefa had been a 1500m runner, so her conversion to the marathon is a bit of a surprise.

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