FIRENZE (ITA, Nov 28): Ethiopian wins at 27th Firenze Marathon on a new course. Tadese Aredo in his debut clocked in close finish 2:12:41 ahead of his team mate Teshome Gelana (2:12:41). Third also Ethiopian Edea Bane Tola with 2:13:30 (in a cold and rainy weather he passed the first half in 1:03:43). Great Britain runner Benedict Whitby was fourth in 2:15:09 (personal best). Double World Half Marathon participant and 2:08 runner Tariku Jifar of Ethiopia followed with 2:18:06. Rome marathon winner Firehiwot Dado attacked after 38th km and won in fast 2:28:58. Second young Meseret Mengistu (20) with life-time best 2:30:45. Third place for Russian Alena Samokhvalova (2:36:42) ahead of Sweden´s Anna Brigitta Von Schenck (2:40:28) and best Italian Marcella Mancini (2:44:00). Around 10 000 participants were registered, former formula one pilot Alex Zanardi stopped with his hand-bike at 35th km due to technical failure.
ELDORET (KEN, Nov 28): Isaac Kosgei won the 4th Kass/Standard marathon in 2:20:12 ahead of Francis Kosgei (2:21:08) and Victor Kipchirchir (2:21:32). Informs The Nation. In the women category, Magdaline Mukunzi emerged top in 2:44:50 followed by Rebecca Kipsang 2:45:52 and Viola Bor 2:48:52. As early as 5 am a record 2600 runners were at Chepterit centre in Nandi where the race started. The men and women 12 km was won by Gideon Kipketer (35:48) ahead of Matthew Kisorio (35:54) and Rose Kosgei (41:27) who beat Hellen Kirop (41:59) for second. Among the guests also World Athlete of the Year David Rudisha.
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