MARRAKECH (MAR, Jan 30): In a very cloudy weather Ethiopians dominated the 22th edition of the Marathon International de Marrakech. Girma Beyene clocked 2:10:22 ahead of Shumi Etisha 2:11:08, third Moroccan Mourad Maarofit 2:11:20. In Norway living Urige Buta of Ethiopia achieved 2:11:47 as 5th. Wudnesh Debele of Ethiopia was the best woman in 2:37:00. Asmae Leghzaoui posted new event best in half-marathon with 1:10:47 ahead of Bahraini Kareema Yasin 1:11:06. Men´s race winner Mulugeta Wondimu of Ethiopia beat by 5 seconds Kenyan Kennedy Kimutai (1:02:00-1:02:05). Around 7000 athletes competed in all races. The course was wet so it caused difficulties for the runners. Legendary runners like Khalid Skah, Mustapha Nechadi and Brahim Boutayeb watched the event.
INDOOR (Adams 17.32, Nazarova 689)
REIMS (FRA, Jan 30): Czech Adam Sebastian Helcelet won the heptathlon as part of international combined events match with 5735 points. Second French Florian Geffrouais (5669) and third Dutch Rietveld Pelle (5636). Czech team won this event with 16 784 ahead of France 16 686, Netherlands 16 315, Great Britain 15 965 and Spain 15 417. Antoniette Nana Djimou scored impressive world leading 4540 points to win women´s pentathlon. Czech 400 m hurdles world level athlete Zuzana Hejnova showed impressive versatility with 4406 points (2:07.99 in the final 800 m). Here France won 13 230 clearly ahead of Czech Republic (11 789), Spain 11 705 and Great Britain 11 373.
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