Sunday, November 11, 2012

Ethiopian Tariku Jufar and Seada Kedir win in men’s and women’s Beirut Marathon

(Nov 11, 2012, Beirut)--Both the men’s and women’s event records tumbled at the ninth edition of the BLOM Beirut Marathon on Sunday. Ethiopian Tariku Jufar clocked 2:11:14 to win the men’s title of this IAAF Bronze Label Road Race ahead of Kenyans Sammy Malakwen and James Rotich.

Ethiopian runner Mihret  (centre) with her fans after winning the Beirut Marathon in Leban
The women’s course record was also broken by the first three finishers: Ethiopian Seada Kedir with a time of 2:31:38, with second place going to her countrywoman Bizunesh Urgeza Mohammad with Syltan Pretot from France in third.

More than 32,000 runners from more than 80 countries participated in the full slate of events, which included the Marathon, and 10Km and 5Km fun runs. The Marathon course was modified this year to become more efficient, safe and interesting for runners. 

Edwin Moses, the legendary 400m hurdler and President of the Laureus Academy, fired the starter’s gun for the Marathon, and he also presented the women’s division awards. UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Tegla Laroupe presented the men’s awards. Read more from iaaf »

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