Titus Ekiru and Judith Korir complete double for Kenya at Adnoc Abu Dhabi Marathon

Titus Ekiru celebrated a victory in Adnoc Abu Dhabi’s third marathon, but failed to achieve his personal best and record time on the course on Friday.

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The Kenyan crossed the finish line in two hours six minutes and 13 seconds, short of the timing of the first two editions (2:04:04 in 2018 and 2:04:40 in 2019) of the race.

“It was a good solid race and very happy with this victory,” said Ekiru, who set the fastest time of the year in the marathon (2:02:57) in Milan, shortly after finishing. the race.

“The course was flat and fast as we had expected, and the weather remained good throughout the race. I did not have the time I wanted but very satisfied with the result.

“The victory was the most important today. That was the plan when I discussed racing strategy with my manager. I hope to be back next year and then we’ll see if I can do better, I hope.

Tanzanian Alphonce Simbu (2:07:50) took second place followed by defending champion Reuben Kipyego, Abel Kirui and Felix Kimutai, all from Kenya in that order.

Marathon results

Men:

1. Titus Ekiru (KEN) 2:06:13

2. Alphonce Simbu (TAN) 2:07:50

3. Ruben Kipyego (KEN) 2:08:25

4. Abel Kirui (KEN) 2:08:46

5. Félix Kemutai (KEN) 2:10:48

Women:

1. Judith Korir (KEN) 2:22:30

2. Eunice Chumba (BHR) 2:26:01

3. Immaculate Chemutai (UGA) 2:28:30

4. Abebech Bekele (ETH) 2:29:43

5. Aleksandra Morozova (RUS) 2:33:01

Judith Korir won the women’s title ahead of Eunice Chumba and Immaculate Chemutai to complete the double for Kenya.

Korir finished the race in 2:22:30 after leading most of the 42.2 kilometer distance.

Chumba, who was competing for the third time in the race, had to settle for the money – just as she did in the inaugural Adnoc Abu Dhabi marathon.

“It was still too good for me, but I will consider this result as another positive point of the race,” said the Kenya-born Bahraini.

“I did my best but Judith kept going until the end. She was the strongest runner in the race today.

In the men’s race, Ekiru and Kipyego set the tone at the top of a group of eight riders. Approaching halfway, the duo broke away to find themselves alone in front.

As the race progressed, it was Ekiru who led. He seemed to have the race in the bag from afar. Without a challenger in sight, maybe missed a record time on the course.

Kipyego crashed as they approached kilometer 30 but remained second ahead of Victor Kipchirchir and Simbu, who finished best of the line to take second place.

Moroccans Yassir Chaachoui and Hajiba Hasnaoui won the 10 km men and women prizes.

Othmane Boussammana, also of Morocco, won the men’s 5 km and Ola Tarabah of Lebanon the women’s prize.

John O’Boyle and Aidan Monaghan of Team Blue Steel were the first in the relay marathon.

Niall McCarthy and Michelle Nagle (Cyclezone) and Roland Lleshi and Vassil Stamenov (Team Fernando) finished second and third respectively.

Ayed Al Ahbabi and Badir Al Hosani led a brace for the United Arab Emirates in the wheelchair marathon. Ali Al Saadi from Oman finished third.

Updated: November 26, 2021, 08:53 AM

Marathon results

Men:

1. Titus Ekiru (KEN) 2:06:13

2. Alphonce Simbu (TAN) 2:07:50

3. Ruben Kipyego (KEN) 2:08:25

4. Abel Kirui (KEN) 2:08:46

5. Félix Kemutai (KEN) 2:10:48

Women:

1. Judith Korir (KEN) 2:22:30

2. Eunice Chumba (BHR) 2:26:01

3. Immaculate Chemutai (UGA) 2:28:30

4. Abebech Bekele (ETH) 2:29:43

5. Aleksandra Morozova (RUS) 2:33:01

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