From start to fin­ish

Kipserem and Ye­shaneh emerge vic­to­ri­ous at in­au­gu­ral run­ning of event

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Kenya’s Mar­ius Kipserem and Ethiopia’s Aba­bel Ye­shaneh stormed the fin­ish line to secure vic­to­ries in the first-ever ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon on Fri­day morn­ing.

The event was at­tended by more than 10,000 pro­fes­sional and novice run­ners who took part in the in­au­gu­ral ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon across four race cat­e­gories - 42k, 10k, 5k and 2.5k - and were able to take in the cap­i­tal’s iconic land­marks in­clud­ing Emi­rates Her­itage Vil­lage and Qasr Al Hosn.

In a spe­cial awards cer­e­mony held out­side the head­quar­ters of the marathon’s ti­tle spon­sor, the Abu Dhabi Na­tional Oil Com­pany (ADNOC), the event’s tro­phies were pre­sented to first, sec­ond and third place male and fe­male fin­ish­ers in the 42k, 10k and wheel­chair races. All par­tic­i­pants who took part also re­ceived a con­grat­u­la­tory medal.

Beat­ing his per­sonal best, 2016 Rot­ter­dam Marathon win­ner Mar­ius Kipserem from Kenya crossed the fin­ish line in a time of 2:04:04, se­cur­ing his place in his­tory as the first male win­ner of the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon and record­ing the 12th best marathon time in the world. He was fol­lowed 12 sec­onds later by fel­low Kenyan and half­marathon record holder Abra­ham Kip­tum who also beat his per­sonal best with a time of 2:04:16. The marathon’s third place award went to Ethiopia’s De­jena Gonfa who se­cured a time of 2:07:06.

Com­ment­ing af­ter his win, Kipserem said: “I feel very good and happy be­cause I ran my per­sonal best to­day. The route was per­fect and it was great weather.”

In-form long-dis­tance run­ner Aba­bel Ye­shaneh from Ethiopia se­cured the first elite fe­male vic­tory at the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon, storm­ing the line with a time of 2:20:16. Bahrain’s Eu­nice Chumba crossed in sec­ond place with a time of 2:20:54, the best per­for­mance by an Asian fe­male ath­lete in 2018. Chumba was fol­lowed over the fin­ish line by Ethiopian run­ner Gelete Burka with a time of 2:24:07.

Aba­bel Ye­shaneh ex­pressed her de­light in win­ning the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon: “I’m pleased with my re­sult and per­sonal best per­for­mance. It’s my first time in Abu Dhabi and I was very happy with the route of the marathon.”

Bahrain’s Eu­nice Chumba com­mented: “I am proud and I ran a good time for sec­ond place. It was a com­pet­i­tive race and it is my first time in Abu Dhabi. Ev­ery­one is very friendly and I am so happy to be here.”

Richard Kimun­yan and Abeba Se­manew suc­cess­fully com­pleted the male and fe­male 10k race re­spec­tively with a time of 28:21 and 32:40, fol­lowed by sec­ond and third place male and fe­male fin­ish­ers, Max­well Rotich, Emily Kipchumba, Samir Joua­her and An­neMari Hyry­lainen.

“The route was per­fect and it was great weather” – Kipserem

Cel­e­bra­tion time: The elite men’s and women’s race win­ners cel­e­brate at the end of the 2018 ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon.

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