Ethiopia's Guye Adola and Gotytom Gebreslase win men's and women's races at Berlin Marathon

By Rek Hanibal Published on September 27, 2021
Ethiopia's Guye Adola and Gotytom Gebreslase win men's and women's races at Berlin Marathon

The 30-year-old survived the brutal early pace to finish in two hours, five minutes 45 seconds and hold off Kenya's Bethwel Yegon and Ethiopian veteran Bekele, who was third.

 Adola's compatriot Gotytom Gebreslase won the women's race on her debut over the distance, the 26-year-old clocking 2:20:09 to lead home an Ethiopian sweep of the podium places.

Hiwot Gebrekidan took second and Helen Tola third.

Adola, who announced himself with a second-place to world-record holder Eliud Kipchoge in Berlin in 2017, was almost two minutes outside his time that day, the fastest ever marathon debut.

"The race started fast - the leading pack couldn't maintain that pace, so I took my chance to hit the front," he said. The highest-placed Briton was Cardiff's Matt Clowes, who ran 2:18:55.

Marcel Hug of Switzerland won the men's wheelchair race in 1:24:03, and fellow Swiss Manuela Schar took her fifth straight Berlin title in the women's event in 1:27:31.

 

Rek Hanibal

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