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Kiptoo clocks 2:07:17 in Rome, fastest ever in Italy
Rome, Italy - Benjamin Kiptoo from Kenya and Ethiopian Firehiwot Dado were the surprise winners of the Acea Electrabel Maratona di Roma, an IAAF Silver Label Road Race, on Sunday.
Starting as a pacemaker, Kiptoo, winner of two marathon races in Brescia and Beijing in 2008, went on to smash the Italian all-comers’ record clocking 2:07:17. It was a all-Kenyan men’s race with runners from the East African country claiming the top 12 positions. Paul Kirui Kiprop, a former IAAF World Half-Marathon champion and winner at the 2008 ING Amsterdam Marathon in 2:07:52, finished second in 2:08:23.
Joseph Ngeny, who also started as a pacemaker, completed the Kenyan sweep finishing in third with a new PB of 2:08:41. Hosea Kiprop Rotich, who started with a PB of 2:07:24 set in Paris, dipped under the 2:10 barrier clocking 2:09:47 for fourth place.
Dado, who entered the Rome Marathon race with a 2:37:34 PB set in Kosice in 2008, produced a major surprise taking the win in the women’s race, smashing her lifetime best to 2:27:08. Tetyana Filonyuk from Ukraine and Haile Lema Kebebusch from Ethiopia also run under their previous PB clocking respectively in 2:27:43 and 2:28:08. Italian Marathon hope Anna Incerti set the second best performance of her career finishing fifth in 2:29:33.
The men’s race started at a fast pace in the first part of the race where pacemaker Festus Langat went through the first 10 km in 29:48. Despite the cold wind the Kenyan pack formed by pacemakers Langat, Edwin Kimutai, Joseph Lomala, Philemon Tarbei Kirwa and Kiptoo maintained the fast pace reaching the 15 km mark in 45:01, inside a sub-2:07 pace.
The leading group featured Kenyans Julius Kipyego Keter, Paul Kirui Kiprop, Philemon Rotich and two runners from Ethiopia Abraham Kabeto and Birbo Guta.