Ethiopian runners sweep championship in both men's and women's events
LANZHOU, China, June 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2017 Lanzhou International Marathon kicked off in Gansu International Exhibition Center at 7:30 on June 11. Over 40,413 runners from 32 countries and regions, including China, Kenya, Ethiopia and France, participated in the event.
Finally, Ethiopian runner Kelkile Gezahegn won the men's race with a time of 2 hours, 11 minutes and 54 seconds. The runner-up Fikadu Kebede, who clocked in at 2 hours, 12 minutes and 6 seconds, is also from Ethiopia. In addition, the second runner-up, Kenyan runner Ernest Kiprono Ngeno, came in at 2 hours, 12 minutes and 24 seconds.
Ethiopian runners swept all the top three positions in the women's events. Ashete Bekere claimed the championship by clocking in at 2 hours, 32 minutes and 3 seconds. Tigist Girma finished second, just 12 seconds behind, followed by Abeba Gebremeskel at 2 hours, 32 minutes and 33 seconds.
At this year's event, participants can choose to attend three different categories of races including full marathon, half marathon and mini race. Starting from Gansu International Exhibition Center, runners will pass through Yantan Yellow River Bridge, Lanzhou Windmill Expo Garden, Zhongshan Bridge, Statue of Mother Yellow River, Lanzhou Lily Park, Wetland Park, Jinchengguan and other well-known Lanzhou landmarks, enjoying the unique charm of the Huanghe River Custom Tourist Line.
This year, the design of Lanzhou International Marathon medals added some of the most representative of Lanzhou's landmarks' images, including Zhongshan Iron Bridge, Statue of Mother Yellow River, Baita Mountain and Huanghe River, giving each runner the opportunity to not only experience the thrill of completing the run, but also to take in local customs, history and culture of the "Gold City" of Lanzhou. In addition, the organizing committee had raised the bar in terms of more stringent requirements for other event organizers and competitive organizations who took part in the event, in a move to assure an exceptional sporting event for all runners and spectators.
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