ITALY://Gladys Cherono Win the Rome-Ostia Half Marathon

14 March 2017
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Gladys Cherono from kenya  and Ethiopia’s Guye Adola were the winners of the 43rd edition of the Rome-Ostia Half Marathon which was held on Sunday.

The leading pack made up of Chesire, Cherono,  Tanui, Haylemariyam,  Mergia and Dibaba  covered the first five kilometres in 15:50 before the Kenyan trio of Chesir, Cherono and Tanui pulled away from the rest of the pack, passing 10km in 31:42.

“I enjoyed good support from the crowd along the course,” said Cherono, who is preparing for the Boston Marathon next month. “The weather conditions were ideal.”

The Roma-Ostia Half Marathon is an annual half marathon road running event which takes place in late February/early March in Rome, Italy. The course begins in the EUR district of the city and follows a direct south-easterly route to the finish point near the beaches of Ostia.  It is Italy's most popular half marathon, with a record 12,000 entries and 9,485 finishers in 2011.

The competition is organised by the Gruppo Sportivo Bancari Romani and comprises three distinct races. There is an elite level race for male and female athletes, a popular fun run for amateurs, and a "Business Run" which sees teams of runners represents domestic companies in the Campionato Italian Imprenditori di Mezza Maratona (Italian Business Championships in the Half Marathon). The Roma-Ostia race has been held every year since its inception, with the exceptions of 1982 and 1999.

The race was inaugurated in March 1974 and was held on a 28-kilometre course. In its first dozen editions, the Roma-Ostia ranged from a distance of 27 km to 30 km. It was converted into an official half marathon race of 21.1 km for the 1987 edition and has remained so ever since. The course has a point-to-point format and as a result it some editions have had an overall downhill drop, as well as athlete-assisting tailwinds. Due to these factors, some performances have been ineligible for personal bests or records.

 

Results

Men

1 Guye Adola (59:18)

2 Justus Kangogo (59:31)

3 Peter Kwemoi (1:00:13)

4 Philip Kangogo (1:00:57)

5 Geoffrey Kusuro (1:01:15)

6 Aziz Lahbabi (1:02:41)

7 Hassan Chahdi (1:02:51)

8 Langat Kipkirui (1:03:25)

Women

1 Gladys Cherono (1:07:01)

2 Angela Tanui (1:07:43)

3 Aselfech Mergia (1:08:46)

4 Rebecca Kangogo (1:09:01)

5 Muliye Haylemaryam (1:09:10)

6 Izabela Trzaskalska (1:12:02)

7 Rosaria Console (1:12:19)

8 Kuma Dibaba (1:12:30)

 

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