Ethiopian runner takes gold in Jerusalem marathon

Roads in capital closed to traffic; Palestinian Authority calls for runners, sponsors to boycott marathon for political reasons.

By JPOST.COM STAFF, MELANIE LIDMAN
March 1, 2013 10:48
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The leaders in the Jerusalem Marathon at the 5k mark, March 1, 2013

Jerusalem Marathon 370. (photo credit: Melanie Lidman)

 
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Ethiopian runner Abraham Kabeto Ketla won the third annual International Jerusalem Winner Marathon on Friday, setting a new record for the event with a time of 2:16:29.25.

In second and third place were Luka Kipkemoi Chelimo of Kenya who finished in 2:19:01.95 and Vincent Kiplagat Kiptoo of Kenya who completed the run in 2:20:12.60.  

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In the women's division it was also an Ethiopian runner who came out on top ; Mihiret Anamo Anotonios broke the record for female runners with a time of 2:47:26.40. She was followed by Radiya Mohammed Roba of Ethiopia in second place with a time of 3:05:58.15.

In third place was Ellisa Ballas from the US. The 33-year-old runner from Ohio told The Jerusalem Post that she found Jerusalem "hilly but pretty."

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