Africa Athletics: Jerusalem marathon won by Ethiopian

More then 2, 000 people took part in the Jerusalem marathon, the race which was called for a boycott because it passes through east Jerusalem held a small protest with disruption, Police said.

The race had participants from 52 countries running in the full 42-kilometre (26-mile) marathon, the half marathon or a 10-kilometre dash.

It started at the Israeli parliament and followed a hilly course, part of which goes through east Jerusalem including a short stretch inside the Old City.

Ethiopia’s Abraham Kabeto Ketla won the men’s marathon in a time of two hours, 16 minutes and 29 seconds, a record for the Jerusalem event, organizers said.

In second and third place were Kenyans Luka Kipkemoi Chelimo who was second at 2:19:02 and Vincent Kiplagat Kiptoo.

Ethiopia’s Mihiret Anamo Anotonios won the women’s event for the second consecutive year, in a time of two hours, 47 minutes and 26 seconds.  Radiya Mohammed Roba of Ethiopia was thirdwith 3:05:08

Unlike the stormy conditions of last year, this Friday morning in Jerusalem was mild and dry.


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