10 APR 2011 General News

Biwott and Measo triumph in Thessaloniki

Peter Biwott winning the Alexander the Great Marathon in Thessaloniki (Organisers)Peter Biwott winning the Alexander the Great Marathon in Thessaloniki (Organisers) © Copyright
Peter Biwott of Kenya and Ethiopian Sisay Measo took top honours at the 6th Alexander the Great Marathon in Thessaloniki, Greece, on Sunday (10).

Biwott clocked 2:13:12 to take the men's title at the IAAF Bronze Label Road Race, comfortably ahead of compatriot Isaiah Kosgei, who clocked 2:13:49. Benazzouz Slimani of Morocco was well back in third, clocking 2:14:37, to round out the podium.

Measo, the winner of the 2005 Athens Marathon, clocked 2:40:41 to win the women's race by more than five minutes, improving significantly on her sixth place finish at this race one year ago. Alena Vinitskaya or Belarus was a distant second clocking 2:45:43. No other woman finished under 3:16.

The course records, 2:11:37 for the men, set by Moses Arusei of Kenya in 2006, and the women's of 2:28:22 held by Souad Ait Salem of Algeria since 2006, were never under threat.

Bob Ramsak for the IAAF


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