Deressa Chimsa of Ethiopia crosses the line in 2:08:45 in Daegu (Organisers) © Copyright
Running along portions of the course which will be used for the Marathon races at the IAAF World Championships, Daegu 2011, Chimsa clocked 2:08:45 to win the men's race while Esayias defended her title in the women's with a 2:29:17 run, breaking her own course record.
Running in his first Marathon since failing to finish over the distance at last August’s World Championships, Chimsa broke away from 2009 winner Ji Young-Jun of Korea after 35 kilometres to take the convincing victory, the first of his international career. The 33-year-old Ethiopian fell a little shy of Ji’s 2:08:30 course record set last year.
Although fading during the waning kilometre, Ji held on to finish second in 2:09:31, well ahead of Ethiopia’s Wegayehu Girma Tefera, who was third in 2:10:09.
In the women’s race, the 24-year-old Esayias led a top-four sweep for Ethiopia with the fastest run of her career, and her second sub-2:30 performance.
Harun Makda was a distant second in 2:30:44, just three seconds ahead of Mulu Seboka. Martha Markos was fourth with a personal best of 2:32:11 to finish out the Ethiopian sweep.
Bob Ramsak for the IAAF
Leading Results -
1. Deressa Chimsa, ETH 2:08:45
2. Ji Young-Jun, KOR 2:09:31
3. Wegayehu Girma Tefera, ETH 2:10:09 PB
4. Sammy Kurgat, KEN 2:11:29
5. Philip Kimutai, KEN 2:12:52
6. Dmitriy Safronov, RUS 2:12:55
7. Samson Barmao, KEN 2:12:59
8. Wolaye Amare, ETH 2:13:12 PB
9. Joseph Ngeny, KEN 2:13:52
10. Raymond Kipkoech, KEN 2:14:21
1. Yeshi Esayias, ETH 2:29:17 PB
2. Harun Makda, ETH 2:30:44
3. Mulu Seboka, ETH 2:30:47
4. Martha Markos, ETH 2:32:11 PB
5. Lee Eun-Jung, KOR 2:32:22
6. Risper Kimayo, KEN 2:32:28
7. Leah Malot, KEN 2:34:57
8. Wei Yanan, CHN 2:35:46
9. Yun Sun-Sook, KOR 2:35:59
10. Lee Sun-Young, KOR 2:37:58