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Mehari Gebre Baraki of Ethiopia and Svitlana Stanko of Ukraine were the winners at the fifth edition of the Alexander The Great Marathon in Thessaloniki, Greece, on Sunday (18).
Baraki clocked 2:15:11 to take top honours at this IAAF Bronze Label Road Race, well ahead of Kenyans Noah Kipsang Talam (2:15:44) and James Cheruiyot (2:16:15).
The women’s race was closer, but Stanko still left plenty of space for her comfortable victory, clocking 2:41:18 ahead of Tigist Abdi Shene from Ethiopia who stopped the clock in 2:41:29. Nadezhda Trilinskaya of Russia was third in 2:41:44.
“It is the second time I participated in this Marathon and I am proud for the first place finish,” said Baraki, 34. “The competition was strong and the organization was excellent speaking of all levels.”
“This was my second marathon and I am very glad for the victory,” said Stanko. “I can say I did not expect this, because at the biggest part of the race there were many capable athletes passing me.”