The 2013-2016 IAAF Strategic Plan has six Core Values: universality, leadership, unity, excellence, integrity and solidarity, and a Vision Statement: “To lead, govern and develop the sport of athletics in all its forms worldwide, uniting the Athletics Family in a spirit of excellence, integrity and solidarity.”
Girma Beyene Gezahn of Ethiopia prevailed at the 22nd edition of the Marrakech International Marathon on Sunday (30), clocking 2:10:22.
Gezahn defeated his compatriot Shumi Gerbaba Etisha (2:11:08), the winner of the Third Casablanca Marathon last October where he clocked 2:09:03.
Mourad Maaroufit of Morocco finished third in 2:11:20.
In the women's race, Wudnesh Nega Debele made it an Ethiopian sweep with her 2:37:00 run. Soumia Labani (2:37.08) of Morocco was second, with Demsem Dehinet Jara (2:39:34) of Ethiopia third.
Neither runner threatened the race records, the mens' mark of 2:08:15 set in 1999 my Morocco's two-time World champion Abdelkader El Mouaziz and the women's standard of 2:29:21, set by Romania's Adriana Barbu in 1994.
Another Ethiopian, Muluget Wendimu, took top honours in the Half Marathon clocking 1:02:00. Kenyan Kennedy Kumutai was second five seconds back, with Morocco's Mostapha Elaziz (1:02:09) third.
In the women's race, Asmae Leghzaoui of Morocco stopped the clock in 1:10:47, well ahead of Kareema Yasin (1:11:06) of Bahrain and Samira Raif of Morocco, who clocked 1:11:10.
More than 7000 runners from 37 countries took part.