Ethiopia’s Gottitom Gebresledge wins women’s marathon in record time at World Athletics Championships

Gottitom Gebresles broke Briton Paula Radcliffe’s previous mark of 2:20:57, set in 2005, to win the women’s marathon at the World Athletics Championships.

Ethiopia’s Gebresles wins women’s marathon in record time at World Meet (AP Photo)

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  • Gottitom Gebresles wins women’s marathon in 2:18:11
  • Gebresles broke Briton Paula Radcliffe’s previous mark of 2:20:57
  • Kenya’s Judith Korir won the silver medal on Monday

Ethiopia’s Gottitom Gebresales broke a 17-year-old World Athletics Championships record to win the women’s marathon title in Oregon on Monday, July 18. Gebresles won a 2-way fight with Kenya’s Judith Korir to cross the finish line in 2 hours, 18 minutes and 11 seconds.

Gottitom Gebresles had only 2 kilometers to go and did not allow Korir to cut the gap as she broke Briton Paula Radcliffe’s previous mark of 2:20:57 in 2005.

“I am very happy and I want to give all the glory to God,” Gebresles said.

“The Kenyan runner told me to pass him but I was patient. Towards 40km, I felt strong and decided to leave.”

It was Ethiopia’s second marathon victory in Eugene, Oregon, after Tamirat Tola won the men’s title in another championship record 2:05:36. Notably, it was also Gebresles’ second major title in as many years.

“Tola’s victory yesterday inspired me a lot today,” said Gebreslez.

‘I tried my best’

Korir, who scored the fastest time of her career, said she was disappointed that Gebreslej didn’t want to pace with her as they fell off the 27-km mark, but was nonetheless pleased with her performance.

“Ethiopian runners are very fast. Running with them is not easy, but I tried my best,” she said.

The region made a rapid onset at 6.15 a.m. local time, benefiting from sunny but pristine conditions, with temperatures rising above 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10C).

Israel’s Lonah Salpeter seized the chance to finish third on the podium after Ethiopia’s Ababel Yeshneh fell from the leading pack and was out with less than 10km to go.

Also read: Want to perform without pressure at World Championships: Neeraj Chopra

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