Console Hopes To Regain Vienna Marathon Crown

Italian prevailed in the Austrian city nine years ago.

Italian prevailed in the Austrian city nine years ago.

For Rosalba Console, the upcoming Vienna City Marathon on April 14 is more than just a race. It could be a major comeback.

The Italian won the race nine years ago. Now 33, she is hoping to do it again.

Her time then for the 26.2-mile race was 2:29:22 and is most likely her most-impressive marathon victory. Since then, she’s whittled down her PR to 2:26:10 that she set at the Berlin Marathon two years ago.

Squaring off against the Italian are a pair of speedy Ethiopians: Kebebush Haile and Meskerem Assefa. Haile won the 2011 Shanghai Marathon in 2:24:09. However, she did not improve on that mark last year.

On the other hand, Assefa enjoyed a strong debut at this year’s Houston Marathon when she ran a 2:25:17 to place third in challenging weather.

Previously, Assefa had been a 1500m runner, so her conversion to the marathon is a bit of a surprise.

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