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Merga Wins Boulogne-Billancourt Half Marathon

Ethiopia captured the men's and women's titles.

Ethiopians captured the men’s and women’s titles.

Ejigu Sentayehu Merga celebrates has he breaks the tape in France on Sunday. Photo: IAAF

Ejigu Sentayehu Merga narrowly won the 5th edition of the “Semi-Marathon Christian Granger Boulogne-Billancourt”, an IAAF Bronze Label Road Race, last Sunday afternoon.

Nicolas Manza of Kenya’s course record (1:00:12) that was set in 2008 was not under threat as Merga broke the tape in 1:01:38. However, the race was exciting with Merga sprinting ahead of Eritrea’s Estifanos Tewelde who finished a second behind. Tewelde’s second-place finish was a one-second PR and an improvement from his fourth-place showing last year.

Alfred Cherop of Kenya ran 1:04:19 for third place. A month earlier, Cherop had won the Nancy Half Marathon in 1:01:48.

In the women’s race, Goitetom Haftu Tesema took home the title for Ethiopia. Her winning time was 1:10:57–a PR. Haftu Tesema had taken second in the Rome Marathon earlier this year, making her a pre-race favorite. Still, her time was not close to the existing course record held by this year’s ING New York City Marathon Champion Fireiwot Dado (1:09:26).

Adhina Tsehay Desale of Ethiopia and Lucy Macharia of Kenya finished second and third respectively.

For More: IAAF.org