|DAP's Lemi Berhanu, DAP's takes men's victory at the 15th Xiamen International Marathon and Tola Melkam Gizaw takes third in women's|
Demadonna's represented Lemi Berhanu of Ethiopia claimed the men's title at the 15th Xiamen International Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label road race event, held Jan 2, 2017 when crossing thr finish line in 2h08'27".
About 30,000 runners from 31 countries and regions took part in the first IAAF Gold Label Road Race of the new year. Lemi Berhanu, the winner of the 2016 Boston Marathon with 2h12'45", took the lead from the start with his countrymen and beat all the other runners to take the the win.
"The course is very hard with lots of ups and downs" said the 22-year-old Berhanu explained why he couldn't make the breakthrough as he said he would during the pre-race press conference, "and the weather is very hot."
Mosinet Geremew crossed the line in 2h10'20" to be the runner-up, while Shura kitata took the third place in 2h10'36".
In the women's race, our Tola Melkam Gizaw also from Ethiopia took th third place crossing th line in 2h26'47". The race was won by her compatriot Meseret Mengistu Biru in 2h25'58".