Demadonna's Sisay Lemma of Ethiopia shattered the race records at the 23rd Volkswagen Ljubljana Marathon on Sunday 28

lemma ljubljanaEthiopia's Sisay Lemma broke away from the pace makers towards the 13th kilometer to undertake a solo run throughout the finish line to stop the cloack first in an impresive time of 2h04'58", smashing the 2h08'18" race record set by compatriot Limenih Getachew in 2015.

With bad tempretures caused by heavy rain in the opening stages of the race, the men seemed to travell on a 2:07 reaching the five-kilometer mark in 15'06". By the 10th kilometer the the rain had largely subsided, with Lemma deciding to break away from the 15-man lead group less than three kilometres later.

At the 25 kilometers reached in 1h13'45", Lemma was nearly a minute and a half clear of his closest pursuer, Ayele Abshero. Five kilometres later he extended his lead to nearly two-and-a-half minutes and by 40 kilometres was ahead by more than three.

Lemma's winning time was his second best performance after the 2h04'08" personal best set in Dubai in January where he finished fifth.

“I was thinking about the record from the start but the weather was difficult because of the rain,” said Lemma . “But it was also a challenge, and challenges give me confidence.”

Lemma's countryman Gebretsadik Adhana, also represented by DAP, was a distant second in 2h08'36" with Hiskel Tewelde of Eritrea rounding out the podium in 2h08'49".

At the Frankfurt Marathon held Sunday 28, third place in the men's race for DAP's Kibet Alex of Kenya who on his marathon debut stopped the cloak in 2h07’09’’, while Haftamnesh Tesfay of Ethiopia, also belonging to the DAP team, took second in the women's race in 2h20’47”.

Ayenew veneziaAlways on Sunday 28, this time at the Venice Marathon, Italy - where athletes were running in the high waters cause by heavy rains all over Italy, Demadonna's Mekuant Ayenew of Ethiopia took the first position in the men's race crossing the finish line in 2h13’23’’.

In the women's race, first and second place for our Tanui Angela of Kenya and Sorome Negash of Ethiopia with a time of 2h31’30’’ and 2h38’59’’ respectively.

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