Machichim and Kibarus take the honours at Venice Marathon


Kenyans Nixon Kipkoech Machichim and Mercy Jerotich Kibarus took the honours at the Venice Marathon, an IAAF Silver Label Road Race, on Sunday (27). In a slow and tactical race, Machichim held off his compatriot Raymond Kandie by one second to win a dramatic final sprint; meanwhile, Kibarus went to the front after 25km and ran alone in the lead through to the end.

Machichim holds off late charge from Kandie

In a pretty comfortable pace all throughout Machichim was able to built up a 10-second margin over Kandie towards the last part of race but in the final two kilometers across the famous 14 bridges, the latter closed the gap to just one second. Kandie made a desperate attempt to catch up with Machichim in the final sprint, but was held off on the final straight in Riva dei Sette as Machichim crossed the finish-line in first in 2h13'10" to take victory.

“I felt comfortable until 35km but then it became very tough,” said Machichim. “I saw that Kandie was catching me up with and I continued to look around in the final kilometres.”

Super-third place for Andrea Lalli author of great performance on his debut in Venice Marathon able to cross the line in 2h14’26”.

Kibarus runs second half alone

Kenyan Mercy Kibarus and Ethiopians Halima Hassen and Sosena Gezaw formed the leading pack that went through together all the way to almost 22km. Kibarus then made a break for it and at around the 35km her margin had grown to more than three minutes, and she went on to cross the finish line in 2h31'14", winning by more than seven minutes and smashing her PB by more than two minutes.

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