Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Mekonnen and Portugal’s Jessica Augusto win, respectively, the men and women titles of the Hamburg Marathon 2017.
By Matt Jones (Bleacher Report) |
Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Mekonnen and Portugal’s Jessica Augusto raced to victory in Sunday’s Hamburg marathon.
In the men’s race, Tsegaye dug deep to post a winning time of two hours, seven minutes and 26 seconds, eventually outrunning former Olympic champion Stephen Kiprotich, who was five seconds back as the runner-up.
Meanwhile, Augusto was the class of the field in the women’s event, coming home more than four minutes ahead of Megertu Ifa, who was second, and Viola Kibiwot in third. The Portuguese’s winning time was 2:25:30.
Here are the top three finishers in the men’s and women’s race from Hamburg and a look back at how an exciting marathon played out.
The race started in testing conditions for the runners as the rain tipped down in Hamburg. But, as noted by the event’s official Twitter feed, some quick times were expected.
In the men’s race, it was Tsegaye Mekonnen who made the early running, and as the competitors approached the halfway stage, the Ethiopian had started to open up a substantial lead.
Indeed, at the 30-kilometre mark, with the help of a pacemaker, Tsegaye Mekonnen was 30 seconds clear of the rest of the field and on course for a fast time. But there were some quality runners in the chasing group, including Stephen Kiprotich.