Gold Marathon Ladies for Ethiopian Gotytom Gebreselassie
Ethiopia’s Gotytom Gebreselassie was crowned Monday’s marathon gold at the 18th edition of the World Athletics Championships in the American city of Eugene.
Last year’s Berlin Marathon champion Gebrselassie cut the race distance by 2.18: 11 hours, setting a new tournament record, in front of Kenya’s Judith Gibtom Kurer (2.18: 20 hours).
The previous figure of 2.20: 57 hours was in British possession and recorded in the Helsinki version on 14 August 2005.
Gebreselassie followed the example of her compatriot Tamirat Tula, who was crowned the men’s title on Sunday.
Kenyan defending champion Ruth Chepgitic withdrew from the middle of the race as she did at the Tokyo Olympics last summer when she failed to complete it. She then won the Chicago Marathon the same year and was named the Nagoya Marathon this year in 2:17:18 hours in the second fastest time in history behind her world record holder, Brigitte Kosgei (2.16: 02 hours).