2 April, NAIROBI, Kenya – Sharon Cherop, the winner of the 2012 Boston Marathon, turned back the clock on Sunday by taking first place in the women’s event at the Milano Marathon.
The 39-year-old finished first in a record of 2:26:13, ahead of fellow Kenyan Emily Kipchumba (2:28:08) and Ethiopian Sintayehu Dessi (2:26:30), who came in second and third, respectively.
With 2 kilometres remaining, Cherop and Dessi were neck-and-neck for the lead after edging off other competitors in the front group. The Ethiopian appeared to be holding onto the lead at this point.
The 2011 World marathon bronze medallist, however, quickly passed her adversary and accelerated forward while keeping up with the pacemaker.
It was simply a question of whether Cherop would beat her personal best of 2:22:28, established over ten years ago in Berlin, after the pacemaker dropped out of the race with 500 metres remaining.
For the veteran, who finished tenth in his most recent race in the Mumbai Marathon in January of this year, the victory represents a significant moment of atonement.
Ugandan Andrew Kwemoi won the men’s event in 2:07:14 after running a strong race.
Kenyan Timothy Kattam finished second in 2:07:53, while Rwandan John Hakizimana finished third in 2:08:18.a matter involving East Africa.
At the Daegu International Marathon in South Korea, Stanley Bett and Janet Ruguru respectively placed second and third in the men’s and women’s races.
Bett finished in second place, behind winner Milkesa Mangesha of Ethiopia (2:06:49), with Eritrean Berhane Tsegay coming in third (2:07:21).
In a race won by Ethiopian Ayantu Abera (2:25:44), who finished ahead of her countrywoman Media Deme, Ruguru finished third with a time of 2:28:13. (2:27:27).
Helah Kiprop, the 2015 World marathon silver winner, won the women’s race at the Paris Marathon in 2:23:19, beating off Ethiopian competitors Atalel Amnut (2:23:19) and Fikrte Wereta (2:23:22) in second and third place, respectively.
The 37-year-old finished on the podium once again in 2023 after clocking a time of 1:10:30 to place second at the Atlanta Half Marathon in February of that year.
As Ethiopian Abeye Abana and his colleague Guye Adola took the first two spots in the men’s competition, Kenya’s Josephat Boit came in third with a time of 2:07:40.
Abana finished the 2021 Berlin Marathon in 2:07:15, while his rival finished in 2:07:35.