Istambul, Turkey – Ethiopian women athletes, led by Koren Jelela, dominated the 34th Vodafone Istanbul Eurasia Marathon here on Sunday when they took the top four spots.
Koren Jeleta won the race in 2:28.05 followed by compatriots Amane Gobena (2:28.38), Turkish-Ethiopian Sultan Haydar (2:29.41) and Alemitu Abera (2:30.14).
The men’s race was an all-Kenyan affair as Stephen Chebogut (2:11.05), Kiprotich Yegon (2:15.34) and Evans Kiplagat (2:16.42) took the top 3 spots. Megersa Bach of Ethiopia finished fourth in 2:20.10.
Women’s race –
Women’s race turned out to be tactical affair between four – an Ethiopian trio and Turkey’s Sultan Haydar, 25, an Ethiopian-born race walker and distance runner, who set a personal best of 2:25:09 at the Paris Marathon earlier this year.
Haydar’s birth name is Chaltu Girma Meshesha.
Jelela, who arrived with a 2:22:43 PB from her win at the 2011 Toronto Waterfront Marathon and a 2:28:05 season’s best from the London Marathon, staked her claim for the win from the start, taking charge and maintaining her lead through the finish.
1. Koren Jelela, Ethiopia 2:28:05
2. Amane Gobena, Ethiopia 2:28:38
3. Sultan Haydar, (Turkey/Ethiopia) 2:29:41
4. Alemitu Abera, Ethiopia 2:30:14
5. Ummu Kiraz, Turkey 2:36:15
1. Stephen Chebogut, Kenya 2:11:05
2. Kiprotich Yegon, Kenya 2:15:34
3. Evans Kiplagat, Kenya 2:16:43
4. Megersa Bacha, Ethiopia 2:20:10
5. Nicholas Kemboi, Qatar 2:20:40