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Ethiopian runner Liliesa protested against the regime in Rio Olympic Marathon

The Ethiopian marathoner who flashed an anti government gesture as he crossed the finish line in second place at the Rio Olympics will not go home.

The runner, Feyisa Lilesa, will not fly back to Ethiopia on Tuesday with the rest of his team, his agent said, choosing instead to remain in Brazil with his immigration status unclear.

“He didn’t plan at all for this,” said Mr. Lilesa’s agent, Federico Rosa, speaking by telephone from Brescia, Italy. “He doesn’t want to go to Ethiopia, he wants to go to another country. The U.S. would be very good but right now we just don’t know where he’s going to go. He was very happy after winning but also a bit confused.”

By raising his arms and crossing them in an X in front of his face as he crossed the finish line Sunday, Mr. Lilesa, 26, has crossed the Ethiopian government, one of the most repressive in Africa.

His gesture, which he repeated during an award ceremony on Sunday after the race, was the most visible in a growing wave of protests in recent months against Ethiopia’s government. This unusual burst of protests has erupted across Ethiopia, especially in Oromia, the region from which Mr. Lilesa hails, and where the gesture of raised arms crossed in front of one’s face has become a sign of defiance.

Tens of thousands of protesters have been jailed and hundreds have been killed, according to Human Rights Watch. Mr. Lilesa said in interviews after his race that he believed that if he were to return home, he, too, would be punished. The Ethiopian government has said he has nothing to worry about and that he would be treated like a hero upon his return.

Mr. Rosa said that Mr. Lilesa was a serious young man who “doesn’t like to play games.”

Some sports analysts have speculated that Mr. Lilesa, who finished the Olympic marathon in 2:09:54, and has one of the 50 fastest times in history, might chose to run for another country, such as Bahrain or Qatar. The Gulf states have wooed many other African-born athletes with promises of large pay days if they win international competitions.

Mr. Rosa said that Mr. Lilesa, who won the Tokyo marathon this year and has a contract with Nike, did not make his protest in an effort to cash in.

“He didn’t plan at all to go to another country,” Mr. Rosa said. “I don’t know even when he decided to do this. He didn’t say anything to me about it. I was surprised. And you don’t do something like this for money. He did this to defend his country.”

In an interview with journalists Sunday in Rio after his race, Mr. Lilesa saidhe did not discuss his protest beforehand with his agent, coaches, teammates or his family. His wife and two children remain in Ethiopia.

If Mr. Lilesa wants to apply for asylum in the United States, it would be difficult to do that while in Brazil. He might first have to get asylum in Brazil and then apply to the American authorities for so-called humanitarian parole. Under that program, which is used sparingly, often for people in danger, Mr. Lilesa would be allowed to travel to the United States and stay temporarily. Once on American soil, he could apply for political asylum.

Mr. Lilesa has became a sensation on social media. As of Tuesday night, nearly $100,000 had been raised for him via a crowdsourcing website. “We assure you all the money collected will go to support this Oromo/Ethiopian hero,” the site said.

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Swedenish Ethiopian Athelet Abeba Argawi wins women’s 1500m

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    Sweden’s Abeba Aregawi (L) wins the women’s 1500 metres final at the 2013 IAAF World Championships at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on August 15, 2013. (AFP)
Sweden’s Ethiopian-born Abeba Aregawi won the women’s 1500m title at the World Athletics Championships on Thursday.
Aregawi, who was only cleared to run for Sweden in December 2012, six months after receiving Swedish citizenship, clocked 4min 02.67sec.
American Jennifer Simpson, the defending world champion, took silver in 4:02.99 with Kenyan Hellen Onsando Obiri claiming bronze (4:03.86).
Abeba Aregawi Gebretsadik (born 5 July 1990) is a Swedish middle-distance runner who specialises in the 1500 metres. Her personal best is 3:56.54 minutes for the event. Abeba is married to an Ethiopian man with Swedish citizenship[1] and has lived in Stockholm since 2009, and in the summer of 2012 she became a Swedish citizen.[2] She represents the Stockholm based club Hammarby IF. Abeba was born in Ethiopia and represented the country in middle-distance until December 2012, when she became eligible to represent Sweden in international competition. Aregawi contested her first race representing her new country at international level during the 2013 European Athletics Indoor Championships, where she won the gold medal.
Abeba emerged as an 800 metres runner in 2009 by winning the Ethiopian title in the event ahead of three-time champion Mestawet Tadesse.[3] She competed at a number of European meets after this then set a personal best of 2:01.98 minutes in Tangiers. Her season culminated in an 800 m bronze medal at the 2009 African Junior Athletics Championships, where she finished behind Caster Semenya.[4]
She switched to the 1500 metres in the 2010 season and enjoyed success with wins at the Sollentuna Grand Prix and KBC Night of Athletics meetings, setting a personal best of 4:01.96 minutes at the latter race. She also ran on the 2010 Diamond League circuit for the first time, coming fourth at the DN Galan and seventh at the Weltklasse Zurich. Abeba had a strong indoor season in 2011, with four straight wins in Düsseldorf, Gent, Birmingham and Stockholm, including a personal best run of 4:01.47 minutes. However, she only made one appearance outdoors as her season was stopped due to injury.[5]
She emerged as one of the world’s top 1500 m runners on the 2012 IAAF Diamond League circuit. She was second to Genzebe Dibaba at the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix,[6] running a best of 3:59.23 minutes. However, she defeated her rival at the Golden Gala, breaking the national record with a run of 3:56.54 minutes,[7] then won again at the Bislett Games.[8] Abeba won both the 800 m and the 1500 m for Hammarby IF in the Swedish team championships on June 20, 2012.

Meskerem Legesse, Ethiopian Olympic runner collapsed and died After food poisoning in Chinese restaurant ? Her baby made It , and her body is said to be send to Ethiopia without any autopsy .

 A former Olympic and professional runner from Ethiopia who was due to give birth in three weeks collapsed at a  Chinese restaurant food poisoning and died ? Her  baby is alive.
Meskerem Legesse, 26, who lived in Westport, was with her 2-year-old son when she collapsed at a Chinese restaurant in Hamden on Monday. She was transported to a hospital, where she died and the baby was saved.
The cause of death suspected of food poising family was waiting for the  autopsy, but ut it seems that her body will be send to Ethiopia precipitately with out the right autopsy in order to find her reason of death.
Legesse ran in the 1,500-meter competition at the Athens Olympics in 2004. She finished 12th in a first-round heat with a time of 4:18:03 and didn’t advance to the medal race. She moved on to a professional running career in the U.S., competing in events including the Boston Indoor Games, Fifth Avenue Mile in Manhattan and the Millrose Games in New York. She apparently hadn’t raced within the past few years.
Legesse’s death was first reported by Hartford-area CBS affiliate WFSB-TV, which obtained surveillance video from the restaurant showing Legesse entering with her son.
Hamden firefighters and paramedics with American Medical Response were called to the restaurant about 2 p.m. Monday and performed CPR on a pregnant woman who collapsed, according to fire and police officials who did not release the woman’s name.
Doctors at Yale-New Haven Hospital were able to save the baby because of the CPR efforts both in the restaurant and in the ambulance on the way to the hospital, Hamden fire chief David Berardesca said.
A spokeswoman for the state medical examiner’s office said the agency declined to perform an autopsy with a pretext of her  past health problems. She declined to elaborate. She has had a strong heart and finished two Olympic marathon with not problem, thus the prtext of her sickness has no ground.
A Yale-New Haven Hospital spokesman on Wednesday said he had no information about Legesse being brought there Monday.


Ethiopian Tsegaye Kebede won London Marathon 2013 for the 2nd time

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The great  Ethiopian  runner Tsegaye Kebede deliberated a masterful victory  after timing his race to perfection to triumph in 2hr 6min 4sec with his country men standing third .  Four miles before the finish, Kebede had been in fifth position and 49 seconds behind the leader but slowly he reeled in his opponents before overtaking Kenya’s Emmanuel Mutai in the last mile.

It was a textbook example of how to remain patient and conserve energy until the business end of a marathon – one of the skills Farah admits he has to learn as he prepares to make his debut over the full 26.2-mile distance in London in a year’s time.

After all the predictions of a course record and possibly even a new world mark, Kebede’s winning time was actually the slowest in London since 2007 as the blisteringly fast pace-making clearly took its toll in the latter stages.

The leading group had been exactly on world record pace at the halfway mark, shortly after Farah had exited stage left, and Patrick Makau’s world mark of 2hr 3min 38sec still looked feasible with eight miles remaining. But, with temperatures rising, all thoughts of records soon disappeared as a leading group of four runners broke away. Kebede, wisely, chose not to go with them.

Kenya’s Stanley Biwott, a London Marathon debutant, was the first to attempt an attack at the 21-mile mark, though his surge lasted no more than a mile and a half when he was caught by Mutai.

In one of the most exciting finishes in years, it was Mutai who was then overtaken as Kebede raced past him just after the 25-mile mark to claim his second London crown following his victory in 2010. Mutai was second in 2hr 6min 34sec, with Ethiopian Ayele Abshero third in 2hr 6min 57sec.

Farah, who was using the first half of the race as a dry run for next year, kept his promise not to interfere with the race outcome by remaining at the back of the lead group until pulling up. Afterwards, he paid tribute to the thousands of spectators who lined the streets to catch a glimpse of him in what was his first run in the capital since his gold medal heroics in the Olympic stadium. “I felt good,” he said. “The crowd was absolutely awesome. They just want to make you go – push on, push on. I got really excited in the middle of the race but yo

u have to let the guys do their race. It’s their race.

“Kenya’s Priscah Jeptoo was the runaway winner of the women’s race, though the outcome might have been different had Tiki Gelena, the Ethiopian who beat her to the Olympic gold medal last summer, not fallen heavily in an ugly incident before the 10-mile mark. Gelana, who was the quickest woman in the field, made the mistake of veering inside to grab a bottle at a drink station and ran straight across the path of wheelchair athlete Josh Cassidy, the 2010 London champion.

The collision sent her crashing to the ground and although she picked herself up and fought her way back to the leading group, the accident took its toll whe

Tsegaye Kebede - London Marathon 2013: Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia wins men's race for the second the time, after victory in 2010n she dropped off the pace after 15 miles. She eventually finished 16th.

Cassidy’s race was also ruined, with a 20th-place finish and a £1,500 bill for a new wheelchair. To say he was unhappy was an understatement a

nd he immediately called on London Marathon organisers to change the running order of the races in future to allow the wheelchair athletes to race first instead of h

aving to overtake the female runners en route.

Jeptoo, who was running on her own for the last five miles, clocked a winning time of 2hr 20min 15sec – 77 seconds ahead of world champion Edna 

Kiplagat.

 

 

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Ethiopian Aman Mohammed beat Kenya’s David Rudisha Olympic record holder in the men’s 800m

 

 

 

 Ethiopian teenager Mohammed Aman trumped world and Olympic champion David Rudisha of Kenya in emphatic style in the men’s 800m in the Diamond League meeting here on Thursday.

This race, Rudisha’s only outing since he won gold in London earlier this month in a new world record of 1min 40.91sec, had been billed as another chance for the 23-year-old Kenyan to better his own mark.

But no one had counted on the kick of 18-year-old Aman, who finished sixth at the Olympics but who importantly last year became the first and last man to defeat Rudisha since 2009.

Starting in lane seven with Kenyan training partner Sammy Tangui on his outside, Rudisha bolted past his pacemaker in the opening strides.

With any chance of a world record completely out of the window in cold, wet conditions, Rudisha found himself in front but in a real dogfight with Aman, who kicked past the Kenyan world champion as the duo rounded the last bend.

Aman held on for a convincing win in a personal best of 1:42.53, with Rudisha timing 1:42.81 and another Kenyan, Leonard Kosencha, completing the podium (1:44.29).

“The race was good, really,” said Rudisha. “The race was fast and the winner acheived a 1:42.5 time and new personal best.

“My legs felt tired and I cannot run well if the weather is not good.

“I hoped for a fast race here and am a little disappointed. It is very difficult to get a good pacemaker to pace for a 800m world record, but this time it was good. It was the rain that stopped me.”

Aman was left extremely happy with having trumped Rudisha for a second time.

“I am incredibly thankful to win in front of this audience with a new personal best and a new national record,” he said.

“This was the final Diamond League race and therefore a strong one. I am very happy and hopefully next year I will beat the world record.”

 

 

Ethiopian Mesert Defar Queen of Female 5000M Olympiad London 2012 &

 

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Meseret Defar of Ethiopia celebrates with Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia after winning gold in the Women's 5000m Final

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LONDON (AFP) – Ethiopian Meseret Defar deprived her teammate and arch-rival Tirunesh Dibaba an Olympic double for a second time when she produced a home-stretch sprint to claim victory in the 5000m on Friday.
Defar, who also won the 5000m at the Athens Games in 2004, timed a relatively slow 15min 04.25sec, with world champion Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya claiming silver in 15:04.73.
Defending Olympic champion and newly-crowned 10,000m gold medallist Dibaba, considered the greatest female distance runner of all-time with three Olympic titles and four world crowns, took bronze in 15:05.15.
Britain’s Joanne Pavey took up the early running in the 12-and-a-half lap race, Dibaba content to sit quietly on the inside lane.
Italian Elena Romagnolo led the bunched peloton through the 2km mark in 6:17.35.
Cheruiyot and her teammates Sally Kipyego and Viola Kibiwot sat at the back of the pack as Dibaba took to the front with four laps remaining.
Defar followed, with Kibiwot leading the trio of Kenyans through to the front as the pace finally upped towards 1:05 laps.
With 800m to go, Dibaba tested the waters with another surge that saw the main contenders cut to the six east African rivals.
As the bell rang for the final lap, Dibaba looked up at the screen to see where the field lay, but her expected surge was not forthcoming, as it had been in last week’s 10,000m when she outpaced Kipyego and Cheruiyot into silver and bronze.
Approaching the final bend, there were still six runners in it.
Defar waited on Dibaba’s shoulder and pounced as her team-mate once known as the ‘baby-faced assassin’ flagged, looking for her trademark turn of speed for the line but coming up empty.

Cheruiyot, who is also reigning world 10,000m champion, then passed Dibaba in the final few metres, unable to keep up her unbeaten 11-race winning streak on the international circuit.

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11703Ethiopia DEFAR Meseret15:04.25+
22327Kenya CHERUIYOT Vivian Jepkemoi15:04.73+
31706Ethiopia DIBABA Tirunesh15:05.15+
42336Kenya KIPYEGO Sally Jepkosgei15:05.79+
51702Ethiopia BURKA Gelete15:10.66+
62333Kenya KIBIWOT Viola Jelagat15:11.59+
71871Great Britain PAVEY Joanne15:12.72+
81849Great Britain BLEASDALE Julia15:14.55+
92859Russian Federation GOLOVKINA Olga15:17.88+
101258Bahrain ESHETE Shitaye15:19.13+
113297United States of America HUDDLE Molly15:20.29+
121256Bahrain DABA Tejitu15:21.34+
132881Russian Federation NAGOVITSYNA Yelena15:21.38+
143281United States of America CULLEY Julie15:28.22+
152159Italy ROMAGNOLO Elena15:35.69+

Ethiopian-Kenyan Phenomenon Marathon 2010

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Tsegaye Kebede crosses the line first to secure victory in Sunday's London Marathon.
Boston Marathon men’s and women’s winners Teyba Erkesso, of Ethiopia, left, and Robert Cheruiyot,K
Desta GIrma Won Madrid Marathon 2010

Ethiopian long-distance runner Haile Gebrselassie leads the pack 
Ethiopian long-distance runner Haile Gebrselassie leads the pack, during the 10K race, at the start of the 33rd edition of the Madrid’s Marathon, in Madrid, 
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FASTEST MARATHON CITIES

Rotterdam stands on the 1st place in the list of fastest marathon cities.

1. ROTTERDAM 2.05.15,4(2.05.55,7)
2.04.27Duncan Kibet (Ken)2009
2.04.27James Kwambai (Ken)2009
2.04.48Patrick Makau (Ken)2010
2.04.55Geoffrey Mutai (Ken)2010
2.05.04Abel Kirui (Ken)2009
2.05.13Vincent Kipruto (Ken)2010
2.05.23Feyisa Lelisa (Eth)2010
2.05.49William Kipsang (Ken)2008
2.06.14Felix Limo (Ken)2004
2.06.14Patrick Makau (Ken)2009
2. BERLIN 2.05.29,7(2.05.33,3)
2.03.59Haile Gebrselassie (Eth)2008
2.04.26Haile Gebrselassie (Eth)2007
2.04.55Paul Tergat (Ken)2003
2.04.56Sammy Korir (Ken)2003
2.05.36James Kwambai (Ken)2008
2.05.56Haile Gebrselassie (Eth)2006
2.06.05Ronaldo da Costa (Bra)1998
2.06.08Haile Gebrselassie (Eth)2009
2.06.15Titus Munji (Ken)2003
2.06.44Josephat Kiprono (Ken)1999
3. LONDON 2.05.36,6(2.05.57,8)
2.05.10Samuel Wanjiru (Ken)2009
2.05.15Martin Lel (Ken)2008
2.05.20Tsegaye Kebede (Eth)2009
2.05.24Samuel Wanjiru (Ken)2008
2.05.27Jaoud Gharib (Mar)2009
2.05.30Abderrahim Goumri (Mar)2008
2.05.38Khalid Khannouchi (VSt)2002
2.05.48Paul Tergat (Ken)2002
2.06.15Elijah Mutai (Ken)2008
2.06.17Ryan Hall (VSt)2008
4. CHICAGO 2.06.02,5(2.06.12,1)
2.05.41Samuel Wanjiru (Ken)2009
2.05.42Khalid Khannouchi (Mar)1999
2.05.50Evans Rutto (Ken)2003
2.05.56Khalid Khannouchi (Vst)2002
2.06.04Abderrahim Goumri (Mar)2009
2.06.08Vincent Kipruto (Ken)2009
2.06.16Moses Tanui (Ken)1999
2.06.16Daniel Njenga (Ken)2002
2.06.16Toshinari Takaoka (Jap)2002
2.06.16Evans Rutto (Ken)2004
5. PARIS 2.06.28,5(2.06.31,0)
2.05.47Vincent Kipruto (Ken)2009
2.06.15Bazu Worku Hayla (Eth)2009
2.06.23Tadesse Tola (Fra)2010
2.06.26David Kyyeng (Ken)2009
2.06.30Yemana Adhane (Eth)2009
2.06.33Mike Rotich (Ken)2003
2.06.36Ben Zwierzchlewski(Fra)2003
2.06.40Tsegaye Kebede (Eth)2008
2.06.47Wilson Onsare (Ken)2003
2.06.48Driss El Himer (Fra)2003
6. AMSTERDAM 2.06.35,3(2.06.40,1)
2.06.18Gilbert Yegon (Ken)2009
2.06.20Haile Gebrselassie (Eth)2005
2.06.23Robert Cheboror (Ken)2004
2.06.29Emmanuel Mutai (Ken)2007
2.06.39William Kipsang (Ken)2003
2.06.41Elijah Keitany (Ken)2009
2.06.42Felix Limo (Ken)2003
2.06.45Richard Limo (Ken)2007
2.06.47Fred Kiprop (Ken)1999
2.06.49Tesfaye Jifar (Eth)1999
7. FUKUOKA 2.06.47,5(2.07.02,9)
2.05.18Tsegaye Kebede (Eth)2009
2.06.10Tsegaye Kebede (Eth)2008
2.06.39Samuel Wanjiru (Ken)2007
2.06.50Deribe Merga (Eth)2007
2.06.51Atsuhushi Fujita (Jap)2000
2.06.52Haile Gebrselassie (Eth)2006
2.07.13Atsushi Sato (Jap)2007
2.07.15Dmytro Baranovsky (Oek)2006
2.07.19Jaouad Gharib (Mar)2006
2.07.28Josiah Thugwane (ZAf)1997
8. DUBAI 2.07.04,5
2.04.53Haile Gebrselassie (Eth)2008
2.05.29Haile Gebrselassie (Eth)2009
2.06.09Haile Gebrselassie (Eth)2010
2.06.33Chala Dechase (Eth)2010
2.06.46Eshetu Wendimu (Eth)2010
2.07.16Isaac Macharia (Ken)2008
2.07.54Deressa Chimsa (Eth)2009
2.08.01Sammy Korir (Ken)2008
2.08.41Eshetu Wendimu (Eth)2009
2.09.03Abiyote Guta Duguma (Eth)2010
9. SEOUL 2.07.30,4
2.06.49Sylvester Teimet (Ken)2010
2.06.59Gilbert Kirwa (Ken)2010
2.07.06Gert Thys (ZAf)2004
2.07.32Sammy Korir (Ken)2008
2.07.35Paul Kirui (Ken)2010
2.07.37Jason Mbote (Ken)2008
2.07.43William Kipsang (Ken)2004
2.07.45Edwin Komen (Ken)2008
2.07.54Moses Arusei (Ken)2009
2.08.04Bong-Ju Lee (Kor)2007
10. HAMBURG 2.07.31,6
2.06.52Julio Rey (Spa)2006
2.07.23David Mandago (Ken)2008
2.07.27Julio Rey (Spa)2003
2.07.32Rodgers Rop (Ken)2007
2.07.33Wilfred Kibet Kigen (Ken)2007
2.07.36Julio Rey (Spa)2005
2.07.37Robert Cheboror (Ken)2006
2.07.42William Kiprotich K. (Ken)2007
2.07.46Julio Rey (Spa)2001
2.07.48Javier Cortez (Spa)2001

Résultats 2010

Victoire de l’Ethiopien Tadesse Tola en 2h06’41 chez les hommes.
Victoire de l’Ethiopienne Atsede Baysa en 2h22’04, nouveau record de l’épreuve.
Nouveau record de France pour Christelle Daunay en 2h24’22.


Bikila 500 for 50 : Abebe honored by 500 Yards after 50 years in Rome Marthon

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Ethiopia’s Gena wins Rome Marathon

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ROME — Siraj Gena of Ethiopia paid tribute to an Olympic hero in winning the Rome marathon on Sunday, running barefoot while outsprinting two Kenyan rivals to the finish.
Gena took off his shoes with about 500 yards left and then outkicked Benson Barus and Nixon Machichim to finish the 26.2-mile race in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 39 seconds.
Gena was paying homage to Ethiopian Abebe Bikila, who won the 1960 Olympic marathon in Rome after running the entire course without shoes.
“I felt I had to do something to honor Bikila,” Gena told the ANSA news agency. “For me he will always be an enormous inspiration and today I wanted to see what it would be like to cross the line in Rome barefooted like he once did.”
In the women’s race, Firehiwot Dado led an Ethiopian sweep of the podium in 2:25:28.
Kebebush Haile was second in 2:25.31 and Mare Dibaba third with 2:25.38.
Former Formula One driver Alex Zanardi of Italy won the men’s handcycle category, boosting his hopes of competing at the London 2012 Paralympics.
“Now London 2012 is no longer a dream, it has become a realistic possibility,” he said.
Zanardi had both legs amputated above the knee after he crashed during a race in 2001.
About 15,000 runners took part in Sunday’s race.
In Seoul, South Korea, Sylvester Teimet ran a personal best to break the course record and lead a Kenyan sweep at the Seoul International Marathon.
Teimet pulled ahead at the end to win the 26.2-mile race in 2 hours, 6 minutes, 49 seconds on Sunday. He lowered his personal record by 3:04 and beat South African Gert Thys’ 2004 course record of 2:07:06.
Gilbert Kipruto Kirwa was 10 seconds back and Paul Kiprop Kirui was third.
Amane Gobena of Ethiopia won the women’s race in 2:24:13 ahead of Chunxiu Zhou of China and Caroline Cheptanui Kilel of Kenya.
A 62-year-old South Korean man collapsed and died while running the Seoul marathon, according to race organizers. The cause of death was not immediately known.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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ROME — Siraj Gena of Ethiopia paid tribute to an Olympic hero in winning the Rome marathon on Sunday, running barefoot while outsprinting two Kenyan rivals to the finish.
Gena took off his shoes with about 500 yards left and then outkicked Benson Barus and Nixon Machichim to finish the 26.2-mile race in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 39 seconds.
Gena was paying homage to Ethiopian Abebe Bikila, who won the 1960 Olympic marathon in Rome after running the entire course without shoes.
“I felt I had to do something to honor Bikila,” Gena told the ANSA news agency. “For me he will always be an enormous inspiration and today I wanted to see what it would be like to cross the line in Rome barefooted like he once did.”
In the women’s race, Firehiwot Dado led an Ethiopian sweep of the podium in 2:25:28.
Kebebush Haile was second in 2:25.31 and Mare Dibaba third with 2:25.38.
Former Formula One driver Alex Zanardi of Italy won the men’s handcycle category, boosting his hopes of competing at the London 2012 Paralympics.
“Now London 2012 is no longer a dream, it has become a realistic possibility,” he said.
Zanardi had both legs amputated above the knee after he crashed during a race in 2001.
About 15,000 runners took part in Sunday’s race.
In Seoul, South Korea, Sylvester Teimet ran a personal best to break the course record and lead a Kenyan sweep at the Seoul International Marathon.
Teimet pulled ahead at the end to win the 26.2-mile race in 2 hours, 6 minutes, 49 seconds on Sunday. He lowered his personal record by 3:04 and beat South African Gert Thys’ 2004 course record of 2:07:06.
Gilbert Kipruto Kirwa was 10 seconds back and Paul Kiprop Kirui was third.
Amane Gobena of Ethiopia won the women’s race in 2:24:13 ahead of Chunxiu Zhou of China and Caroline Cheptanui Kilel of Kenya.
A 62-year-old South Korean man collapsed and died while running the Seoul marathon, according to race organizers. The cause of death was not immediately known.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Haile G. beating world Record on the Foot step of  Abebe Bikila

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