Messeret tops New Orleans, Aberu crowned in Tokyo

Twice Olympic 5000 meter gold medalist Messeret Defar won her second Half Marathon event in New Orleans-America. Aberu Kebede clocked a course record winning the women’s Marathon in Japan-Tokyo.
No one considered Messeret to win the half marathon under the harsh weather. American Shalane Flanagan was the hot favorite for the crown. Flanagan was in full control of the race almost setting a new world record. However, cautious yet determined Messeret battled the foul weather and the lead group to take command and stayed on course until crossing the finishing line with a new course record 67:25. Flanagan crossed the line a minute late at 68:31 followed by Kenyan Mary Nuji. London Olympic gold medalist British Mo Farah won the men’s event with a new course time 60:59. New York marathon winner Ethiopian G/Egziabher G/Mariam ended up as the runner up a second late while Kenyan Cotut finished third followed by two of his compatriots.
Ethiopian Aberu Kebede also battled against strong field to winning the women’s Tokyo Marathon in a new course record time. Aberu clocked 2:25:34 followed by compatriot Yeshi Esayas who strongly challenged the winner until the final five kilo meters. Yeshi finished in 2:26:01 with German Erena Mikitenko coming third in 2:26:41.
In the men’s event Kenyans dominated the race from start to finish with Denis Kemito leading the medal sweep. Berlin marathon winner Kimito crossed the line with a new course record of 2:06:50 with his compatriots James Wambay and Bernard Kipyego second and third respectively.