Four days short of his 40th birthday, all-time great Haile G/Selassie won the Vienna City Marathon IAAF Gold Label Road Race Half Marathon event. The living legend who enlightened reporters after his astonishing victory that he can still run faster, took charge from the get go and stayed in the driving seat all the way through the race to became the first ever athlete to win the Half Marathon event on three occasions. Despite it being his first race this year, Haile “The Emperor” Gebreselassie, cheered on by the mass of spectators hit the road very fast, but later on his pace slackened, but he was still in full command. Haile crossed the finishing line in a time of 61:14 ahead of Kenyan Hosea Kipkemboi, who was the runner up in 62:01, and Ethiopian Mequanent Ayenew who took third place in 62:21. Haile, who valiantly struggled to complete the race below 61 minutes, remarked after the race that he was still in good shape and was capable of performing better and was sure he could do it next year, barring injuries. In the day’s biggest event, the Marathon, Kenyan Henry Sugut won for the third time in 2:08:19. The 27 year old became the second athlete since Austrian Gerhard Hartmann to make a hat trick of the event. All three Kenyans took the podium; Solomon Kiptoo finished second, followed by Geoffrey Ndungu. The Women’s Marathon crown also went to Kenyan Flomena Cheych, who clocked 2:24:34. Ethiopian Meskerem Assefa finished second, in the biggest ever margin of seven minutes behind the winner, at 2:31:18, and her compatriot Eyerusalem Kuma came in third in a time of 2:32:24.
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