Dereje won Dusseldorf Marathon in course record time


Back from two years of injury, Dereje Debele set a new course record in the11th edition of the Metro Group Marathon Dusseldorf on April 28. Last year, third place Melkam Gizaw took the women’s crown 35 seconds short of the course record.
Pre-race favorite Pius Ondoro took over the lead from Dereje at the 32km mark and things appeared to going  the Kenyan’s way. But the 26 year old, who had a personal best of 2:09:68 in Vienna, regained his lead then never to look back until crossing the finishing line in a new course record of 2:07:48, slashing ten seconds from his 2011time. “At that moment I thought I would win it. But then I was surprised that the Ethiopian was able to go with me and then overtook me again,” Ondoro told reporters. Ondoro finished runner up in 2:08:17, followed by fellow Kenyan Duncan Koech in 2:09:10. Ethiopians Shengo Kebede and Asmare Workneh finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
In the women’s race, it was the pre-race favorite Ethiopian Melkam Gizaw who dominated the race from start to finish. The 22 year old training partner of Frankfurt Marathon winner Messelech Melkamu and World Half Marathon champion Messeret Hailu left the Kenyan debutante Rebecca Chesire in her wake. The two rubbed shoulders until the 38thkm when Melkam sped away to cross the finishing line in comfort, clocking 2:26:24, just 35 seconds away from equaling the course record. Rebecca finished second in 2:27:52 with Polish Agnieszka Ciolek-Mierzejewska third