Mutuku breaks Poznan course record in Poland


Cosmas Mutuku Kyeva wins the Poznan Marathon (PHOTO/IAAF/Organisers)
Cosmas Mutuku Kyeva wins the Poznan Marathon (PHOTO/IAAF/Organisers)

In Summary

  • Seven years after winning the PKO Poznan Marathon, Kenya’s Cosmas Mutuku Kyeva returned to the Polish city on Sunday and improved on his own course record
  • Mutuku won in 2:11:45 to take eight seconds from the mark he set in 2011. Ethiopia’s Tesfanesh Merga set a PB to win the women’s race in 2:32:31, the second-fastest winning time in the 19-year history of the event

Seven years after winning the PKO Poznan Marathon, Kenya’s Cosmas Mutuku Kyeva returned to the Polish city on Sunday and improved on his own course record.

The 33-year-old won in 2:11:45 to take eight seconds from the mark he set in 2011. Ethiopia’s Tesfanesh Merga set a PB to win the women’s race in 2:32:31, the second-fastest winning time in the 19-year history of the event.

Paced by Poland’s Szymon Kulka, the early leading pack of six men had been whittled down to four runners by the half-way point, reached in 1:05:20. Mutuku, fellow Kenyan Silas Kipngetich Sang and Ethiopian duo Abayneh Belachew Endale and Getachew Kene Tufa stuck together through 30 kilometres, reached in 1:33:17.

Five kilometres later, just Mutuku and Belachew remained at the front as Tufa and Sang started to fade. Mutuku proved to be the strongest in the final two kilometres and went on to win in 2:11:45 with Belachew finishing six seconds later. Sang placed a distant third in 2:14:32.

Joined by Ethiopian compatriots Tsgereda Girma and Alemitu Ajema, Tesfanesh Merga went through half way in the women’s race in 1:14:47, putting them on schedule to break the course record of 2:31:55.

Girma dropped behind her two teammates as they approached 30 kilometres. Merga then forged ahead as Ajema started to fade with Girma moving back up into second place. Merga continued to extend her lead in the final few kilometres and won by more than two minutes in 2:32:31.

Girma finished second in 2:34:59 with Ajema almost a minute adrift in third place, clocking 2:35:57.

Leading results

Men
1 Cosmas Mutuku Kyeva (KEN) 2:11:45
2 Abayneh Belachew Endale (ETH) 2:11:51
3 Silas Kipngetich Sang (KEN) 2:14:32
4 Getachew Kene Tufa (ETH) 2:18:09
5 Abdelkabir Saji (MAR) 2:18:36

Women
1 Tesfanesh Merga (ETH) 2:32:31
2 Tsgereda Girma (ETH) 2:34:59
3 Alemitu Ajema (ETH) 2:35:57
4 Agnieszka Gortel-Maciuk (POL) 2:37:16
5 Andżelika Dzięgiel (POL) 2:42:01

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