(South China Morning Post) Gemeda Feyera of Ethiopia raced clear to win the men’s marathon at the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon on Sunday morning.
Feyera finished in 2:15.05, beating compatriot Abdisa Bedada Sori (2:15.11) and Barno Elisha Kiprop of Kenya (2:15.12).
“I’m thrilled for I only started running marathons four years ago and this is the biggest win of my career,” said Feyera, who will take home a purse of US$65,000.
“That is enough to change our lives,” said second-placed Bedada, a close friend of Feyera with both hailing from the city of Addis Ababa. “I tried to push forward and beat him but my legs were not willing. My hamstrings were hurting.”
Ethiopian runners filled the frame in the women’s marathon, with Rogele Rehima Kedir denying Misiker Demissie’s bid to win the event for the third year in a row as she took the race in 2:34.53.