Ethiopian runner Tariku Jufar was the big winner of last week's 37th Winter Marathon in Tiberias, the oldest annual sporting event in Israel. Jufar, who finished the full 42.2 in 2:10.33h, received the $20,000 prize.
More than 2,000 runners took part in this year's marathon, and thousands more took part in a 10 km race.
Ketema Nigusse, also from Ethiopia, came in second (2:11:17h), and Kenya's Ernest Kebenei came in third (2:11:59).
In the women's race, Kenya's Divina Jepkogei came in first (2:34:41).
Of the Israelis, Zohar Zemiro came in first with a score that did not qualify him for the World Championship (2:15:00h). "The result is pretty good, but I'm not too happy about it," he said. "I hoped to run faster and break the Israel record (2:14:21)." He added: "I hope that in the future the organizers will bring runners at our level, not just ones who are far better, so that we can move forward."
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