Ethiopian Runner Tariku Jufar Wins Tiberias Marathon

Of the Israelis, Zohar Zemiro came in first but his score did not qualify him for the World Championship.

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."