Israeli Runner Shatters National Marathon Record for Women After 12 Years

Yelena Dolinin, 38, running her first marathon, came seventh in the Berlin marathon in a time of 2:35:59, 37 faster than Nili Avramski's previous record,

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Women's Berlin marathon winner Aberu Kebede, center, flanked by Birhane Dibaba, left, and  Ruti Aga, all from Ethiopia, on Sunday.
Women's Berlin marathon winner Aberu Kebede, center, flanked by Birhane Dibaba, left, and Ruti Aga, all from Ethiopia, on Sunday. Credit: John MacDougall/AFP
Uri Talshir
Uri Talshir

Israeli long-distance runner Elena Dolinin shattered the Israeli women's marathon record on Sunday, when she was seventh across the tape in the Berlin marathon in a time of 2:35:59.

It was the first competitive marathon that Dolinin, 38, had ever run. She broke Nili Avramski's 12-year-old record by 37 seconds.

Dolinin, the mother of three children, is a high-tech worker at Motti Mizrahi's M&M Group and not a professional athlete.

She finished the last two kilometers of the marathon in an average of 3.27 minutes per kilometer, he fastest pace throughout the race.

"I never imagined that I would achieve such a result," Dolinin said after the race. "I was training for two hours 38 minutes, but as the race proceeded I found that the pace was too slow for me."

"I speeded up all the time, but my inexperience sometimes kept me back because I was scared that I would hit the wall at some stage."

I'm very happy with my result, but I remain with my feet on the ground. Whatever happens, I will continue to do what I love – to run."

Her trainer, Motti Mizrahi, said that Dolinin is "a serious runner who invests a lot of time in hard training. She has exceptional self-discipline, but there's no doubt that discipline without talent wouldn't have brought her this far.

"I hope that she will now be recognized as a senior Israeli athlete in all respects."

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