Record Number of Foreign Athletes Among 40,000 Runners in Tel Aviv Marathon

Ethiopia's Demie Samuel Getachew won's the men's race, while Kenyan Margaret Wangui Njuguna came first among the women

Runners in Tel Aviv marathon, February 22, 2019.
Courtesy of Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality

Some 40,000 runners took part in the Tel Aviv marathon on Friday, including around 2,500 foreign competitors – a record for the annual race. Israel's premier long-distance runners, Marhu Teferi and Lonah Chemtai Salpeter, didn't participate in this year's race.

Ethiopia’s Demie Samuel Getachew won the men’s marathon with a time 2:14:30. Kenyan Bernard Cheruiyot Sang followed at 2:14:57 and compatriot Ezekiel Kiprop Koech came in third with a time of 2:15:17.

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Margaret Wangui Njuguna, also of Kenya, won the women’s marathon with a time of 2:40:25, followed by Russian Alexandra Kalanova at 2:41:48. Third place went to Israeli Mentamer Bikaya at 2:51:38. Ulra-Orthodox runner Bracha Deutsch, who won the Israeli national marathon championship earlier this year, won the women’s half marathon with a time of 1:17:25.

Selamawit Bayoulgn, wife of Israeli marathon record holder Teferi, set her own record in the women’s 10-kilometer race with a time of 31:55. Her time meets the Olympic qualification time of 31:50 – if it has been run on a track – and it is likely she is capable of doing so because track times are usually better.