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.
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.
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