RECORD OF FINISHERS AT THE 20th ACEA MARATONA DI ROMA: 14,608
The 20th Maratona di Roma was held this morning and set a new all-time record in any Italian sport event with 14,608 finishers. The previous record was 12,614 finishers set by Maratona di Roma in 2011.
DOUBLE VICTORY FOR ETHIOPIA: HAILU (2:09:47) AND LEMMA (2:34:49)
In windy and rainy conditions, Ethiopia's 27-year-old Legese Shume Hailu won the men's race in 2:09:47. After a very fast start, Geda Ayelu Lemma dominated the women's competition. Although she got tired in the end, she passed the finish line in first place with a time of 2:34:49.
Hailu pushed very strong at 37km, when he dropped his training and country mate Mekonnen Sisay Jisa, 31, who took the 2nd place (2:11:20). Kenya's 32-year-old Leonard Kipkoech Langat was 3rd (2:14:08). Italy's Domenico Ricatti, 34, ran a strong race and closed in 4th place with a personal best time of 2:15:07.
EMMA QUAGLIA BROUGHT ITALY ON THE PODIUM AGAIN AFTER 9 YEARS
Behind Lemma, 30-year-old Janat Hanane from Morocco crossed the finish line (2:38:08). Italy's Emma Quaglia, who was 6th at World Championships in Moscow last year and was the pre-race favourite, had a very bad day, but closed in 3rd place with a time of 2:43:24. Since 2005, when Tiziana Alagia was 2nd, any Italian athletes has gone on the podium in Rome.
ALEX ZANARDI SETS RECORD OF 4 VICTORIES (1:12:36)
The Italian paraolympic athlete Alex Zanardi, a former F1 driver, dominated the handbike competition (1:12:36). He set the absolute record of four victories in the competition.
1. Legese Shume Hailu (ETH) 2:09:47
2. Mekonnen Sisay Jisa (ETH) 2:11:20
3. Leonard Kipkoech Langat (KEN) 2:14:08
4. Domenico Ricatti (ITA) 2:15:07
5. Beyene Soboka Effa (ETH) 2:16:13
6. Jackson Kipkoech Kotut (KEN) 2:17:09
7. Weldon Kiprono Korir (KEN) 2:17:40
8. Carmine Buccilli (ITA) 2:22:07
9. Luca Massimino (ITA) 2:27:46
10. Luca Parisi (ITA) 2:28:09
1. Geda Ayelu Lemma (ETH) 2:34:49
2. Janat Hanane (MOR) 2:38:08
3. Emma Quaglia (ITA) 2:43:24
4. Marcella Mancini (ITA) 2:44:54
5. Elina Junnila (FIN) 2:56:34