BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) – Gebrselassie Tsegaye of Ethiopia won the 24th Belgrade Marathon on Sunday, ending five years of dominance by Kenyan runners.
Tsegaye finished the race in 2 hours, 14 minutes, 41 seconds. Michael Rutto Chetoo from Kenya was second in 2:18:33, while Tadele Geremew Mulugeta of Ethiopia finished third in 2:19:26.
“This race was a big challenge,” Tsegaye said, adding that the windy conditions made it impossible to run fast.
Kenya’s Japhet Kosgei holds the Belgrade course record with 2:10:54 from 2006. This was the first Belgrade Marathon won by a non-Kenyan runner since 2005.
Kenya did get the victory in the women’s race, as Frashiah Nyambura Waithaka finished first in 2:34:31. Meseret Debele was second, ahead of fellow Ethiopian Mulu Seboka.