Ethiopian runners took the first three places in this year's annual International Marathon race in Greece, held on Monday (17 October).
Ethiopian runners took the first three places in this year's annual International Marathon race in Greece, held on Monday (17 October). It was won by Balcha Kedebe in two hours and 14 minutes.
SYNOPSIS: Following in the tradition of the first marathon run 2,500 years ago by an Athenian warrior, the event started, as always, at Marathon Village square. More than 1,200 competitors from Europe, Scandinavia, the United States, Canada and of course Greece, started on the 26 mile (41.8 kms) run to Athens Stadium.
The Ethiopians led the race early in the event and were never seriously challenged.
The modern marathon race was first staged in ??? ??? a revival of the Olympic games at Athens. The official Olympic marathon distance was standardised in 1924 and since then such races have become popular throughout the world.
This year's winner, Balcha Kedebe, arrived at the Athens Stadium after taking just two hours, 14 minutes and 40.8 seconds. Nedi Derece was second, only 8.2 seconds behind his compatriot. And Teserg Tadesse arrived four minutes and five seconds later to take third place.
Norway's Peder Sylte came fourth, with two runners from Sweden close behind him. The Greek crowds were generous in their reception for the winners, even though none of the 182 Greek competitors were among the top placings this year.