Getu Feleke wins Vienna Marathon , sets course record

Getu Feleke wins Vienna Marathon , sets course record

Vienna, Austria – Getu Feleke of Ethiopia overcame stomach problems in the final stages of the 31st edition of the Vienna City Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, to win in a course record time of 2:05:41 here today.

Getu Feleke (courtesy of

Getu Feleke (courtesy of

Kenya’s Alfred Kering finished a distant second in 2:08:28, nearly three minutes behind the winner, while his compatriot Philip Kimutai was third in 2:08:58.

Feleke, who set his personal best of 2:04:50 when finishing second at the 2012 Rotterdam Marathon, was returning to the race where he made his marathon debut five years ago. He became the first Ethiopian winner in Austrian capital since Moges Taye in 1998.

Women’s race

Germany’s Anna Hahner won the women’s race in 2:28:59. In a dramatic finale, she pulled away from Kenya’s Caroline Chepkwony just 300 metres from the line.

Chepkwony finished second in 2:29:18, 19 seconds in arrears while Ethiopia’s Marta Lema was third in 2:31:10.


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