After second and third place finishes at the Marathon des Alpes-Maritimes Nice-Cannes, Ethiopia’s Shume Hailu finally stood on top of the podium at the IAAF Bronze Label Road Race when he crossed the line on Cannes’ Promenade de la Croisette in 2:09:27 on Sunday (9).
It was the second fastest finishing time in the race’s brief history, with this year being the seventh edition, just 47 seconds shy of the course record of 2:08:40 set by Kenya’s Lucas Kanda in 2011; although Hailu himself ran what still remains his personal best of 2:09:06 when finishing second behind Kanda three years ago.
The race organisers had been hoping for a time under 2:10 and the prospects of achieving that ambition already looked good at 10km, which a group of 11 reached in 30:42.
The halfway mark, with 10 men still in the pack at the front, was hit in 1:05:00.
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