The Kenyan, on 42 km the fastest man of the year in the world, wins the RCS Sport and Events race in 2h06’13 “. Among the women, success by his compatriot Jeptum in 2h22’30”
The most awaited wins, the strongest dominates. The third Abu Dhabi marathon, RCS Sport and Events race, goes to Titus Ekiru. The 29-year-old Kenyan, athlete represented by the Italian manager Federico Rosa, the man capable of the best world performance of the year thanks to the stratospheric 2h02’57 “on May 16 in Milan (fifth world all-time), wins in 2h06’13 “. Among the women, the success goes to compatriot Judith Jeptum in 2h22’30 ”. The technical results, considering the international level reached in the specialty in recent times, are what they are. But Ekiru confirms himself as the absolute thoroughbred horse: of the thirteen 42 km in which he has participated since 2017, he has finished nine, winning seven, finishing once second and once fourth.
In addition, the test, despite taking place in the very early morning of the capital of the United Arab Emirates – the start was given at 5.45am local time – was conditioned by the great heat. And from a not ideal “lepraggio”: the three athletes called to dictate the pace, around the 15th km, have already stepped aside. Titus, at that point, moved in first person, quickly making the selection. Two partials on the 5 km from 14’17 “and from 14’27” between the 15th and 25th and the others had no choice but to aim for second place. The passage to the half (1h01’46 “) let us predict a final time trial of greater value. But with Reuben Kipyego – on the same roads already winner in the last edition held before the stop due to pandemic, that of 2019 – forced to let Ekiru leave before the 25th km, the second part of the race, alone, was done all uphill. The approximately one hundred meters that separated the two at the 30th km have gradually increased. Not the rhythms, inevitably. With the tread more and more alone, the Tanzanian Alphonse Simbu was found from behind, then placed in 2h07’50 ”. While Kipyego was third in 2h08’25 “and the great Abel Kirui, 39 year old Olympic silver medalist in London 2012 and twice world champion, fourth in 2h08’46”. “I am very proud of what has been done – commented Ekiru -: apart from the problem with the hares, everything went well, starting from the organization and hospitality. I hope to return next year to defend my title ”.
Among the women, as mentioned, the success went to Judith Jeptum, 26 this year already third in April in Izmir and second in June in Eldoret with higher times. For her 33’24 ”at the 10th km (with four other athletes and a pacemaker) and 1h10’27” at the half (with two others, the Ethiopian Zeineba Yimer and the color partner of Bahrain, Eunice Chumba). The Jeptum, shortly after, was left alone, until the finish line (personal improved by 4’22 “), with Chumba behind her in 2h26’01” and third the Ugandan Immaculate Chemutai in 2h28’30 “.
The participants in the marathon were 1792, which becomes about 12,000 together with five other collateral tests. “We are extremely satisfied – said the race director Andrea Trabuio – after a year of stoppage we are back with great protagonists and great results. We are already working on the next edition “.
November 26, 2021 (change November 26, 2021 | 14:22)
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Abu Dhabi marathon, Ekiru does not betray: he wins as a dominator