Kenyan athlete Duncan Cheruiyot Koech has won the men’s race of the tenth edition of the Bucharest Marathon, with a new record, 2h 13min 13sec, on Sunday, while the women’s race was won by Ethiopian Almaz Gelana Erba, 2h 42min 06sec, and Romanian Ana Veronica Rodean finished third, in 2h 57min 42sec.
This year’s jubilee edition, held in two days, was attended by some 17,000 people, according to the organizers, with the Bucharest Marathon having candidated for this year’s bronze category from the IAAF, which is why the race was supervised by Italian Alessio Punzi.
The victor of the men’s race, Kenyan Duncan Cheruiyot Koech, the 2010 champion, was followed by his compatriot, Hosea Kipkemboi, 2h 14min 19sec and Ethiopian Gezahegn Muleta Keneni, 2h 15min 02sec. The first Romanian was Sorin Mineran, on the 7th place, in 2h 31min 59sec, while on the 8th place was another representative of Romania, Gheorghe Constantin Surlea, in 2h 34min 18 sec.
The winner of women’s marathon, Almaz Gelana Erba (Ethiopia) was followed by her compatriot Zeritu Begashaw Wakjira, champion in 2015 and 2016, in 2h 42min 20sec, Romanian Ana Veronica Rodean finished third in 2 h 57min 42sec, and four came Claudia Beatrice Dinu, 3h 02min 07sec. Laura Diana Popescu was fifth, in 3h 08min 40sec, and Maria Mihaela Cioveie was sixth, in 3h 16min 55sec.
The semi-marathon (21 km) was won by Romanian Ancuta Bobocel in 1h 12min 29sec, followed by Maria Magdalena Veliscu, in 1h 28min 41sec, Diana Panta, 1h 35min 11sec, Ioana Nica, 1h 39min 18sec and Violeta Andreea Vladulescu, 1h 39min 38sec.
The men’s semi-marathon race was won by Romanian Emanuel Trandafir in 1h 11min 49sec, followed by Polish Jacek Wichowski, 1h 11min 56sec, Florin Munteanu, 1h 15min 39sec, Mateusz Goleniewski, 1h 16min 39sec and Romanian Alex Diaconu, 1h 17min 02sec.
The men’s 10km-race was won by Ilie Alexandru Corneschi, followed by eight other Romanians, Cristian Lutic, Attila Daniel, Andrei Livezeanu, and Pavel Ene.
In the women’s 10km-race, Romanians occupied all the top 10 positions, the first being Ilinca Maria Tempeanu, in 41min 24sec, followed by Elena Alexandrescu, 42min 08sec, Denisa Stirbulescu, 44min 05sec, Livia Magherusan, 44min 18sec and Ioana Dumitrescu, 44min 32sec.
The ambassadors of the event were Camelia Potec, President of the Romanian Swimming and Modern Pentathlon Federation and Vice-President of the Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee, fencer Ana-Maria Popescu, Olympic spade champion with the Romanian team in 2016, former rower Camelia Lupascu and former judoka Alina Dumitru.
On Saturday there was the popular race (3km), followed by the teenage race (3km), jogging in diapers (900m) and children’s race (0.9 / 1.4km).
The organizers had a budget of 300,000 euros for this event.
Hospice Casa Sperantei and Grivita Cultural Association 53 were partners of AGERPRES at this event.