ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia’s Gotytom Gebreslase run a championship record to win the women’s world marathon title at the World Athletics Championships on Monday.
Gotytom had to break clear of longtime leader Judith Korir of Kenya in the final two kilometers to win the marathon title not only Championship record but also her personal best of 2:18:11. The previous championship record of 2:20:57 was set by Briton Paula Radcliffe in 2005.
Korir, making her championship debut, won a Silver medal for Kenya, clocking 2:18:20, her personal best.
Israel’s 33-year-old Lonah Salpeter claimed bronze finishing on 2:20:18 ahead of Eritrea’s Nazret Weldu who set a national record of 2:20:29. US runner Sara Hall is home, all smiles, in fifth place in 2:22:10.
Gotytom’s win has completed the Ethiopian marathon double in two Championship records at Oregon following Tamirat Tola comfortably winning the men’s marathon title on Sunday.
“I am very happy and I want to give all the glory to God,” said Gotytom, who picked up the first major title of her career in Berlin last year.
“The Kenyan runner asked me to pass her but I stayed patient. Towards 40km, I felt strong and decided to leave,” said the athlete stating Tamirat’s win on Sunday as a motivating factor.
Ethiopia now sits in the second position on the medal table at the 18th edition of the World Athletic Championships with four medals — three gold and silver.