Fotyen Tesfay wins the 2023 B.A.A. Half Marathon (Photo Courtesy B.A.A.)

Ethiopians Top Podium as Foyton Wins Boston Half Marathon

Foyton Tesfaye led an Ethiopian podium sweep at the Boston Half Marathon, taking the women’s title home on Sunday.

In her Boston debut, Foyton was in a sizable leading pack for the majority of the competitive field.

With five kilometers remaining, she decided to go for it, breaking away from the group and running the rest of the competition alone. Foyton crossed the finishing line in 1:08:46 to win the competition in her debut in the half marathon.

Her compatriots Senbere Teferi and Tsigie Gebreselama rounded out the podium in 1:09:00 and 1:09:06, followed by the US record holder Keri D’Amato in 1:09:12.

“The pack was so big, but I managed to move ahead of them as I got close to the finish to take the win,” she said. “This is my first time running a half marathon in Boston and the coldest race I have ever run, so I am very happy to win.”

Likina finishes second in the Cardiff Cross Challenge

Ethiopia’s Likina Amebaw finished the Cardiff Cross Challenge in second place as Britain’s Megan Keith Kiprop prevailed in the senior women’s race on Saturday.

Likina started the race in the Welsh capital as one of the leading contenders thanks to her Cross Country Tour Gold wins in Albufeira and Amorebieta this year.

She however had to settle for runner-up place 17 seconds behind the winner Britain’s Keith in 20:35. Her fellow Ethiopians, Asmarech Anley and Meseret Yeshaneh, were third and fourth, respectively.

In the men’s event, Uganda’s Keneth Kiprop held off Kenya’s Vincent Mutai’s challenges at the final stages to win the race, clocking 28:32. Mutai finished three seconds behind Kiprop.

Ethiopia’s Abele Bekele was third, half a minute behind them, with Britain’s Zak Mahamed fourth and Burundi’s Egide Ntakarutimana fifth.