Ethiopia's Jemal Yimer (Image © Getty Images)

Jemal and Fikrte Claim Ethiopian Double at Seoul Marathon

Jemal Yimer prevailed after a sprint finish in the men’s race, while Fikrte Wereta claimed a clear women’s race win to secure an Ethiopian double at the Seoul Marathon on Sunday.

It was the first World Athletics Platinum Label road race win for both athletes, according to the World Athletics (WA) report.

The men’s race saw a group of seven breakaway at 30km.

At 40km, Jemal was alongside his compatriot Balew Yihunie Derseh plus three Kenyans – Mike Kiptum Boit, Edwin Kiptoo, and Rhonzas Lokitam Kilimo.

Timing his kick to perfection, Yimer waited until the final corner to make his move. Glancing over his shoulder, he left the group behind and punched the air as he crossed the finish line.

The 27-year-old won in a personal best of 2:06:08, with Kilimo a second behind him and Kiptoo a further second back. The other Ethiopian Balew finished fifth in 2:06:22 behind Boit who held on for fourth place in 2:06:20.

In the women’s race, Fikrte and fellow countrywomen Betelihem Afenigus Yemer were joined by Kenya’s Visiline Jepkesho and Bahrain’s Desi Jisa Mokonin in a breakaway group at 30Km.

Fikrte looked comfortable as she took her place at the front and went on to build a lead of 23 seconds by 40km. She crossed the finishing line running a lifetime best of 2:21:32.

Jisa secured the runner up spot in 2:22:19, while Jepkesho claimed third place in 2:22:52 ahead of passed Betelihem (2:23:20). Ethiopia’s Yebrgual Melese was fifth in 2:23:43.