Mestawut Fikir wins the women's title at the Paris Marathon on Sunday (photo WA/GettyImages)
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Mestawut and Mulugeta Secure Ethiopian Double in Paris Marathon

Mestawut Fikir made a winning marathon debut as her compatriot Mulugeta Uma took the men’s title to secure an Ethiopian double at the Schneider Electric Paris Marathon on Sunday.

Mestawut passed the finishing line in 2:20:45 to win the women’s title three seconds ahead of fellow Ethiopian Enatnesh Tirusew, according to the World Athletics.

Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot, the 2016 Olympic 5000m champion, was third in 2:21:46.

Mulugeta, meanwhile, took the men’s title in personal best of 2:05:33, finishing fifteen seconds ahead of Kenya’s Titus Kipruto. The course record-holder, Kenya’s Elisha Rotich was third in 2:06:54.

Rui Breaks Course Record in Daegu

Ethiopia’s Rui Aga took 48 seconds off the course record at the Daegu Marathon, winning the World Athletics Gold Label road race in 2:21:08 on Sunday.

Angela Tanui – the fastest woman in the field – dropped behind as the front pack of three women passed through the half-way point in 1:10:00.

Rui took the lead a few kilometers later and passed the 30km mark in 1:38:50, building a 31-second lead over Kenya’s Evaline Chirchir.

Rui reached 35km in 1:55:28, which suggested a finishing time comfortably inside 2:20. But the Ethiopian – who was contesting her second marathon of the year, having equalled her PB of 2:18:09 in January – then started to tire in the final few kilometers.

Tanui, meanwhile, was going from strength to strength and started to catch glimpses of the Ethiopian on the longer stretches.

Fortunately for the tiring Aga, the lead she had built up earlier in the race provided enough of a cushion for her to maintain the lead as she entered the Daegu Stadium.

She crossed the finish line in 2:21:08, breaking the course record of 2:21:56 that had been set by Eritrea’s Nazret Weldu in 2022. Tanui finished second in 2:21:32, then Chirchir followed 40 seconds later.

Tigist Wins Milano Marathon

Tigist Gebeyahu Memuye of Ethiopia won the women’s title at the Wizz Air Milano Marathon on Sunday.

The World Athletics Label road race was held on a new loop course, with the start and finish in Piazza del Duomo.

Ethiopia’s Fantu Gelasa Shugi was in front of the leading pack that went through 10km in 33:27 with a 23-second margin over Tigist.

At 18km, the gap increased to two minutes as Fantu further surged away and reached the 30km mark in 1:40:5, but her effort took its toll in the final stages of the race.

Tigist caught up to Fantu at 39km and broke away from her compatriot in the final two kilometers before crossing the finish line in 2:26:32.

Kenya’s Sophy Jepchirchir also moved past Fantu in the closing stages to finish second in a PB of 2:27:12. Fantu was third in 2:30:52.

“The win was totally unexpected,” said Tigist. “I’m very happy with my performance. This is my come-back after a long break due to injury.”