Sugut, Cheyech wins in Vienna Gebrselassie takes OMV Champions Race

Henry Sugut wins Vienna for a third time, Flomena Cheyech takes women’s race, hattrick for Haile Gebrselassie in OMV Champions Race.

VIENNA — Henry Sugut successfully defended his Vienna City Marathon title. The 27 year-old Kenyan clocked 2:08:19 to win Austria’s biggest sporting event for the third time after 2010 and 2012.

In fine but warm weather conditions Kenyans dominated the 30th edition of the Vienna City Marathon. Solomon Kiptoo was second with 2:08:34 while Geoffrey Ndungu took third in 2:08:42.

In the women’s race Flomena Cheyech improved by almost ten minutes in Vienna. The 30 year-old Kenyan won with 2:24:34. She was streets ahead of Ethiopians Assefa Meskerem (2:31:18) and Eyerusalem Kuma (2:32:24).

But there was of course an Ethiopian winner as well on Sunday: Haile Gebrselassie took the OMV Champions Race with 61:14. This half marathon was staged parallel to the marathon and it was Gebrselassie’s first race this year.

The 39 year-old was well ahead of Hosea Kipkemboi (Kenya/62:01) and Mekuant Ayenew (Ethiopia/62:21) in a race he won for a third time in a row.

A record number of 41,326 runners had entered the various events of the Vienna City Marathon. 10,588 of them were marathon runners. The event is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

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