Alpes_Maritimes_Marathon.jpgKenya’s Rose Jepchumba clocked 2:33:52 to win Marathon des Alpes-Maritimes Nice-Cannes yesterday. Jepchumba and Emily Rotich as well as Ethiopia’s Tigist Abdi were together at 30km, which was reached in 1:49:23. The trio were more than a minute ahead of the rest of the field and, with 12km to go, it looked highly likely that they would be the three woman on the podium. So it proved, but the order was established from 35km with the 35-year-old Jepchumba breaking away before the former Kenyan international won in a personal best of 2:33:52. Rotich was second in 2:35:21 and Abdi third in 2:37:30.

Meanwhile after second and third place finishes at the event, Ethiopia’s Shume Hailu finally stood on top of the podium after wining the men’s crown in 2:09:27.

It was the second fastest finishing time in the race’s brief history, with this year being the seventh edition, just 47 seconds shy of the course record of 2:08:40 set by Kenya’s Lucas Kanda in 2011; although Hailu himself ran what still remains his personal best of 2:09:06 when finishing second behind Kanda three years ago.

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