Kenya’s Lucas Rotich prevailed in the men’s race at the 2015 Hamburg Marathon yesterday, winning in a personal-best time of two hours, seven minutes and 11 seconds.
Meseret Hailu of Ethiopia came through to win the women’s race in a time of two hours, 25 minutes and 41 seconds, ahead of marathon debutant Sylvia Kibet of Kenya in second.
With Rotich having looked the likely winner as the closing miles ticked away, it was a Kenyan-dominated race as Stephen Chebogut finished third, behind Eritrea’s Ghirmay Ghebreslassie.
The women’s race saw Hailu, winner of the 2012 Amsterdam Marathon, come through ahead of an impressive Kibet, beating the Kenyan by 35 seconds, while Namibia’s Beata Naigambo was a fine third. Germany’s Sabrina Mockenhaupt was the highest-placed home runner, placing sixth, seven minutes down on the winner.
“The rain hindered a better time, but I am very happy and always tried to push,” said Rotich, a 5,000m specialist on the track.
Courtesy of the-star.co.ke