VENICE, Italy (IAAF)―Eyob Gebrehiwet improved his PB by three minutes to win the 32nd edition of the Huawei Venice Marathon in 2:12:16 on Sunday (Oct. 22), becoming the first Italian man since 1995 to win the IAAF Bronze Label road race.
In what was just his second marathon to date, following a 2:15:39 debut in Florence last year, Gebrehiwet’s winning mark is the second-fastest time by an Italian man this year behind Daniele Meucci’s 2:10:56 at the World Championships in London.
But the race was not without controversy as Gebrehiwet capitalized on a moment just after the half-way mark when the lead pack of seven men followed the lead motorcycle who had taken a wrong turn.
Having built a lead of almost one minute at half way, reached in 1:05:30, the seven leaders – Bernard Bett Kiplangat, Moses Kemei Kipngetich, Robert Kiplimo, Abdulah Shami, Mutai Kipkemei, Gilbert Chumba and David Metto Kiprono – unintentionally ran off course. They later rejoined the race, but at 25 kilometers they trailed the then lead pack – which had earlier been the chase pack – by a minute.
LEADING RESULTS: Venice Marathon 2017
1 Eyob Faniel Gebrehiwet (ITA) 2:12:16
2 Mohammed Mussa (ERI) 2:15:14
3 Tarik Bamaarouf (MAR) 2:16:41
1 Gedo Sule Utura (ETH) 2:29:04
2 Priscah Cherono Jepleting (KEN) 2:41:08
3 Aynalem Woldemichael (ETH) 2:42:12
Gebrehiwet, Mogos Shumay, Muhammed Mussa and Rodgers Maiyo reached 25 kilometers in 1:18:32. Maiyo then dropped out and Mussa began to struggle, leading Shumay and Gebrehiwet alone in front.
Gebrehiwet then pushed the pace after passing the famous Ponte della Libertà, reaching the 35-kilometre mark in 1:49.23. By 40 kilometers, reached in 2:05:13, his lead over Mussa had grown to more than two minutes.
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