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Ethiopian runners dominate the 2016 Beijing Marathon
   2016-09-17 15:47:21    Xinhua/CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Guo Jing

Runners during the 2016 Beijing Marathon on Saturday, September 17, 2016. [Photo: Xinhua]

Ethiopian runners dominated the 2016 Beijing Marathon as they swept up the top three places in the men's division and the top two in the women's.

25-year-old Gebre Mekuant Ayenew clocked in a winning time of 2 hours 11 minutes 9 seconds. His compatriot Dadi Feyera Gemeda came in second place in 2:11:30, followed by another Ethiopian Bekele Mesfin Teshome who timed in at 2:11:56.

In the women's division, Ethiopian Biru Meseret Mengistu brought home the winning title at 2:25:56, the best result in the last decade. Tola Melkam Gizaw from Ethiopia and Jo Un Ok from the DPRK won second and third place respectively.

This year's Beijing Marathon is the 36th of its kind. This year's applicants had to complete a marathon within six hours since 2014, or a half-marathon within three hours since 2015. The event attracted a record high of 66,576 applicants with 30,000 runners earning a chance to run the marathon. Nearly 45 percent of them were local Beijingers.

The Beijing Marathon is a Gold Label Road Race certified by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and recorded by the Association of International Marathons and Road Races (AIMS).

The Beijing Marathon's record in the men's division is 2:07:16, and was set by Ethiopian Tadese Tola Woldegeberel in 2013. The women's record was set in 2003 by China's Sun Yingjie at 2:19:39.

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