Fighing strong winds, Yirdawe takes Kosice Peace Marathon

30-year-old Ethiopian Dejene Yirdawe dominated the 85th International Peace Marathon in Kosice, East Slovakia. The oldest Marathon in Europe was staged in cold conditions (8-10 degrees) and in strong winds (partly up to 8 metres/second), but there was no rain.

Yirdawe increased the pace after the 24th kilometre, leaving even pacemaker David Makori behind when the tempo became faster than the required 3:05 per kilometre. Yirdawe ended his solo successfully in 2:10:51, a personal best and the second best ever in the history of the event after last year's course record 2:09:53 by Kenyan William Biama.


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