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New race records!

09.09.2019

This year’s Tallinna Marathon was the long-distance running event with highest level that is ever held in Estonia.

 

Race records were set in women’s marathon and men’s and women’s half-marathon.

The six best men on the marathon course came from Kenya. From men, the first place went to Josphat Letinga, time 2:12.42, second to Bernard Cheruiyot Sang, time 2:13.47, and third to Joseph Kyengo Munywoki, time 2:14.09. The fourth place in the highly competitive event went to Bernard Kitur (2:14.39), fifth to Moses Mbugua Gaikariga (2:15.57) and sixth to Magut Robert Kimaru (2:20.18). Never before have the first five Tallinna Maraton finishers finished under 2 hours and 16 minutes. The Estonian marathon champion title went to Raido Mitt who made his marathon debut with time 2 hours 26 minutes and 52 seconds. Estonian championships silver went to Raivo Alla (2:27.11) and bronze to Rauno Jallai (2:30.19).

 

 

The first three places in women’s marathon also went to Kenya. Pamela Rotich won with the new Tallinna Maraton record 2 hours 32 minutes and 16 seconds. Only nine seconds later Rebecca Korir took the second place (2:32.25). Ruth Matebo came in third (2:38.26). Estonian marathon champion among women is Marion Tibar with 2:50.08. The silver went to Anu Piiroja (2:57.56) and bronze to Irina Biziaeva (3:03.53). 

 

True world-class show was put on at the half-marathon course. Evans Cheruiyot from Kenya won with the new half-marathon record in Tallinn at 1 hour and 29 seconds. The second place went to Maru Teferi from Israel with a high-level result of 1:00.52 and the third place went to Olivier Irabarute from Burundi with 1:02.12. The entire top three was faster than the Sügisjooks half-marathon record set by Pavel Loskutov in 2000, which was 1:03.23. The winner’s result ranks on the high 49thplace among this year’s top results of the world. The best Estonian was Roman Fosti with 1:04.53; he is currently also preparing for the Doha world championships.

 

Women’s winner also set a new half-marathon race record. The first place went to Janet Ruguru Gichumbi from Kenya with 1:10.19. Second place went to Addisalem Belay Tegegn from Ethiopia (1:12.17), and third to Nina Lauwaert from Belgium (1:12.23). The best Estonian at the half-marathon course was Jekaterina Patjuk with 1:18.58.

 

Tallinna Maraton and half-marathon are applying to become IAAF certified marathon races and the high-class results posted by the elite runners today create superb prerequisites to obtain the bronze marathon and half-marathon levels already by 2020. This would grant the Estonian runners an option in future to qualify for international title events at the races held in Tallinn.

 

Tallinn Marathon and Optibet 10km brought together 21494 participants!

On Friday 6th September, 3741 runners participated in We Run Tln Nike Youth Race. On Saturday 7th September 4430 boys and girls ran the kid's races. In the evening 7776 participants finished the Optibet 10km distance! On Sunday 8th September, 3388 half-marathoners and brave 2159 marathon runners crossed the finish line.

We welcomed almost 5000 international runners from 65 different countries around the world.

From our hearts we thank every participant, spectator, organizer, helper and local resident who helped to make it happen.