Tsegaye Mekonnen and Jessica Augusto win in Hamburg

Tsegaye Mekonnen and Jessica Augusto took the Haspa Marathon Hamburg. In a very close men’s finish Ethiopia’s Mekonnen just hold off the Olympic Marathon Champion from 2012, Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda. Mekonnen clocked 2:07:26 while Kiprotich ran 2:07:31 in difficult weather conditions with wind, rain and even some hail. Kenya’s Jacob Kendagor took third in 2:08:50.

Portugal’s Jessica Augusto came from behind to win the Haspa Marathon Hamburg with 2:25:30. She was in third place, then moved up to Ethiopia’s Ifa Megertu and Kenya’s debutant Viola Kibiwot at around 30 k and overtook them. Megertu finished second in 2:29:47, Kibiwot took third with 2:30:33.