- Tadesse Abraham won the marathon in Zurich on Sunday, beating his own record in Seoul 2016.
- With a time of 2:06:38 hours, the 39-year-old broke his own record in Switzerland by two seconds.
- In the women’s category, Maud Mathis took second place.
It amounts to little: At age 39, Tadesse Abraham won the Zurich Marathon in superior fashion on Sunday, making himself the Swiss champion – and incidentally also improving his Swiss marathon record. The new mark is 2:06:38 hours. In 2016, the man from Geneva ran two seconds slower in Seoul.
Abraham left many African competitors behind after 30 km. In the end he was half a minute ahead of Oliver Iraparuta of Burundi (2:07:13), and third place went to Kenyan Francis Cheriot (2:09:57).
With his performance, Abraham, who will soon turn 40, has achieved the limits of the European Championships in Munich and the World Championships in Eugene (USA).
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In the women’s race, Maud Matisse of Vaud took second place with a time of 2:33:35 hours and crowned the Swiss champion. The victory went to Ethiopian Hawass Demeto (2:33:08).
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