Ethiopia’s Girima Assefa & Koren Yal win Mumbai Marathon

January 16, 2011

Since then she has been a member of three World Cross Country teams and placed second at the National Cross Country Championships in 2008. At her marathon debut in Venice in 2009, Yal finished second.

Assefa reached the finish line in two hours, nine minutes and 57 seconds.

Born in Shoa province of Ethiopia, Assefa first participated in a 20-km run in Paris in 2003 and has participated in more than 30 such runs and marathons since then.

The women’s run saw an all-Ethiopian top-three finish as Yal clocked 2:26:56s to break the course record set by countrywoman Mulu Seboka in 2008.

Merima Mohammed was second in 2:29:04s, while Elfemesh Alemu placed third with a timing of 2:30:04s.

The men’s and women’s winners took home US $36,000 each