Athlete Negari settles 2nd place at Xiamen Int’l Marathon

Addis Ababa, January 3, 2009 (Addis Ababa) - Ethiopian athlete Negari Terfa secured second place though he broke the course record and his own personal bests at the 7th Xiamen International Marathon, China on Saturday IAAF reported.


According to the report the Xiamen International Marathon is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.


Negari clocked well with 2:09:01, about 4 minutes ahead of his 2:13:19 previous personal best from Porto in October.


The Kenyan Samuel Muturi won the race cruise to 2:08:51 course record and a Moroccan athlete stood third.


Negari’s wide smile dominated the podium where his fellow runners looked more solemn when taking the questions from the press. “I’m very happy,” said the 25-year-old Ethiopian.


The city of nearly 2.3 million had braced for the 33,000 runners from over 40 countries who competed in the 5 km and 10 km races, Half-Marathon, and Marathon. This year attracted the most runners since its creation in 2003 including about 6,800 marathon runners.


First and second-place holders walk away with the prize money and an additional prize of 15,000 USD for breaking the course record of 2:09:03, set by Ethiopian Hailu Negussie in 2003.



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