Istanbul mayor Kadir Topbaş gave the start of the 33rd Eurasia
marathon on the Anatolian side of the Bosphorus Bridge. In this
tough run athletes passed Eyüp and Bakırköy and reached Sultanahmet
via coast road.
This year's silver category finish was before the Egyptian obelisk at Horse Square. The winner, who covered the 42,195 meter lap is last year's champion Vincent Kiplagat. Kenyan athlete out-run his Ethiophian rivals in 2 hr 10 min 59 sec. Tariku Jufar came second and Tsegay Gebreselassie came third.
In women, Ethiophian ladies ruled the marathon by winning the first three titles. Last year's second Alemitu Abera was happy to come first with 2 hr 27 min 56 sec this year. Her fellow citizens Fatuma Sato came second and Tsega Gelaw came third.
A total of 1 million dollars have been distributed to successful runners. The winners received $50 thousand each. Ethiophian athletes also won the 15 km lap held as part of the Eurasia marathon organization.
In men's atsedu tsegay came first with 44 min 5 sec. The best Turkish athlete was Ali Haydar Tekgöz, who came 5th. In women's, Sosena Gezaw came first; Turkish ladies Binnaz Uslu and Özlem Kaya followed her lead. Heavy rain and cold weather did not stop Istanbulians, a huge crowd attended the 8 km long public run.
More than 100 thousand people joined the organization.
Designed by Crema