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Ethiopians Demeke Kasaw Biksegn and Alemtsehay Asefa Kasegn won the 2021 Taipei Marathon men’s and women’s divisions, respectively, on Sunday, December. 19.
Bikesegn clocked a 2:11:41 performance, positive splitting the second half having run a first 21K in the time of 64:52.
The published results appear out of order, however, Ethiopian Meseret Yitbakek appears to have finished second while Moroccan runner Bilal Marhoum took third.
Kasegn of Ethiopia clocked a 2:30:41 for the women’s win. Her half split was pretty close to even having run a 1:15:14 during the first 21K.
Ethiopian Gelane Bulbula Senbete took second, while Lilia Fisiskovici of Moldova finished third. She is the national record holder with a personal best of 2:27:26 from her 2019 London Marathon performance.
The Taipei Marathon is a bronze labelled World Athletics race. Since 1986 it has started at the Taipei city hall and finished at the taipei Stadium.
Course records are 2:09:18 by Kenyan Paul Lonyangata and 2:27:36 by Helena Kirop from the 2011 running of the event, which also includes a half-marathon. Approximately 7,000 people take in the race each year.