Great debut for the Italian Andrea Lalli, third in 2h14'26".
Zanardi wins again in the handbiker’s race and now he turns his attention to New York

Success of public on the course
Once again the Kenyans took the honors at the 28th Venicemarathon, in fact the race was won by Nixon Machichim in the men’s race (2h13'10") and Mercy Jerotich Kibarus (2h31'12") in the women’s race. Great result also for the Italian Andrea Lalli on his debut over the marathon distance right here, in Venice, and finished the race third in 2h14'26".

The Italian runner was able to be stucked to the leading group till 30Km when the three Kenyan runners: Masai, Kiplagat and Machichim took the leading pace and opened up a gap on Lalli. Machichim in the last final two kilometers built up a margin over the other runners; Kandie made a desperate attempt to catch up with Machichim in the final sprint but was held off on the last straight in Riva Sette Martiri as Machichim crossed the finish line in 2h13’10”.

Lalli knew how much effort to make during his race and finished third. “I felt comfortable until 30Km but then I was left alone and it was tough to face the Ponte della Libertà” I thought to finish fourth but when I saw Masai closer I gritted my teeth and tried to speed up my pace and finished third. This is a great moment for me.”

Soon after the finish line Lalli was hugged by Ruggero Pertile, who was unable to take part in the race due to physical problem but who wanted to share the emotion of the race with his colleagues.

The women’s race was won by Mercy Jerotich Kibaru in 2h31'14.

Alex Zanardi with his handbike won the race in 1h11'45" before Claudio Mirabile who finished second in 1h15'24". "Now I look forward to next challenge which will be next weekend in New York where I will take part in the marathon with the Olympic Wheelchair”.

The tail end of the race was happy and nice to look at, in fact many groups of Italian and Japanese runners dressed in a colorful T-shirts lighted the race course. The runners who finished the race are 5,344.

The Organizing Committee is very satisfied by the great results obtained in terms of spectators on the course who cheered on all runners and were entertained by the Marathon and Music groups located in 22 different locations.

A nice video of the race will be broadcasted in several countries around the world. In fact a prerecorded video could be watched in the next days in Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Messico, Central America, Venezuela and the Caribbean area thanks to ESPN Sur, in the United States thanks to Universal Sport and in Canada thanks to Rogers Sportsnet.

Men:
1) Nixon Machichim (Ken) 2'13'10"
2) Raymond Kiplagat Kandie (Ken) 2h13'11"
3) Andrea Lalli (Ita) 2h14'26"
4) Dickson Kipkoros Terer (Ken) 2h17'30"
5) Titus Kwemoi Masai (Ken) 2h17'36"
6) Victor Kiprono Kimeli (Ken) 2h18'01"
7) Kidane Gemechu Abdi (Eth) 2h18'19"
8) Mirko Canaglia (Ita) 2h29'24"
9) Frank Merwerth (Ger) 2h30'50"
10) Giorgio Zanta (Ita ) 2h34'21"
11) Michele Bedin (Ita) 2h35'14"
12) Marco Boffo (Ita) 2h35'41"

Women
1) Mercy Jerotich Kibarus (Ken) 2h31'12"
2) Halima Hussen Kayo (Eth) 2h38'49"
3) Sosena Tekle Gezaw (Eth) 2h42'29"
4) Melesech Tsegaye (Eth) 2h43'23"
5) Ambra Vecchiato (Ita) 2h48'16"
6) Emily Collinge (Gbr) 2h52'50"
7) Elina Junnilae (Fin) 2h55'57"
8) Maurizia Cunico (Ita) 2h59'46"