Historical double for the Kenyan Julius Rotich Chepkwony. Among women won the compatriot Priscah Jepeting Cherono, third the italian Ivana Iozzia

Kenya dominated the 31 ^ Venice Marathon that took place this morning from Stra to Riva Sette Martiri, with the victories of Julius Chepkwony Rotich (2:10.25) among men and Priscah Jepeting Cherono (2:27.41) among women.

Historical double for Julius Chepkwony Rotich, who won the Venice Marathon in 2015, which equals the italian Salvatore Bettiol (victories in 1986 and 1987) and compatriot Jonathan Kosgei Kipkorir (2006 and 2007). The race was from the first kilometers a dispute between African athletes, well led by Bernard Kiplagat Bett (1:04 19 the passage after the first half), who ran at a good pace. The end was shortly after the 25 km mark, when Rotich increased the pace together with his compatriot Titus Masai Kwemoi. The two athletes continued paired up to 35 km mark, when on the Liberty Bridge Rotich pulled off in a decisive manner the opponent, going to win his second consecutive victory in Riva Sette Martiri. Second to the finish line came the Ethiopian Adugna Chala Bekele (2:13.51) He recovered and overcame in the last kilometers an exhausted Titus Kwemoi Masai, third in 2:15.34. Sixth, and first of the Italians, Massimiliano Strappato (2.26.31).

Among women Priscah Jepeting Cherono run a solo race from the 5th km, well led by some fellow athletes. His race was fast and very regular (1:13.48 the passage in the half marathon), up to finish the solo test with the excellent time of 2:27.41, personal record and fourth Female Performance ever for Venicemarathon. Second, very detached, come the compatriot Esther Wanjiru Macharia (2:35.15 ), the Italian Ivana Iozzia arrived third with the time of 2:37.04.

‘’I expected something better at chrono level - said immediately after the race Ivana Iozzia – although my third place at the Venice Marathon is a great satisfaction. I ran virtually alone throughout the race, besides the Kenyan athletes were too ahead, I had to bite the bullet but at the end I'm satisfied for this beautiful podium’’

With the victories of Rotich and Cherono, Kenya reaches 25 victories at Venice Marathon.

In the 10 K valid for Garmin Tour victories for Diego Avon and Natascia Meneghini, who repeated both their successes of last year.

Men’s Ranking

1) Julius Chepkwony Rotich (Ken) 2'10'25"
2) Adugna Chala Bekele (Eth) 2h13’51"
3) Titus Kwemoi Masai (Ken) 2h15'34"
4) Francis Maina Ngare (Ken) 2h16’08
5) Richard Kiprono Bett (Ken) 2h20'30"
6) Massimiliano Strappato (Ita - Atl. Amatori Osimo) 2h26’31
7) Kennedy Maiyo Kipruto (Ken) 2h26’51
8) Fabrizio Pradetto (Ita – Silca Ultralite Vittorio V.to) 2h20’53
9) Lorenzo Perlo (Ita Atl. Avis Bra) 2h23’14
10) Manuel Negrello (Ita US Primiero) 2h31’51

Women’s ranking

1) Priscah Jepeting Cherono (Ken) 2h27’41
2) Ester Wanjiru Macharia (Ken) 2h35’15
3) Ivana Iozzia (Ita Corradini Rubiera) 2h37’04
4) Irina Smolnikova (Kaz) 2h41’04
5) Maurizia Cunico (Ita Runners Team Zané) 2h47’54
6) Judith Varga (Ita Edera Atl. Forlì) 2h50’40
7) Eleonora Bazzoni (Ita - Atl. Colleferro) 2h51’56
8) Anna Zilio (Ita Vicenza Marathon) 2h55’01
9) Lara Giardino (Ita Atl. Saluzzo) 2h55’51
10) Tiffany Mackness (Gbr) 3h06’26

Men’s ranking 10KM Garmin Tour

1) Diego Avon (Spak4 Padova) 34’’52
2) Luca De Francesco (Atletica MDS Panariagroup) 35’’33
3) Ruben Castrillo (Spagna) 35’’36

Women’s ranking 10KM Garmin Tour

1) Natascia Meneghini (Aristide Coin Venezia) 41’’43
2) Marina Johnson (Serpentine Running Club Francia) 41’’49
3) Mirela Alice Cherciu (Corradini Rubiera Romania) 42’’17