Sofiia Yaremchuk wins the 35th Confindustria Venezia Venicemarathon

Debut with a bang for Sofiia Yaremchuk who wins the 35th Confindustria Venezia Venicemarathon in 2h29'12 "
In the men's field, the podium is entirely Kenyan.
Fourth place for the Italian Marco Salami, also in his debut.


Venice, 24 October 2021 - Sofiia Yaremchuk could not have made her debut on the marathon in a better way. The athlete of the Army Sports Center, trained by Fabio Martelli, was the interpreter of an intelligent and judicious race: she did not respond to the jerks of the African athletes near the San Giuliano Park, maintaining her regular pace, and then resuming them and overcoming them along the Ponte della Libertà to the final walkway that led her to finish at the finish line in Riva Sette Martiri with an excellent time of 2h09'12 ”. The other favorites, who had raced with the blue for a long time: 2h31'17 "for the Kenyan Marion Kibor, second clearly behind; 2h33'50 "for the Ethiopian Megertu Geletu third.

It was since 1999 (Sonia Maccioni) that an Italian had not climbed the highest hail of the podium of the Venicemarathon, while in the men's field the last victory in the Azzurri dates back to 2017 thanks to Eyob Faniel.

"I am very happy with this victory, I hoped so much and I believed in it to the end. I realized that I could have done it when I stayed in the leading group. I was a little afraid of the bridges in Venice, but the public gave me the right charge to grit my teeth and enter the final draw. I dedicate this victory to the Army Sports Center and I hope this is only the beginning ".

The men's 'crazy' race: after passing the half marathon in a quick 1h03'58 ", the trio of favorite athletes, made up of Kenyans Justus Kangogo, Geoffrey Yegon and Gilbert Chumba, first fell apart and then lost inertia, allowing the incredible return of the fourth compatriot, Anderson Seroi. The Kenyan athlete, who had already lost contact after a few kilometers from the first and was over a minute late at 'half', put in place a crazy comeback on the Ponte Della Libertà, and then overtook the treads on the bridges at almost double speed. from Venice. Andreson Seroi finished at the Riva Sette Martiri finishing line in 2h12’21 ", improving his previous record by almost a minute and a half. In second place came Julius Kangogo (2h13'34 ") and third Gilbert Chumba (2h13'55") who thus returned to the podium after the second place in 2018. Fourth, with a test of great depth, the blue Marco Salami ( 2h14'57 ") at the debut in the specialty. The 36-year-old athlete of the CS Army followed by Piero Incalza, on his debut in the specialty, was good at maintaining a steady pace throughout the race, finishing not far from the leaders and showing excellent room for improvement.

"I am very happy with this debut. I rode in progression and steady, which is not easy for someone who comes from the track, and I was amazed at myself for how well I managed the race and arrived undisturbed at the finish" - he declared. Marco Salami at the finish.

The VM10K have crowned two promising youngsters. Among the men, Andrea Mason of Silca Ultralite Vittorio Veneto won, who with 35'13 "tamed the competition of the favorite Pietro Sartore (Atl. Vicentina, 35'22") and Stefano Ghenda of Trevisatletica (35'52 " ).

Among women, the triumph of the 'daughter of art' Chiara Pizzolato. The 19-year-old from Atletica Vicentina, daughter of the great marathon runner Orlando Pizzolato (winner twice in the New York Marathon and at the Venicemarathon in 1988) ran a solo race, reaching the finish line in 39'50 ", with a large margin over her opponents. Elisa Commisso (Aristide Coin Venice) finished second in 40'28 ", while third place went to Sharon Giammetta (Biotekna Marcon) in 41'12".

They are sponsors of the 35th Confindustria Venezia Venicemarathon: UYN (technical sponsor), HOKA (official shoes). Official Sponsor: Banca Ifis, Alì, BMW, ProAction, San Benedetto, Bavaria, 1/6 H Sport, Wepere, Palmisano, M9, Corepla, Port System Authority of the Northern Adriatic Sea, Nuncas, Coldiretti Venezia, Iredeem, Veritas, Virgin Active, Citrosil, Interparking, TDS, Cristiano Brussa Trasporti group,, Costantini Vigilanza, Media Partner: Corriere dello Sport, Tuttosport, Corre, Il Gazzettino, RaiSport, PMG Sport, and Sport Economy. Official Radio: RDS