37th Wizz Air Venicemarathon - new race record again signed by Mutai.

Great performance by the Ugandan athlete who once again set the race record this year (previous 2h08' 10"), once again beating the Kenyan Naibei in a spectacular sprint. Fastest men's podium ever. Among the women, solo victory of the Kenyan Rebbeca Tanui (2'25'35").
 
FIRST PRESS RELEASE
(a second note follows at the end of the event)
 
Venice, 22 October 2023 - It was a 37th Wizz Air Venicemarathon once again full of entertainment, emotions, records and personal bests!
 
Run on a beautiful sunny autumn day, the race saw the Ugandan Solomon Mutai cross the finish line in Riva Sette Martiri first for the second time in a row with a record time of 2h07'41" (personal best), beating by a handful by centimeters the Kenyan Emmanuel Naibei second, as in 2022, with a time of 2h07'41". Naibei also improved by almost a minute.
 
The men's race was, from the first kilometres, a contest between African athletes, who maintained a regular pace, nine of them passing through the half marathon in a time of 1h03'45", exactly what was set on the eve. After the 30th km, the group began to thin out precisely under the pressure of Mutai, Naibei and the other Kenyan Kigen. At the entrance to Venice, Kigen separated, Mutai and Naibei remained alone in command, tackling the 14 bridges side by side up to a exciting final sprint, which saw Mutai prevail over Naibei by the wire. Personal record also for the third place, the Kenyan Noah Kigen, with 2h08'18" (personal best), which completes the fastest podium ever in the men's race. Eighth, and first of the Italians, the 3000m steeplechaser Abdoullah Bamoussa (Atl. Brugnera Friulintagli) in 2h21'00".
 
In the women's race the Kenyan Rebbeca Tanui and the Ethiopian Kebene Chala ran together, passing halfway through the race in a fast 1h11'37". Around the 30th kilometer there was the attack by Tanui who then continued solo up to Riva Sette Martiri, finishing in an excellent 2h25'35". Second came Chala, who with 2h26'38" improved her personal best by over 4 minutes. A personal best also for the third place, the Ethiopian Bedada Tigist, who finished in 2h28'06". The first Italian to cross the finish line was Giorgia Bonci (Gs Lamone), who finished in eleventh place in 3h11'17".
 
With Mutai's encore, Uganda achieves its second success in the Venicemarathon roll of honor for nations, while Tanui's success brings Kenya's victories in the women's field to 15.
 
In the second edition of the Half Marathon, which started from Mestre with arrival in Riva Sette Martiri and which saw the record participation of 3500 athletes, an all-foreign male podium with the Kenyan Eric Too Kimutai who with 1h10'56" preceded the Frenchman Ouail Tabroura and the Spaniard Pedro Jesus Galan. In the women's category, however, an Italian victory with an encore Claudia Andrighettoni (Quercia Rovereto) who won for the second consecutive year with a time of 1h21'29" ahead of Vanina Dal Santo and Federica Panciera.
 
In the 10 kilometre, which started from San Giuliano Park and also finished in Venice, victory among the men was for the Assindustria Padova cross-country skier Federico Valandro, who finished in a time of 36'12". In the women's field, dominance for the second consecutive year of the home athlete, Diletta Moressa from Mestre (Coin Venezia) who finished her race in 40'50".
 
Men's marathon finishing order
1) Mutai Solomon (Uga) 2h07'41"
2) Naibei Emmanuel (Ken) 2h07'41"
3) Kigen Noah Kiprotich (Ken) 2h08'18"
4) Bereda Worku Chala (Eth) 2h11'30"
5) Cheprot Silas (Ken) 2h11'46"
6) Mekonen Alene (Eth) 2h12'05"
7) Kiptoo Jonathan (Ken) 2h14'55"
8) Bamoussa Abdullah (Ita - Atl. Brugnera Friulintagli) 2h21'00"
9) Esposito Giacomo (Ita - Atl. San Biagio) 2h23'57"
10) Kabir Hicham (Ita - Atl. Rodengo Saiano) 2h26'13"
 
Finishing order of the women's marathon
1) Tanui Rebbeca (Ken) 2h25'35"
2) Chala Kebene (Eth) 2h26'38"
3) Tigist Bedada (Eth) 2h28'06"
4) Kipsiror Shamilah Tekaa (Ken) 2h28'13"
5) Dekebo Muliye (Eth) 2h32'09"
6) Alemu Kuba (Eth) 2h32'21"
7) Furáková Iveta (Svk) 3'03'03"
8) Malatinszky Sofia (Hun) 3'08'56"
9) Reiter Amanda (Ger) 3'10'04"
10) Stokkeland Oddbjørg (Nor) 3'10'56"
 
Finishing line 21K Men
1. Eric Too Kimutai (Ken) 1h10'56"
2. Ouail Tabroura (Fra) 1h12'04"
3. Pedro Jesus Galan (Esp) 1h16'00"
 
Finishing line 21K Women
1. Claudia Andrighettoni (Us Quercia Rovereto) 1h21'29"
2. Vanina Dal Santo (Vicenza Atletica) 1h26'35"
3. Federica Panciera (Torino Road Runners) 1h26'36"
 
Finishing line: Men's 10K
1. Federico Valandro 36'12"
2. Lorenzo Valota 36'20"
3. Enrico Maguolo 36'26"
 
Finishing line: Women's 10K
  1. Diletta Moressa 40'50"
2. Vanda Lövei 42'16"
3. Giulia Delgado 42'57"