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Champions Prevail as Jumma Smashes Belfast Marathon Record
Ethiopia's Marashet Jumma smashed the women's record by more than two
minutes in today's Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon.
Jumma's time of 2:39:22 beat the previous best of 2:41:33, set by Lemma
Urge in 2005. The Ethiopian also was the first woman since Trudi Thompson
in 2003 to retain her Belfast title.
It was a clean sweep of champions all round, as Kenya's John Mutai also
held on to the men's crown – even though his time of 2:16:31 was slower
than he recorded 12 months ago. Mutai, however, was more than seven
minutes of his nearest rivals, as Poland's Bodhan Dziuba came second in
2:23:44, followed by Vyalcheslav Prikhadko, of the Ukraine, 2:24:21.
Donegal's Helena Crossan was runner-up in the women's race, with a time of
2:55:12, closely followed by Cookstown's Karen Alexander, who clocked
2:56:01 to come home in third.
Top local male finisher was Tommy Hughes of Magherafeld, twice a winner in
1988 and again in 1998, who came in sixth, in 2:28:38, ten minutes ahead of
Dungannon's Delfin Pimentell.
Full results from the 2008 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon will be
available, after verification, from the official website,
www.belfastcitymarathon.com, from tomorrow morning.