Firenze Marathon 2017 fast finish despite rain and cold

The 34th edition of the Asics Firenze Marathon was truly epic, with a dry start that was interrupted shortly with pouring rain and plunging temperatures that dropped to just 7 degrees Celsius and even lower as the rain gained intensity. The athletes crossed the finish line almost destroyed, tapping into their deepest psychological and physical resources to complete their goal. The men’s race ended in a near tie, determined by mere centimeters.

The battle for the final sprint during the last meter of the arrival in Piazza Duomo was between Zelalem Bacha Regasa of Bahrian and Tadesse Mamo Temechachu of Ethiopia. The head to head went to the 29-year-old Regasa, with a time of 2h14’41” who placed Bahrain and Asia on the Firenze Marathon’s gold leaf. In second place was Tadesse Mamo Temechachu with the same time on the chronometer, while third place went to Gilbert Kipruto Kirwa with 2h16’38”.

The first Italian was Ahmed El Mazoury, who competed in the marathon for the first time, and ended in fifth place with a time of 2h24’09”, sixth on the list of Italian finishers. First Tuscan athlete was Luca Tocco of GP Parco Alpi Apuane, eigth in 2h27’17”.

For the women, the podium was all Ethiopians, with a good match between the winner, the young Arissi Dire Tunee, who just turned twenty yesterday, and Sorome Begash Amente, who completed her European debut. The race was head to head until the 40th kilometer when Arissi Dire Tune maintained her rhythm to win in 2h28’55”, third fastest ever in Florence, while Amente lost 50” of distance in the last 2km finishing with the sixth fastest time for a woman in Florence. She placed second, in 2h29’46”. Third place went to Mesera Hussen Dubiso in 2h32’05” (fifteenth ever in Florence), while fourth place went to the English Elinor Kirk, who placed on the list of top 50 in Florence, with a time of 2h36’22”. First Italian was eigth place Maurizia Cunico in 2h53’51”. First Tuscan athlete and second Italian was Anna Laura Mugno delll’Orecchiella Garfagnana close behind with a time of 2h54’48” on her first marathon distance run. Second Tuscan was Barbara Dorè dell’Atletica Signa (3’01”19).

At 8:30am 8970 athletes began in Piazza Duomo with a “go” from Florence’s Mayor Dario Nardella. The men reached the half marathon mark at 1h04’48” led by the African runners and race winner Regasa, who began separating from Temechachu around km35. The race was standard for the women who reached the half way point together at 1h27’29” with a few seconds separating them. The same couple led the way together the entire time up until km30, reached at 1h45’13” and km35 at 2h03’08” with Arissi Dire Tune peeling away in the last two kilometers.

THE WINNERS

“I didn’t realize it was over,” El Mazhouri said at the end of the race. “I’m not really happy with my time. I found myself alone early, at km20, then the wind messed up my entire technique. The race conditions were horrible, I don’t think it could have been any worse. Anyway it is my first marathon, it’s a starting point more than anything else.”

His coach, Ruggero Pertile, encouraged him: “Now we have something to work on. I think given the conditions he did a good job. We’ll start here to plan for the future. He definitely learned something.”

Here is the video “hot off the press” with Ruggero Pertile and Ahmed El Mazhouri 

Runners arrived in the limit time were 8428, third-most result of all time in Florence for the finisher despite the adverse weather conditions.

BORJA VALERO AT THE FIRENZE MARATHON

Ex center fielder for the Fiorentina and player for Inter Borja Valero, who had already been at the Marathon Expo in 2012, was present at the finish line where he waited for his wife Rocio Rodriguez who ran her first marathon ever. He was with league top scorer Maurito Icardi and his wife Wanda Nara. “I couldn’t not choose Florence for my first marathon,” said Rocio Rodriguez. The two plyers had just come from the Inter-Cagliari game.

Check out the interviews: Borja e Rocio

GIAGNONI SECOND WIN FOR THE HANDBIKE RACE

As always at the Firenze Marathon a lot of attention went to the handbike race for disabled athletes. Christian Giagnoni, athlete from Parto, won for the second consecutive year for Team Giletti. He was in Piazza Duomo with a time of 1h20’01”. Behind him was Roland Ruepp, Alberto Glisoni and Pier Alberto Buccoliero among the first twenty finishers. Alex Zanardi was there to help the Objective 3 athletes, who are looking at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The women’s race saw success for Laura Bassi in 2h17’31”, and Grazia Colosio in second in 2h19’15”.

Here is the classification

GINKY FAMILY RUN

With a start time of 9:00am the Ginky Family Run took place with over a thousand participants. The first to cross the finish line was 14-year-old Lucas Affortuniati of the Assi Giglio Rosso (Florence). Second was 13-year-old Gabriele Gamboni, from Atletica Calenzano. Third place was Cosimo Nutini, also 13, from Atletica Calenzano.

For the girls, 15 year old Alice Nutini of Atletica Calenzano was first, followed by 15 year old Emma Calero and 13 year old Silvia Minniti from Atletica Firenze Marathon. The Ginky Family Run is the race/walk open to families that begins and ends in Piazza della Repubblica. This year a village was dedicated to the event, complete with appearances by Cocco and Pinna from the tv show Peking Express. Maria Federica Giuliani from Florence’s Sport and Culture Commission started the race.

Images are online on our official Facebook page

ON TV

All images from the event are available on Facebook (on the Firenze Marathon fanpage) and on our website www.firenzemarathon.it

Toscana TV will show two dedicated episodes of “Runners, Atletica e Podismo in Toscana” next Thursday, November 30 and Thursday, December 7.

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