Jemal Yimer and Fikrte Wereta demonstrated Ethiopian competence on Sunday at the prestigious Seoul Marathon, winning the men’s and women’s races, respectively, in an amazing feat of performance.

Yimer, hailed as one of Ethiopia’s rising stars, secured his first-ever World Athletics Platinum Label road race win with a breathtaking sprint finish, achieving a remarkable personal best time of 2:06:08. The tightly contested men’s race saw Yimer strategically positioned within a leading group until the 30km mark, where he surged ahead alongside six other contenders. With a burst of speed in the final stretch, Yimer left his competitors trailing behind, crossing the finish line in a triumphant display of athleticism.

Jemal Yemer
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Meanwhile, in the women’s category, Wereta delivered a masterful performance, claiming her maiden World Athletics Platinum Label road race win with a lifetime best time of 2:21:32. As the race unfolded, Wereta exhibited strategic prowess, making a decisive move at the 35km mark to establish a commanding lead over her rivals. With unwavering determination, Wereta maintained her position at the front of the pack, ultimately sealing a resounding victory.


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The Seoul Marathon witnessed exceptional displays of endurance and skill from a host of talented athletes, including Guye Adola, Mike Kiptum Boit, Celestine Chepchirchir, and Desi Jisa Mokonin, who captivated spectators with their remarkable performances throughout the challenging course.


Yimer and Wereta’s remarkable achievements not only add to their personal accolades but also reaffirm Ethiopia’s storied legacy in long-distance running. Their victories serve as a testament to the dedication, perseverance, and talent that define the sport of marathon running, inspiring athletes worldwide to pursue their dreams and reach new heights of excellence.