Sunday November 18th, 2018
Distance: Marathon · Half Marathon · 10K · 5K
Ethiopia’s Roza Dereje and South Africa’s Stephen Mokoka retained their titles at the Shanghai International Marathon in cool conditions, with Dereje bettering her personal best by more than two-and-a-half minutes at the road race.
A leading group of six runners remained together in the first half of the women’s race. Running side by side with her husband as her pacer, Dereje built up a comfortable sole lead at the 35-kilometre mark and went on to extend her advantage afterwards.
Her husband stopped after 40 kilometres and the in-form Dereje kept pushing until breaking the tape in style with her arms stretching wide open.
She knelt down and kissed the ground right after crossing the line to celebrate her 2:22:43 victory, the second-fastest winning time in the 18-year history of the race following compatriot Tigist Tufa’s course record of 2:21:52 in 2014.
It is Dereje’s second appearance in Shanghai, having won last year in a big PB of 2:26:18. She trimmed her PB to 2:25:17 earlier this year when placing third in Vienna, but a 1:07:23 half marathon PB in Copenhagen in September suggested a further improvement on her marathon best was likely.
“Good training led to the good race today,” said Dereje. “I was running at my own pace and it is very nice to set my best time.”
Shanghai International Marathon
has established itself as the marquee running event on China’s Marathon calendar. Every November, tens of thousand participants run passing the many historical places of this city such as Bund Bull, Customs House, Shanghai Museum, Shanghai Grand Theater, Shanghai Exhibition center, Jing’an Temple, Nan Pu Bridge, Lu Pu Bridge, Long Hua Temple, Shanghai Stadium.
The course records were both set in 2012 as Kenya's Sylvester Kimeli Teimet set the men's standard of 2:09:01 hours and Ethiopian Feyse Tadese broke the women's record with 2:24:08 hours. Participation also reached a new high that year, as over 30,000 runners competed in the marathon.
Shanghai East Best and Lansheng Event Management Co., LTD,are the exclusive organizer of Shanghai International Marathon, Shang-ma Series, and Shang-ma Club. The company aims to achieve breakthroughs in the event organizing and enlarge combined event effect through branding operation, to popularize the spirit of the events through leading citizens into healthy and progressive lifestyle, to make the events more influential through creating fashionable and stylish road race culture and to expand the driving force of the events through forming a creative industrial chain.