Yegon after defending title but Geneva record evades him

Yegon after defending title but Geneva record evades him

Kenya’s William Yegon said he was ‘happy’ after defending his Harmony Geneva Marathon despite seeing his bid to break his own course record collapse thanks to warm weather at the Swiss city on Sunday.

Yegon, winner of February’s Lagos Marathon, broke from compatriot Joseph Aperumoi with two kilometres to go to win by more than a minute in 2:12:10.

“It was really warm today so it wasn’t possible to beat my course record,” said Yegon, who clocked 2:10:31 last year. “I didn’t lead the race for long, I overtook my friend just 2km from the finish. I’m really happy to defend my title here in Geneva.”

Running together with Aperumoi until the 28th kilometre, Yegon drifted back preferring to run alone. He came even with his compatriot with six kilometres remaining before pouncing four kilometres later.

Aperumoi was second, clocking 2:13:54 with a third Kenyan, Wycliff Biwott, rounding out the podium in 2:17:40.

Amelework Fekadu, 31, clocked 2:38:05 to win the women’s race by nearly a minute-and-a-half over Hisae Yoshimatsu of Japan, who clocked 2:39:30. Further back, Alemitu Lemu of Ethiopia finished third in 2:43:01.

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