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Asbel Rutto destroys the Rome Marathon course record

Kenya’s Asbel Rutto destroyed the race course record at the 39th edition of the Acea Run Rome The Marathon held on Sunday (17) in Rome, Italy.

The 22 year-old who was making his third appearance over the distance, came to this race with the fastest time on paper of 2:06.23 that he got last year at the International Mersin Marathon, where he took the silver medal.

Rutto who braved the humid weather led a 1 -2-3 Kenyan podium finish as he erased the old course record of 2:06.48 that had been set two years ago by Ethiopia’s Fikre Bekele with a new course time of 2:06.23.

Rutto who cut off over three minutes from his previous personal best, was followed in second a distant latter by Brian Kipsang in 2:07.55 with Sila Kiptoo sealing the podium in 2:08.08.

Reuben Narry and Isaac Cheluko made sure that Kenyans took all the top five positions when they came home in fourth and fifth place in respective time of 2:09.09 and 2:09.24,



1Asbel RuttoKenya2:06.23
2Brian KipsangKenya2:07.55
3Sila KiptooKenya2:08.08
4Reuben NarryKenya2:09:09.05
5Isaac ChelukoKenya2:09.24


  • John Vaselyne

    John Vaselyne is the founder of Athletics News. Africa’s only Independent Athletics News website. He has covered World U18 and U20 Championships, World Cross Country Championships, Four Continental Tour Gold Series, Wanda Diamond League. He has passion for the Sport and has over seven years experience in this area of sport. He is also the Leading Athletics Pundit in the Country, having been hosted in ALL leading TV stations in Kenya

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  1. Cecilia Rebo

    March 18, 2024 at 10:12 am

    Ooh Our Gracious Lord…..we are grateful for Your power to cause such great win to Kenya our nation.🙏

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