Thursday, April 25, 2024

2023 Houston Marathon: Breathtakingly shut finishes within the males’s races


Each the 2023 Houston Half Marathon and Houston Marathon males’s races introduced followers a thrill on Sunday with extremely shut main runners sprinting proper all the way down to the final second.

Males’s Half Marathon

Ethiopian runner Leul Gebresilase Aleme, 30, took the general win in 60:34, preventing it out proper till the end, successful the race in a dash (leading to a photo-finish) to edge out runner-up Kenya’s Wesley Kiptoo, 23, by lower than a second (last time recorded as 60:35).

The pair had been a part of a males’s main pack that hung collectively till the previous couple of kilometres, after they broke away and started selecting up the tempo. Aleme has had an exceptional breakout season, ending second on the 2022 London Marathon in October.

Ben Preisner was the highest Canadian finisher within the males’s race, working to thirteenth place in 62:42. “A small PB, I’m completely happy,” Preisner shared post-race. I had a little bit of a tough patch about 7 miles in so I eased it again to about 3 minutes (tempo/km). Then I recovered and obtained in with a superb group.”

ben preisner 2023 Houston Half
Picture courtesy of Alan Brookes

Non-binary Half Marathon outcomes

An American trio took the rostrum within the non-binary genderqueer class, with Sam Bruns breaking the tape in 1:24:30. Bruns was adopted by Winter Elements in 1:26:55, and Andrea Werth in 1:55:20.

Chevron Houston Marathon males’s outcomes

Kenyan runner Dominic Ondoro leaned to a win in 2:10:36 in what was the closest battle to the end line on the Houston Marathon since 1996. Ondoro narrowly beat Ethiopia’s Tsedat Ayana to assert the victory, whereas Ayana ran to 2:10:37.

That is Ondoro’s second Houston Marathon win, and he received the 2022 Grandma’s Marathon in June. Teshome Mekonen (previously of Ethiopia, now American) took third place and high American end in 2:11:05.

Non-binary Marathon outcomes

American runner Katy Worth was the one competitor within the marathon’s non-binary class and completed in 4:19.52.

For a full listing of outcomes, head right here.


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