Tulu Breaks Course Record In Düsseldorf Marathon
Dereje Debele Tulu breaks course record,
Melkam Gizaw takes women’s race in Duesseldorf

Two Ethiopians took the 11th edition of the METRO GROUP Marathon Duesseldorf on Sunday. In ideal weather conditions 26 year-old Dereje Debele Tulu broke the course record with 2:07:48. It was the first sub 2:08 time in Duesseldorf. Second placed Pius Ondoro clocked 2:08:17 while Duncan Koech (both Kenya) took third with 2:09:10. For the first time there were five runners who achieved sub 2:10 times in Duesseldorf. Ethiopians Shengo Kebede (2:09:53) and Asmare Workneh (2:09:56) took fourth and fifth places.
The big pre-race favourite Melkam Gizaw was the winner with a personal best of 2:26:24. It was the second fastest women’s performance in the history of the race. Kenyan debutant Rebecca Chesire ran a fine 2:27:52 for second place. Agnieszka Ciolek-Mierzejewska (Poland) was third with 2:33:36.
Adding all events 14,000 runners entered the METRO GROUP Marathon Duesseldorf. Around 4,250 of them were marathon runners. The METRO GROUP Marathon Duesseldorf is an IAAF Bronze Label Race.
More information is available at: www.metrogroup-marathon.de