GALLERY: Thousands run Tallinn Marathon

9/13/2015 6:13 PM
Category: Sports

Tens of thousands of people from around Estonia and abroad flocked to the streets of Tallinn to take part in the biggest running event in the Baltics, the Tallinn Marathon.  

Running fans had a choice between marathon, half marathon and 10 kilometer distances. Whereas half marathon and 10 kilometer gold medals stayed in Estonia, the winner of the men's marathon came further afield, with Kenya's Kiprop Toniu finishing the 42.2-kilometer course in 2:18:04. A total of 2,140 runners registered for the marathon and 1,823 crossed the finish line at the Freedom Square.

Tiidrek Nurme won the half marathon in 1:06:08, in front of 3,130 competitors. The fastest woman, Ilona Marhele (1:18:35) from Latvia, finished 10th overall.

Roman Fosti won the 10 kilometers with new personal best 30:11. Jekaterina Patjuk won in women's category with 33:51.

New Guinness World Record

Marti Medar managed to bring the Guinness World Record in running a marathon while bouncing a basketball back to Estonia. Medar completed the course in 3:04:15, beating the old record by American Jerry Knox with several minutes to spare.

M. Oll

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