Ethiopian runners dominated the open category in the full marathon at the Goa River Marathon this weekend, to take two of the three podium spots in the men’s race, while Indian runner Rajashri Tarihal did her country proud by winning the women’s marathon.

This year’s Goa River Marathon saw the first full marathon in the state, and Indian women runners had greater success than their male counterparts. In the men’s full marathon Amogne and Geleta Kebeta – both Ethiopian – took the first two spots, while Kenyan runner Peter Mwangi came in third. In the women’s race, Tarihal, who finished with a time of 3 hours 52 minutes and 50 seconds, was followed by Jigmet Dolma and Tsetan Dolker. Amogne finished the men’s race with a time of 2:29:08.

Another Ethiopian, Chekol Dires won the 21km half marathon with a time of 1:08:50, while the competitive 10K was won by Kenyan Samuel Maina, who finished the race in just 33 minutes, 50 seconds.

Goa’s Nitisha Gaonkar won the women’s 10K with a time of 0:50:51. “I do the 21km as well but this year I did the 10km. I never fail to run, I ensure I run either in the morning or evening,” the 25-year-old Vasco native was quoted as saying in the Times of India.

Barefoot marathoner at the Goa River Marathon on December 13, 2015
Barefoot marathoner at the Goa River Marathon on December 13, 2015

Top three Indians (men & women) as well as Goans (men and women) in all the events except the Charity 5K walk/run were given cash prizes. Here are the full results of the 2015 Goa River Marathon:

Full Marathon
Men: 1. Amogne (2:29:08) 2. Geleta Kebeta (both Ethiopia) 3. Peter Mwangi (Kenya)
Women: 1. Rajashri Tarihal (3:52:50), 2. Jigmet Dolma, 3. Tsetan Dolker
Indian men: Mals Perera (3:58:40), Ramesh Shanmugam, Richard D’Souza
Goan men: 1. Sayadali Awati (3:36:36), 2. Andy Silveira, 3. Vishwanath B Shetye

Half Marathon
Women: Meseret G Merine (1:19.01), Hiwot Adenew Tefera, Brigid Kimtiwai
Men: Chekol Dires (1:08:50), Mengiste Getu, Bulo Beyssa Dega
Indian women: Seema Verma (1:52:16), Anjali Saraogi, Tanmaya Karmarkar
Indian men: B Vikram Sing Bharat Singh (1:11:42), Madan Lal Ashok Kumar, Henna Mulleth
Goan women: Nadia Dias (2:45:01), Pratibha Shirwant, Gitanjali Verma

Competitive 10K
Women: Nitisha Gaonkar (0:50:51), Himangi Godbole, Shraddha Sainuche
Men: Samuel Maina (0:33:50), Paul Kihara, Sachin Kumar Rishiraj Singh
Goan men: Vikas Velip (0:42:32), Babaji Dessai, Noel Joaquim Fernandes
Goan women: Shradda Sainuche (0:54:19), Afra Shaikh, Rosanne Mathias

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