- Posted June 2, 2012 by
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The 2012 Stockholm Marathon Kicks Off!
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer
The 34th ASICS Stockholm Marathon started on Saturday 1 June 2012 at 12 o'clock at Stadion. The jubilee race gathered over 15 thousand runners from all over the world. With 8,000 international runners from 83 countries the marathon is a multicultural festival.
Famous runners from Ethiopia Derje Debele Tulu & Sahle Warga; Kenyan athlete Eljiah Kemboi took part in Men's category while in Deribe Godana, Teame Shumeye and Tigist Kifle from Ethiopia are taking part in this annual event. Regardless of the windy, rainy and cold weather, 15, 986 runners started the race and 14,686 of them crossed the finish line after running the 42Km marathon. In Women's category, Derebe Godana of Ethiopia won and clocked 2.40.19, Veronika Lopatina from Russia came second with 2.44.58 and Belaynesh Jida finished third with 2.45.53 hrs. In Men's category Methkal Abu Drais from Jordan came first with 2.19.16 time and followed by Ethiopians Dereje Debele Tulu and Sahle Warga Betona who came third and fourth and clocked 2.19.45 & 2.20.07 respectively.