In a 1h13min51 time, Morocco’s Hajiba Hasnaoui won the 4th edition of the Rabat international Half-marathon, thereby winning the title of champion of Morocco. She overcame two Ethiopian women, namely Abeba Ejigu (1h13min53) and Yenenesh Derene (1h13min59).
Meanwhile, on the female marathon side, Kenyan Lydia Cheromei completed the course (42.195 km) in 2h28min48sec, succeeding the record of Ethiopia’s Alemu Worknesch. The second place went to Ethiopian Megertu Alemu (2h31min33), followed by her compatriot Muluhabt Tsega (2h33min23). For the men, Assefa Bantayehu from Ethiopia was the first to cross the finish line in 2h12min23 sec.
The International Marathon of Rabat (MIR) brought together more than 20,000 athletes from around 40 countries. Organized under the patronage of HM King Mohammed VI, it has become an annual occasion for runners who combine sporting feats and discoveries in the heart of the Kingdom’s capital. Indeed, the circuit of this edition has been revisited so that the historic sites and landscapes of the “City of Lights” are well highlighted.