“I ran through the corona”… Gebrechwet, Daegu International Marathon Women’s New

Nazareth Weldou Ghebrechwet crosses the finish line at the Daegu International Marathon in Daegu on the 3rd. Daegu = Yonhap News

The Daegu International Marathon was held on the morning of the 3rd at the Daegu Stadium.

According to the city of Daegu, 155 elite athletes from 10 countries at home and abroad participated in this competition and competed for records. This is the first time for a foreign player to visit Korea for a game after the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) outbreak.

In particular, the competition between Korean athletes was fierce as it was held in the Oregon World Championships in Athletics in the U.S. in July and the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China in September.

With the motto of being carbon neutral, eco-friendly souvenirs such as a T-shirt made of Regen fabric, a polyester fiber recycled from plastic bottles, and a soap finish medal, were provided, attracting attention. As a side event, the dance battle ‘Street Dance Fighter’ was held for dance teams and clubs across the country, and it was well received by the citizens.

The Daegu International Marathon, which successfully finished the elite race, will continue with an offline race of masters, who are general participants, next weekend. The Daegu International Marathon, which is held every first Sunday in April, has been completely canceled in 2020 after the COVID-19 outbreak, and last year’s competition was held without face-to-face online races.

Athletes who participated in the elite course of the ‘2022 Daegu International Marathon’ held at the Daegu Athletics Promotion Center in Suseong-gu, Daegu on the 3rd make a strong start. Provided by Daegu City

On the other hand, Nazareth Weldou Ghebrechwet (32, Eritrea), who participated in the women’s event at the event, ran 42.195 km in 2 hours 21 minutes 56 seconds, setting a new competition record and finishing the race first. Having advanced her personal best and Eritrea national record of 2 hours 28 minutes 07 seconds by more than six minutes, Gebrech Wett even changed her Daegu International Marathon record.

In the women’s domestic division, Lee Soo-min (Nonsan City Hall) took first place with 2 hours 32 minutes 08 seconds, and Jeong Da-eun (Gumi City Hall) took second place with 2 hours 32 minutes 28 seconds.

Cifera Tamru Aredo (Ethiopia) finished the men’s division with a time of 2:06:31. Tamru Aredo, who won the Chuncheon Marathon in 2018 and the Seoul Marathon in 2019, collected the third trophy at the international marathon held in Korea. Jang-gun Lee (Cheongju City Hall) took the first place in the men’s domestic division with a time of 2:17:14.

Mayor Kwon Young-jin said, “Since this is the first tournament in Korea to invite foreign players since the pandemic, it has become the starting point of the journey back to our precious daily life.”

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