Mubarak Hassan Shami knocked three minutes from his previous
lifetime best to win the twentieth edition of the Venice Marathon in
For the Qatari, the former Kenyan Richard Yatich, it was his second
marathon win of the year after his 2:12:20 debut over the distance in
Vienna last May. The challenging Venice course also apparently inspired
the young Kenyan Paul Lokira, who finished second in 2:10:18, just
ahead of Italy's Francesco Ingargiola, who clocked 2:10:25.
Running in the fourth marathon of her career, 27-year-old Emily Kimuria
took top honours in the women's race in 2:28:42, just shy of her
2:28:18 personal best from the 2003 Berlin Marathon. Ethiopian Leila
Aman (PB 2:27:54, Berlin 2004) finished runner-up in 2:31:10 ahead of
pre-race favourite Helena Javornik from Slovenia, who took third place
in 2:32:13, but was rewarded with the World Military Games title.