Nkhabutlane finishes fourth in Rome

Nkhabutlane finishes fourth in Rome

MASERU-Lesotho marathon record holder Motlokoa Nkhabutlane finished fourth at the Rome Marathon in Italy on Sunday. The race in the Italian capital was the 33-year-old’s second outing in Europe after competing in the Paris Marathon last year.

Nkhabutlane put in another impressive display to clock a time of 2 hours, 10 minutes and 32 seconds (2:10:32) and finish in the top four in what was a quality international field.

Nkhabutlane’s time of 2:10:32 is also the second fastest run by a Mosotho in the marathon after his national record of 2:09:47 which he set last March at the Paris Marathon where he finished ninth.

The Rome Marathon was won by Kenyan Cosmas Birech who took the honours with a personal best time of 2:08:03. The other two podium finishers also needed personal bests to beat Nkhabutlane.

Second-placed Ibrahim Abdo Abdi of Bahrain improved his best by more than three minutes to clock 2:08:32 while Paul Kangogo completed the top three with a personal best of 2:09:20.

Rome Marathon top finishers:

Men:
1. Cosmas Kipchoge Birech (Kenya) 2:08:03
2. Ibrahim Abdo Abdi (Bahrain) 2:08:32
3. Paul Kangogo (Kenya) 2:09:20
4. Motlokoa Nkhabutlane (Lesotho) 2:10:32
5. Ghirmay Birhanu Gebru (Ethiopia) 2:10:57
6. Mathew Kipsaat (Kenya) 2:11:35
7. Dejene Debela Gonfa (Ethiopia) 2:12:01
8. Daniel Aschenik Derese (Ethiopia) 2:13:36

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