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Sexton becomes 13th all-time Canadian at Volkswagen Prague Marathon

Winner Lonah Chemtai Salpeter of Israel set a new course record, personal best and Israeli national record

Canadian Leslie Sexton had an excellent day at the Volkswagen Prague Marathon on Sunday, taking almost two minutes off her personal best and running 2:31:49 for eighth place. Her time makes her the 13th all-time Canadian woman marathoner.

It was a day of multiple records for Lonah Chemtai Salpeter of Israel, who led the women’s race from 10K in, running alone for the win in 2:19:46. Her time was an almost two-minute course record and a new personal best by almost five minutes. Salpeter is the the 2018 European 10,000m champion and the dominant distance runner in her adoptive country, holding multiple national records at distances from 2,000m to the marathon. (She also broke her own Israeli national record in Prague today.)

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Shitaye Eshete of Bahrain was three minutes behind Salpeter, in 2:22:39 for second place today, and Genet Yalew of Ethiopia was third, in 2:24:34.

In the men’s race, Al Mahjoub Dazza of Bahrain (who also holds the Moroccan national record) broke away from the pack with 2K to go in the race, breaking the tape in 2:05:58, only 19 seconds off the course record. Dawit Wolde of Ethiopia was second, in 2:06:18, and Aychew Bantie, also of Ethiopia, was third, in 2:06:23.


American Kellyn Taylor Johnson finished fourth in the women’s race, in 2:26:27.

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