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VIDEO: The Venice Marathon course floods

Sunday's Venice Marathon saw high tides which brought ankle-deep water that runners wade through. Some said the running race turned into a swim

The Venice Marathon saw several inches of water at certain points of the course in Sunday’s race. This flooding is apparently caused by acqua alta, which is the high tide that occurs from the Northern Adriatic Sea. 

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The flooding in 2018 follows an unplanned course detour in 2017. According to the Guardian, the favourites were in contention when the lead motorcycle took a wrong turn at the 2017 event. The report adds that the leaders covered “several hundred metres” before the mistake was realized and the athletes turned back, in the process losing approximately two minutes. 

Despite the difficult conditions, Mekuant Ayenew Gebre of Ethiopia managed to pull off the win today, finishing in 2:13:22. The Ethiopian runner entered the race with a 2:09:00 personal best from the Prague Marathon in 2017.


Second place went to Kenyan plumber Gilbert Kipleting Chumba in 2:13:49, and third place to Stephen Kiplimo in 2:13:56. Yuki Kawauchi of Japan finished seventh, in 2:27:40. Sunday was Kawauchi’s 87th marathon of his career, and 10th marathon race this year. Kawauchi is a government worker in Japan who rose to fame after his Boston win in 2018. He will finally begin his professional running career in April of 2019. 

In the women’s race Angela Jemesunde Tanui of Kenya took the win in 2:31:30. Tanui has a 2:26:31 personal best from the Vienna Marathon in 2017. Second place went to Amente Sorone Nagash of Ethiopia in 2:38:59 and third place to Euliter Jepchirchir Tanui in 2:40:56.