Ethiopia’s Worknesh Degefa “Something to behold. An athletic achievement that demanded appreciation” — Boston.com
The winners for the 123rd annual Boston Marathon were Ethiopian Worknesh Degefa and Lawrence Cherono.
Defega was quoted at Boston.com:
“I knew I have some speed, so I pushed myself at five miles,’’ she said through a translator. “I knew at 35 kilometers that I was going to win.’’
The 2nd place finisher in the woman’s division was the 2017 winner, Kenyan Edna Kiplagat.
For the upcoming Yellow River Marathon in China, IAAF reports April 19:
“Waganesh Mekasha is a serious title contender and arguably the most in-form woman on the entry list. The rising Ethiopian achieved a big personal best of 2:22:45 to finish fourth at Dubai Marathon in January. ”
All the top contenders, including Cheptanui Kilel and Agnes Kirop are from Kenya or Ethiopia.
As explained in TheConversation.com, 2016:
“Many of the elite Kenyan and Ethiopian distance runners were born and raised at altitudes of around 2,000-2,500 metres. This may lead to superior levels of haemoglobin (a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout the body) and haematocrit (the volume of red blood cells in the blood). In turn, this leads to an increased ability to transport oxygen to the working muscles.”
Video (cover photo) on Kenyan long distance training at YouTube.
Cyclist and trail runner Thomas Corvazier April 19, adds:
For sport this is almost entirely wrong, even excluding age. Genetics will do half of it, most of us will never run 100m in less than 11'', marathon in sub 2h30 or ironman sub 9h, no matter how strong is eagerness.
— Thomas Corvazier 🚴 (@tcorvazier) January 30, 2019