São Paulo (SP), 04/04/19 - On Sunday (7), Kimani Pharis Irungu, a Kenyan athlete with bronze medal in the IAAF ranking, was the winner of the 2019 São Paulo Marathon after completing the 42km in 2:18:32 sec. Ethiopian Sifan Melaku Demise, who is a gold athlete in the ranking, won the women's victory, with the time of 2h35min03sec. The two African athletes made their debut in the São Paulo Marathon race, with a great result, and intend to return in 2020, even though they felt a bit the strong climbs of the course.

A race with intense pace and pulled, and that had several climbs that required a lot of athletes, as well as new developments on the course, due to the changes requested by public agencies, a hot day and high humidity, a little drizzle at the start and arrival and that ended with the podium totally dominated by foreigners, both in the masculine, as in the feminine. Thus, the 25th edition of the International Marathon of São Paulo can be summarized.

Kimani and Sifan were among the elite foreigners of the gold, silver and bronze rankings. The competition was attended by high-performance runners and representatives from nine countries: Brazil, Eritrea, Tanzania, Kenya, Serbia and Montenegro. , Uganda, Morocco, Peru and Ethiopia.

The 35-year-old Kenyan, who made his debut in the São Paulo Marathon, used the strategy of saving himself at the beginning and then trying to pull a stronger pace. A squad of about six athletes began to clear away the second group and set the pace. Kimani was among them, along with compatriot David Kiprono (who finished second) and Ethiopian Feleke Darsema (who finished third). The three of them came together until almost the end of the race. Already on arrival at Ibirapuera, Kimani forced more and opened a small advantage, to cross first.

"It was a difficult test. With very strong climbs and high-level opponents, so much so that we come together all the time, always taking turns leading. Besides the climbs, I also felt a bit wet weather, more than I am accustomed to. The biggest difficulty was in the steep stretches, which took a lot of people. I'm happy. It's a great result, especially because it's my debut in the race, "celebrated the winner.

At age 19, Sifan Melaku Demise also made his first appearance in the São Paulo Marathon. Contrary to the men's test, the young woman set a stronger rhythm at the beginning, and after she opened her competitors' lead in the middle of the competition, she began to manage the dispute. She crossed the finish line on her own, and with an advantage over two minutes for second place, Kenyan Salome Jerono Biwo. Genet Getaneh Wendimagegnehu, another athlete from Ethiopia, was third. The Ethiopian Sifan did not know the route, and emphasized that the climbs were the most difficult points.

"It was a tough test. I felt a lot of strong climbs, where I saved myself more. But when I was able to open an advantage to my competitors, I began to manage, even to tire less and save a little. It was a tiresome race, but I'm very happy with my first victory here in São Paulo, "said the young woman.

In the Half Marathon, winning couple is united by the races

In the dispute of the Half Marathon, with distance of 21 km, the pair Leonardo Santana de Olinda and Alice Yuri Lima Fonseca celebrated the victory in double dose. The two have been dating for four years and, whenever they can, participate in the exams together. The taste for athletics and the search for the same goals end up uniting the couple even more. On Sunday they were able to celebrate yet another great result, their victory in the men's and women's in the Half Marathon race, (distance of 21 km).

Results 2019 / Marathon 42 km (first five):


1) Kimani Pharis Irungu (QUE), 2h18min32sec

2) David Kiprono Metto (WH) 2h18min38sec

3) Feleke Darsema Tulu (ETH), 2h19min01sec

4) Kiplimo Stephen (QUE), 2h19min32sec

5) Pietro Mamu Shaku (ERI), 2h19min33sec


1) Sifan Melaku Demise (ETH), 2h35min03sec

2) Salome Jerono Biwot (QUE), 2h37min32sec

3) Genet Getaneh Wendimagegnehu (ETH), 2h37min55sec

4) Faith Jeruto Chemaoi (QUE), 2:40min43sec

5) Gadise Mulu Demissie (ETH), 2h40min53sec

Half Marathon 21 km (top five):


1) Leonardo Santana de Olinda (BRA), 1h14min25sec

2) Ronielson Tenorio da Silva (BRA), 1h14min55sec

3) João Roberto Oliveira da Silva (BRA), 1h15min23sec

4) Fabio Cintra Mora (BRA), 1h16min10sec

5) Fabricio Vieira Pereira (BRA), 1h17min07sec


1) Alice Yuri Lima Fonseca (BRA), 1h31min35sec

2) Silmara Izidora Modesto (BRA), 1h34min22sec

3) Ana Luiz dos Anjos Gracez (BRA), 1h37min49sec

4) Marcia dos Santos Possari (BRA), 1h38min36sec

5) Fabia Monique (BRA), 1h38min26sec

Better times

Throughout its history, the race has achieved quite expressive times, with the highlight of the Brazilian Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima (BRA), who set the record in 2002 with 2:11 min19sec and Rumanian Rumokol Chepkanan with 2.31m31sec in 2012 Kenyans Biwot, with 2h11min21sec in 2010, and David Kemboi (QUE), with 2:11min53 in 2011. Men's singles were Carolyne Komen of Kenya (2h35min51sg in 2015) and Moroccan Samira Raif, with 2h36min01 in 2011.

All São Paulo Marathon Champions (Men / Women)

2019 - Kimani Pharis Irungu (QUE), 2h18min32sec / Sifan Melaku Demise (ETH), 2h35min03sec

2018 - Solonei da Silva (BRA) m 2h15min55s / Andréia Hessel (BRA), 2h40min07s

2017 - Paul Kimutai (QUE), 2h17min56s / Leah Jerotich (QUE), 2h41min58s

2016 - Paul Kimutai (QUE), 2h17min14sec / Alice Kibor (QUE), 2h35min56sec

2015 - Asbel Kipsang (QUE), 2h15min15s / Carolyne Komen (QUE), 2h35min51s

2014 - Paul Kangogo (QUE), 2h14min16s / Rumokol Chepkanan (QUE), 2h42min27s

2013 - Stanlei Koech (QUE), 2h16min07 / Samira Raif (MAR), 2h38min23s

2012 - Solonei da Silva (BRA), 2h12min25s / Rumokol Chepkanan (QUE), 2h31min31s *

2011 - David Kemboi (QUE), 2h11min53s / Samira Raif (MAR), 2h36min01

2010 - Stanley Biwott (QUE), 2h11min21s / Marizete Moreira (BRA), 2h39min26s

2009 - Elias Chelimo (QUE), 2h13m59s / Marizete Moreira (BRA), 2h42m24s

2008 - Claudir Rodrigues (BRA), 2h17m07s / Mª Zeferina Baldaia (BRA), 2h42m20s

2007 - Reuben Chepkwek (QUE), 2h16m05s / Jacqueline Chebor (QUE), 2h40m12s

2006 - Rotich Solomon (QUE), 2h15m15s / Margaret Karie (QUE), 2h39m24s

2005 - José Teles (BRA), 2h19m47s / Márcia Narloch (BRA), 2h40m39s

2004 - Franck Caldeira (BRA), 2h17m30s / Margareth Karie (QUE), 2h40m10s

2003 - Genilson da Silva (BRA), 2h16m26s / Mª do Carmo Arruda (BRA), 2h39m12s

2002 - Vanderlei de Lima (BRA), 2h11m19s * / Mª Zeferina Baldaia (BRA), 2h36m07s

2001 - Stephen Rugut (QUE), 2h14m30s / Marizete Rezende (BRA), 2h38m57s

2000 - David Ngetich (QUE), 2h15m21s / Márcia Narloch (BRA), 2h40m15s

1999 - Paul Yego (QUE), 2h15m29s / Márcia Narloch (BRA), 2h37m20s

1998 - Diamantino dos Santos (BRA), 2h16m55s / Viviany Oliveira (BRA), 2h39m58s

1997 - Kipkemboi Cheruiyot (QUE), 2h17m07s / Viviany Oliveira (BRA), 2h42m13s

1996 - Chalam El Maali (MAR), 2h15m21s / Janete Mayal (BRA), 2h41m40s

1995 - Luiz A. dos Santos (BRA), 2h17m11s / Ilyna Nadezhda (RUS), 2h49m33s

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