Matea Parlov Koštro of Croatia wins the women's Hannover Marathon 2023

HANNOVER, Germany (26 March) – Amanal Petros and Matea Parlov Koštro both lived up to their potential by winning the men’s and women’s Hannover Marathon 2023, respectively, and breaking the course records on Sunday, March 26, 2023.

Petros, the 10,000m European U23 Championships silver medalist in 2017, won the men’s race with a course record time of 2:07:02. Despite failing to beat his personal best, Petros improved the course best of 2:08:32, set by South Africa’s Lusapho April in 2013. Read more: Semi Marathon de Lille results; Yomif Kejelcha scares 5km world record

Denis Chirchir and Frederick Kibii, both Kenyans, finished second and third with personal bests of 2:07:17 and 2:08:09, respectively. Jonathan Maiyo of Kenya finished fourth with a time of 2:11:33, and Geofrey Kiboi, also of Kenya, rounded out the top five with a time of 2:11:42.

Meanwhile, Matea Parlov Koštro won the women’s race with a new personal best and Croatian national record time of 2:25:45, beating her previous record of 2:28:39 set at the Hannover Marathon in 2022. The 20-time national champion and silver medalist in the marathon at the European Championships in Munich 2022 improved the course record by 30 seconds, comfortably qualifying for the Paris 2024 Olympics with a time well under the 2:26:50 standard.

“I am very satisfied with the victory and the Olympic standard that I ran. I ran a new personal record and a new course record,” the 28-year-old said on Croatia Week. “I had two ‘pace makers’ that helped me keep the pace.

“After I ran the (qualifying standard) here last year for the European Championship, and now this one for the Olympic Games, it is clear that Hannover is a happy city for me and that this is my favorite marathon.”

Kenya’s Pauline Mutwa Thitu finished second with a time of 2:29:25, and Mexica’s Risper Gesabwe came in third with a time of 2:29:49.

Hannover Marathon 2023 Results:

Men’s Marathon Results:

  1. Amanal Petros (GER) – 2:07:02
  2. Denis Chirchir (KEN) – 2:07:17
  3. Fredrick Kibii (KEN) – 2:08:09
  4. Jonathan Maiyo (KEN) – 2:11:33
  5. Geofrey Kiboi (KEN) – 2:11:42
  6. Amos Kiptoo Birgen (KEN) – 2:13:09
  7. Mustapha El Ouarrassy (MAR) – 2:19:11
  8. Benson Mutiso (KEN) – 2:19:12
  9. Ben Fletcher (USA) – 2:22:41
  10. Tim-Niklas Schwippel (GER) – 2:23:59
  11. Matthew Fox (AUS) – 2:24:21
  12. Jochen Uhrig (GER) – 2:25:09
  13. Raoul Jankowski (GER) – 2:25:45
  14. Seiya Kusaka (JPN) – 2:27:18
  15. Philipp Karpeles (GER) – 2:28:23
  16. Andreas Dietrich (GER) – 2:28:54
  17. Martin Müller (GER) – 2:29:23
  18. Francesco Rizzotti (ITA) – 2:29:30
  19. Michael Kirchberger (GER) – 2:29:44
  20. Filimon Gezae (ERI) – 2:31:16
  21. Nicolai Riechers (GER) – 2:31:21
  22. Fabian Sposato (ITA) – 2:31:42
  23. Jannik Leschowsky (GER) – 2:32:44
  24. Marcus Johansson (SWE) – 2:34:13
  25. Moritz Marquard (GER) – 2:34:43
  26. Amos Kipruto (KEN) – 2:35:26
  27. Nicolas Rohde (GER) – 2:36:04
  28. Eskil Persson (SWE) – 2:36:09
  29. Dennis Breuer (GER) – 2:36:28

Women’s Marathon Results:

  1. Matea Parlov Koštro (CRO) – 2:25:45
  2. Pauline Mutwa Thitu (KEN) – 2:29:25
  3. Risper Gesabwa (MEX) – 2:29:49
  4. Natascha Mommers (GER) – 2:31:20
  5. Nina Chydenius (FIN) – 2:35:21
  6. Aleksandra Brzezińska (POL) – 2:37:50
  7. Vanessa Wilson (AUS) – 2:42:02
  8. Špela Gonza (SLO) – 2:43:20
  9. Lisa Huwatscheck (GER) – 2:48:47
  10. Florentine Beese (GER) – 2:49:04
  11. Helle Petersen (DEN) – 2:56:13
  12. Lara Hülsebusch (GER) – 2:57:46

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