Buzunesh Deba of Ethiopia made history on Sunday in Minnesota when she became the first woman to win both the Grandma marathon and the Twin Cities marathon in the same year. The two are Minnesota’s premiere marathon events.
Deba won the Medtronic 29th Twin Cities marathon on Sunday with a time of 2:27:24.This past summer in June, she won Duluth’s Grandma marathon with what was at that time her personal best of 2:35:35.
The 23 year old Ethiopian born Deba lives and trains in New York. Her time on Sunday becomes the third best winning time for the Twin Cities marathon.
Russian Svetlana Ponomarenko came in second to Deba with a time of 2:35:23 and another Ethiopianm Serkalem Abrha came in third with a time of 2:36:16.
In the men’s race, Sergio Reyes of California won with a time of 2:14:02.
The top Minnesota finisher in the men’s race was Donovan Fellows of Woodbury who came in ninth. Nichole Porath of Red Wing finished 20th in the women’s race.
Sunday’s Twin Cities marathon also served as this year’s USA Men’s and Masters Marathon Championships and USA Women’s 10 Mile Championship.
Matt Downin of Edina, Minnesota won the 10 mile race in the men’s catgeory with a time of 50:43 while Michele Suszek of Longmont, Colorado was the top finisher in the women’s 10 mile race with a time of 59:08.
Deba’s win entitles her to US$25,000 prize money while Reyes will receive US$26,900.