Trieste (Italy), Sunday 6 May 2012

Rebecca Jerotich, winner Maratona d'Europa 2012 (Photo: Copyright © 2012 Hendrik Böttger /

Rebecca Jerotich Tallam, winner of the Maratona d'Europa 2012


Approximately 10,000 runners took to the coastal road along the Gulf of Trieste on Sunday for the Bavisela, an annual running event in the north-eastern corner of Italy.

Over 2,000 of them took part in the Maratonina dei Due Castelli ("Two Castles Half Marathon") and around 700 runners completed the Maratona d'Europa which features an attractive but challenging 42.2km point-to-point course.

Most popular, however, was the 7-kilometre fun run. About 8,000 ran from the castle of Miramare to Trieste's magnificent main square, located right on the seafront.

The fastest runner of the day was Solomon Kirwa Yego. The 25-year-old Kenyan athlete ran the half marathon in a time of 1:02:45.

Rosaria Console (32), one of Italy's best marathon runners, showed a particularly fine performance, winning the women's half marathon in a highly respectable time of 1:11:23.

Kenyan athletes celebrated victory in the full marathon. Victor Kiprono Kimeli (26) finished the race in 2:17:02, beating Italy's three-time marathon champion Migido Bourifa (43) by almost two minutes. Rebecca Jerotich Tallam (35) was the first woman across the line—and the fourth-fastest finisher overall (2:37:10).


Solomon Kirwa Yego, Bavisela 2012, Half Marathon Winner (Photo: Copyright © 2010 Hendrik Böttger /

Solomon Kirwa Yego celebrated victory in the men's half marathon in 1:02:45.


Ultra marathon runner Željko Brljak in the Maratona d'Europa 2012 (Photo: Copyright © 2012 Hendrik Böttger /

Not as fast as the Kenyan, but with the same elegance — ultra runner Željko Brljak from Slovenia.


Rosaria Console, winner of the Maratonina dei Due Castellli 2012 (Photo: Copyright © 2012 Hendrik Böttger /

Rosaria Console won the half marathon in Trieste in a fantastic time of 1:11:23.


Bavisela 2012 - ice cream (Photo: Copyright © 2012 Hendrik Böttger /

Ice cream is a staple food in Trieste.


Bavisela 2012 - Brandy and Shawn Bowers pass an ice cream parlour in Trieste (Photo: Copyright © 2012 Hendrik Böttger /

U.S. runners Brandy and Shawn Bowers clearly enjoyed the run.


Over 500 women took part in the Maratonina dei Due Castelli 2012 (Photo: Copyright © 2012 Hendrik Böttger /

Over 500 women took part in the half marathon.


Bavisela 2012 - distance running is a cruel sport ... (Photo: Copyright © 2012 Hendrik Böttger /

Distance running is a cruel sport.


Bavisela 2012 - at the Canal Grande in Trieste (Photo: Copyright © 2012 Hendrik Böttger /

The final 500 metres: Runners passed the Canal Grande, ...


Bavisela - Maratona d'Europa 2012 - at the 42km mark (Photo: Copyright © 2012 Hendrik Böttger /

... ran along Riva Tre Novembre, ...


Bavisela 2012 - crowds at the finish in Trieste (Photo: Copyright © 2012 Hendrik Böttger /

... and sprinted to the finish line.


Results: 13. Maratona d'Europa 2012

Men: 578 finishers

1. Victor Kiprono Kimeli KEN 2:17:02
2. Migido Bourifa ITA 2:18:57
3. Lorenzo Snidersich ITA 2:36:40


Women: 117 finishers

1. Rebecca Jerotich Tallam KEN 2:37:10
2. Elisa Stefani ITA 2:39:46
3. Marilena Dall'Anese ITA 3:15:01


Results: 17. Maratonina dei Due Castelli 2012

Men: 1504 finishers

1. Solomon Kirwa Yego KEN 1:02:45
2. Philemon Kisang KEN 1:04:12
3. Stefano Scaini ITA 1:04:37


Women: 565 finishers

1. Rosaria Console ITA 1:11:23
2. Emily Chepkorir KEN 1:15:03
3. Mateja Kosovelj SLO 1:17:24


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