01 March 2021, 12pm
Faniel had become the Italian marathon record holder a year ago by running 2:07:19 in the Seville Marathon. Before this most recent performance he had been on a month-long training camp at altitude in Kapsabet, Kenya where he was training with the Kenyan winner Felix Kipkoech (59:35) and Alex Kibet (1:00:07), who beat him into third place by a whisker. Faniel made an improvement of 37 seconds over his previous personal best time.
The women’s race was effectively a time trial for the Kenyan-born Israeli Lonah Salpeter who blazed solo to a world-leading time of 1:07:09, passing through 10km in 30:35 and finishing over four minutes ahead of second-placed Sofiia Yaremchuk (Italy) in 1:11:20.