APA Monrovia (Liberia) Ethiopian runner Mehari Gebre Baraki, 23,
clocked a little over two hours to win the inaugural Liberia Marathon
in which a pack of 1,500 registered runners, including Liberian leader
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, took part on Sunday.
Baraki, who in April this year won the Alexander The Great Marathon in
Thessaloniki, Greece, finished first in an event which was almost
marred by heavy rain downpour.
Osman Conteh from Sierra Leone finished first runner-up, while Johnson
Emorn and Bill Rogers of Liberia finished third and fourth
Mehari described his achievement as a worthy one, and observed that
the Liberia Marathon was more difficult than the one he won in Greece.
The third place winner, Rogers, a Liberian based in the United States,
congratulated BHP Billiton for hosting the Marathon and hoped it will
be hosted annually for the improvement of athletes’ careers in
In the 10km women’s category, Sierra Leonean Conley Lahun came first,
while 14 year-old Jemima Roberts and Bernice Blay, both Liberians,
came second and third respectively.