Eritrean Shumay Mogos Solomon and Kenyan Morine Michira Gesara win the 12th Honda Jesolo Moonlight Half Marathon
The Kenyan signs the race record 1h10'52 "and the Eritrean reconfirms herself for the second time after the 2018 victory, running in 1h02'39". Third step of the podium, surprisingly, for the Italian Ademe Cuneo who finished in 1h03'20", just 13" from his personal best. Among the curiosity, also competing Piero Barone, the Italian tenor member of the musical trio 'Il Volo'
Venice, 19 May 2023 - The 12th Honda Jesolo Moonlight Half Marathon crowns the Eritrean Shumay Mogos Solomon for the second time, training partner of the blue Eyob Faniel, who won in 1h02'39", preceding by only 9 seconds the Kenyan Isaac Too, second in 1h02'48”.
The race started at a rather slow pace, but with constant spurts that sent most of the leading group into a 'tilt'. The race then heated up around the 17th kilometer, when the real head-to-head between the Eritrean and the Kenyan began, resolved only in the last 500 meters, when Solomon placed the decisive draw.
“I'm happy to have reconfirmed here in Jesolo and I enjoyed the race a lot. I was hoping to lower my personal score, but I'm still very happy” - says Mogos, training partner of the blue marathon record holder Eyob Faniel, at the finish line, during the rallies in Asmara (Eri).
Third place, surprisingly, for the 24-year-old Italian, of Ethiopian origins, Ademe Cuneo who finished in 1h03'20 ", just 13" from his personal best. “It's my first half marathon of the season and I'm really happy with this podium. It's just a pity that I didn't make the staff, but it was a tactically difficult match to read and interpret" - said the Athletics color bearer Casone Noceto.
Fourth place for the other blue Abdoullah Bamoussa, while retirement for Giuseppe Gerratana.
Record of the race, however, in the women's field at the hands of the Kenyan Morine Michira Gesare who ran in 1h10'52 ", lowering the previous record by 1 minute, which dated back to 2013 and belonged to the Kenyan Hellen Jepkurgat. Behind her, detached by a handful of seconds, the Rwandan Clementine Mukandanga, while third, with a delay of more than 3 minutes, came the Burundian Cavaline Nahimana.
The women's race, well piloted by the hares with an intermediate lap of 34'08", was more regular than the men's with the Kenyan and the Rwandan in the lead right from the start, who ran together up to the last kilometer , when Jepkurgat stretched out, shrugging off Mukandanga. Second victory of the season, therefore, for Hellen Jepkurgat after the one in Piacenza last May 7th. “I'm really happy to have achieved the new record of the run and to have won. I dedicate this podium to my boyfriend Dennis”. The first of the blues was Federica Sugamiele, fourth at the finish line, in 1h14'39".
Among the curiosity, Piero Barone, the Italian tenor member of the highly successful musical trio 'Il Volo' was also in the competition. Barone finished his race in 1h45'45".
The protagonists of the shortest race of 9.350 meters were the 19-year-old Venetian and middle-distance runner of Assindustria Padova Thomas D'Este (29'15") and the 'Aristide Coin' diletta Moressa (33'09"), both winners last October also of the 10k combined with the Venicemarathon.
Nice gesture of fair play in the Alì Family Run, where 15-year-old Francesco Zamuner from Ivrea (companion of his marathon dad) waited for the arrival of the youngest Giulio Coppe (9 years old, from Jesolo) to cross the finish line together. Among the women, clear victory for Valentina Piaz (14 years old) from Belluno. Shortly before the start, the race was sold out of the 500 bibs available.
Many local administrators in the race: the deputy mayor of Venice Andrea Tomaello, in his debut in a 10K, ran in 1h03'24"; the president of the City Council Ermelinda Damiano, still on the 10k, 1h41'22'. In the half marathon, the newly elected mayor of San Donà di Piave Alberto Teso ran in 1h42'50".
In all three races, a minute of silence was observed in memory of the victims of the floods that hit Emilia Romagna. The start of the Family Run was also greeted by Don Gianni Fassina, by the president of the Municipal Council of Jesolo Lucas Pavanetto and by the president of the Rotary Club of Jesolo Paolo Milan.
The Honda Auto Italia special award was presented to Giorgia Bocchetto, the first Venetian woman to cross the finish line in the half marathon.
“It was a truly extraordinary edition both for the technical quality of the results and for the great participation: in all three races we saw the bibs sold out - commented the president of Venicemarathon Piero Rosa Salva - An extraordinary evening , which stimulates us to look to the future with great optimism, but above all to aim to grow even more in numbers, at a technical level, but aboveall internationally. On behalf of myself and of all Venicemarathon, I warmly thank the Municipality of Jesolo and all its offices for their invaluable collaboration, all the police forces involved, the Civil Protection, the Green Cross and the extraordinary volunteers. In 2024 the race will take place on Saturday 25 May”.
Men's 21K ranking
1.Shumay Mogos (Eri) 1h02'39"
2. Isaac Too (Ken) 1h02'48”
3. Ademe Cuneo (Ita) 1h03'20”
4. Onesphore Nzikwinkunda (Bdi) 1h03'26”
5. Abdoullah Bamoussa (Ita) 1h05'28”
6. Olivier Irabaruta (Bdi) 1h05'49
7. Radoine Amehdy (Tue) 1h07'55”
8. Michael Sutton (Nzl) 1h08'10”
21K Female Ranking
1. Morine Michira Gesara (Ken) 1h10'52"
2. Clementine Mukandanga (Rwa) 1h11'12”
3. Cavaline Nahimana (Bdi) 1h14'12"
4. Federica Sugamiele (Ita) 1h14'39"
5. Emily Cheroben (Ken) 1h17'55”
6. Loretta Bettin (Ita) 1h22'23"
7. Francesca Tonin (Ita) 1h23'53"
8. Martina Festini (Ita) 1h26'08"
Men's 10K standings
1. D'Este Thomas (Assind. Pd) 29'15 "
2. Marco Montorio (Atl. Rigoletto) 29'29"
3. Nicolò Petrin (Vicenza Marathon) 29'29"
Women's 10K ranking
1. Diletta Moressa (Aristide Coin) 33'09"
2. Elisa Marcon (Atl. Vicentina) 34'28"
3. Veronica Bacci (Team Km Sport) 35'53"
Sponsors of the event were: Honda Italia, Craft, Compressport, Alì, Banco BPM, Pro Action, San Benedetto, Bavaria, Palmisano, 1/6H Sport, Morato, Diabasi, 3B Meteo, ATVO, ParkForFun, Lacomed Sport and the media partners Corriere dello Sport, Tuttosport, Radio Bellla & Monella and Radio PiterPan. Confcommercio Ascom San Donà- Jesolo also collaborates in the event.