It is Dereje’s second appearance in Shanghai, having won last year in a big PB of 2:26:18. She trimmed her PB to 2:25:17 earlier this year when placing third in Vienna, but a 1:07:23 half marathon PB in Copenhagen in September suggested a further improvement on her marathon best was likely.
Kenya’s Lydia Cheromei, who won the 1991 world junior cross-country title and the 2004 world half-marathon silver medal, clocked a world age-40 best of 2:23:31 to take second place. It was her fastest time since 2012, the year in which she set her PB of 2:21:30.
Ethiopia’s Hirut Tibebu trailed four seconds behind Cheromei to finish third in 2:23:35, beating her PB by 29 seconds. It is the 22-year-old’s third PB this year following her 2:25:12 run in Dubai and 2:24:04 finish in Prague.
Ethiopia’s Gulume Chala and Margaret AGai from Kenya came in fourth and fifth place with 2:23.59 and 2:25.29 respectively.
In the men’s race South Africa’s Stephen Mokoka made history by becoming the first four-time winner in Shanghai following his victories in 2013, 2014 and 2016.
- Roza Bekele (Ethiopia) 2:22.43
- Lydia Cheromei (Kenya) 2:23.31
- Hirut Damte (Ethiopia) 2:23.35
- Gulume Chala (Ethiopia) 2:23.59
- Margaret Agai (KEN) 2:25.29