A Romanian runner finished on the 64th place out of 13 000 contestants at this year’s edition of the prestigious Athens Marathon.
Roland Unterweger ran the
42 195 meter long distance
in two hours, 52 minutes and 46 seconds, probably the best result for Romania in the
history of the competition.
The 29-year-old member of the Kipkelenge Running Team from
Arad (Western Romania) started running three years ago and
participated to several competitions this year in Paris,
“Thank you all for the wishes and good thoughts. I hug you”, Unterweger wrote on his Facebook page a few hours after the competition as a response to his friends congratulations.
The second Romanian to cross the finish line was 41-year-old Adrian Petruţ from
in three hours, 28 minutes and 33 seconds, on the 669th place. He is a member
of the Ro Club Maraton, the first Romanian club of amateur marathon runners.
Other three Romanian athletes managed to get in the top 1000: Alexandru Vişan (742nd place), Matei Cristian (944, Ro Club Maraton) and Virgiliu Badea (991).
At the 32nd Athens Marathon – the Authentic,
represented by 43 runners, including 13 women. The youngest Romanian
participant is 19 years old; the oldest was born in 1958.
According to legend, the competition it covers the same ground that the Athenian messenger Phiedippides ran when he brought news of victory from the battlefield of
The Athens Marathon is recognized as the original marathon course and it was the same course used in the 2004 Olympics held in
This year’s winner is Felix Kipchirchir Kandie from
Kenya, with a
new record of record of two hours, 10 minutes and 37 seconds. Women’s race was
won also by a Kenyan runner, Naomi Jepkogei Maiyo (2:41.06).
Photo: Romanian runner Roland Unterweger after the competition, with his wife, Marina Anca