Hamburg Marathon 2016 Results: Men's and Women's Top Finishers

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistApril 17, 2016

HAMBURG, GERMANY - APRIL 26:  Winner of the ladies race Meseret Hailu of Ethiopia runs during the Hamburg Marathon on April 26, 2015 in Hamburg, Germany.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
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Ethiopia's Tesfaye Abera raced to victory in the 2016 Hamburg Marathon on Sunday, as Kenyan duo Philemon Rono and Josphat Kiprono placed second and third, respectively.

The race's official website confirmed Abera finished in a time of two hours, six minutes and 58 seconds, and writer Steven Mills noted how the result saw him continue his strain of good form this year:

Ethiopia completed a clean sweep of the top places after Meselech Melkamu dominated the women's marathon with a time of 2:21:54, almost five minutes faster than second-placed compatriot Meseret Hailu (2:26:26).

The Hamburg Marathon's official Twitter account confirmed Melkamu's finish smashed the course record in northern Germany, two minutes and 18 seconds quicker than the time Netsanet Achamo set in 2012:

Some of the world's best runners made their way to the second-largest city in Germany with hopes of sealing late qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympics, with some showing the necessary grade, while others fell short.

Jakob Larsen, director of the Danish Athletic Federation, confirmed Abdi Ulad Hakim's time of 2:14:03 was enough to secure him a place in Brazil, along with sports management company Bizz-Sports:

Not all competitors were as fortunate, though, and only the top 12 men's finishers clocked under 2:15:30, the time needed to book a place at Rio 2016.

Commentator Dave Robbo confirmed Australian duo Jeffrey Hunt and Brad Milosevic, 17th and 34th, respectively, didn't get the passing mark to clinch their places:

Julian Flugel was the highest German finisher in Hamburg, and the home fans may have been disappointed to see him clock in at 22nd with a time of 2:17:10, but Anja Scherl fared better in the women's order.

She placed third behind Melkamu and Hailu, but despite rounding the course more than 15 minutes behind the first-place finisher, her time was still good enough to seal her place at the Olympics in July:

Ethiopia's representatives look to be in fine form ahead of this summer's showcase, but Kenya's runners provided stiff competition for the top spots in the men's race.

It's not likely to be the last time these two great nations of the sport compete for marathon glory this year, with anticipation building toward the running in South America this summer.  

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