A Keynan competing at the Rio Olympics won Devín – Bratislava run

Nelson Cherutich won with a time of 35:05 minutes, the fastest woman was Hungarian Zita Kácser.

Nelson Cherutich, the winner of Devín - Bratislava 2018 run receives his laurel. Nelson Cherutich, the winner of Devín - Bratislava 2018 run receives his laurel. (Source: TASR)

Kenyan Nelson Cherutich (Benedek Team) won the traditional spring run between Devín and Bratislava which was first organised in 1921, with a time of 35:05 minutes, followed by Oleksandr Matviyichuk from the Ukraine (JM Demolex Bardejov), Hungarian László Gregor (Benedek Team), and Slovaks Matúš Verbovský (ŠK Atléti BS B. Štiavnica), Marek Hladík and Šimon Wahlandt (both BK HNTN Bratislava).

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The winner in the women’s category was Zita Kácser (Hungary, Benedek Team 39:47 min), and Slovaks Ľubomíra Maníková (AK Spartak Dubnica), Lucia Kovalančíková (ŠK Dukla Banská Bystrica), Lucia Beláková (TJ Spartak Myjava), Diana Tešovičová (Bratislava), and Barbora Brezovská (Slávia ŠG Trenčín).

Winners and famous participants

After one-year’s break, it was again a Kenyan long-distance runner who won the 71st year of the popular National Devín – Bratislava Run, the Sme daily wrote. The Olympic racer from Rio 2016, Nelson Cherutich covered the 11,625 metres long track in 35:05 minutes.

“I liked the track, the environment is nice here, and it felt good running,” he said, as cited by the TASR newswire. “I am happy to have won here. It was my first run in Bratislava but I will be glad to come back next year.”

Hungarian runner Zita Kácserová, aged 29, won again for the fourth time. She was also the best female runner last year. The 3,000 metres hurdles specialist, who wants to compete at the athletic European Championship in August 2018 in Berlin, succeeded in beating the limit of 40 minutes (she had a time of 39:47 minutes).

The so-called Malý Devín (Small Devín) track of less than 3 kilometres was launched by Matej Tóth, Olympic walking champion in Rio 2016. He ran the whole track, ending somewhere around 150th place.

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