Personal Best: 2:08:00
Kenya’s Dominic Ondoro snapped an eight-race winning streak by Ethiopian men with his strong finish over the final four kilos in the 2017 Chevron Houston Marathon, clocking 2:12:05. Ondoro was part of a large pack early in the race, which was whittled down to five at the 25K mark. The group became four over the next 5K, with last year’s runner-up, Yitayal Atnafu of Ethiopia hanging on Ondoro’s shoulder. Between 35K and 40K, Ondoro and Atnafu pulled away, with Ondoro breaking Atnafu and taking a 10-second lead by 40K. Atnafu had no answer for Ondoro’s strength in the final two kilos and Ondoro went on to claim victoy and earn $45,000 for his win in the Chevron Houston Marathon.
Ondoro ran a 2:08:51 in winning the 2016 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, the 1985 course record by more than a minute. He has a personal best in the marathon of 2:08:00, set in 2013. Ondoro also won the 2014 Grandma’s Marathon in 2:09:06, breaking Dick Beardsley’s longstanding event and Minnesota record.
2016: 3rd at Ottawa Marathon (2:11:39); 1st at Twin Cities Marathon (2:08:51)
2015: 4th at Chevron Houston Marathon (2:09:40); 2nd at Grandma’s Marathon (2:11:17); 1st at Twin Cities Marathon (2:11:16)
2014: 5th at Chevron Houston Marathon (2:11:43); 1st at Grandma’s Marathon (2:09:06); 1st at Melbourne Marathon (2:11:30); 5th at Des Moines Half Marathon (63:40)
2013: 1st at Tiberias Marathon (2:08:00); 2nd at Dusseldorf Marathon (2:08:17); 1st at Melbourne Marathon (2:10:47)