Kenyan runner Hillary Kipsambu won the 96th International Peace Marathon in Kosice clocking 2:09:33
This was Kenya's 11th victory in a row and the 17th triumph of a runner from this country at the Košice marathon, which is the oldest one in Europe, the SITA newswire reported.
Altogether, about 14,500 runners competed in the marathon, the regional Korzár daily wrote.
Apart from the laurel wreath, Kipsambu also received a financial reward of €12,000 since he finished the race in under 2:10 hours. However, he did not break the record of his fellow countryman Lawrence Kimaiya from 2012, who finished the race in 2:07:01 hours.
Shumet Mengistu of Ethiopia came second (2:10:50), followed by Tsegay Tuemay of Eritrea (2:11:02). African runners have dominated the marathon since 2005, Korzár wrote.
“I wanted to improve my personal record of 2:07:20 from last year’s autumn marathon in Amsterdam, but nobody could do it with such a wind,” Kipsambu said after the race, as quoted by SITA.
Several other participants complained about the weather, too. The last time there was such bad weather during the marathon was in 1998, according to meteorologists.
A record was broken in the women’s category. The winner, Ethiopian Sichala Kumeshi Deress, finished the race in 2:26:01. Last year’s winner Miliam Ebongon of Kenya crossed the finish line in 2:27:16.
“I was in good form, so the wind didn’t bother me,” Kumeshi Deress said, as quoted by SITA.
However, she added that if there hadn't been any wind, she may have been able to finish around 2 hours and 23 minutes.
Second placed Chemtai Rionotukei from Kenya (2:33:27), followed by another Kenyan, Joan Jepchirchir Kigen (2:34:05).
posted Monday October 7th