Sunday, October 27, 2013

Kenyans dominate Jakarta Marathon

William Chebor led the Kenyan trio that dominated the Jakarta Marathon 2013 on Sunday, covering the 42 kilometers in two hours, 14 minutes and 30 seconds to win the men’s title.

Stephen Tum and Chelimo Kipkemoi finished second and third with 2:15:35 and 2:17:06, respectively.
The marathon started at the National Monument (Monas) square in Central Jakarta, on Sunday morning.
Mulu Seyfu, an Ethiopian elite runner, cruised to victory in the women’s title after she completed the route with a time of 2:42:57.

Diana Sigei of Kenya finished in second 82-seconds behind while another Kenyan, Mercy Jelimo Foo, took third with 2:44:18.

The race started at 5 a.m., earlier than any other race previously held in the capital, due to weather.
“We deliberately started earlier so the runners, particularly the elite runners, would not be affected by the humidity,” Deputy Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sapta Nirwandar told a press conference at the Monas compound, on Sunday.
Both first winners took home US$40,000 in prizes (Jakarta Post)

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