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Kenyan runners again romp home in Standard Chartered KL Marathon

by August 7, 2016 General

Kennedy Kiproo Lilan breasting the tape at Dataran Merdeka. — Bernama picKennedy Kiproo Lilan breasting the tape at Dataran Merdeka. — Bernama picKUALA LUMPUR, Aug 7 — Kenyan runners as predicted continue to dominate the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2016 when they won most of the open class in both the men’s and women’s categories, which started and ended at Dataran Merdeka here today.

Defending champion Kennedy Kiproo Lilan clinched the men’s open full marathon (42 kilometres) title for the fifth time.

Lilan clocked a time of 2 hours, 18 minutes and 57 seconds, ahead of compatriots Tonui Kiprop and Luka Kipkemoi Chelimo, who finished second and third respectively in 2’18:59s and 2’19:24s.

“This year’s race was a tough and challenging one for me. Winning the race for the fifth time in the KL Marathon was a great achievement.

“However, I am not happy with my timing. The time of about two hours 19 minutes was not good enough. Maybe next year I come back stronger, that’s my promise,” Lilan told reporters after the prize giving ceremony.

For his feat, Lilan pocketed US$17,500 (RM71,000) while Kiprop walked away with US$7,500 and Chelimo had to be contented with US$5,000.

Lilan noted that his biggest victory was at the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon last December and his next assignment would be the Jakarta Marathon in October.

Meanwhile Ethiopia’s Hirut Beyene Guangul broke the Kenyan runners’ dominance when she reached the finishing line with a time of 2’39:02s, just 0.12 seconds ahead of Kenya’s Naomi Jepkogei Maiyo with 2’39:14s.

Another Kenyan runner, Elizabeth Jeruiyot Chemweno came in third with 2’41:10s.

They pocketed the same prize purse as with the men.

For the full marathon Malaysian Men’s and Women’s categories, the winners were Muhaizar Mohamad and Yuan Yufang.

A total of 35,000 runners took part in the event which offered a total prize money of US$125,000.

List of winners:

Full Marathon

Men’s Open

1. Kennedy Kiproo Lilan (Kenya) 2 hours 18 minutes 57 seconds

2. Tonui Kiprop (Kenya) 2’18:59s

3. Luka Kipkemoi Chelimo (Kenya) 2’19:24s

Women’s Open

1. Hirut Beyene Guangul (Ethiopia) 2’39:02s

2. Naomi Jepkogei Maiyo (Kenya) 2’39:14s

3. Elizabeth Jeruiyot Chemweno (Kenya) 2’41:10s

Half Marathon

Men’s Open

1. Charles Munyua Njoki (Kenya) 1’07:44s

2. Samson Kipiagat (Kenya) 1’11:09s

3. Samuel Muya (Kenya) 1’12:12s

Women’s Open

1. Hannah Wabera Gathingi (Kenya) 1’22:20s

2. Tabitha Wambui (Kenya) 1’22:42s

3. Sheela Samivellu (Malaysia) 1’24:44s — Bernama