Kenyan and North Korean win marathon

Peter Kimeli (L), Kim Ji Hyang (R)

Peter Kimeli (L), Kim Ji Hyang (R)

The 35th Macau International Marathon took place yesterday morning. The male champion of the 42.195 kilometer course was Kenyan athlete Peter Kimeli, who finished with a time of 2 hours 12 minutes and 52 seconds. Kimeli won the USD47,000 cash prize.

The athletes from Kenya dominated the male race, taking also second and third place. Dominic Kangor Kimwetich finished second in 2:13:19 and Suleiman Kipkesis Simotwo with 2:15:21.

The female champion, Kim Ji Hyang, came from North Korea and finished the course with a time of 2:36:16. Kim won a cash prize of USD40,000. Joan Jepchirchir Kigen finished second with a time of 2:36:48 and Chemtai Rionotukei, also from Kenya, finished third with a time of 2:38:19.

The marathon race started at 6 a.m. and was followed by the half-marathon, which started at 6.15 a.m. Around 10,000 participants from 46 countries participated.

A special prize was awarded to the oldest athlete, 79 year-
old Kuan Kam Tong.

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