Kenyan runners rule Singapore Marathon 2008-12-07 13:58:42   Print

    SINGAPORE, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- Reigning world champion Kenyan Luke Kibet and compatriot, three-time cross country champion Edith Masai won men's and women's marathon respectively in the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon on Sunday.

    Kibet, who won the marathon at last year's IAAF World Championships in Osaka clocking 2:15:59, crossed the finish line in 2:13:01, breaking the record of 2:14:22 set by the title-defender Kenyan Elijah Mbogo at last year's race.

    He was followed by his compatriots Johnstone Chepkwony and Amos Matui, wrapped up the men's top three. Johnstone Chepkwony came in second in 2:15:12. Matui, runner-up last year after winning in 2005 and 2006, came in third in 2:15:15 seconds.

    In the women's race, Masai won the gold medal in a time of 2:34:15, pocketing 35,000 U.S. dollars cash prize, the same as Kibet got. She was followed by Russian Silvia Skvortsova and Kenyan RoseJ. Chesire, clocking time of 2:37:10, 2:42:19 respectively.

    Meanwhile, four Chinese athletes took part in this season's race and just 21-year-old girl Zhang Junli got a better result, ranking 7th in a time of 2:29:23.

    The Singapore Marathon, sponsored by the Standard Chartered Bank, is one of the four legs of the Greatest Race On Earth series that also includes marathons in Nairobi, Mumbai and Hong Kong.

    About 50,000 runners took part in this year's race, exceeding last year's record of 40,000 runners, according to organizers.

Editor: Yao
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