A new course record was set yesterday in the 71st annual running of the Košice Peace Marathon, Europe’s oldest marathon event. David Kariuki, 34, finished in 2:13:27, seven seconds ahead of the previous record set 23 years before. He predicted a time of 2:10 would eventually be run on the flat course, and said the large crowds who regularly turn out to watch the runners in the eastern Slovak city had helped him overcome muscle problems to win. “The spectators were really perfect, they gave me a lot of motivation,” he said at a press conference following the race. “I run marathons in Israel and Morocco, and there you won’t find a soul on the course besides the runners. It’s a completely different feeling.”
Compiled by Tom Nicholson from press reports.
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8. Oct 2001 at 8:48