Kenyan runner Hillary Kipsambu won the 96th International Peace Marathon in Košice, held on October 6. He crossed the finish line in 2:09:33 hours.
This was Kenya's 11th victory in a row and the 17th triumph of a runner from this country at the Košice marathon, which is the oldest one in Europe, the SITA newswire reported.
Altogether, about 14,500 runners competed in the marathon, the regional Korzár daily wrote.
African runners dominate
Apart from the laurel wreath, Kipsambu also received a financial reward of €12,000 since he finished the race in under 2:10 hours. However, he did not break the record of his fellow countryman Lawrence Kimaiya from 2012, who finished the race in 2:07:01 hours.
Shumet Mengistu of Ethiopia came second (2:10:50), followed by Tsegay Tuemay of Eritrea (2:11:02). African runners have dominated the marathon since 2005, Korzár wrote.
“I wanted to improve my personal record of 2:07:20 from last year’s autumn marathon in Amsterdam, but nobody could do it with such a wind,” Kipsambu said after the race, as quoted by SITA.
Several other participants complained about the weather, too. The last time there was such bad weather during the marathon was in 1998, according to meteorologists.
Record broken in women's race
A record was broken in the women’s category. The winner, Ethiopian Sichala Kumeshi Deress, finished the race in 2:26:01. Last year’s winner Miliam Ebongon of Kenya crossed the finish line in 2:27:16.
“I was in good form, so the wind didn’t bother me,” Kumeshi Deress said, as quoted by SITA.
However, she added that if there hadn't been any wind, she may have been able to finish around 2 hours and 23 minutes.
Second placed Chemtai Rionotukei from Kenya (2:33:27), followed by another Kenyan, Joan Jepchirchir Kigen (2:34:05).
Tibor Sahajda was the best Slovak finisher, placing seventh in the overall classification. He finished the race in 2:15:25, improving his personal record by 34 seconds.
Lucia Vlčáková was the best Slovak woman, crossing the finish line in 2:49:19, SITA wrote.
7. Oct 2019 at 13:44 | Compiled by Spectator staff