The third edition of the race started an hour earlier than anticipated to avoid the hottest part of the day—32°C in the shade. Gennaro Piscopo kept company with Nicola Dal Grande up until 35km but could not respond to his decisive attack.
Runners passed through several villages during the run through the "Sahel" savannah. On arrival in each they received a great welcome and were accompanied along the way by vilage children.
MEN: 1 Nicola DAL GRANDE ITA 3:18:43 2 Gennaro PISCOPO ITA 3:22:58 3 Gianfranco BAUDUINO ITA 4:19:30 4 Marco BRAGONZI ITA 4:28:33 5 Fabio MILANI ITA 4:44:33 WOMEN: 1 Antonella FELTRIN ITA 4:36:19 2 Marta FURLANETTO ITA 5:58:30 3 Cinzia CAMPORESI ITA 6:04:29 HALF MARATHON MEN: 1 Angelo RINNA ITA 1:44:14 2 Mario DAL COROBBO ITA 1:53:23 3 Roberto PREGNOLATO ITA 2:22:27 WOMEN: 1 Giulia AGRESTA ITA 2:10:43 2 Bruna MARASSO ITA 2:13:58 3 Silvia PARISI ITA 2:14:24
Veteran locals Linton McKenzie and Arieta Martin ran away with the top spots in a field of 754 entrants representing 18 countries. The top two in both races are regular participants in the Jamdammers Grand Prix series of races which builds up to the Marathon. Kirk Brown took the Half Marathon in 1:10:42 and Terri Rejimbal of Florida led the females home in 1:23:18.
The 10km was introduced for the first time and fielded the targeted 250 participants. Kemoy Campbell (30:35) and Natoya Goule (36:41) came out ahead in a highly competitive race.
Reggae Marathon Lifetime Awards were presented to octogenarians and longtime rivals Burt Carlson (83) of the USA and Jamaica's Roy Thomas (82) who finished with times of 7:33:34 and 6:02:31 respectively. Carlson, a five time Reggae Marathon participant who was also competing in his 301st marathon said "I always enjoy this race. Roy gives me enough competition and has beaten me a few times. I look forward to our usual challenge next year."
Japanese eco marathoner Hajime Nisihi was among the thousands of tourists stranded at Bangkok airport but travelled for 36 hours though the jungle to Singapore, in order to make his originally scheduled flights from Tokyo to Montego Bay to complete the race.
MEN: 1 Linton MCKENZIE 2:40:08 2 Andrew GUTZMORE 2:45:23 3 Lamk HULZEBO 2:47:20 4 Lamar EDWARDS 2:53:27 5 Colin GRAHAM 2:58:04 6 Jacek CIELUSZECKI 3:01:06 7 Mitchell SHEAFFER 3:13:49 8 Owen GREAVES 3:15:20 9 Jerry BRYAN 3:28:54 10 Jim CHELY 3:32:41 WOMEN: 1 Arieta MARTIN 3:28:16 2 Karlene BLAGROVE 3:30:28 3 Mirjana PELLIZZER 3:33:25 4 Kathy WALDRON 3:44:30 5 Jacqueline Len BRUMMELHUIS 3:47:46 6 Chrystal PETER 4:02:22 7 Angela GONZALEZ 4:06:36 8 Debra THOMAS 4:09:19 9 Charlene LIVINGSTONE 4:11:47 10 Carol BORGO-PARIZET 4:13:39 HALF MARATHON MEN: 1 Kirk BROWN 1:10:42 2 Gregory MCKENZIE 1:11:14 3 Damion BENT 1:12:20 WOMEN: 1 Terri REJIMBAL 1:23:18 2 Stacey BELL 1:36:01 3 Barb LEININGER 1:40:26
3000 local and international athletes started from the Macau Stadium at 06:00. Yemane Tsegay Adhane from Ethiopia broke the record of Jung Won Kim, set in 1999, with his 2:15:06 performance, and swept a total of USD 23,000 in prize money. Yuan Lili's win in the female category brought prize money and a special bonus totalling USD18,000.
MEN: 1 Tesgay Adhane YEMANE ETH 2:15:06 2 Cyprian Kiogora MWOBI KEN 2:15:12 3 Mykhail IVERUK UKR 2:16:49 4 Justus Kibet MEBUR KEN 2:17:36 5 Elkanah MACHUKA KEN 2:19:01 6 Philip BANDAWE ZIM 2:19:11 7 Hyok Ryo PONG PRK 2:19:17 8 Vasco Fernando Xavier AZEVEDO POR 2:19:21 9 Joseph Kadon EPETET KEN 2:19:39 10 Song Ri KUM PRK 2:20:09 WOMEN: 1 Lili YUAN CHN 2:36:40 2 Yong Ok JONG PRK 2:36:52 3 Kum Ok KIM PRK 2:36:55 4 Abeba TOLA EDA ETH 2:40:03 5 Fridah Jepkite LODEPA TOO KEN 2:45:53 6 Kristijna LOONEN NED 2:53:49 7 Xu YUZONG CHN 2:54:52 8 Hoi LONG MAC 3:12:54 9 Hing Chan CHUN HKG 3:15:10 10 Angelina Kong FUNG SIN HKG 3:16:46
World champion Luke Kibet put a bad year behind HIM, taking close to a minute and a half off the course record writes Pat Butcher. After problems in the Kenyan riots at the start of the year, Kibet had perfromed poorly in the London Marathon in April and he dropped out of the Olympic race in August. But his decisive victory reestablishes him as a marathon force.
It was 21°C with high humidity at the 05:30 start, but though the temperature rose steadily, a fresh breeze under overcast skies provided mid-race relief. A group of a dozen, mostly Kenyans, began to break up at that point, and Kibet took the opportunity to push on alongside pacemaker, Johnstone Chepkwony. Although Chepkwony had already decided to finish the race, he said later that he knew he couldn't challenge Kibet. Kibet moved ahead at 31km and the race was effectively over. He ran the second half one minute faster and proved yet again his ability in hot and humid conditions. Chepkwony was delighted with his debut in second. In third place this time, Amos Matui had won the race in 2005/6 and was a close second last year.
Edith Masai continues to defy the advancing years, as she won in similar fashion, at the age of 41. One of four who had already broken away by 10km, the three-time world cross country champion only had Silvia Skvortsova for company at halfway. Masai ran the second half close to two minutes faster than the first to finish three minutes clear.
Conditions will always militate against fast times in Singapore, but good organisation and the serious prize money drew 15000 to run in the marathon, with another 35,000 in the 10km and half-marathon.
MEN: 1 Luke KIBET KEN 2:13:01 2 Johnstone CHEPKWONY KEN 2:15:12 3 Amos MATUI KEN 2:15:15 4 John STEVEN TAN 2:17:39 5 Victor MANGUSHO KEN 2:17:57 6 Sammy TUM KEN 2:18:06 7 Francis KIPROP KEN 2:18:26 8 Joel Kimaru KEIYO KEN 2:18:31 9 Evans KIPKOSGEI KEN 2:19:17 10 Tariku JAFUR ETH 2:19:28 WOMEN: 1 Edith MASAI KEN 2:34:15 2 Silvia SKVORTSOVA RUS 2:37:10 3 Rose CHESIRE KEN 2:42:39 4 Irene CHEROP KEN 2:45:32 5 Gebre ROMAN ETH 2:46:11 6 Madina BIKTAGIROVA RUS 2:46:55 7 Junli ZHANG CHN 2:49:26 8 Lena GEVELIN SWE 2:50:48 9 Helen STANTON AUS 2:50:50 10 Seki KIMURA JPN 2:52:25
Defending champions Victor Ledger and Amy Chalk had varying fortunes as former champion Pamenos Ballantyne reclaimed the men's title after an interval of several years, but Chalk defended her crown from a determined challenge by Birgit Bartels. Starting from the Esplanade in the island's capital Bridgetown, Marathon and Half Marathon runners set off before dawn at 05:00, with the temperature already at 26°C, and made their way through the still shuttered city centre northward up the west coast. Never more than two hundred metres from the coast, the road even so has several undulations, notably past the famous Sandy Lane Hotel, which are negotiated both on the outward and return journey (although the Half Marathon runners turned just before reaching this point).
At the Marathon turnaround in Speightstown Ledger led Kenyan Samuel Nuriithi by 10-15m, and Ballantyne was about another 50m back. It continued that way on the return journey past 25km, but Ballantyne had strength in reserve and gradually hauled the leading pair back. The trio ran together for a while but when Ballantyne made his move at around 35km the other two were unable to respond. He pulled clear, running the second half nearly two minutes faster than the first, to win emphatically. Trinidadian Richard Jones, in fourth, was the only other person to record negative splits - but they differed only by 20 seconds. Amy Chalk had a runaway win last year but this time faced a much closer race from Birgit Bartels. Even so, the Englishwoman steadily pulled ahead and although she slowed over the final 5km she was never in danger of being caught.
The Half Marathon results showed a repeat of the previous day's form in the 10km event around the City. Robert Kiprotich Letting was again in control of the men's event, with Dylan Wykes valiantly chasing, ahead of former winner Zepherinus Joseph. In the women's race Wendy Nichols did the double, ahead of fellow Briton Birhan Dagne, who struggled slightly with hamstring problems.
MEN: 1 Pamenos BALLANTYNE VIN 2:25:15 2 Samuel NURIITHI KEN 2:27:40 3 Victor LEDGER STL 2:29:58 4 Richard JONES TRI 2:32:06 5 Marinus STEPHEN STL 2:42:25 6 Alex COFFIN CAN 2:49:23 7 Andrew GREENIDGE BAR 2:52:02 8 Andy SLY GBR 3:00:13 9 Adalbert BROWNE BAR 3:08:27 10 Richard LEWIS BAR 3:10:52 WOMEN: 1 Amy CHALK GBR 3:02:11 2 Birgit BARTELS GER 3:07:52 3 Christine REGIS TRI 3:26:51 4 Sarah WILLIAMS GBR 3:34:57 5 Kim GOUGH USA 3:38:20 6 Wendy SHALOW TRI 3:47:56 7 Connie COFFIN CAN 4:00:26 HALF MARATHON MEN: 1 Robert Kiprotich LETTING KEN 1:08:07 2 Dylan WYKES CAN 1:08:49 3 Daniel CHERUIYOT KEN 1:09:20 WOMEN: 1 Wendy NICHOLLS GBR 1:20:57 2 Birhan DAGNE GBR 1:29:35 3 Dominique MARSHALL BAR 1:41:31 10km (6 DECEMBER) MEN: 1 Robert Kiprotich LETTING KEN 29:57 2 Dylan WYKES CAN 30:41 3 Daniel CHERUIYOT KEN 31:08 WOMEN: 1 Wendy NICHOLLS GBR 35:57 2 Birhan DAGNE GBR 37:38 3 Alika MORGAN GUY 39:33
Johnstone Chebii, Philemon Kemei (winner in 2004) and Sergey Lukin ran together until the 30th kilometre writes Antonio Manuel Fernandez. Then everything changed. Lukin passed the Kenyans and began to build a strong advantage. Kemei, forcing the pace, ran more than 37 km but dropped out leaving Chebii to forge on for the runner-up spot. Finishing third was unknown Briton James Lawler.
In the women's race Dorota Ustianowska, Oksana Kuzmichova and the seven-time Portuguese champion Fátima Silva ran together past halfway, after which Kuzmichova pushed the pace. But Ustianowska, second in 2006, ran strongly in the final stages to cross the line one minute and 17 seconds ahead.
More than one thousand runners finished, a national record. There were 1257 entered but the weather didn't help, with rain in the first hour of the race, and a strong wind in the second. Organisers waited 5.5 hours to see the the 1001st runner reach the finish. More than 2500 runners finished the half-marathon and fun run and 75 teams (four stages) finished the marathon relay.
MEN: 1 Sergey LUKIN RUS 2:17:40 2 Johnstone CHEBII KEN 2:21:42 3 James LAWLER GBR 2:24:54 4 José JARMELA POR 2:32:08 5 Aires SOUSA POR 2:32:25 6 Yves MICHELET FRA 2:35:34 7 El Mahdi YACOUBI POR 2:35:47 8 Abraham KIMETO TAN 2:36:12 9 Alberto DI PETRILLO ITA 2:37:11 10 David FERNANDES POR 2:37:28 WOMEN: 1 Dorota USTIANOWSKA POL 2:47:07 2 Oksana KUZMICHOVA RUS 2:48:24 3 Fátima SILVA POR 2:53:55 4 Vibeke HANSEN DEN 3:06:07 5 Ana HANSEN POR 3:08:27 6 Veronica CORREIA POR 3:17:12 7 Kathy THOMAS USA 3:17:39 8 Christine WENZI AUT 3:18:06 9 Monica FELIZETER-KESSLER AUT 3:21:46 10 Stephanie PONTHUS FRA 3:22:28
Breaking away from his competitors after 30km and covering the next 5km in incredible 14:17, Tsegaye Kebede won in a new course record, also a Japanese all-comers record, writes Ken Nakamura. Kebede broke the course record of 2:06:39 set by Olympic champion Samuel Wanjiru on his marathon debut last year. It was also a personal best by 30 seconds. Kebede is now the 12th fastest marathon runner in history, relegating Felix Limo to 13th fastest. Limo was disappointing fifth place. Satoshi Irifune finished a distant second but improved his personal best by 17 seconds and gained selection for the 2009 World Championships in Berlin. Kebede's winning margin was the largest since the second Fukuoka Marathon in 1948.
Kebede's 14:17 split was the fastest ever recorded in the Fukuoka marathon, and perhaps anywhere on a non-assisted course. The previous fastest for 30-35km was 14:43 by Haile Gebrselassie in 2006. The fastest ever 5km split time in Fukuoka was 14:30 (for 5-10km).
A huge pack of more than 20 runners followed the 3:01/km pace requested and passed halfway in 1:04:02. By 25km, when the real racing began, the lead pack was down to 14 runners. Kebede stretched out the lead pack and at 29km only pacemaker John Kales, Irifune, Tomoyuki Sato and Yuko Matsumiya remained in contact. Kales left the course at 30km and Kebede began his lightning charge to put his competitors out of sight. Matsumiya slipped back through the field but Kebede pushed on, passing 40km in 1:59:45, the first ever sub 2-hour 40km split ever in Fukuoka. Kebede covered the second half in 1:02:08, two minutes faster than the first half.
1 Tsegaye KEBEDE ETH 2:06:10 2 Satoshi IRIFUNE JPN 2:09:23 3 Arata FUGIWARA JPN 2:09:47 4 Tomoyuki SATO JPN 2:09:59 5 Felix LIMO KEN 2:10:59 6 Jose Manuel MARTINEZ ESP 2:11:11 7 David MAKORI KEN 2:11:54 8 Yuko MATSUMIYA JPN 2:12:18 9 Jon BROWN CAN 2:12:27 10 Shigeru ABURAYA JPN 2:13:48
MEN: 1 Scott BRITTAIN CAY 2:42:33 2 Russel COLEMAN CAY 2:52:27 3 Daryl HULTGUIST USA 3:12:12 4 Eduardo TORRES CAY 3:27:45 5 Anthony PHILP CAY 3:31:57 6 Nigel SMITH 3:36:23 7 Jasper MIKKELSEN CAY 3:46:52 8 David SHIBLI CAY 3:50:54 9 Paul SCHREINER CAY 3:50:54 10 Gary FRIDAY GBR 3:59:35 WOMEN: 1 Beth SCHREADER CAY 3:12:54 2 Anneli SODERGARDS 3:32:49 3 Caroline CAHILL CAY 3:33:40 4 Jennifer GELLEL CAN 4:05:55 5 Nicole COLOVOS USA 4:06:47 6 Debbie SAINT GBR 4:07:43 7 Erin MACDONALD USA 4:19:14 8 Charlotte MYNAR USA 4:21:30 9 Christa CHEVERIE CAY 4:21:38 10 Linda MAJOR GBR 4:31:36
MEN: 1 Abebe YIMER ETH 2:27:27 2 Geoffrey KIPROTICH KEN 2:27:59 3 Brendon MOODY USA 2:36:31 4 Scott POTEET USA 2:37:54 5 Jeff CUNNINGHAM GBR 2:38:01 6 Mark EVANS USA 2:38:28 7 Zach THOMAS USA 2:38:48 8 Juarez A ALEJANDRO MEX 2:42:44 9 Kris JAMES USA 2:47:53 10 Dan KUCH USA 2:48:12 WOMEN: 1 Tuptova NADEZHDA RUS 2:48:20 2 Ramona SANCHEZ USA 2:56:33 3 Beth GERDES USA 3:03:19 4 Laura KEEFE CAN 3:10:39 5 Pauline WOODMAN PER 3:11:48 6 Stephanie MILLER USA 3:12:18 7 Sophia CHEN USA 3:14:51 8 Erica SCHRAMM 3:15:10 9 Erin PINDER CAN 3:16:54 10 Mariacristi HOMOROZAN 3:17:18 HALF MARATHON MEN: 1 Emisal FAVELA USA 1:09:48 2 Jake PUZEY USA 1:12:38 3 Tomoya HARAGUCHI JPN 1:13:21 WOMEN: 1 Cheryl MURPHY CAN 1:18:51 2 Lisa VENEZIANO USA 1:25:02 3 Sarah HEALY USA 1:26:15
Nancy Kipron easily won her second victory, in contrast to the close struggle between Nicholas Koech and Kiprono Mutai for the men's title, decided only in an emotional denouement at the finish. Three-time champion Franck Caldeira was first Brazilian home and said he was happy with his post-Olympic recovery, building towards the Sao Silvestre 15km on 31 December. Gilmar Pereira da Silva was pleased with his 4th place after finishing 9th last year "I am in the form of my life and I hope to run well at Sao Silvestre" he said.
In the women's race Kiprono has developed a liking for this flat course and promised to return in 2009 to attempt a hat-trick of victories. She will also contest Sao Silvestre. Sueli Pereira da Silva, competing in the race for the first time, did well to take a surprise second place. "I didn't force my pace or attempt to keep up with Nancy" she said. "Second place is beyond my wildest dreams."
The record 11,000 race entry encountered ideal conditions: 25°C and cloudy.
MEN: 1 Nicholas Kipruto KOECH KEN 53:05 2 Chemwolo Kiprono MUTAI KEN 53:07 3 Franck Caldeira de ALMEIDA BRA 53:37 4 Giomar Pereira Da SILVA BRA 53:54 5 Joao Ferreira De LIMA BRA 54:09 6 Jose do Nascimento SOUZA BRA 54:34 7 Raimundo Nonato Sousa AGUILAR BRA 54:40 8 Elias Rodrigues BASTOS BRA 55:27 9 Ano Dos Santos DIAS BRA 55:35 10 Daniel Kipchirchir TOO KEN 55:48 WOMEN: 1 Nancy Jepkosgei KIPRON KEN 1:02:23 2 Sueli Pereira SILVA BRA 1:02:51 3 Priscah JEPTOO KEN 1:03:10 4 Edielza Alves DOS SANTOS BRA 1:03:21 5 Maria Zeferina BALDAIA BRA 1:03:25 6 Conceicao de Maria OLIVEIRA BRA 1:03:59 7 Marizete Moreira DOS SANTOS BRA 1:04:19 8 Adriana Aparecida DA SILVA BRA 1:04:42 9 Jane KIARA KEN 1:04:58 10 Emily SAMOIE KEN 1:05:30
MEN: 1 Hem BUNTING CAM 1:13:53 2 Brent ROEGER USA 1:14:47 3 Tony SEAKINS GBR 1:18:11 4 Aaron PRIEUR CAN 1:19:24 5 Nicholas FRICHART FRA 1:20:23 6 Takatoshi IWATA JPN 1:20:35 7 Mok BUNTHOEUN CAM 1:20:47 8 Yosuke MIYAZAKI JPN 1:22:16 9 So VANTHA CAM 1:24:18 10 Richard FRIEDRICHSEN USA 1:24:25 WOMEN: 1 Melissa TODD USA 1:22:45 2 Catherine HOWELL GBR 1:36:40 3 Emily WOODFIELD GBR 1:37:00 4 Lisa JONES GBR 1:37:40 5 Kyna DE VRIES NED 1:38:15 6 Sok Hue Simiko TAN SIN 1:38:26 7 Baoying LIM SIN 1:39:28 8 Kerri EDWARDS-WHITLEY AUS 1:40:31 9 Fabiana MIONE ITA 1:41:20 10 Barkley LAING USA 1:41:37
MEN: 1 Gerardo MORALES MEX 2:33:21 2 Bernard SANGOKA KEN 2:34:42 3 Andrew MUSUVA KEN 2:37:54 4 Christian VILLAVICENCIO NIC 2:42:22 5 William SANCHEZ SAL 2:46:31 WOMEN: 1 Isabel ORELLANA MEX 2:58:30 2 Penelope LONA MEX 3:16:50 3 Margarita CONDE GUA 3:25:47 4 Cristina MARIN CRC 3:32:31 5 Ana Luisa BARANTES CRC 3:42:42 HALF MARATHON MEN: 1 Jhonny LORIA CRC 1:13:26 2 Cesar LIZ ANO CRC 1:14:46 3 Jose CHAVES CRC 1:15:13 WOMEN: 1 Catherine NDEREBA KEN 1:22:22 2 Gabriela TRANA CRC 1:26:33 3 Esther JULCA CRC 1:37:35
Perfect conditions for polar running led to records across the board. Subsequent deterioration in weather saw some of the marathon group spend an unexpected white Christmas in Antarctica.
On race day 19 runners from nine countries were greeted by absolutely stunning scenery, clear blue skies, light winds, a relatively compact surface and temperatures of approximately -12°C. Sean McAulay (GBR) led through the first quarter of the men's marathon before being overhauled by Andy Tyson (USA) and Miles Cudmore (GBR). Tyson, a noted mountaineer, had just finished a climb of Antarctica's highest peak, Vinson Massif. He led through the half-way point before being caught by Cudmore who went on to win in record time, also completing his 'Grand Slam' of marathons by running a marathon on all seven continents and at the North Pole. Tyson finished 10 minutes behind.
Finland's Kirsi Montonen dominated the women's race and also set a new record.
Marc de Keyser (BEL), Jukka Viljanen (FIN) and female runner Pushpa Chandra (CAN) faced the daunting Antarctic 100km. De Keyser, who won the Marathon last year, proved a convincing winner in a record time of 12:49:51. Chandra established a new women's record.
Immediately after the marathon event, some runners got out on an early flight but deteriorating weather detained others. They experienced an unforgettable Christmas Day at 80 Degrees South before returning home.
Entries for a limit of 20 places are now open for next year's event. It is possible to combine the experience with trips to the precise Geographic South Pole or a climb of the highest mountain in Antarctica. See www.icemarathon.com for further details.
MEN: 1 Miles CUDMORE GBR 4:36:53 2 Andy TYSON USA 4:46:15 3 Angelo HENRY RSA 4:50:15 4 David NICHOLLS GBR 4:53:36 5 Jeff RUTHERFORD USA 5:21:20 6 Sean MCAULAY GBR 5:33:00 7 Patrick WALLER GBR 5:33:50 8 Rafael Munar PONS ESP 5:41:58 9 Michael OTIS USA 6:07:37 10 Stuart DRIVER GBR 6:18:26 WOMEN: 1 Kirsi MONTONEN FIN 5:03:48 2 Molly LOOMIS USA 6:14:00 3 Marisk ANDEREGG NED 7:01:13 100KM MEN: 1 Marc DE KEYSER BEL 12:49:51 2 Jukka VILJANEN FIN 14:01:20 WOMEN: 1 Pushpa CHANDRA CAN 18:33:08
MEN: 1 Patrick IVUTI KEN 2:14:35 2 Stephen NJOROGE K KEN 2:17:41 3 Pius MUASA-MUTUKU KEN 2:17:51 4 Joseph MUTISO-WAM KEN 2:19:38 5 Jimmy MUINDI KEN 2:21:43 6 Andrew LETHERBY AUS 2:25:32 7 Koichi FUJINO JPN 2:27:56 8 Samuel MWANGI-GIC KEN 2:28:09 9 Shuichi ITO JPN 2:29:55 10 Hailu NIGUSSIE ETH 2:30:32 WOMEN: 1 Kiyoko SHIMAHARA JPN 2:32:36 2 Kaori YOSHIDA JPN 2:34:35 3 Alice TIMBILILI KEN 2:37:31 4 Olesya NURGALIEVA RUS 2:39:13 5 Alevtina BIKTIMIROVA RUS 2:45:06 6 Elena NURGALIEVA RUS 2:48:15 7 Sayaka MAEDA JPN 2:54:55 8 Megumi OSHIMA JPN 2:57:44 9 Yumiko DAIGO JPN 3:01:03 10 Takaka OI JPN 3:04:00
Hillary Kimaiyo won with the fastest time ever registered in a certified marathon in Mexico, 2:09:54. The previous best was the 2:10:57 run by Andres Espinosa in the 2001 Lala Marathon in Torreón. Dulce Maria Rodriguez dominated from start to finish. Runners' performances were affected by unusual heat with the temperature rising above 20°C. The elite women started the race 17:52 before the elite men, and the first across the finish line won a 100,000 pesos bonus. Kimaiyo earned a total of 700,000 pesos (some 50,000 USD). The prize structure offers progressive time bonuses and total prize money of 185,000 USD. Kimaiyo's winning time was the fourth fastest in the American Continent in 2008. Only Chicago, Boston and New York have registered faster times this year.
MEN: 1 Hillary KIMAIYO KEN 2:09:54 2 Christopher TOROITICH KEN 2:11:58 3 Procopio FRANCO MEX 2:17:01 4 Andrea Juarez CAPILLA MEX 2:19:19 5 Bethuel CHERUIYOT KEN 2:21:07 6 Richard TIROP KEN 2:23:09 7 Jackson KIPNGOK KEN 2:26:12 8 Alfredo Moctezuma EVARISTO MEX 2:28:09 9 Shadrack KIYAI KEN 2:28:44 10 Reuben ONDARI KEN 2:29:54 WOMEN: 1 Dulce Ma RODRIGUEZ MEX 2:33:28 2 Patricia RETIZ MEX 2:38:09 3 Sarah CEDILLO MEX 2:40:38 4 Judith RAMIREZ MEX 2:43:06 5 Viola BOR KEN 2:43:32 6 Adriana FERNANDEZ MEX 2:49:54 7 Maria Elena REYNA MEX 2:52:01 8 Alicia RODRIGUEZ MEX 2:55:55 9 Margarita HUERTA MEX 3:07:01 10 Lupita ANTUNEZ MEX 3:11:38
MEN: 1 Sammy CHUMBA KEN 2:15:37 2 Chelimo Luka KIPKEMBOI KEN 2:15:43 3 Lawrence Kiptoo SAINA KEN 2:16:32 4 Benjamin Kiplimo METO KEN 2:16:59 5 Wen Chien WU TPE 2:17:24 6 David Maina KARIUKI KEN 2:18:24 7 Henry Kiprotich TARUS KEN 2:21:03 8 Jin Ping HE TPE 2:22:45 9 Jie Wen JIANG TPE 2:23:52 10 Zhi Hong HE TPE 2:32:45 WOMEN: 1 Carolina KILEL KEN 2:30:44 2 Tabitha TSATSA ZIM 2:35:46 3 Junko SUZUKI JPN 2:45:25 4 Yu Fang XU TPE 2:47:00 5 Shu Hua CHEN TPE 2:54:10 6 Jie Yi CHEN TPE 3:03:52 7 Xiao Yu LI TPE 3:05:35 8 Ka-Wai LAI HKG 3:08:30 9 Pei Yu JIAN TPE 3:11:03 10 Li Ying CHEN TPE 3:11:37 HALF MARATHON MEN: 1 Zi Jian ZHENG TPE 1:10:19 2 Yi Cai ZENG TPE 1:11:11 3 Shi Chang HUANG TPE 1:11:38 WOMEN: 1 Qian HUANG TPE 1:24:43 2 Min WU TPE 1:25:01 3 Zhi Hui CHEN TPE 1:26:08
Winners James Kipsang and Wude Ayalew who set a punishing pace at the start and then cruised to victory ahead of the favourites for the titles. Home favourite Franck Caldeira abandoned the race with stomach cramps at 10km.
Ayalew, starting among the elite women and ahead of the men's field, was not passed by any of them, emulating the achievement of her countrywoman Derartu Tulu back in 1994.
A total of 20,000 people participated.
MEN: 1 James KIPSANG KEN 44:42 2 Evans CHERUIYOT KEN 45:16 3 Kiprono MUTAI KEN 45:28 4 Marco JOSEPH TAN 45:37 5 William DE JESUS COL 45:47 WOMEN: 1 Yimer Wude AYALEW ETH 51:37 2 Fabiana Cristine DA SILVA BRA 52:28 3 Marily DOS SANTOS BRA 52:48 4 Edielza Alves DOS SANTOS BRA 53:02 5 Luzia de Souza PINTO BRA 53:52
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