Sunday, March 18, 2012

Athletics: Kenyan Erupe wins Seoul marathon, sets course record

SEOUL: Kenyan rookie Wilson Loyanae Erupe ran to a surprise victory on Sunday in the Seoul marathon, clocking a personal best and setting a new course record.

The 24-year-old crossed the finishing line in two hours five minutes 37 seconds, breaking the previous course record of two hours six minutes 49 minutes set by compatriot Sylvester Teimet in 2010.



Kenyan athletes dominated the men's top five: James Kipsang Kwambai came in second at two hours six minutes three seconds, followed by three other compatriots.

Erupe made a spectacular international debut when he won South Korea's Gyeongju marathon last October, winning first place.

"There was little difficulty in the race. The whole course was easy," Yonhap news agency quoted him as saying afterwards.

Ethiopia's Tadese Feyse Boru won the women's race by finishing in two hours 23 minutes 26 seconds, followed by compatriot Askale Tafa Magarsa, who clocked a time of two hours, 25 minutes and 29 seconds.

- AFP/fa

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Source From Channel News Asia

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