Kenya wins Penang Bridge Marathon in Malaysia

UPDATED: 09:02, June 25, 2007

Kenya's athletes won 8 medals of the Penang Bridge Marathon held Sunday in Malaysia, making Kenya the biggest winner of the event.

The host, Malaysia's athletes won 7 medals of the event while Thailand's athletes won 5 medals.

Sammy Kidrop Kiptoo, Patrick Ripromo Rotich and Christopher Rono Chumo from Kenya clocked 2:26:00s, 2:8:42s and 2:29:30s, respectively, for the first, second and third places in the men's full marathon, running over 42.195 kilometers.

They received 10,000 ringgit (2,941 U.S. dollars), 5,000 ringgit (1,471 U.S. dollars) and 4,000 ringgit (1,176 U.S. dollars) respectively, as well as a trophy, medal and other gifts.

This was the 4th consecutive year that a Kenyan has won the Penang Bridge Marathon. Previously, the winner was from Malaysia or Thailand, the Malaysia's national news agency Bernama reported.

The winners of the men's open half marathon, running over 23.3 kilometers, were Geon Kiplimo Kemboy (1:07:40s), Julius Kagethe Mbogua (1:08:19s) and Davidson Kiprotieh Sewerei (1:09:27s), all from Kenya.

In the open women's full marathon, Malaysia's S. Devamani came in first on 3:16:02s, beating Misswi Laiman Khampithat of Kenya (3: 21:20s) to the second place. The third was a Malaysian as well, Cheng Hai Fen (3:34:30s).

They received 5,000 ringgit (1,471 U.S. dollars), 4,000 ringgit (1,176 U.S. dollars) and 3,000 ringgit (882 U.S. dollars) respectively.

In the open women's half marathon, Malaysia's Yuan Yu Fang clocked 1:30:45s to take the first place. Kenyan Emilychapkoch Lagat came in second on 1:31:35s and M. Vally, also from Malaysia, was third on 1:36:50s.

In the open veteran men's full marathon, the first three places were dominated by the Thais, Jirattigaran Boonma (2:48:19s), Manat Pakathong (2:55:31s) and Prasoet Phaisan (3:00:08s).

However, Malaysians occupied the first three places in the veteran men's half marathon, namely M.Ramakrishnan, Mohamad Omar and Teng Ching Sang on 1:26:19s, 1:27:47s and 1:29:16s respectively.

In the open veteran women's half marathon, Miss Amnuai of Thailand took the first place on 1:33:10s. Second was Hailey June Bernej of Britain (1:34:44s) and third was Kan Kusus Wan of Thailand (1:38:07s).

A total of 20,394 athletes took part in the event, which went into the Malaysia Book of Records as a bridge marathon with the highest number of participants.

Source: Xinhua

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