Kenyan retains HK marathon title

08:21, March 01, 2010      

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Cyprian Kiogora Mwobi of Kenya holds the trophy during the awarding ceremony of the Stardard Charter Marathon in Hong Kong, south China, Feb. 28, 2010. Mwobi claimed the title with 2 hours 20 minutes and 12 seconds. (Xinhua/Lo Ping Fai)

Kenya's Cyprian Kiogora Mwobi retained his title at Hong Kong marathon here on Sunday, but failed to make a new event record due to the hot and humid weather.

Mwobi almost led from start to finish the 42.195 kilometers race in two hours 20 minutes and 12 seconds, over five minutes more than the men's record he set in the 2009 edition.

"It was very tough," he said. "The course here is tougher than the others I have raced, such as Dublin and Macao, and this year's route made it even tougher."

"However, when comparing to the weather, the course is not so tough." He added.

The men's and women's full marathon, starting at 7:15 am, 45 minutes earlier than last year, was carried out under a temperature of 24-25 degrees centigrade and a humidity of 95 percent.

"It was so hot and so humid, that's why I cannot make a better time," said Mwobi.

His compatriot Tubei John Chirchir also remained at the second position, followed by Ser-od Bat-Ochir from Mongolia.

Cyprian Kiogora Mwobi of Kenya crosses the finish line to win the Stardard Charter Marathon in Hong Kong, south China, Feb.28, 2010. Mwobi clocked 2 hours 20 minutes and 12 seconds. (Xinhua/Lo Ping Fai)

In the women's race, Indonesia's Triyaningsih, 10km winner of the Southeast Asian Games last year, finished first in 2:47:35.

China's Jin Linlin, the third of the Xiamen Marathon early this year, was the second to cross the finish line with a time of 2:48: 40.

Jin, a junior student from Beijing, where is in cold and dry winter, said the weather and tough course made her exhausted at the final 4-5 kilometers.

Japan's Junji Konomi and Kuniko Nakamura took the men's and women's half marathon titles respectively.

According to the newly updated number from the organizing committee, this year's edition recorded a new high of over 52,600 starts in total, and there were 55 runners admitted to hospitals due to heatstroke or dehydration, among which three patients were in critical condition.

Source: Xinhua
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