Wilson Loyanae shatters own course record in Seoul

Kenya’s Wilson Loyanae shattered his own course record when he retained the 87th Seoul International Marathon title in 2 hours, 05 minutes and 13 seconds on Sunday.

Wednesday March 23 2016

Wilson Loyanae Erupe of Kenya crosses the finish line of the Seoul International Marathon on March 20, 2016. Erupe won the race with a time of 2 hours, 5 minutes and 13 seconds. PHOTO | DONG-A ILBO |

Wilson Loyanae Erupe of Kenya crosses the finish line of the Seoul International Marathon on March 20, 2016. Erupe won the race with a time of 2 hours, 5 minutes and 13 seconds. PHOTO | DONG-A ILBO |  AFP

By AYUMBA AYODI
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Kenya’s Wilson Loyanae shattered his own course record when he retained the 87th Seoul International Marathon title in 2 hours, 05 minutes and 13 seconds on Sunday.

It was the third victory in the Korean capital for Loyanae after his maiden success in 2012, when he set the previous course record of 2:05:37, and then again 12 months ago.

Loyanae pulled away from his rivals with 10 kilometres to go to never looked back. In what was a clean sweep for Kenyan runners, Evans Chebet and Mike Kigen finished second and third in 2:05:33 and 2:06:10 respectively.

Former world record-holder champion Patrick Makau, who is also the 2010 and 2012 Berlin Marathon champion, dropped out of the race at around 10 kilometres due to an abdominal problem.

Kenya's Rose Chelimo won the women’s race while Ethiopia's Melkaw Gizaw came home second in 2:24:28. Kenya's Agnes Jeruto was third in 2:24:59.

In Taipei, Kenya’s William Chebon Chebor took five seconds off the course record when he won the 2016 New Taipei City Wan Jin Shi Marathon in 2:13:05 on Sunday.

It was the 33-year-old Kenyan’s fifth career win in 17 marathons and it was a successful return to the island state as his last outing over the classic distance was a win at the Fubon international marathon in December.

"Although it’s been raining for some days, today's weather was surprisingly good,” said Chebor.

Seasoned Japanese runner Yuki Kawauchi was second in 2:14:12 while Kenya’s Julius Karinga finished third in 2:14:52.

The first local runner was Jin Pin He, who will represent Chinese Taipei at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, in 2:30:46.

Ukrainian Olha Kotovska lived up to her pre-race favourite tag, winning the women's race in 2:36:38.

The Ethiopian duo of Bentu Shiferaw Wodajo (2:38:11) and Meseret Godana Agama (2:38:14) finished second and third respectively.

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