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Monday June 25, 2012

Kenyans runners dominate KL Marathon

KUALA LUMPUR: Defending champion Kennedy Kiproo Lilan of Kenya ran a fantastic race to win the Standard Chartered KL Marathon, improving on his time by more than five minutes.

The police sergeant from Nairobi, competing in his third consecutive KL Marathon, clocked 2’14:45 to better his previous winning time of 2’20:08.

The men’s category was dominated by Kenyan runners. Charles Mwai Kanyao was second in 2’15:22 with Japhet Kipchirchir Kipkorir third in 2’16:37.

The 25-year-old Lilan, who pocketed US$17,500 (RM52,500), said he won the race without any stiff challenge from his compatriots.

“It has been a fantastic one month for me in marathons. Last month, I won the Bali Marathon and today I bagged the KL Marathon. I competed in two marathons and won both, what more can I ask for,” said Lilan, who finished second on his KL Marathon debut in 2010.

Number one: The winner of the KL Marathon, Kennedy Kiproo Wilan of Kenya, crossing the finish line yesterday. — SHAHRUL FAZRY ISMAIL / The Star

Lilan now hopes to make it a hat-trick of wins when he runs the Australian Marathon in Melbourne on July 28.

It was a perfect birthday present for Mohd Shaharudin Hashim who won the Malaysian category.

The police corporal, who turned 37 yesterday, clocked 2’42:27 to finish ahead of Fabian Osmond Daimon and Foo Gen Lin, who did 2’49:01 and 2’54:01 respectively.

The Perak-born Shaharudin, who received US$2,500 (RM7,500), won the marathon for a record seventh time. He also won in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2011.

Elizabeth Jeruiyot Chemweno of Kenya clocked an impressive 2’40:24 to win the women’s race. Tigist Memuye Gebeyahu of Ethiopia came in second in 2’40:33 while Rose Kerubo Nyangacha of Kenya, who won last year, finished third in 2’41:00.

Sarawak’s Ling Mee Eng, a 44-year-old mother of two, won the Malaysian category in 3’36:48.

Last year’s winner Emelyne Teo was second in 3’39:36 while Megan Foo Bee Fon was third in 3’40:16.

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