SAO PAULO: Marathon specialist Robert Cheruiyot won the 15km Sao Silvestre Road Race on Tuesday to extend Kenya’s dominance of the New Year’s Eve event run through the streets of Sao Paulo.
Cheruiyot gave Kenya their eighth win in the last 11 years after Simon Chemoiywo won the race in 1992 and 1993 and Paul Tergat claimed five victories out of six between 1995 and 2000.
He received US$4,800 in winning the race run in 35 degrees Celsius with 40% humidity.
In the absence of last year’s winner Tesfaye Jifar of Ethiopia, Cheruiyot broke clear of a pack of five runners going up the 1.5km Brigadeiro hill to finish seven seconds ahead of Brazil’s Marilson dos Santos with Paul Kirui, another Kenyan, in third.
An estimated 15,000 runners took part in the race, which has been run every New Year’s Eve since 1925.
The women's race was a largely Brazilian affair won by Marizete Rezende in 54:02, ahead of Adriana de Souza and the 2001 champion Maria Zeferina Baldaia.
Rezende won US$4,800 in prize money and a car awarded to the first Brazilian finisher in the race. – Agencies