Kenyans sweep top spots in run
GEORGE TOWN: Runners from Kenya dominated the Asics Penang Bridge International Marathon (Apbim) 2016 by sweeping most of the top spots in both the men’s and women’s full marathon open category.
In the men’s full marathon, Bernard Mwendia Muthoni took two hours, 27 minutes and 45 seconds to emerge the champion, followed by his fellow countrymen Joseph Gitau Kariuki (2:28:32) and Sigei Barnaba (2:30:23).
In the women’s full marathon open category, another Kenyan, Margaret Niuguna, took two hours, 52 minutes and 10 seconds to finish first ahead of fellow Kenyan, Fridah Jepkite Lodepa, who finished second in three hours, one minute and 35 seconds.
The third place went to professional runner from Selangor Loh Chooi Fern who clocked three hours, 30 minutes and 28 seconds.
They took home cash prizes of RM22,000, RM12,000 and RM8,000 respectively including medals and a trophy.
Bernard told reporters after the run he was surprised by his win.
“I felt slow today and did not expect to win,” he said.
Bernard, 28, said this was the third time he participated in the event.
Margaret, 46, said she had been taking part in marathons since she was eight years old.
The mother of five is now based in Kajang for training.
Meanwhile, former national athlete Yuan Yu Fang emerged champion in the Best Malaysian Full Marathon Women’s category after she clocked three hours, 25 minutes and 45 seconds.
China-born Yuan also won in the Women Veteran’s category.
Apbim 2016 attracted more than 30,000 runners from 85 countries.
Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas was the guest-of-honour at the prize-giving ceremony.
Above: The 30,000 participants setting off for the run. Far left: Yuan with her trophies; left: Kenyans Bernard (right) and Magaret with their mock cheques.