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African runners win Taipei marathon

TAIPEI -- Yemane Adhane of Ethiopia and Helena Kirop of Kenya won the annual Fubon Taipei Marathon with record-breaking times Sunday, in the male and female categories, respectively.

Adhane clocked 02:10:24, while Kirop finished in 02:27:36, both breaking the previous records to bag an extra NT$1 million (US$65,897) on top of their winner's purse of NT$1 million each.

The marathon, one of biggest road racing events in Taiwan, took place this year along Taipei's riverside paths. The flat terrain gave the athletes a good chance of breaking the records, according to the Chinese Taipei Road Running Association.

Adhane, whose personal best was 2:06:30, started strong and led pack over the entire course. He crossed the finish line in a time that was 41 seconds faster than the record set by Luke Kibet of Kenya in 2006.

Adhane told the local media after the race that his transit flight from Bangkok was delayed because he was grilled by immigration officials about the purpose of his visit to Taiwan. His plan to arrive early and recover from his jet lag before the race therefore fell through, he said.

Despite all this, he said, he was very pleased to have won his first marathon title this year and hoped it would bring him luck in his 2012 Olympic bid.

Asked how he would spend the prize money, he said with a smile that as a professional runner, all of his prize money is used to take care of his family and relatives.

Kirop, who ran her personal best of 2:23:37 in a marathon in Italy this year, broke the 2009 record set by Yeshi Esayias Tesemma of Ehiopia by 2 minutes and 29 seconds.

Chiang Chieh-wen of Taiwan, who was running with an inflamed tooth, a swollen face, and a stomach ache, finished first among the local runners in a time of 2:24:19.

More than 120,000 runners participated in the race that started early Sunday morning at the square in front of Taipei City Hall.

December 19, 2011    ludahai_twn@
Loved most of the changes in the course this year. Running along the riverside paths was a massive improvement over running on the expressways in previous years. However, the river crossings were not pleasant at all and should be rethought. I don't know if anyone got hurt on those two crossings, but there was definitely the potential for runners to lose their footing.

Also, questioned about purpose of visit? Surely the runner had an invitation to run in the race. Shame that they had to delay the arrival of a professional athlete to Taiwan. That will not help Taiwan's image as a host of professional sports. Was it because he is black? Is this another fubar of the Ma administration?
December 21, 2011    ahmadj@
It was a great event with perfect weather....love Taiwan and people of Taiwan. Agree with ludahai_twn@'s comments about those crossings, they should be improved. Also if possible, water should be given right after the goal instead of seeking for water here and there.
December 21, 2011    ludahai_twn@
Good point about the water... it was awful... I was dealing with dehydration after the race and even the medical people were scrambling to get me some water at the end...
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 African runners win Taipei marathon 
Yemane Adhane of Ethiopia, second left, poses with Taipei Mayor Hau Long-bin, second right, and Fubon Financial chairman Daniel Tsai, left, at the Fubon Taipei Marathon in Taipei, yesterday. Adhane clocked 02:10:24 and broke the record in the male category.

(CNA)

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