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Kenyans break records to dominate Kinmen marathon
Central News Agency
2014-01-12 02:45 PM
Taipei, Jan. 12 (CNA) Runners from Kenya zipped past other participants in the Kinmen Marathon on Sunday, taking both men's and women's top places and breaking course records in the full marathon held on the outlying island. Samson Kiptoo Bungei completed the 42 kilometers run in 2 hours, 17 minutes and 44 seconds in the men's division while Emily Chepkemoi Samoei captured the women's title by finishing the race in 2 hours, 39 minutes and 10 seconds. In the half marathon races, Taiwan's Ho Chin-ping grabbed the men's title after racing across the 21 km distance in 1:08:12, while Hsu Yu-fang, also from Taiwan, clocked 1:18:46 to win in the women's group. Both set new records for the half marathon. Ho and Hsu were also the fastest Taiwanese runners at the Taipei Fubon Marathon last month, though they came in behind two different runners from Kenya. In total 3,247 runners participated in the competitive events, including the 42 km, 21 km and 11 km races, making the highest turn out that the Kinmen Marathon has ever seen. Another 20,000 people joined a non-competitive 5-km fun run, according to police estimates. Now in its seventh year, the marathon began 7 a.m. at the National Quemoy University. (By Christie Chen)
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