Sunday , October 17 2021

Kenya wins 40th intercontinental Istanbul marathon



Fatih Erel

Istanbul

Kenyan Ruth Chepngetich won the 40th Intercontinental Istanbul Marathon and Kenyan Felix Kimutai won the men's race by breaking the 42km Istanbul Marathon.

Last year's champion Chepngetich ran 42km (26 miles) in 2 hours, 18 minutes and 35 seconds and Kimutai finished the same distance in 2 hours, 9 minutes and 57 seconds.

Two Kenyan men broke the 42km Istanbul marathon record in the men's and women's matches.

Recordable number of players compete on Sunday at the only intercontinental marathon in the world.

The Vodafone 40th Istanbul Marathon began in the Asian region of Martyrs' Bridge on July 15th in Istanbul, formerly known as the Bosphorus Strait.

The finish line is on the historic Sultanahmet Square in the European part of the city.

This year's theme is "Run Istanbul for a healthy future."

More than 30,000 professional runners from more than 100 countries participated in the marathon.

In addition, approximately 100,000 people are expected to operate the Istanbul Marathon Fun Run, which is about 80,000 kilometers (5 miles) across the Atlantic.

The event featured a 42km (26 miles) marathon and three other race events on 15km (9.3 miles), 10km (6.2 miles) and 8 kilometers (4.9 miles) of course. Also included was a race for wheelchair users.

10km and 15km race

Turkey's Yasemin won the women's 15km race in 47 minutes 43 seconds when Kenya Shadrack Korir won the men's 15km in 43 minutes and 4 seconds.

Turkey's Suzan Tunca won the women's 10km race in 37 minutes 11 seconds and Turkey's Fatih Korkunc won the men's 10km race in 33 minutes and 23 seconds.

About 5,000 runners – more than half of foreigners – competed in the 42km marathon.

The top five countries that send runners are Russia, Germany, Ukraine, United Kingdom and France.

55 elite athletes from Turkey, Kenya, Ethiopia, Azerbaijan, France, Bahrain and Morocco participated in the marathon.

In recent years, the number of foreign players who have participated in the marathon has doubled.

The Istanbul Marathon is one of Europe's 17 marathons and 38 marathons in the world.

Vodafone is the main sponsor of the race organized by the Spor Istanbul subsidiary of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality.

After the cross-country marathon started, Turkish Youth Sports Minister Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoglu told Anadolu Agency: "Istanbul has become a brand for marathons like New York, Boston and Tokyo."

"By connecting the continents, we will prove the unified power of sports," Kasapoglu said.

"We can transform this marathon into one of the best marathons in the world and now it is included in the world's 15th marathon," said Mevlut Uysal.

Uysal said the number of participants increased this year, pointing out that there were about 100,000 people in the marathon last year.

Last year, Abraham Kiprotich of France won the men's category and Ruth Chepngetich of Kenya won the women's category.

For more information, visit www.maraton.istanbul and follow the #runistanbul and # run4health hashtags on Twitter.



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