Monday November 19, 2012
Kenyans sweep top three spots in Penang Bridge run
By ERIC SAMUEL
PENANG: Isaac Kiplagat Kimayo (pic) of Kenya and Monika Fischer of Germany emerged as champions in the Allianz Penang Bridge International marathon in the men’s and women’s open categories yesterday.
As expected, the Kenyans dominated the proceedings in the full marathon open category by taking the top six positions in the men’s event.
Isaac picked up the RM15,000 champion prize money after he finished the 42.195km race in two hours and 31 minutes ahead of Naoh Kutung Chepsergon (2’33:05) and Fredrick Mathiu (2’35:06), who finished second and third respectively. Naoh and Fredrick received RM8,000 and RM4,500 respectively.
Iron lady Monika was all smiles after her Herculean feat to finish the women’s open marathon in 3’25:09 ahead of Deborah Chinn of the United States (3’27:12) and Ninik Sugiwati of Indonesia (3’37:30), who finished in second and third respectively.
The 42-year-old Monika put to shame her younger competitors by also winning the women’s veteran’s event. The Allianz staff from Munich said it was her first victory in the marathon after having competed in eight marathon events all over America and Europe.
“This is one unusual race. The event started at 2am and what surprised me is that I won under this unusual conditions. ” said Monika.
Shaharuddin Hashim came tops in the men’s open Malaysian category when he finished the race in 2’49:26 followed by Fabian Osmond (2’52:42) and Jasni Khairul Jamaluddin (3’02:23).
More than 34,000 runners took part in four main categories - full marathon, half-marathon, 10K and Fun Run.