David Kiyeng of Kenya won the JoongAng Seoul Marathon on Sunday in 2:08:15.
The record had been set in 2006 by Kieyng’s countryman, Jason Mbote, in 2006. Mbote took part in the race, but ended up placing fifth in 2:09:04. The race, run on a hilly course, was competitive all the way to the final meter when Kieyeng edged out Morocco’s Mohamed El Hachimi at the finishing tape. El Hachimi came in second in 2:08:17, which was a two-minute improvement over his previous PR. Third place went to Wegayehu Girma Tefera of Ethiopia in 2:08:25.
In the women’s race, less competitive than the men’s, Eun Jung Kim of Korea was victorious with a 2:44:25.
The marathon was an IAAF Bronze-Label Race and is one of the biggest marathons in Korea and Asia. More than 13,600 runners from 19 countries took part amid cool, humid conditions and cloudy skies.
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