Loyanae Shatters Seoul Marathon Course Record

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Mar. 19, 2012
  • Updated Mar. 19, 2012 at 11:07 AM UTC
Wilson Loyanae breaks the tape to win the Seoul Marathon on Sunday.

Serena Burla of the U.S. took third in the women’s race.

Despite the fog, Wilson Loyanae put on the afterburners to win the Seoul Marathon on Sunday. The Kenyan clocked a 2:05:37 course record to win the 83rd edition of the race.

Loyanae, 26 years old, improved the mark by one minute and twelve seconds. The previous record was held by Sylvester Teimet, who set it in 2010.

James Kipsang Kwambai was second in 2:06:03, while Eliud Kiptanui was third in 2:06:44.

In the men’s race, a pack of 20 runners fought for the lead in the first 5K, but that pack was gradually thinned until the 35K mark. Loyanae won the race with a huge surge at the 40K mark that dropped the rest of the pack. He continued to push the pace unopposed until the end.

In the women’s race, Tadese Feyse of Ethiopia dominated in 2:23:26. The second-place finisher,  Askale Tafa Magarsa, was a full two minutes back. Third place went to Serena Burla of the United States in 2:28:27.

Burla had a huge, seven-minute improvement over her previous PR.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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