The women’s race was more competitive than the men’s.
In Turkey over the weekend, at the Istanbul Marathon, it was a Kenyan/Ethiopian split.
In the men’s race, Stephen Chebogut (Kenya) prevailed with a two-hour, eleven-minute, five-second victory. His win was practically unopposed with the second-plance finisher, Kiprotich Yegon, not coming in for another four minutes (2:15:34). Third place in the race went to Evans Kiplagat, who clocked 2:16:43.
Regardless of finishing time in Istanbul, Chebogut is a much faster runner, having completed the 26.2-mile event in a blazing 2:08:02 that was set in Paris last year.
In the women’s race, Ethiopia’s Koren Jelela prevailed in 2:28:05. Fellow countrywoman Amane Gobena was second in 2:28:38, while Sultan Haydar of Turkey impressed the fans with a third-place showing in 2:29:41.
The women’s division was much more competitive than the men’s with three Ethiopians and one Turkish runner vying for the lead.
Still, it ended up being Jelela who won comfortably after clearing through at the 30K mark.
She claimed a lucrative $50,000 prize for first.
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