Kenyan runners sweep top 3 spots in Biggest Malaysian Marathon

Kenyan runners again dominated the Penang Bridge International Marathon (PBIM) 2013 by sweeping clean all the top three spots in both the Men’s and Women’s Full-Marathon Open category.

In the Men’s Full-Marathon, James C. Tallam took two hours 24 minutes to emerge champion followed by Joseph Gitau Karuiki (2′ 25:40.99s) and Isaac Kiplagat Kimayio (2′ 25:57.66s) in second and third place.

The top three winners took home cash prizes of RM15,000, RM8,000, and RM4,500 respectively, including medals, trophies and gifts.

In the Women’s Full-Marathon, first-time participant, Naomi Wambui Muriuki took two hours 53 minutes to finish as the winner ahead of Cecilia Wangui Warutumo (3′ 11:17.79s) and Caroline Kigen (3′ 14:52.45s) who came in second and third respectively.

Next year, the Penang Bridge Marathon is expected to be held at the 24km-long Second Bridge which is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.

PBIM 2013, which attracted 47,000 local and foreign runners, was recorded as the bridge marathon with the largest number of participants for the third consecutive time in the Malaysia Book of Records. – Bernama


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