13th October, 2008
TOP WOMAN RUNNER … Fridah Lodepa wins the women’s open category.
KOTA KINABALU: Kenyan runners dominated the 1st Borneo International Marathon at the Kota Kinabalu Sports Complex in Likas yesterday.
The Kenyan success story in this inaugural race here in the Land below the Wind began with the men’s open category when Sammy Kiprop Kiptoo took the crown.
The 26-year-old Kiptoo completed the 42km race with a time of 2 hours 25 minutes to finish ahead of his fellow countrymen, who occupied the second to fourth spots respectively.
Geoffrey Kirprotich Burgen was 1 minute and 42 seconds behind him to take the second spot, while Elkana Ruto and Andrew Kimanthi Kilonzi claimed the third and fourth spots with a time of 2 hours 33 minutes and 18 seconds and 2 hours 34 minutes and 13 seconds respectively.
“I’m very happy to have won this race,” said Kiptoo, who hails from the district of Iten, which is about 3,000 miles from the capital city of Kenya – Nairobi, when met after his victory.
The 26-year-old Kiptoo is no stranger to Asia having competed in several marathon races in Peninsula Malaysia as well as neighbouring country Thailand and Indonesia prior to this race.
In fact, this was his second title in Malaysia this year, as last August he also walked home with the Seremban Half Marathon crown.
Kiptoo, who is a professional marathon runner, said next on his agenda is he is eyeing a place in the Olympics. “I’m looking forward to qualifying for the Olympics, starting from next year,” he said.
Kiptoo’s feat was followed by Fridah Lodepa’s triumph as she won the women’s open category.
The Kenyan girl was the first to touch the finishing line with a time of 3 hours 18 minutes and 4 seconds.
China’s Chan Pui Shan denied Kenya from making a 1-2 finish as she claimed the second spot after clocking a time of 3 hours 27 minutes and 48 seconds to finish ahead of another Kenyan Joyce Runo Chemeli, who needed 3 hours 32 minutes and 43 seconds to complete the race.
The Men’s and Women’s open categories winners received prize money of RM4,500, RM3,000 for second place while third-placed runners received RM1,500.
In the veteran category, Paul Hague of England took the men’s crown. He clocked 3 hours 10 minutes and 31 seconds to finish ahead of local runner Duanis Indam, who completed the race with a time of 3 hours 26 minutes and 38 seconds. Another Sabahan Yusop Tungkop claimed the third spot. He clocked 3 hours 31 minutes and 5 seconds.
Singaporean Susan Sek walked home with the women’s veteran title after clocking 4 hours 7 minutes and 4 seconds, followed by Tan Lee Huang, also from Singapore (4 hours 57 minutes 27 seconds) and Malaysia’s Christina Daramat (5 hours 35 seconds), who finished in second and third respectively.
As for the veteran category, both the men and women winners’ received RM1,500, RM1,000 and RM500 for first, second and third placing respectively.
In the half marathon, it was again double joy for the Kenyans as Wilson Kibogo and Doris Chuchumba emerged champions in the men’s and women’s races respectively.
Wilson clocked 1 hour 11 minutes and 49 seconds to complete the 21km race, while Malaysian Muniandy Ramadass finished second after clocking 1 hour 13 minutes and 54 seconds.
Muniandy was also the fastest Malaysian to complete the half marathon race.
Another Kenyan Micah Kiprotich took the third spot with a time of 1 hour 18 minutes and 1 second followed by a Sabahan Mohd Heidilee in fourth.
While in the women category, Doris claimed her crown after recording a time of 1 hour 24 minutes and 10 seconds, followed by Kuala Lumpur’s Michele Tan Bee Kiang in second with a time of 1 hour 39 minutes 26 seconds. Third was Mariana Mohammad, also of Malaysia. She clocked 1 hour 41 minutes and 11 seconds.
The first to third placed winners of both the men’s and women’s half marathon received RM3,000, RM2,000 and RM1,000 respectively.
In the men’s veteran, Malaysia’s Guianus Salagan clocked 1 hour 22 minutes and 2 seconds to take the crown, followed by countrymen Govindan Supermaniam and Lim Lian Hock who finished second and third with a time of 1 hour 23 minutes and 35 seconds and 1 hour 35 minutes and 2 seconds respectively.
In the women’s veteran Lian Bee Hoon of Malaysia triumphed. She clocked 1 hour 44 minutes and 28 seconds to take the crown, followed by American Kirsten Conrad in second with a time of 2 hours 3 minutes and 4 seconds, while another Malaysian Ling Nyuk Hwa claimed the third spot with a time of 2 hours 4 minutes and 11 seconds.
The winners of the veteran category (both men and women) received RM1,000, RM750 and RM500 respectively.
For the fastest Malaysian men and women, the top three winners received RM1,500, RM1,000 and RM500 respectively for the marathon category and RM750, RM500 and RM250 respectively for the half marathon. (See full results for the winners).
Official results for the 10km run were still unavailable at press time, but those who wish to know can log on to the official website of the race – www.borneomarathon.com.
About 1,000 runners from 21 nationalities took part in the run.
Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Peter Pang, representing the honourable Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman, was there to give away the prizes to the winners.