Kenyan runners sweep 2016 Taipei Marathon

Runners from Kenya dominated the 2016 Taipei Marathon Sunday, taking the top place in both the men's and women's categories, while Taiwan's best performance was a fifth place finish by Hsieh Chien-ho (???) in the women's race, according to the event organizer.

Sammy Kitwara of Kenya completed the men's 42-kilometer marathon in 2 hours, 9 minutes and 59 seconds to snatch the men's title, smashing the previous record of 2:10:24 held by Ethiopia's Yemane Tsegay Adhane in 2011, according to Chinese Taipei Road Running Association.

Kitwara's achievements earned him NT$800,000 (US$25,004) in prize money for winning the top title and an additional NT$1 million for breaking the record, the association said.

In the women's marathon, Kenyan runner Mercy Jerotich Kibarus took the title in 2:36:33.

Hsieh Chien-ho finished fifth in a time of 2:43:25, achieving Taiwan's best performance in the race.

Chiang Chieh-wen (???) was Taiwan's best male runner in the race, finishing sixth in a time of 2:20:59.

In the half marathon races, Taiwan's Chou Ting-yin (???) won the men's race, completing the 21km distance in 1:08:34, while Tsao Chun-yu (???) clocked 1:19:05 to finish third in the women's event.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel