President Nicos Anastasiades fired the starter pistol for the 10th Limassol marathon on Sunday and waved to runners as they went by.
In a short address to open the event, Anastasiades welcomed the volunteers who were participating in aid of the Karaiskakio Foundation, the island’s bone marrow registry.
He also congratulated Limassol, his home town, for organising the event.
“What is important and I want to emphasise is that through these efforts the Limassol Marathon has begun to be placed on the map of major marathon events,” he said.
This year, some 13,000 runners took part from 52 countries
According to CNA, the winner of the men`s marathon was Thomas Klisz from Poland and in the women’s category it was Bondara Sylwia also from Poland.
The OPAP Limassol Marathon GSO is a flat course which follows the Mediterranean coastline. From the centre of the city, along the beachfront, to the ruins of the ancient royal city of Amathus, and back to the city.
The Limassol Marathon has been elected by MyNextRun users as the Best International Marathon in Europe for 2015. Precisely, it had collected 37% of the votes, leaving behind classic and historic marathons such as the Athens Authentic Marathon, the Berlin Marathon, the London Marathon and the Rome Marathon.
1. KLISZ Thomas (Poland) 2:41:48
2. BORODIN Pavel (Cyprus) 2:43:24
3. KEENAN Michael (Cyprus) 2:44:32
1. BONDARA Sylwia (Poland) 3:12:40
2. HANDZLIK Dagmara (Cyprus) 3:15:09
3. ANDREOU Ioulia (Cyprus) 3:16:19