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Kenyan runners dominate Limassol marathon (photos)

For the third consecutive year Kenyan athletes dominated the Limassol marathon with winners in both the men’s and women’s main events.

In the third fastest time ever recorded at the event, Kenya’s Abel Rop Kibet won the 13th opap Limassol marathon in 2 hours, 17 minutes and 40 seconds, four minutes slower than his personal best.

“It was a great experience. I like Limassol and Cyprus and I will certainly be back next year, Kibet said, adding that “it was a bit hot but I enjoyed it”.

The winning Kenyan runner in the women’s race was Ruth Matebo Chemisto with a time of 2:43:28.

The best placed Cypriot runner was Charalambos Ioannou with a time of 2.38.04. The best placed Cypriot woman was Stella Christoforou, who came sixth before collapsing at the finish.

The marathon itself also broke records with 15,000 runners taking part in the main event as well as in Saturday’s 5k corporate race and the junior event.

On Sunday, four races were staged along the seafront: the marathon, the half marathon, the 10k and the 5k, in which around 2,000 foreigners took part from 58 countries.

For the fourth year in a row, the marathon supported the Karaiskakeion Organisation. Next year’s event will be held on March 14 and 15. [smart-photo]

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