DALIAN, China (Xinhua) --
The 31st edition of Dalian
International Marathon witnessed a new course record in the
men’s race as Kenya’s Edwin Kibet Koech claimed the title here
It is Koech’s first
marathon race in China. He outraced countryman and defending
champion Willy Ngelel in the 37th kilometer of the
race to notch the leading position and never looked back before
crossing the finish line in two hours, nine minutes, 44 seconds.
His winning mark beat the previous course record of 2:13:03 set
Ngelel cut 19
seconds off his career best time to take the second place in
2:10:31, followed by Ethiopia’s Habtamu Wegi who finished third
Mulu Seboka of
Ethiopia enjoyed a comfortable sole lead after 15km to win the
women’s race in 2:28:59. Defending champion Ednah Mukwanah came
home in 2:32:06 and had to settle for the second place. Rodah
Jepkorir of Kenya finished third in 2:32:53.
More than 30,000
runners participated in the Dalian International Marathon event,
which featured marathon, half marathon and wheelchair half
marathon as well was spin-off 10km and 4.2km fun run races.