Kenyan, Ethiopian athletes win 41st Istanbul Marathon

Kenyan Daniel Kipkore Kibet wins the men’s title and Ethiopian Hirut Tibebuin wins women’s at 41st Istanbul Marathon

Kenyan athlete Daniel Kipkore Kibet wins the 41st Istanbul Marathon men’s title by breaking the 42 km Istanbul Marathon track record while Ethiopian athlete Hirut Tibebu wins women’s title at the intercontinental Istanbul Marathon on Sunday. A total of 63 elite athletes joined the Vodafone 41st Istanbul Marathon, which started at 0900 am local time [0600GMT] from Istanbul’s Asian side and ended in the European part of the city.

Sponsored by world-famous British telecommunication conglomerate Vodafone, the sports event has three categories — 42.2-kilometer (26.2 miles) marathon, 15-km run (9.3 mi), 8-km (4.9 mi) FunRun as well as a wheelchair competition. The runners from 106 countries competed in Sunday’s race as thousands of people are also attending the 8-km FunRun.

The finish line is located in the historic Sultanahmet Square on the city’s European side. The motto of the 2019 marathon is “Istanbul is yours. Don’t stop, run!

“The winners of the 2019 marathon in men’s and women’s categories will earn $50,000 each. In the Turkish athlete’s category, winners in both genders will bag 50,000 Turkish liras ($8,760) each. The Istanbul marathon has been in the Gold Label Road Races list of the international governing body for athletics, the IAAF since 2012.

The champions in recent years such as Elias Kemboi Chelimo from Kenya (2015), Evans Kiplagat from Azerbaijan (2016), French athlete Abraham Kiprotich (2017) and Kenya’s Felix Kimutai (2018) are running to win the 2019 title. In women’s category, Ethiopian Fatuma Sado, who came third in 2018 and locally famous Turkish athlete Elvan Abeylegesse, who ranked fifth in 2018, are the favorites for the marathon.

Source: Anadolu Agency