Seoul – KenyaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Franklin Chepkwony cruised to a comfortable victory in the menÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s race at the 84thÃ‚Â Seoul International Marathon on Sunday (17), while his compatriot Flomena Chepchirchir won the womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s competition to complete the first ever Kenyan double at the onlyÃ‚Â IAAF Gold Label Road RaceÃ‚Â in Korea.
Chepkwony, 28, crossed the line in 2:06:59 to become the fifth Kenyan menÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s champion in the past six years in the Korean capital. He took home $80,000 for winning the race under 2:10:00 in what was his first victory over the classic distance.
EthiopiaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Leche Shumi Dechase finished second in 2:07:12, setting a new personal best while Seboka Dibaba Tola, another Ethiopian, was third in 2:07:27.
Chepchirchir, 31, crossed the line in 2:25:43 to become the first Kenyan woman to win the Seoul International Marathon and end Ethiopian runnerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s winning streak at four.
Two Ethiopian runners took the remaining spots on the podium. Emebt Etea Bedada was second in 2:25:53, her new personal best by almost nine minutes. Yeshimebet Tadesse Bifa finished third in 2:26:18, which was also a personal best. Read more