TAIYUAN, China (Xinhua) —Ã‚Â African runners dominated the 2013 Taiyuan International Marathon as six participants from Ethiopia and Kenya won top three in both the menÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s and womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s competitions here on Saturday.
Wolde Botoru Tsegaye of Ethiopia clocked two hours, 11 minutes, 27 seconds to win the menÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s title. Mutai Mike Kiprotich and Wahome Julius Muriuki, both from Kenya, finished second and third in 2:11:36 and 2:11:45 respectively.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s very difficult today, but I feel that I have much energy during the second half. My tactic proves good, especially because I have a strong finish in the last two kilometers,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Tsegaye.
The best performance of local runners in the menÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s competition was from Bao Hongyu, who finished 11thÃ‚Â in 2:28:45.
KenyaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ngerecgi Alice enjoyed a comfortable win in the womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s race. She finished in 2:30:40, more than one minute faster than the silver medalist Roba Radiya Adlo of Ethiopia who clocked 2:31:50.
The bronze medal went to Jimma Fantu Etcha, also from Ethiopia, who clocked 2:32:54.
ChinaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Zhang Jingxia won the best performance among local runners, finishing sixth in 2:38:22.
First launched in 2010, the Taiyuan International Marathon this year attracted a record over 30,000 local and foreign runners.