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Africans win big at Xiamen Marathon

01-03-2011 14:21 BJT

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Runners competed in the 2011 Xiamen International Marathon in China's eastern coast city of Xiamen. African athletes took the top finishing spots at the scenic venue in Fujian Province.

This event has been held for nine years in a row. It has received the IAAF's road race gold event honor for a fourth straight time. The Xiamen race combines the international marathon, a national marathon accumulative event, a wheelchair half-marathon, roller skating, and a Cross-Taiwan-Strait city marathon invitational race. The total number of participants reached a record high of over 64-thousand.

The international marathon included 23 top-flight runners. African athletes dominated at the half-way mark in the men's competition. Robert Kipkorir Kipchumba from Kenya gradually pulled ahead with less than 10 kilometers to go. It turned into a one-man show in the final stretch. Kipchumba shortened the former event record by 40 seconds to win the title in 2 hours 8 minutes and 7 seconds.

In the women's competition, No.2 runner Amare Gobena Gemeda from Ethiopia burst out in the final kilometer for the victory. She owned the best registration time and went on to claim the women's gold medal with 2 hours 31 minutes and 49 seconds. Chinese best Wang Jiali finished third.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: CNTV.CN

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