Kenya's former World champion Luke Kibet, despite being troubled by an achilles tendon injury suffered in March, retained the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon today in a new course record time.
The 26-year-old clocked 2 hours, 11 minutes, 25 seconds - almost two minutes faster than his winning time last year to take home the US$35,000 in prize money.
"To win a race is not a joke, to run 42 kilometres, it is a tough race. I'm waiting for the race organisers if they can call me for next year. I will come here for the third time," said Kibet.
Kibet's double victory in Singapore matches his countryman Amos Matui's wins in 2005 and 2006.
Johnstone Chepkwony, who clocked 2 hours, 11 minutes, 32 seconds, and Vincent Krop, who clocked 2 hours, 11 minutes, 49 seconds, made it an all-Kenyan sweep of the men's elite category - all finishing faster than last year's winning time.
The women's elite category was won by Russia's Albina Mayorova Ivanova - in 2 hours, 32 minutes and 47 seconds. This is her second marathon after giving birth to her daughter.
Full Marathon Results - Men (Individual)
1. Luke Kibet, Kenya - 2:11:24
2. Johnstone Chepkwony, Kenya - 2:11:32
3. Vincent Krop, Kenya - 2:11:49
Full Marathon Results - Women (Individual)
1. Albina Mayorova, Russia - 2:32:47
2. Lyubov Morgunova, Russia - 2:34:47
3. Mary Akor Beasley, USA - 2:36:41
Full Marathon Veteran Category (Men)
1. Sim Jae Duk, Korea - 2:40:11
2. Benedict Tan, Singapore - 3:04:28
3. Simon Andrew, Singapore - 3:05:12
Full Marathon Veteran Category (Women)
1. Eliza Mayger, Australia - 3:08:00
2. Itsuko Lenwes, Japan - 3:16:19
3. Yong Lai Chee, Singapore - 3:40:09
Full Marathon Singapore (Men)
1. Mok Ying Ren - 2:43:42
2. Ashley Liew - 2:51:22
3. Benny Goh - 2:56:44
Full Marathon Singapore (Women)
1. Qi Hui - 3:15:25
2. Elaine Lim - 3:23:00
3. Tan Lin Wan Aileen - 3:39:16
Half-Marathon Results - Men (Individual)
1. Richard Mutua, Kenya - 1:11:22
2. Muniandy Ramadass, Singapore - 1:14:31
3. Sefli Ahar, Brunei - 1:15:06
Half-Marathon Results - Women (Individual)
1. Anna Thompson, Australia - 1:17:09
2. Anne-Mari Kyrylainen, Finland - 1:24:11
3. Hayley Barber, Australia - 1:29:29