Kenya’s Kennedy Kiproo Lilan is the undisputed Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon champion at the Dataran Merdeka on Sunday (7).
The 29-year-old retained his men’s title for a remarkable fifth consecutive time after he completed the 42km race in 2’18:57.
Kiproo had to sweat it out for the crown as he overcame a fierce challenge from compatriot Tonui Kiprop, who crossed two seconds later in 2’18:59. Luka Kiplimo made it a clean sweep for Kenya, clocking 2’19:24.
Kiproo also a three-time Bali Marathon champion, was not a happy man despite pocketing US$17,500 (RM70,700).
“This year’s race was a tough and challenging one for me. Winning the race for the fifth time in the KL Marathon was a great achievement.
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“However, I am not happy with my timing. The time of about two hours 19 minutes was not good enough. May be next year when I come back stronger, that’s my promise,” Lilan said after the prize giving ceremony.
“I failed to improve on the course record in 2012 (2’14:45) and I did not manage to meet my goal of 2’12.
Full Marathon Men’s Open
1. Kennedy Kiproo Lilan (Kenya) 2:18: 57
2. Tonui Kiprop (Kenya) 2’18:59
3. Luka Kipkemoi Chelimo (Kenya) 2’19:24s
4.Tilahun Amsalu Beteyen (Ethiopia) 2:19:31
5. Josphat Kiptanui Too (Kenya) 2:20:05