Kenya’s Nelson Oyugi won the 34th edition of the California International Marathon (CIM) that will be held in California in United States on Sunday (4).
Oyugi crossed the finish line tape with a cool 2:11.40. When he reached the 26-mile marker, Elisha Barno was in front of him with less than a minute to go.
After the two men made the turn onto 8th Street and reappeared in front of the crowd on Capitol Mall, their positions had changed as Oyugi out kicked Barno to claim the $10,000 first prize, recording the fifth-fastest time in the race’s 34-year history.
“It feels amazing,” said Oyugi. “I decided to run my own pace after mile 19 and I caught him (Barno) right after 26,” he added. “I love the people of California.
“They made me feel so strong.”
Barno finished second in 2:11:51, the eighth-fastest time in CIM history. 2012 champion Daniel Tapia of Mammoth Lakes, Calif. finished third in 2:12:27, a more than 2-minute personal best for the former SRA Elite athlete.
The cool, dry weather provided the perfect setting for a fast race as temperatures were in the low- to mid-40s throughout the day under clear skies.
A field of approximately 6,300 marathoners and 750 relay teams started the race near the Folsom Dam with over 6,100 marathoners finishing
Nelson Oyugi (KEN) 2:11.40
Elisha Barno (KEN) 2:11.51
Daniel Tapia (USA) 2:12.27