Kenya’s Barnabas Kiptum set a new course record at the 33rd edition of the Buenos Aires Marathon that was held on Sunday (15) in Buenos, Argentina.
Kiptum came to this race with a personal best 0f 2:09.21 that he got at the 2016 Cape Town Marathon.
The 31 years-old was invited to this race with the aim of running good time and he lived to their expectations when he pulled away at 35km from the Felix Kimutai from Kenya and Ethiopian Birhanu Berga and he never looked back as he cut the tape in 2:09.46 breaking the previous course record that was set by fellow Kenyan Simon Njoroge of 2:10.23 in 2011.
“This makes me feel great and I thank God for enabling me to win in good time. If not for the pain in my right leg I could have run under 2:09 but because of pain I couldn’t,” Kiptum said.
Kimutai came in second 2 minutes later in 2:11.35 with the Ethiopian closing the podium finish in 2:11.59.
Godfrey Kosgei, winner of the Rio de Janeiro Marathon finished fourth 2:13.07 and was followed by Stephen Arita who was debuting in 2:15:42.
The sixth place was taken by Sousa Lima from Brazil with seventh going to Rafael Santos in 2:17.23
The first Argentinean to crossed the line was Pedro Luis Gómez in 2:31.00
1. Barnabas Kiptum (KEN) 2:09.46
2. Felix Kimutai (KEN) 2:11.35
3. Birhanu Berga (ETH) 2:11.59
4. Godfrey Kosgei (KEN) 2:13.07
5. Stephen Arita (KEN) 2:15.42