Kenya’s Dickson Kipsang Tuwei won the 5th edition of the Guangzhou Marathon that was held on Sunday (10) in Guangzhou, China.
The 25 year-old rallied to upset Ethiopia’s pre-race favorite Markos Geneti in the final 200 metres to cut the tape in 2:10.03 two seconds shy of the 2:10.01 course record that was set in 2015 by Abdellah Tagharrafet from Morocco.
A group of nine athletes took the lead at the 10k mark with a fast time of 30:07 and when they reached the 20k mark they were eight men with 1:00.29.
When the leading pack hit 35km in 1:49:01, only five men were left including Tuwei, Geneti, Kenya’s Edwin Kipngetich Koech, Ethiopia’s Husein Mohammed and Ziani Mohammed of Morocco.
The Moroccan was the first to drop out while Mohammed fell back before 40 kilometres.
Geneti who was the fastest athlete on paper with a PB of 2:04.54 that he got in 2011 Dubai Marathon, tried to pull away but Tuwei managed to keep up with his pace.
Tuwei waited for one more kilometre before launching his powerful charge for the victory with only some 200 metres to go before the finish.
“It is a little pity because I did not break the record here. But I am happy with my race today,” said Tuwei, who started his marathon career last year and set his PB of 2:09:27 when winning the 2016 Yellow River Estuary International Marathon in Dongying.
Geneti crossed the line in second with a time of 2:10.06 with Koech closing the podium three in 2:10.27.
1. Dickson Tuwei (KEN) 2:10.03
2. Markos Geneti (ETH) 2:10.06
3. Edwin Koech (KEN) 2:10.27