Kenya’s Wilson Erupe Loyanae became the first man to win four times the 74th edition of the Seoul Marathon that was held early Sunday (18) in Seoul, South Korea.
The 29 year-old first won in the Korean capital in 2012, clocking a course record of 2:05:37. He won again three years later in 2:06:11 and then successfully defended his title in 2016 in 2:05:13, an improvement on his course record.
Loyanae beat a strong field that included Marius Kimutai who on paper had the fastest time of 2:05.47 that he got in Amsterdam in 2016. Kimutai won both of his marathons last year, clocking 2:06:04 in Rotterdam and 2:08:33 in Ljubljana. In between those runs, he also set a half marathon PB of 1:00:07.
Loyanae led a 1-5 Kenyan position as he cut the tape in 2:06.57 leaving the course record of 2:05.13 that he set in 2015 intact. He was followed by Mark Korir who crossed the line in 2:07.03 with Benson Kipruto closing the podium three in 2:07.11.
Kimutai finished a distant fourth place in 2:07.45 and Felix Kiprotich taking fifth place in 2:07.57.
- Wilson Loyanae (KEN) 2:06.57
- Mark Korir (KEN) 2:07.03
- Benson Kipruto (KEN) 2:07.11
- Marius Kimutai (KEN) 2:07.45
- Felix Kiprotich (KEN) 2:07.57