Kenya’s Shadrack Kipkosgei for the third consecutive time won the 8th edition of the Jerusalem Marathon that was held on Friday (9) in Jerusalem.
Kipkosgei’s cut the tape in 2:21.25 which was about four minutes longer than his 2017 record.
Out of 25,000-odd participants in the 26-mile race, about a dozen sustained injuries or complications that required hospitalization, Army Radio reported. The relatively low number owed to cool weather that broke the heat on Friday morning just in time for the event.
In years when the race was held on hot days, dozens ended up in the hospital from exhaustion and dehydration. Several people have died in marathons in Israel, mostly in connection with weather-related complications.
The third and second place went to Ethiopian Wendwesen Tilahun Damte with the third going to another Kenyan Ronald Kimeli Kurgat.
In the women’s race, Kenyans dominated all three top places with Emily Chepkemoi Samoei cutting the tape in 2:52.33 to claim the title for second consecutive time. She was followed by Mercy Jelimo and Naomi Jepngetich.