Kenya’s Lawi Kiptanui won the 40th edition of the Stockholm marathon that was held on Saturday (2) in Stockholm, Sweden.
Kiptanui came to this race with a personal best of 2:13.21 that he got in Lyon in 2017 beat a strong field that include Bazu Worku from Ethiopia who was the fastest runner on paer with a pb of 2:08.30 that he got early this year in Houston.
The25 year-old put on one of the most extraordinary victories in the history of the Stockholm Marathon when he led a 1-2-3 Kenyan podium finish as he cut the tape in 2:13.30 failing by three minutes to beat the course record of 2:10.58 that was set by fellow country-mate Stanley Kipchirchir Koech two years ago.
He aimed at 2.10 in Stockholm, but got “satisfied” with the victory. “It’s a bad city break. “I just focused on winning, it was a good race,” Kiptui said.
Kipkirui was followed a distant later by Dominic Kimwetich who crossed the line in 2:16.22 with Stephen Kiplimo closing the podium three in 2:17.01.
The 2018 Boston marathon winner Yuki Kawauchi from Japan could not the fire of the three Kenyans finishing in fourth place.
- Lawi Kiptui (KEN) 2:13.30
- Dominic Kimwetich (KEN) 2:16.22
- Stephen Kiplimo (KEN) 2:17.01