Former World U20 Silver medallist, Elvis Kipchoge Cheboi survived a one day flight delay and a fire that broke out in the early morning of the race at their elite hotel, as he ran away with the men’s title at the 22nd edition of the TCS Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Sunday (15) in Toronto Canada.
The 27 year-old who seemed unfazed by the happenings before the race, beat a strong field that included Ethiopia’s Adugna Takele Bikila who came to this race with the fastest time on paper od 2:05.52 that he got last year at the Zurich Maraton where he finished in fourth place and his compatriot Alfred Kipchirchir who was making his debut over the distance.
Cheboi who had set his mind on the crown from the word go, took along with him Kipchirchir as the two went through the half way mark in 1:02.33 and at 40k mark in 2:01.17.
Cheboi who making his second appearance in Marathon, also survived the breezy weather conditions, as he accelerated his kick, dropping his compatriot, surging ahead solo to emerge victorious in a new personal best of 2:09.10.
“For me, winning Toronto is a huge achievement, I am very happy that I have improved on my time (Vienna Marathon 2:10.21) today,” said Cheboi
Bikila who was the race favorite and was trailing the two Kenyans, produced a powerful kick at the final stages of the race; outpacing Kipchirchir who could not respond to his kick, crossing the finish line in second in 2:10.26 with the latter sealing the podium three finishes in a time of 2:10.56.
- Elvis Kipchoge Cheboi (KEN) 2:09.20
- Adugna Takele Bikila (ETH) 2:10.26
- Alfred Kipchirchir Mukche (KEN) 2:10.56
- Yohans Mekasha (ETH) 2:13.47
- Jesus Eduardo Bencomo (MEX) 2:13.55