Kenya’s Josphat Kiprotich smashed a 25 year-old record at the 38th edition of the Maratona da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro held on Sunday (11) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The 29 year-old who came to this race with a fastest time on paper of 2:09.08 that he got last year at the Enschede Marathon where he finished in fourth place, led a 1-2 Kenyan podium finish as he erased the old course record of 2:13.52 that was set in 1998 by Andre Luiz Ramos from Brazil.
Kiprotich took charge of the race at the 38km mark and never looked back as he pulled further away from his compatriot Samwel Kiptoo to forge ahead solo and cutting the tape first with a new course record time of 2:13.29.
Kiptoo who took on Kiprotich from the 30km mark was left with no other option but to settle in second place in a time 2:14.15 with Uganda’s Benson Karameka, who was making his debut over the distance, sealing the podium three finishes in a time 2:17.31.
The first Brazilian to cross the line was Altobeli Silva in fourth place with Argentinian Felix Sanchez coming home in fifth in a time of 2:19.53 and 2:21.55 respectively.
- Josphat Kiprotich (KEN) 2:13.29
- Samwel Kiptoo (KEN) 2:14.15
- Benson Karameka (KEN) 2:17.31
- Altobeli Silva (BRA) 2:19.53
- Felix Sanchez (ARG) 2:21.55