Kenya’s Kiprop Tonui won his second marathon in less than two months’ time at the seventh edition of the Bangsaen 42 Chonburi Marathon held on Sunday (05) in Chonburi, Thailand.
The 37 year-old came to this race with a personal best of 2:13.49 that he got last month at the Kuala Lumpur Standard Chartered Marathon where he took the top honors.
Tonui has participated in three marathons in a span of three months with the first being in August where he took part in the Bali Marathon where he finished in second place. Kiprop did not have an easy ride as he was made to sweat for the title with his compatriot Geoffrey Birgen who tag along with him until the 35k mark when he he pulled away and never looked back as he surged solo for the reminder of the race to cut the tape first in a new course record time of 2:14.59. Birgen was left with no other option but to settle in second place in 2:15.28 with Ethiopia’s Shengo Kebede Liyew closing the podium three finishes in a time of 2:15.43.
Kenya’s Moses Kiptoo Kurgat and Felix Kirui Kiprotich finished in fourth and fifth place in respective time of 2:16.15 and 2:17.41.
In the women category, Kenyans continued to dominate as Truphena Chepchirchir who was second at last months Kuala Lumpur Standard Chartered Marathon, led a 1-2-3 Kenyan podium finish when she clinched the title and set a new course record with a time of 2:35.11. She was followed by Sarah Chepchirchir in 2:35.42 with Betty Chepleting sealing the podium three finishes in 2:39.00.