Reigning Izmir Marathon champion, Lani Rutto took the top honors at the 36th edition of the Taipei City Marathon held on Sunday (18) in Taipei, Taiwan.
The 33 year-old who came to this race with a personal best of 2:06.34 that he got in October at the Frankfurt Marathon where he took the silver medal, led a 1-2 Kenyan podium finish.
Rutto missed the course record of 2:09.18 that was set in 2020 by his compatriot Paul Lonyangata by 27 seconds when he cut the tape in 2:09.44 with Thomas Kibet Rutere coming home in second in 2:10.59.
Last year’s second place finisher Meseret Aragaw Yitbarek from Ethiopia was forced to settle in third place in a time of 2:10.59.
Edwin Kiprop Kiptoo and Ethiopia’s Demeke Kasaw Biksegn finished in fourth and fifth place in a time of 2:11.50 and 2:13.37 respectively.
- Lani Kiplagat Rutto (KEN) 2:09.18
- Thomas Kibet Kutere (KEN) 2:10.59
- Meseret Aragaw Yitbarek (ETH) 2:11.34
- Edwin Kiprop Kiptoo (KEN) 2:11.50
- Demeke Kasaw Biksegn (ETH) 2:13.37