Kenyan Moses Kibet set a new Australian all-comers record at the 21st edition of the Sydney Marathon held on Sunday (18) in Sydney, Australia.
The 25 year-old who came to this race with the second fastest time on paper of 2:05.20 that he got at the 2021 Amsterdam Marathon where he finished in sixth place, took control of the race at final 500m, surging ahead with a powerful kick to smash the old record of 2:07.50 that had been set Japan’s Yuta Shitara on the Gold Coast in 2019.
Kibet led 1-2 Kenyan podium finish as he was followed by the reigning Vienna City Marathon champion Cosmas Muteti who crossed the line in second place two seconds behind the winner.
Ethiopia’s Chalu Deso Gelmisa who came to this race with fastest time on paper of 2:04.53 that he got at the Valencia Marathon where he finished in sixth place, could not manage to hold the fast pae of the Kenyans and was forced to settle in third place in a time of 2:07.09.
Ethiopians Abebe Negewo Degefe and Olika Adguna Bikila finished in fourth and fifth place in a time of 2:07.26 and 2:11.23 recpectively.
Double Rotterdam marathon champion Marius Kipserem, who has just come back from a car accident bounced back into action with a sixth place finish of 2:13.40.