Kenya’s Robert Kipkemboi broke the race course record at the 44th edition of the Istanbul Marathon held on Sunday (06) in Istanbul, Turkey.
The 34 year-old who came to this race with a personal best of 2:07.09 that he got at the 2019 Seoul Marathon marathon where he finished in fourth place, gave a real fight from his Bahraini opponent Marius Kimutai who was a thorn in the flesh during the last six kilometre.
The contest took stage at the 37km mark as Kipkemboi broke away from the leading group with former Kenyan now Bahraini Kimutai to surge ahead as they jostle for the top honors but it was the Kenyan who managed to get out superior as he pulled away from his opponent at the final kilometre and never looked back as he widened the gap to cut the tape in a new course record time of 2:07.37 with Kimutai crossing the line in second eleven seconds later.
Sila Kiptoo also from Kenya closed the podium three finishes in a time of 2:11.02.
The race was dominated by Kenyans as the fourth and fifth place went to Hillary Kipchumba and Bernard Sang in 2:11:55 and 2:12:02.
Kipkemboi pocketed a cool Kshs 2.3 million ($20,000) .