Kenya’s Felix Kirwa took the top honors at the 40th edition of the Stockholm Marathon held on Saturday (03) in Stockholm, Sweden.
The leading trio of Kirwa, Merhawi Kesete from Eritrea and Ethiopia’s Anbesa Tesfaye turned onto the wrong section of the course and missed valuable points in the fight for the course record record.
The three were on the course to lower the record time of 2:10.10 that was set in 2019 by Ethiopian Nigussie Sahlesilassie.
The race director, David Fridell said, “We may not have made ourselves clear enough or the police overlooked something and forgot something. “It’s terribly sad and unfortunate. It’s been a wonderful race so far and they were on course for a course record. That shouldn’t happen.”
The 26 year-old managed to come back and win the race in a time of 2:11.08 despite the extra 1.1km he was forced to run.
Ethiopia’s Fikadu Teferi took the top honors at the 42nd edition of the Stockholm Marathon that was held on Saturday (10) in Stockholm, Sweden.
The quartets Tefer, the Kenyans James Kiplagat and Ronald Korir as well as the Swedish-Eritrean Samuel Tsegay broke up and were assembled a little more than five minutes before the finish line. Shortly afterwards, Tsegay accelerated to leave Kiplagat with no more gas to cut the tape 2:12.24.
“I tried to win the race and tried the last five kilometers. But am happy I won the race at last,” said Tsegay
Kiplagat was forced to settle in second place when he crossed the line two seconds later. Korir closed the first three podium finishes in 2:12.30
Kenya’s Lawi Kiptanui won the 40th edition of the Stockholm marathon that was held on Saturday (2) in Stockholm, Sweden.
Kiptanui came to this race with a personal best of 2:13.21 that he got in Lyon in 2017 beat a strong field that include Bazu Worku from Ethiopia who was the fastest runner on paer with a pb of 2:08.30 that he got early this year in Houston.
The25 year-old put on one of the most extraordinary victories in the history of the Stockholm Marathon when he led a 1-2-3 Kenyan podium finish as he cut the tape in 2:13.30 failing by three minutes to beat the course record of 2:10.58 that was set by fellow country-mate Stanley Kipchirchir Koech two years ago.
He aimed at 2.10 in Stockholm, but got “satisfied” with the victory. “It’s a bad city break. “I just focused on winning, it was a good race,” Kiptui said.
Kipkirui was followed a distant later by Dominic Kimwetich who crossed the line in 2:16.22 with Stephen Kiplimo closing the podium three in 2:17.01.
The 2018 Boston marathon winner Yuki Kawauchi from Japan could not the fire of the three Kenyans finishing in fourth place.