Kenya’s Abraham Talam Kipkemei took the top honors at the 26th edition of the Quad Cities Marathon held on Sunday (24) in Illinois, United States.
The 45 year-old who holds a personal best of 2:16.27, won his third race this season in the United States after being crowned the Fargo Marathon and Lincoln Marathon champion both in May of this year.
Kipkemei who was the oldest athlete in the race, cut the tape first with a masters record time of 2:16.35.
“The race was very nice,” Kipkemei said after receiving his first place trophy, designed in the shape of the white twin basket-handled design of the I-74 Bridge. “I am very happy with it.”
The race course record holder Geoffrey Kiplangat Terer of 2:14.04 was not lucky this time round as he found himself crossing the finish line in third in a time of 2:32.16.
Ethiopia’s Damaris Areba who is the women course record holder with a time of 2:30.29 defended her title as she cut the tape first in 2:32.16. Last year the Ethiopian shattered six-time event winner Hirut Guangul’s course record time of 2:35.07 that she had set ten years ago.