Flagged off by women’s planet marathon record holder Paula Radcliffe – an ambassador for Muscat Marathon – the field took benefit of a windless day and a temperature of 20°C. The men’s marathon race was led by the biggest quantity of elite lengthy-distance athletes ever gathered in Oman, and at the finish it proved to be Kenya’s day with 1 of the pre-commence favourites, Ronald Korir, winning in a time of two:13:36. He completed ahead of his countryman John Langat (two:15:41) and Uganda’s Jackson Kiprop (two:15:43).
“The race was good and the course very good – and I am happy with my time,” stated a delighted Korir. “It is my first time at Muscat Marathon and I will be back next year.” The women’s marathon was won by Ethiopia’s Gada Bontu in two:36:04, a time rapid sufficient to earn her a ninth spot all round, ahead of Kenya’s Lucy Ndungu (two:42:07) and Asnakech Mengistu representing Ethiopia (two:43:03) placed third.
“It was a good race for me and I am very happy – the course was flat so that is very good as well,” stated Gada.
The half-marathon witnessed a neck-and-neck finish among Moroccan athletes Noaman Elassaoui and Bouazzaoui Abdelali. Elassaoui claimed victory by significantly less than a second in 1:10:52. Iran’s Morteza Beiravand took third spot.
The extremely well-known 10km race – with a lot more than 1,700 athletes registered – saw neighborhood Omani runners show their kind, taking the very first spot and eight of the leading-ten areas. Victory went to Bilarab al Hamhami in 34:29, ahead of Iran’s Mohammad Bagheritajamir with Omani runner Naser al Kamashki taking the third spot on the podium.
The women’s race was won by Brazil’s Cristina Ferraz (47:33) with Kristin Westby putting second and Gerd Inger Brunborg at third. Paula, who took component in the 10km race, enjoyed the operating and supporting other females runners in the field.
The relay marathon occasion, which attracted a extremely powerful entry of 70 teams, was won by a team from Royal Guard of Oman ahead of entries from Sultan’s Special Forces and Royal Air Force of Oman. The two-day festival of operating continued on Saturday.
Information Source: Muscat Daily