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Kenyan runners dominate Maybank Bali Marathon

  • I Wayan Juniarta

    The Jakarta Post

Gianyar, Bali   /   Sun, August 27, 2017   /   04:01 pm
Kenyan runners dominate Maybank Bali Marathon The Maybank Bali Marathon 2017 logo. (balimarathon.com/balimarathon.com)

As expected, Kenyans dominated the annual Maybank Bali Marathon (MBM) 2017 on Sunday, seizing top spots in the coveted Full Marathon Open Male and Open Female categories as well as in the remaining four open categories.

Twenty-nine-year-old Henry Kiprotich Sang made a surprising debut in MBM 2017 after finishing the full marathon in 02:19:17, which earned him first place in the Full Marathon Open Male category and Rp 189 million (US$14,160) cash prize handed over by PT Bank Maybank Indonesia president director Taswin Zakaria.

“This is my first time to race in Bali, in Indonesia, and I will surely come back next year,” he said with a big smile.

Kiprotich’s fellow countrymen, Cosmas Matolo and Kennedy Lilan, came second and third, respectively, in the category.

In the Full Marathon Female Open, Elizabeth Chepkanan Rumokol finished first with 02:38:38, followed by Edinah Jeruto and Gladys Jepkechei Tarus. All are Kenyans.

Wiryawan Jaya Subangkit booked 02:41:53 to take the top place in the Full Marathon Indonesian Male category, while Meri Mariana Paijo with 03:01:54 won in the Full Marathon Indonesian Female category.

The race was a successful, well-organized event with clear road signs, sufficient water stations and toilets along the course, as well as more than adequate amenities, from food and beverage stalls to first aid stations, which awaited the finishers in the spacious compound of the Bali Safari and Marine Park in Gianyar.

PT Bank Maybank Indonesia director for global banking Eri Budiono extended his gratitude to sponsors, partners, government agencies and local communities for the success of the event.

“There are several new things being introduced in this year’s event that presented new challenges for us.  The event went smoothly and for that I want to say thank you to all.”

Bali Safari and Marine Park general manager Thomas Colbert said the park was proud to host the marathon.