Report20 Mar 2016

Loyanae gets course record at the Seoul International Marathon


Wilson Loyanae winning the 2016 Seoul International Marathon (© Organisers)

Kenya’s Wilson Loyanae delivered on his promise to improve his own course record at the 87th Seoul International Marathon, running 2:05:13 to win the IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on Sunday (20).

It was the third victory in the Korean capital for Loyanae aftrer his win in 2012, when he set the previous course record of 2:05:37, and then again 12 months ago.

Loyanae surged with 10 kilometres to go to pull away from his rivals and was never headed. In what was a clean sweep for Kenyan runners, Evans Chebet and Mike Kigen finished second and third with 2:05:33 and 2:06:10, respectively.

Switzerland’s Tadesse Abraham took fourth in a national record of 2:06:40, just four seconds away from the European record.

Former world record holder Patrick Makau dropped out of the race at around 10 kilometres, not fully recovered from recent abdominal problems and amoebiasis.

Kenya's Rose Chelimo was the best woman in 2:24:14 with Ethiopia's Melkaw Gizaw second in 2:24:28 while Kenya's Agnes Jeruto was third in 2:24:59

Organisers for the IAAF