Chepngabit Noah Kipruto (center)
Kaohsiung, Feb. 12 (CNA) Kenyan runners dominated the 2017 Kaohsiung Mizuno International Marathon on Sunday, taking the top places in both the men's and women's races.
Chepngabit Noah Kipruto of Kenya won the men's marathon in a time of 2 hours, 13 minutes and 18 seconds to snatch the men's title, while his compatriot Karungu Jedidah Wanjiru clocked 2:38:41 to claim first place in the women's race.
Taiwan's best performance was a fifth place finish by Chang Chih-chen (張智軫) in the women's race and eighth place by Chiang Chieh-wen (蔣介文) in the men's event.
Environmental groups said holding a marathon in the early spring, when atmospheric dispersion is generally poor, was akin to having the runners inhale toxic air, though several of the leading competitors told reporters the air quality in Kaohsiung was OK and humidity and temperature were acceptable.
More than 20,000 domestic runners and 308 athletes from 31 countries, including Kenya, Japan, the Philippines and the United States, took part in the run in the southern port city.
(By Wang Shwu-fen and Kuo Chung-han)