Taipei, March 19 (CNA) Runners from Kenya and Mongolia won the men's and women's titles, respectively, in the 2017 New Taipei Wan Jin Shi Marathon on Sunday.
Kipkogei Yego of Kenya completed the men's marathon in 2 hours, 17 minutes and 2 seconds to snatch the men's title, although he failed to beat the 02:13:05 record set by compatriot William Chebon Chebor in last year's event.
Coming in second was Debele Belda of Ethiopia who finished in a time of 02:17:04, while Kipchirchir Keiyo of Kenya placed third with a time of 02:17:15.
Taiwan's best performance in the men's category was a 16th place finish by Lin Yu-hung (林育宏), who finished with a time of 02:34:34.
Mongolia's Munkhzaya Bayartsogt took the women's title with 02:38:08, while Ethiopia's Gebre Getiso came in second with a time of 02:38:21, and compatriot Ayele Belachew finished third with 02:39:07.
Taiwan's Lin Yu-hsin (林于馨) finished 13th with 03:03:28, which made her Taiwan's best performer in the women's race.
The annual race attracted some 12,000 runners from home and abroad, including 32 elite international runners, the organizers said.
The Wan Jin Shi Marathon is the only local athletic competition with international accreditation. It has gained international bronze certification status from the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) for three consecutive years since 2015.
(By Lin Chang-shuan and Evelyn Kao)