Taipei, March 19 (CNA) Runners from Kenya swept the top spots in both the men's and women's full marathon events of the 2017 Taipei Expressway Marathon, which took place Sunday on the Wuku-Xizhi section of the Sun Yat-sen Freeway, also known as National Freeway No. 1.
Muteti Lukas Wambua finished the 41.195-kilometer run in 2 hours 32 minutes and 44 seconds to take first place in the men's event, according to the organizers.
In the women's event, Gathing Hannah Wabera won with a time of 03:00:41. She told reporters after the race that the wet weather was a challenge, but said she was enthusiastic about challenging herself.
Wabera said she looks forward to competing in the Taipei marathon next year.
As for Wambua, he noted that he only managed to come in fifth place in last year's competition because of injury. After recovering, he returned to Taipei this year, as he wished to win the full marathon, he said.
He added that he is very happy to have won the championship.
Winners of the full marathon events are entitled to a cash prize of NT$100,000 (US$3,275) each.
The annual Taipei Expressway Marathon began in cloudy weather accompanied by occasional rain. Despite that, it attracted more than 10,000 domestic and foreign runners competing in three different events -- a full marathon, a half marathon and a 10-km run.
Local runner Ho Chin-pin (何盡平) won the men's half marathon, while Fu Shu-ping (傅淑萍), also from Taiwan, finished top in the women's event. They each won NT$10,000, according to the organizers.
(By Lee Chin-wei and Elizabeth Hsu)