Kenyans dominate anew Cebu Marathon

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

CEBU CITY -- Kenyan nationals bested again thousands of local and foreign runners who raced their way to finish line in the Cebu City Marathon (CCM) 2014 held Sunday at Cebu I.T. Park.

First to finish in the 42k race men's open category was last year's second placer Jackson Chirchir, with two hours and 27 minutes running time. He was followed by Julius Kiptalam and John Samoei, second and third placers, respectively.

The top three finishers in the women's category were Irene Kipchumba, who emerged as the champion with three hours and 12 minutes running time, Sussan Jemutai (2nd) and Jennylyn Nobleza (3rd).

Local runners were not far behind as Noel Tillor breasted the tape in two hours and 44 minutes. Joining him in the top three men's local division were Paul James Zafico (2nd) and Jobert Carolino (3rd).

The top local women placers, meanwhile, were Mona Liza Ambasa (1st), Sandi Abahan (2nd), and Mereeis Ramirez (3rd).

Other winners in the 21k race were:

Open category

1st - Benjamin Kipkazi
2nd - Eliud Kering
3rd - Simat Isaac

1st - Jacklin Nzivo
2nd - Mary Joy Tabal
3rd - Christy Sevilleno

Local category

1st - Arnold Unabia
2nd - Rafael Pescos
3rd - John Philip Duenas

1st - Amale Jopson
2nd - Gella Mayang
3rd - Wilma Theresa Lugay

CCM head organizer John Pages said this year's marathon has given out the biggest amount of prizes that totaled to P649,000 for all categories.

He also acknowledged the positive feedback of participants and spectators as more runners participated in 2014. (Sunnex)

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