Kenya continued its 15-year domination as debutant Felix Kiptoo Kirwa became the twelfth Kenyan to take home top honours, winning the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore in a time of 2:17:17.
Trailing close behind were fellow Kenyans, Paul Kios Kangogo and David Kipkorir Rutoh who kept pace all the way till the home stretch when Kirwa broke away and clinched the title with an impressive sprint finish.
Commenting on his win, Felix Kiptoo Kirwa said: “I was not expecting to complete the run in this timing as it is very hot and humid in Singapore…last year they finished in 2 hour 17 minutes, and I was not sure I could do the same. We have so many runners and they are so competitive. When I arrived at 40km, that was when I realised I may have won the race.”
In the women’s race, Kenyan Rebecca Kangogo Chesir took home the title after clocking 2:43:03 to clinch victory.
Throughout the race, Cheshir was pushed by a resilient chasing pack comprising Yator Viola Jelagat, and Peninah Jerop Arusei who finished second and third respectively.
This year the event started half an hour earlier, at 4:30am, a change by first-time organisers IRONMAN Asia to improve the experience by giving runners a cooler, more conducive race environment before sunrise.
A total of 46,000 participants took part across five different categories, the Kids Dash, Ekiden, 10km, Half and Full Marathon.
IRONMAN Asia Managing Director Geoff Meyer said: “I’m pleased with the turnout and success of the event this year. The event is one that has been largely popular among the local and regional community and the numbers certainly showed.
“This is our first time at the helm of the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore, and whilst we are happy with the outcome, we will strive to make it even bigger and better and work towards our goal of making SCMS a leading marathon globally.”