Kenyan Joseph Gitau Kariuki won the Yoma Yangon International Marathon in Myanmar for a fifth straight year, posting a time of 02:34:28.
Although he crossed the tape almost 10 minutes slower than his blistering pace last year, Kariuki’s time in the Sunday 8 January race was still good enough to earn him the $2700 (Sh2700) price money as the second-best runner Thaung Aye from Myanmar came in 11 minutes later.
Kariuki has a personal best of 2:06:58 recorded at the Fukuoka Marathon 2012. The 28-year-old started his international career in the 5000m race, setting a personal best of 13:43 in Kure, Japan 10 years ago.
Speaking after the Sunday victory Kariuki said the weather had played a role in his slow pace, but was grateful to have won.
“It was quite hot and at some point humid, but I am glad to have won,” he said.
Another Kenyan Valentine Jepkemoi Serem won the women’s full marathon for the second year straight with a time of 03:07:36.