Kenyan athletes dominated the 39th Vodafone Istanbul Marathon on Sunday in which tens of thousands of people from around the world ran from Asia to Europe.
In the women's category, Kenyan Ruth Chepngetich ranked first, while French athlete of Kenyan origin Abraham Kiprotich was the best male runner.
Chepngetich covered the 46-km (26-mile) run in 2 hours, 22 minutes and 36 seconds. Kiprotich covered the same distance in 2 hours, 11 minutes and 22 seconds.
Kenyan Visiline Jepkesho came second in the women's category, covering the distance four seconds later. She was followed by Ethiopian Letebrhan Haylaywho finished in 2 hours, 25 minutes and 14 seconds.
In the men's category, Kenyan Jacob Kendagor was the first runner-up, completing the run in 2 hours, 11 minutes and 27 seconds, while Ethiopian Bazu Worku, finished third in 2 hours, 11 minutes and 39 seconds.
The world's only transcontinental marathon hosted 86 elite athletes from Kenya, Ethiopia, Namibia, Ukraine, Belarus, Azerbaijan, France, Serbia, Lithuania and Turkey.
The race had four other categories aside from the marathon including 15km (9.3-mile), 10km (6.2-mile) and 8km (4.97-mile) events plus a race for wheelchair-bound participants.
The starting point of the marathon was the Asian side of Istanbul’s July 15 Martyrs’ Bridge, formerly known as the Bosphorus Bridge. It ended at the historic Sultanahmet Square on the city’s European side.
This year’s theme was: "We are running for the future of our children."
The total prize money for the race was $1 million.
Vodafone was the main sponsor of the race organized by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and Spor Istanbul.
The 37th Vodafone Istanbul Marathon has ended with Kenyan Elias Kemboi Chelimo and Ethiopian Amena Gobena runners winning the race.
Chelimo crossed the finish line to win the men’s race, while Gobena won the marathon for women.
The Istanbul Marathon, the theme of which was “End Violence Against Women” this year, started at 9 a.m., local time [0700GMT] on the Asian side of Istanbul and finished on the European side of the city.
The marathon hosted not only some of the world’s elite athletes but also thousands of people who wished to challenge themselves by running the 42 kilometers and 195 meters long (around 26 miles) race.
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