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Kenyans sweep the Mizuno marathon, winning thousands

Staff writer, with CNA, GREATER KAOHSIUNG

Kenya’s Pius Muasa Mutuku crosses the finish line to win first place in the men’s martahon at the Mizuno Kaohsiung International Marathon yesterday in Greater Kaohsiung.

Photo: CNA

Kenyan athletes dominated the Mizuno Kaohsiung International Marathon yesterday, with five runners from the East African country winning a total of NT$670,000 (US$22,600) in the event.

Kenyan Pius Muasa Mutuku, who was competing in Taiwan for the first time, crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 21 minutes and 39 seconds, followed by three of his countrymen in second to fourth places in the male marathon category. A Kenyan runner also took sixth place in the 42km race.

In the women’s marathon, Taiwan’s Chen Shu-hua (陳淑華) was first to finish, logging a personal best of 2 hours, 49 minutes and 7 seconds.

No Kenyan athletes took part in the women’s marathon this year.

Taiwanese competitors took the top five places in the men and women’s divisions of a 23km half-marathon that was held at the same time.

Ho Chin-ping (何盡平), a physical education teacher at a high school on Kinmen, won the men’s event, while his brother, Ho Chin-wen (何盡文), placed fifth.

Liao Pei-ling (廖佩苓), an athlete from Yunlin who placed fourth last year, won the women’s half-marathon.

About 30,000 people from Taiwan, Japan, China, Kenya, Belgium, Canada and the US competed in the Greater Kaohsiung marathon, which carried winnings totaling NT$1.5 million.

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