Standard chartered singapore marathon 2009 was a great event in Singapore; I know you can’t wait to know the results.
Reigning Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SCSM) champion Luke Kibet has won the full marathon category race for the second year running.
It was an exciting climax to the 42km race as Johnstone Chepkwony mounted a late surge to pressure Kibet all the way to the finish line. Kenyan runner Kibet prevailed however, to finish first with a winning time of 2:11:24, which was just eight seconds ahead of Chepkwony (2:11:32) and 2 mins 37 seconds short of the 2:13:01 course record he set last year.
Kibet, a former world marathon champion, joins fellow countryman Amos Matui, who won the event in 2005 and 2006, in having clinched two successive wins in the full marathon category, underscoring the Kenyans’ dominance of the race in recent years.
Completing the top three in the men’s race was Vincent Krop Nyemw of Kenya who came in third. Albina Mayorova Ivanova of Russia emerged top of the field this year in the women’s full marathon category. Her winning time of 2:32:47 was two minutes ahead of second-placed Lyubov Morgunova of Russia (2:34:47) and Mary Akor Beasley of USA completed the top three with a time of 2:36:41.
This year also saw close finishing times in the other race categories. In the Men’s Local category (full marathon), Mok Ying Ren clinched first place with a time of 2:43:42, with Ashley Liew finishing in 2:51:22 to secure the second place. Benny Goh took third place with a time of 2:56:44. Over in the Women’s Local category (full marathon), Qi Hui (3:15:25) piped Elaine Lim (3:23:00) to the finish line with Aileen Tan (3:39:16), rounding up the top three.
A total of 50,000 runners took to the streets this morning for the eighth Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon, with Guest-of-Honour Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr George Yeo flagging off the Full Marathon.
The annual event also saw people populating the streets as they cheered on the runners and enjoyed the various activities staged at the East Coast Park, the F1 Pit Building, as well as the Padang.