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Kenyan runner wins Taipei marathon in record time

桑米拿下全馬項目第一名 打破大會紀錄

All you need is just 15mins, today! 15分鐘通勤學英語

The 2016 Taipei Marathon kicked off from in front of Taipei City Hall on Dec 18. Kenyan runner Sammy Kitwara clocked in at the finish line at two hours, nine minutes and 59 seconds, breaking the previous record of two hours, 10 minutes and 24 seconds, winning first place and the NT$1.8 million prize money for the record-breaking time.


With Kitwara the champion for the men’s full marathon race, the first-placed Taiwanese runner was Chiang Chieh-wen, who came in at two hours, 20 minutes and 59 seconds. Women’s full marathon group runner Hsieh Chien-ho, who ran in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Summer Games, improved upon her personal best with two hours, 43 minutes and 25 seconds, exclaiming after the race that she was ecstatic.


In the half-marathon group, Taiwan’s favorites failed in their bid to qualify for the 2017 Summer Universiade. Men’s group winner Chou Ting-yin came in at one hour, eight minutes and 34 seconds, with Taiwanese professional US Major League baseball pitcher Chen Wei-yin handing him a towel and his medal after the race. Tsao Chun-yu made the best time in the women’s group with one hour, 19 minutes and five seconds, but unfortunately was unable to make the grade for the Universiade. 


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