Kenya's Mariko Kiplagat Kipchumba and Mare Dibaba of Ethiopia won the Xiamen International Marathon, an IAAF gold Lable road race on Thursday, January 2.
The Men´s race winner, Kipchumba, clocked a new course record of 2 hours 21 minutes 37 seconds with compatriot Julius Muriuki Wahome in second 2:09:28.The perfect Kenyan sweep spoiled Ethiopia´s Dereje Debele Tulu who took the final spot on the podium with a time of 2:09:35.
The women´s race also saw a new course record as the Ethiopian women swept the podium. The 24 year old Mare Dibaba won the race in 2 hours 21 minutes 37 seconds and set a new record. Meseret Legesse took second clocking
2:26:36 while Bedada Emebet Etea concluded the podium with a time of
Both winner went home also with a total $ 50,000 prize money. The Award money for
the marathon winners was US $40,000,plus the
awards of 10,000 USD to male runners who finished the race between
2:07:32- 2:08:30 and female runners who completed the race between 2:22:38 -