Kipchumba and Dibaba Win Xiamen Marathon

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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 2:33:51.

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 - 2:23:30.


Women's Group

1. Mare Dibaba, Ethiopia, 2:21:36

2. Meseret Legesse, Ethiopia, 2:26:36

3. Bedada Emebet Etea, Ethiopia, 2:33:51

Men's Group

1. Mariko Kiplagat Kipchumba, Kenya, 2:08:06

2. Julius Muriuki Wahome, Kenya, 2:09:28

3. Dereje Debele Tulu, Ethiopia, 2:09:35

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