Kenyan, Ethiopian runners dominate 2020 Taipei Marathon

Focus Taiwan
Date: 12/20/2020
By: Kay Liu

At the starting line in front of Taipei City Hall. CNA photo Dec. 20, 2020

Taipei, Dec. 20 (CNA) Paul Lonyangata of Kenya broke a four-year-old record to win the men's division of the 2020 Taipei Marathon, while runners from Ethiopia clinched the top three spots in the women's race.

Lonyangata finished the 42.195-km run in 2 hours, 8 minutes and 26 seconds, besting the previous record of 2:09:59 set by countryman Sammy Kitwara in 2016 by more than a minute.

For setting the new record, he earned an extra NT$1 million (US$35,463), on top of the first place prize of NT$800,000, according to organizers.

"I feel so happy," said Lonyangata when receiving the prize, noting that he was satisfied with his finishing time considering the rainy weather in Taipei.    [FULL  STORY]

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