Kenyan runner Kipkemboe wins Istanbul Marathon


Kenyan runner Robert Kipkembwe won the 44th Istanbul Marathon organized by the city’s municipality on Sunday.


The Kenyan runner ran 42 km and 195 meters in two hours, 10 minutes and 18 seconds.

The Kenyan came close to breaking the Istanbul Marathon record of two hours, 9 minutes and 37 seconds, which was set by his compatriot Daniel Kibkore.

Bahraini runner Marius Kimotai came in second, as he finished the race in two hours, 10 minutes and 27 seconds.


The marathon started from the Asian side of the city at the July 15 Martyrs Bridge, after Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu gave the sign to start and end in the European part of the city.

The marathon includes 3 categories: 42 km, a 15 km half marathon, and an 8 km popular running race.

About 60,000 runners from several countries participated in the marathon, including 56 from the world’s elite class.


The marathon was organized for the first time in 1979 under the name “Eurasia Transcontinental Marathon” and at that time it was for men, then the women’s category was added to it in 1991.