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SANTIAGO, Chile, Apr 3 -Kenyan Luka Rotich cruised to win the 11th Santiago de Chile Marathon, clocking 2:09:37 to set a brand new course record within the Chilean capital within the IAAF Bronze Label Road Race.
Rotich figured prominently within the lead pack coming from the start, with the first 10 kilometres covered in 31:26.
A group of four athletes passed the halfway in 1:05:27 as well as by 25 kilometres (1:17:42) Lobuwan only had the company of his compatriot Julius Kipyego Keter.
Both athletes reached 35 kilometres in 1:50:21, with the duel between Rotich, the winner coming from 2015, as well as Keter, who won the race in 2011 as well as 2013, decided within the final 3000 metres, when Lobuwan made his decisive move.
The 28-year-old Rotich, who features a personal best of 2:08:12 coming from 2013, ran the third sub-2:10 race of his career, while Keter, also 28, much better his best to 2:09:55 coming from 2:10:31 set in 2013. Another Kenyan, Richard Sigei, was third in 2:12:10.
within the women’s race, after covering the initial 10km in a conservative 37:40, home girl Ines Melchor commenced to push the pace after crossing the midway point in 1:18:39 as well as found herself already alone by 25 kilometres (1:32:44).
The 30-year-old Peruvian, a lawyer by profession as well as South American record holder with 2:26:48 (2014), kept the pace steady through 35 kilometres, reached in 2:11:21.
The winner in 2015 in 2:28:18, Melchor covered the second half in 1:17:33.
“I am very pleased with the victory, which is usually dedicated to the people coming from my country after the natural disasters which hit us recently,” Melchor said.
“My goal was to run a confident pace as well as to achieve the qualifying standard for the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London. This specific victory gives me a huge boost after I had to abandon at the Rio Olympic Marathon.”
Ethiopian Alena Shewarge Amare was second with 2:36:46, while Kenyan Olga Cherono Kimaiyo, winner in Santiago in 2016, was third in 2:37:02.
The best Chilean finishers were Francisco Méndez (2:25:07) as well as Clara Morales (2:47:22).
A total of 28,000 runners took part within the three-race event. within the additional distances contested, Chileans Carlos Díaz as well as Jennifer González won the 10km –which was short by some 500m– in 27:38 as well as 32:51.
Chilean Enzo Yáñez as well as Peruvian Rocío Cántara took the half marathon in 1:05:14 as well as 1:17:17 respectively.
Conditions were pleasant having a start time temperature of 12° C with low humidity as well as around 16° at its conclusion.
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Rotich smashes Santiago course record