Doha: Kenya’s Chebii Collins Kiptarus won the men’s category of the Oooredoo Doha Marathon on Friday. The 27-year-old long-distance runner, who has a special liking for Doha, with his personal best in 3000M indoors (December 2014) as well as in 3000M steeplechase (April 2016) coming in the Qatari capital, finished in 2:16:22sec to emerge as the comfortable winner.
Kiptarus’ compatriot Henry Kipsang finished second in 2:20.33 while Dickson Terer clocked 2:24.33 to make it a Kenyan clean sweep of the podium.
Qatar’s Fahad Al Buenain was mighty impressive as he came fourth, finishing in 2:24:55. There was a bit of disappointment as well in store for the fans as Great Britain’s Olympic and World Champion Mo Farah pulled out of the event at the last moment because of an injury.
Meanwhile, Nancy Joan Rotich, also of Kenya, finished in 2:46.24 to take the top honours in the women’s category, finishing way ahead of Finland’s Pia Sundstedt (3:25.56). Perrine Fages of France came third (3:28.09).
Kenyan Alex Kibet finished in 1:01:53 to win the half marathon while Allie Kiefer from the USA, clocked 1:10:40 to take the corresponding honours in the women’s category.
More than 2,400 runners participated in the sixth edition of the Oooredoo marathon, which started in the presence of Minister of Youth and Sports HE Salah bin Ghanem bin Nasser Al Ali and of Ooredoo Chairman Sheikh Abdulla Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al Thani.
Speaking about the Ooredoo Doha Marathon, , Ooredoo Chief Executive Officer Waleed Al-Sayed said, “We’re delighted with this year’s Marathon turn-out, which not just included runners, but hundreds of spectators cheering on their loved ones and our Elite Category runners. Congratulations to everyone who competed and to our all the winners.”
“This edition of the marathon is a significant one for Qatar and we hoped to create a spirit and sense of community more than ever, which is why participants ran under the slogan ‘United We Run’. I am delighted to announce that it has been a bigger and better event than ever and has truly helped cement Qatar as a first-class sporting destination.
This year’s marathon event featured courses for runners of all abilities - including a 10 KM and 5 KM run, half-marathon, full marathon, Elite Category and a special children’s 1 KM fun run.