Marathon: Kipemoi to use Singapore Marathon winnings for kids’ education
- Updated: December 1, 2013
December 1, 2013: Chelimo Luka Kipemoi and Sharon Cherop won the men’s and women’s titles respectively at the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore as Kenyans continued their dominance of the event, which this year featured 54,000 runners. Kipemoi and Cherop won US$50,000 for their victories.
Kipemoi’s win was ultimately a little more decisive than Cherop’s as he won his first Singapore title in two hours 14 minutes 59 seconds to finish clear of compatriots Eluid Kiptanui (2:15:25) and Mike Mutai (2:15:40).
“Being my first win at the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore, I’m extremely happy to have clinched this and will use my winnings to pay for my children’s education,” Kipemoi said.
Cherop won a hard-fought women’s open race with a time of 2:41:11.04, only winning by a split-second from Ethiopia’s Debre Godana (2:41:11.71), while Russia’s Alina Prokopeva (2:41:15) was just four seconds behind in third.
Cherop said: “The race was so close and I was breathing so hard towards the finish, but I am so happy that my strategy to sprint only when I was close to the finish line worked. It was a very exciting race and I will be back next year.”
Local runner Mok Ying Ren won the Singapore Men’s category with a time of 2:54:17, while Qi Hui (3:07:30) was the top local woman.
Mok, who donated a quarter of his US$10,000 prize money to SportCares, said: “It was a great run and I met my objectives of acclimatising to the heat in preparation for the SEA Games.”
This year’s event featured three different start points around the city for the five different categories. The Marathon and Ekiden started on Orchard Road, the Half Marathon began on Sentosa Gateway, while the 10km and Kids Dash got underway from Esplanade Bridge.
The Padang played host to thousands of spectators throughout the morning and into the early afternoon, as all the runners made their way to the finish point on St Andrews’s Road.
Chris Robb, Managing Director of event organiser Spectrum Worldwide, was delighted with the event and said runners were fortunate with the weather.
“We are thrilled with the event and the general feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. The weather gods also did us a favour and provided some more comfortable temperatures for runners,” Robb said.
“After months of planning, it was fantastic to see all the hard work come to fruition and to witness the thousands of smiling faces as they crossed the finish line.”
Source: Brand Rapport