Kenyan runners win men’s and women’s titles at the 2014 Taipei Fubon Marathon


TAIPEI, Taiwan — Julius Chepkwony Rotich of Kenya won the 2014 Taipei Fubon Marathon on Sunday to take the NT$1.2 million (US$38,031) first prize, dashing the hopes of compatriot Josphat Kamzee Jepkopol for a third straight title.

Rotich had a winning time of 2 hours 14 minutes and 4 seconds, about four minutes off the event’s record time of 2:10:24 set by Yemane Tsegay of Ethiopia in 2011.

The women’s title went to Alice Jemeli Timbilil of Kenya who finished in a time of 2:34:55, about seven minutes off the record of 2:27:36 set by Kenya’s Helena Loshanyang Kirop in 2011.

Local runner Su Chih-ping finished first among Taiwanese men and 10th overall with a time of 2:36:04, while Hsieh Chien-ho led Taiwanese women with a time of 2:51:01.

More than 42,000 runners took part in the competition’s many divisions �X a full-length 42.195-kilometer marathon, a half-marathon of 21.0975 km, a 9 km race for police and fire-fighters and a 2 km race for youngsters.

In addition to the NT$1.2 million first prize for the winners of men’s and women’s divisions, race sponsor Fubon Financial Holdings was also offering a NT$2 million bonus to any runner who broke the race record.

Among other well-known participants were Ronald Kipkoech Korir from Kenya who finished the 2014 Frankfurt Marathon in 2:07:29, and Emily Chemutai Ngetich from Kenya, who won the 2014 Frankfurt Marathon in 2:25:14.