Saturday, March 26, 2011

Jerusalem Marathon ends in confusion; leaders run off course

The first-ever Jerusalem Marathon ended in some confusion on Friday as the three leading runners apparently took a wrong turn and arrived at the wrong finish line.

The first runner to arrive at the actual finish line was Kenyan Robert Cheruiyot with a time of 2:27:48, but later on Raymond Kipkoechh, 34, of Kenya was announced as the official winner with a time of 2:26:44 after apparently going off the course and arriving at the finish line of the half-marathon in a different location.

Second place was taken by Mutai Kopkorir, 24 of Kenya with a time of 2:26:55 and in third was Kiman Njorage, 33 also of Kenya with a time of 2:27:19.

The winning female runner was Oda Worknesh, 26 from Ethiopia with a time of 2:50:05. Second was Rosaline David, 35 from Kenya with a time of 2:50:06 and in third, Wioletta Kryza, 42 from Poland at 2:51:21.