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The young elite athlete from Kenia reached the finish with very hard weather conditions in 2:10:23 and scraped past the course record from the year 2007.
Alexander Kuzin´s Linz Marathon record stays since 11 years: Robert Kipkemboi from Kenia wins the 17. Oberbank Linz Donau Marathon, but he couldn´t break the record from the year 2007. The young top athlete, who was a new entry to the Linz elite field this year, took his chance to win the race in 2:10:23, in front of his compatriot Elijah Kemboi. In total more than 20.000 participants from about 80 different countires made the 17. Oberbank Linz Donau Marathon at hard weather conditions to a collective running event for all sport enthusiasts.
A almost cloudless sky, warm temperatures of about 20° Celcius and a little headwind created demandind conditions at the 17. Oberbank Linz Donau Marathon on Sunday morning at the Upper Austrian capital. 5 elite athletes with personal best times under 2:30 and 14 male running colleagues with top favourit Geoffrey Mutai from Kenia, were within the participant field of exact 20.011 runners.
The young top athlete Robert Kipkemboi reached the finish line at his Linz debut after 2:10:23. That the history´s second fastest marathon runner is not a machine, but also just a human, proves Geoffrey Mutai, who had to give up after the half marathon distance.
Winner Kipkemboi: "I had to fight against the headwind from the beginning, but I am happy with my time, which is only a little over my personal best time. I am looking forward to defend my title at the next Linz Marathon!"
The Kenian Elijah Kemboi reached the second place in 2:11:30, his compatriot Stephen Kiplagat in 2:11:45 the third place. Fastest Austrian runner is on place 6 Lemawork Weldearegaye Ketema in 2:14:35, and with this time he reached the Austrian qualifying time for the European Championship in Berlin. "Yes, I dind´t reach my goal, to beat my personal best time. I had headwind at the end of the race, counting that fact I am satisfied!"
The 24 year old Kenian Eddah Jepkosgei won the women marathon competition in 2:31:11 and beated her personal best time for more than 6 minutes. Tecla Kirongo, also from Kenia, reached the second place in 2:33:16. Third is Fruzsina Bakonyi from Hungary in 2:50:35
Endris Seid, from Gmunden (Upper Austria) wins the Half Marathon in 1:09:24. Second place took Lukas Vasold in 1:13:50. The runner from the USA Jacob Eggers rached with 1:14:15 the third place.
Best female runner at the half marathon was Karin Freitag (AUT), four times marathon state champion, with a time of 1:19:46. Second place took Doris Weissteiner running for SG Eisacktal Raiffeisen (1:26:26) in front of Lucie Snebergerová, from Czech Republic in 1:28:00.
Bettina Neumayer wins the quarter marathon in 39:32. Second place took Victoria Rüffler in 41:20, Monika Gahleitner reached the third place in 42:45.
At the men quarter marathon Christian Kresnik (LAC Amateure Steyr) wins in 34:50, Georg Stöbich second (36:45) and Alexander Meister third in 36:51.
There was an exciting match at the handbike competition between Walter Ablinger, world champion and Olympic champion, and THomas Frühwirth, world´s best triathlete: new Austrian record at the handbike half marathon for THomas Frühwirth in 29:52, also a new best time for Walter Ablinger with 31:26.
A great performance showed Maximilian Taucher, born in 2007. As the youngest participant in the handbike starter field he reached the finish in 48:00.