Kenyan Runners Dominate Jakarta Marathon

By Shesar Andriawan on 02:56 pm Oct 27, 2013

Kenyan William Chebon Chebor cheers as he touches finish line during the Jakarta Marathon 2013 on Oct 27 2013. (JG Photo/Safir Makki)

Kenyan William Chebon Chebor cheers as he touches finish line during the Jakarta Marathon 2013 on Oct 27 2013. (JG Photo/Safir Makki)

More than 10,000 runners participated in Jakarta’s first international marathon on Sunday, setting off from the National Monument (Monas) in a humid 42-kilometer race that left one dead and snarled traffic throughout the capital.

Kenyan runners took the top places in the Jakarta Marathon 2013 as three runners completed the men’s 42-kilometer marathon ahead of the pack. William Chebor finished first, completing the race in 2 hours, 14 minutes and 30 seconds. He was followed by  Stephen Tum (2:15:35) and Chelimo Kipkemoi (2:17:6).

Chebor called the Jakarta race one of the slowest marathons he has run since 2010. Humidity was high Sunday morning, forcing the runner to slow his pace and drink more water than he ever had to during a marathon, he said.

“I didn’t expect to win. There are many other great, competitive men here,” Chebor said after the awarding ceremony.

Ethiopia’s  Mulu Seyfu finished first with 2:42:57 in the 42-km women’s race. She was followed by Diana Sigei dan Mercy Jelimo Foo, both of Kenya.

Chebor and Seyfu will both take home $40,000 in prize money.

Streets throughout South and Central Jakarta were closed to traffic during the marathon. The race caused heavy traffic at Jalan Raya Pasar Minggu, in South Jakarta, and Jalan Asia Afrika, in Central Jakarta.

The marathon drew participants from throughout Indonesia, as well as Australia, France and Japan. One runner, 60-year-old Rev. Ignatius Sumaryo, of Semarang’s Mertoyudan Theology School, died after collapsing during the race.

“He fainted because of a heart attack [and] was immediately rushed to a Jakarta Hospital, but he died on the way,” Ignatius’ colleague, Rev. Sarjumunarso, told Indonesian news portal liputan6.com.