29yearold Kenyan Jason Mbote scored his first big marathon win taking the 2006 Joongang Seoul Marathon title in Korea, this morning, Sunday (5).
Mbote bettered his personal best (2:08:30 Frankfurt 2005) setting a new course record of 2:08:13. This is only the second time that Mbote has dipped under 2:10 during his career. The previous course record was the 2:08:27 held by compatriot William Kiplagat, who recorded his time winning the race last year.
Mbote beat several faster runners in the race. Another Kenyan Paul Kirui, who had set a personal best of 2:06:44 when finishing second in Rotterdam earlier this year finished second in 2:09:05. Two more Kenyans Philip Manyim and Wilson Kigen were the next finishers in a 1-2-3-4 Kenya race. Manyim set a season best of 2:09:35 for the third place, as did Kigen who ran 2:09:47 finishing fourth.
36-year-old Korean national record holder Lee Bong-Ju, the former Boston Marathon winner, took the fifth place in 2:10:49, also in a season's best, while Morocco’s two-time London victor, Abdelkader El Mouaziz, was next home but way adrift in 2:13:28
Women's national race was won by Kim Hye-Kyong in a personal best of 2:40:36.
Mirko Jalava for the IAAF
1 Jason Mbote KEN 2:08:13
2 Paul Kirui KEN 2:09:05
3 Philip Manyim KEN 2:09:35
4 Wilson KigenKEN 2:09:47
5 Lee Bong-Ju KOR 2:10:49
6 Abdelkader El Mouaziz MAR 2:13:28
7 James Rotich KEN 2:13:35
8 Norman Dlomo RSA 2:14:17
1 Kim Hye-Kyong KOR 2:40:36
2 Park Mi-Ok KOR 2:45:15
3 Kim Mi-Eun KOR 2:52:44