Kenyan James Mwangui wins Porto marathon and sets new race record

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The Kenyan James Mwangui won the Porto Marathon yesterday for the second consecutive year, and set a new race record, 11 seconds below the mark set by the compatriot Zablon Chumba. The 42,195 kilometre route was once again extended along the Atlantic front of the cities of Porto, and Matosinhos, since in the previous edition, works on the lower deck of the D. Luís I bridge continue to make it impossible to pass through Vila Nova de Gaia.

James Mwangui won the 18th edition of the Porto Marathon in 2:08.47 hours followed by the Ethiopians Abraraw Misganaw Tegegne (2:10.29), in second and Haymanot Alew (2:11.10), in third. José Sousa, from Praia Mira, was the best Portuguese, ending in sixth.

The Kenyan Alice Jepkemboi Kimutai won the women’s event, with a 2:29.58 hours, time, being on the podium with the Portuguese Vanessa Carvalho, from Sporting de Braga (2:35.24), and also Kenyan Lydia Njeri Mathathi (2:36.38).

More than ten thousand athletes participated in this morning of sport. In addition to the marathon, there was also APO Family Race Corrida dos Ossos Saudáveis, with a 10 kilometres distance, and the Fun Race, with six kilometres. Rui Teixeira (Sporting), in the men’s sector, and Dulce Felix (Benfica), in the women’s sector, were the winners of the Family Race.

The podium ceremony, which awarded the first classified in the competitions, was attended by the vice-mayor of Porto City Hall, Filipe Araújo, other mayors of Matosinhos and Vila Nova de Gaia and sponsors’ representatives.