Yoma Yangon International Marathon 2018 held in Myanmar

Participants of the Yoma Yangon International Marathon 2018 charge out the gate just before sunrise. Photo: Yoma Strategic holdings ltd.
Participants of the Yoma Yangon International Marathon 2018 charge out the gate just before sunrise. Photo: Yoma Strategic holdings ltd.

Myanmar’s biggest Marathon event, the Yoma Yangon International Marathon (YYIM), was held for the 6th year yesterday morning in Yangon.
The marathon event continues to grow in participation year-on-year, with a record number of over 9,000 runners taking part across four different categories – 42km Full Marathon, 21km Half Marathon, 10km Challenge and 3km Fun Run/Walk.
Jointly organised by Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd, First Myanmar Investment Company Limited (FMI) and Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC), the event has become one of the most popular in Myanmar.
Runners were filled with eagerness as they took to the streets for the marathon and were encouraged on by the public across Yangon, as well as at the start and finish line at Thuwunna National Indoor Stadium.
The first of the four race categories, the 42km Full Marathon, was flagged off at Thuwunna National Indoor Stadium at 5am by the officials.
In the men’s Full Marathon, Elijah Mbogo Mwaniki from Kenya won first with 2 hours 19 minutes 27 seconds. Trailing close behind in second was Peter Kipleting Keter with 2 hours 19 minutes 55 seconds while Lukas Muteti from Kenya secured third with 2 hours 31 minutes 21 seconds.
In the women’s Full Marathon, Margaret Njuguna from Kenya took home the title after clocking 2 hours 51 minutes 11 seconds to clinch gold.
In the women’s Full Marathon, Margaret Njuguna from Kenya took home the title after clocking 2 hours 51 minutes 11 seconds to clinch gold.
Finishing behind her Edinah Koech from Kenya won in second place and Valentine Jepkemoi Serem from Kenya gained third.
In the Men’s Half Marathon Challenge, Joseph Mwangi Ngare from Kenya came in first place with a time of 1 hour 10 minutes 32 seconds
The Women’s Half Marathon saw Julia Njari from Kenya finish first with a time of 1 hour 17 minutes 35 seconds.
In the Men’s 10km Challenge, Peter Ndolo from Kenya led the field and claimed first place with a time of 30 minutes 44 seconds to earn the US$800 prize money. Grace Njenga from Kenya came in first in the Women’s 10km Challenge, recording a time of 40 minutes 11 second.

by Kyaw Zin Lin

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