The 7th Yoma Yangon International Marathon (YYIM) 2019 took place at the National Indoor Stadium-1 early in the morning on 20 January.
The Deputy Minister for Health and Sports, Dr. Mya Lay Sein, Yangon Region Hluttaw Deputy Speaker U Lin Naing Myint, Rakhine Ethnic Affairs Minister U Zaw Aye Maung, Sports and Physical Education Department deputy director general U Kyaw Hsan, YSH/FMI/SPA Chairman U Thein Wai, Mr. Melvyn Pun, Yangon City Development Committee Chairman U Maung Maung Soe, and secretary Daw Hlaing Oo Maw opened the event by flagging off the 42-km Full Marathon and the 21-km Half Marathon.
Participants competed under two more categories – the 10-km Challenge, and the 3-km Fun Run/Walk. All the competitions were flagged off at the Thuwunna National Indoor Stadium-1.
The race lay along significant landmarks in Yangon, such as the Botataung Pagoda, the Shwedagon Pagoda, and the Inya Lake. More than 8,000 people participated in the race. There were 660 participants from countries such as Japan, Singapore, Thailand, China, Malaysia, France, UK, and Hong Kong. The race ended with the Deputy Minister and other officials giving out awards.
In the men’s Full Marathon, Kenya won the first, second, and third places. In the women’s Full Marathon, Kenya won the first and second places, while Myanmar won the third place. The winners were awarded US$2,700, second-place winners $1,400, and third-place winners $900.
In the men’s Half Marathon, Kenya won the first, second, and third places. In the women’s Half Marathon, Kenya won the first, second, and third places. The winners were given $1,600, second-place winners $900, third-place winners $500.
In the men’s 10-km challenge, Kenya won the first and second place, while Myanmar won the third place. In the women’s 10-km Challenge, Myanmar won the first, second, and third places. Winners of the 10-km challenge were awarded $800, second-place winners $400, and third-place winners $250.
YYIM is jointly organised by Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd., First Myanmar Investment Public Company Limited and Yangon City Development Committee.
—MNA (Translated by Hay Mar)