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Over 5,000 join HCMC int’l marathon
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Over 5,000 join HCMC int’l marathon

Hoang Phong

The marathon contest attracts more than 5,000 runners at home and abroad - PHOTO: HOANG PHONG

More than 5,000 athletes from 44 countries on Sunday participated in the Techcombank HCMC International Marathon.

Organized by the HCMC Department of Tourism, the Athletics Federation of HCMC and Technological and Commercial Joint Stock Bank (Techcombank), the event featured 42km, 21km and 10 km runs for amateurs and professionals.

Inspired by the original HCMC Marathon during the 1994-1996 period, the international marathon started at the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden, passed through major streets including Dong Khoi, Ton Duc Thang, Nguyen Hue, Vo Van Kiet, Ton Duc Thang and Nguyen Huu Canh, and ended in the new urban area of Thu Thiem.

Keter Peter of Kenya bagged the gold medal with a record of 2’28’’47 in the men’s 42km race, followed by Birgen Geoffrey from Kenya and Do Quoc Luat from host Vietnam with an achievement of 2’35’’46 and 2’43’’59 respectively.

With a record of 3’02’’34, Rotich Jane triumphed in the women’s 42km category while Kigen Caroline pocketed the silver medal and Vietnamese runner Nguyen Chi brought home the bronze medal. 

Winners of the 21km category for men and women respectively were Le Tan Hi of Vietnam who clocked 1’21’’04 and Kuhn Geraldine of France who gained 1’38’07. In the 10km category, Pham Ngoc Phan and Nguyen Thi Hiep Hiep from Vietnam came first in 0’39’’52 and 0’46’’48 respectively.

Le Truong Hien Hoa, director of the HCMC Tourism Promotion Center, said the event was aimed at raising money for the “For the Poor” fund and the supporting fund for sport talents in HCMC.

Apart from improving physical fitness, building a healthy lifestyle and creating a playground for locals and expats, the marathon gave the participating athletes an opportunity to join hands with the community to support unfortunate people, Hoa added.

Before the main event on November 26, children aged between six and 14 years old showed up at the Empire City in Thu Thiem new urban area in HCMC’s District 2 to compete in the Kid’s Run on November 25 in an effort to raise awareness of physical training among children.

Moreover, a photo exhibition showcasing cultural, tourism and sporting events of the city took place at the Empire City from November 23 to 25.

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