Haikou International Beach Marathon 2013, China’s first beach marathon, kicked off on Saturday on the Holiday Beach in Haikou, southern China’s Hainan Province.


In the men’s 10-km event, Sylas Kimutai Chebogel from Kenya won the title with a time of 36 minutes and 38 seconds. Kenyan Henry Cheruiyot Kosgei and Ethiopian Assegid Teshome Abebe finished second and the third in 36:49 and 36:54 respectively.


In the women’s 10-km race, Kenyan runner Rodah Jepkorir Tanui took the first in 42:50. Megertu Ifa Geletu from Ethiopia and Jacinta Wambui Wanjohi from Kenya won the second and third places in 44:01 and 44:24 respectively.


The beach marathon, the largest of the kind in Asia, attracted a total of 402 professional runners and amateurs from 21 countries and regions.




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