The Kenyan, Stephen Kiplagat, scooped the Brussels marathon on Sunday. He ran the 42.195 km course on the capital’s roads in 2 hours 11 minutes and 44 seconds. This was the second best time produced in this event. Two other Kenyans completed the podium. Eric Kering, last year’s winner in 2 hours 16 minutes and 51 seconds, yesterday came second producing 2 hours 14 minutes and 10 seconds. Julius Tarus reached the finish line outside the Bourse (the old Stock Exchange), in third position in 2 hours 17 minutes and 4 seconds.
The first Belgian, Stevens David, aged 34, finished fourth in 2 hours, 36 minutes and 29 seconds in his first marathon.
The women’s winner was the Belgian, Christelle Lemaire, in 3 hours 10 minutes and 42 seconds, ahead of Annelore Salens (3 hours 13 minutes and 7 seconds) and the Spaniard Pila Mahamud Isidori (3 hours 21 minutes and 4 seconds).
Some 1,800 runners took part in this marathon. The winners of the half-marathon were the Brit, Josh Bull, for the men, in 1 hour, 8 minutes and 7 seconds, and the Belgian, Sophie Hardy, for the women, in 1 hour 18 minutes and 47 seconds.