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December 19, 2018

Saina sets new South American all-comers record in Buenos Aires

Kenya’s Saina Kipkemboi thrashed the course record of the 34th edition of the Buenos Aires Marathon that was held on Sunday (23) in Buenos Aires, Argentina /COURTESY
Kenya’s Saina Kipkemboi thrashed the course record of the 34th edition of the Buenos Aires Marathon that was held on Sunday (23) in Buenos Aires, Argentina /COURTESY

Kenya’s Emmanuel Saina set a new South American all-comers record of 2:05:21 at the 34th edition of the Buenos Aires International Marathon, an IAAF Bronze Label road race, on Sunday.

Saina, who didn’t start as a one of the favourites, dominated the race from the start, passing the 5km mark in 14:48, alongside his compatriot Barnabas Kiptum.

The two Kenyan athletes continued to race together up to the 30km mark, passing 10km in 29:54, 15km in 44:53, and 20km in 1:00:27.

The halfway point was reached in 1:02:52 and 25km in 1:15:28.

The nice morning weather in the Argentine capital (18- 20 C) was a good ally for Saina, who by 30km (1:29:37), had opened a gap of six seconds lead over Kiptum.

Saina continued on his way to a negative splits, with 1:43:49 at 35km and 1:58:47 at 40km before finishing the second half in 1:02:29.

The 26-year-old, who was making his debut over the distance, arrived at the line with a modest 1:02:03 personal best in the half marathon from Berkane on April 1.

Kiptum paid the price of the very fast race and finished second in 2:09:19, still a personal best while Peruvian Christian Pacheco was third in 2:11:19, also a personal best, and won the South American title.

Paraguayan Derlis Ayala followed with a national record of 2:13:41, while Kenyan Godfrey Kosgei was fifth in 2:14:00.

Peruvian Nelson Ito (2:16:29) completed the podium of the South American Championships, while Miguel Ángel Bárzola, seventh, was the best Argentine runner with 2:16:47. Pre-race favourite Marius Kipserem, from Kenya dropped out in the second half.

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