A 30 year old race record was definitively deleted by winner Julius Karinga, Kenya, at the 38th Telenor Copenhagen Marathon.
Julius Ndiritu Karinga, Kenya, spent 2 hours 12 minutes and 10 seconds to run the 42,195 km through Copenhagen and Frederiksberg. That equals a kilometer time of 3:07.
Taking home the win at the 38th Telenor Copenhagen Marathon, Karinga eradicated the 30 year old race record set by Svend Erik Kristensen back in 1987.
The victory was important.
“It is a crucial element to the Telenor Copenhagen Marathon in reaching the goal of acheiving the International Association of Athletics Federation’s Road Race Bronze Label. Julius Ndirtu Karinga finishing in such an amazing time shows that we are on the right track,” says Dorte Vibjerg, Race Director at Sparta.
On the right path
Julius Ndiritu Karinga was on the path to victory right from the beginning, passing the half marathon mark at 1:06:00 – right on schedule. At 30 kilometers the winning Karinga along with Alex Bartilol took the lead and by 35 kilometers Karinga went on to finish the job by himself. Both Karinga and Bartilol finished within the previous race record as Alex Bartilol, Kenya, crossed the finish line in 2:12:38.
Stating that he would love to come back next year and finish below 2:10:00, we may very well see Julius Karinga once again at line up.
Women’s elite race dominated by Ethiopia
The womens race was equally african-dominated with three Ethiopians Hana Teklu Zemedkun, Haregewoin Agonafir and Behafeta Hadies Abreha taking all three spots on the podium. The women’s international elite race was not as competitive as the men’s race, which made it possible for Danish Sarah Erbst Ledet to finish in an impressive 5th place.