Almost 36,000 runners at 9th Standard Chartered KL Marathon – Kenyan Cosmas romps home in personal best


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In its ninth installation, 36,000 runners congregated at Dataran Merdeka for the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2017.

KUALA LUMPUR, 21 May 2017: Close to 36,000 runners converged on Dataran Merdeka to take part in the 9th edition of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon today. Cosmas Matolo Muteti,from Kenya won the Full Marathon Men’s Open category in a time of 2:18:43 to take home USD17,500 while the Full Marathon Women’s Open category was won by Elizabeth Chepkanan from Kenya in a time of 2:36:14 also earning USD17,500 in the process.

Five-time champion Kennedy Kiproo Lilan from Kenya came in second in the Full Marathon Men’s Open with a time of 2:19:35 while Tonui Kiprop from Kenya finished third in a time of 2:20:36 In the Full Marathon Women’s Open, Vikoti Chepkemoi from Kenya took second place in a time of 2:40:08 and Zeritu Begashaw Wakijira from Ethiopia had to settle for third place with a time of 2:42:56.

The Full Marathon Malaysian Men’s category saw a close battle between defending champion Muhaizar Mohamad and Leo Tan Huong Leong. These two vastly improved runners were neck to neck until close to the finish when Muhaizar eventually repeated his triumph in last year’s Standard Chartered KL Marathon with an improved time and personal best of 2:35:55. Leo narrowly finished second in a time of 2:38:06 and Ow Yong Jin Kuan came in third in 2:43:45. The Full Marathon Malaysian Women’s category was clinched by Yuan Yufang in a time of 3:23:00, while Loh Chooi Fern clocked 3:25:55 to come in second and Chua Khit Yeng got third place in a time of 3:33:46

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The Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2017 Full Marathon kicked off with a resounding reception, garnering more than 8000 participants

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Cosmas Matolo Muteti from Kenya won the Full Marathon Men’s Open category in a time of 02:18:43 to take home USD 17,500.

FM Open winner Cosmas, was delighted that he not only won the title but recorded a personal best while fighting off multiple winner Kennedy. “I was running against strong opponents but I kept to my game plan and really enjoyed the run through some great scenery,” he said.

Muhaizar was also thrilled to have retained his title, especially after the tough competition with Leo. “It was a hard race but I’m very happy to have defended my title and even happier to record another personal best at the Standard Chartered KL Marathon,” he said.

Rainer Biemans, Project Director of SCKLM and Director of Dirigo Events, added “We are extremely pleased to have pulled off SCKLM 2017 without any major hiccups and we hope that all our runners had a memorable run and a great experience overall. It is gratifying to receive such support from the local and international running fraternity and we are committed to continually improve on all aspects of this event and look forward to welcoming all of you for our 10th anniversary in 2018.”

Mahendra Gursahani, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank said, “As title sponsor, we are delighted to be able to play a part in empowering people from all walks of life to make a difference through this amazing event. There are inspiring stories everywhere today and this is a testament to the power of the Marathon. Congratulations to all our winners and our sincere appreciation goes out to all participants for their tremendous support.”

This was exemplified by more than 30 visually impaired runners who took part in the 5km Fun Run, along with volunteer “running buddies” from Standard Chartered Bank. 20 autistic children from Permata Kurnia and over 100 underprivileged kids from Sivanandha Home and Care2run also participated in the race across various categories. Standard Chartered KL Marathon’s Run For A Reason charity initiative remains an integral part of the event, channelling funds raised to deserving charities that assist underprivileged communities and those in dire need. This year the participating beneficiaries were the Standard Chartered Foundation, National Cancer Society of Malaysia, Dignity for Children Foundation and Hospis Malaysia.

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The Standard Chartered KL Marathon Kids Dash pictured here with emcee Linora Low and Hospis Malaysia’s mascot, Mr Monty.

Efforts to make the Marathon more competitive, like having a seven-hour cut-off time and route checkpoints appear to be paying dividends as more than 8,000 runners signed up for the Full Marathon category this year. There were also close to 1700 running tourists from 52 countries and 75 nationalities taking part making SCKLM a truly international event. SCKLM was also the first stop in Englishman Andy Dukes’ epic marathon ride around the world on his BMW motorbike while running in six marathons in six continents.

SCKLM 2017 Race Day was preceded by the Race Entry Pack Collection from 18-20 May which was a bigger affair this year with the inclusion of the Prudential Healthy Life Expo, as well as the Friendship Run and Pasta breakfast on 20 May which saw Full Marathoners from Malaysia and around the world gather for a warm-up run and mingle in a more social setting.

Apart from the Full and Half Marathons, the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2017 also featured a 10km distance and a 5km Fun Run for social runners, along with Kids’ Dash categories for children under 12 years of age. There were also several categories like the Corporate Challenge, Media Challenge, Universities Challenge and Ministries Challenge to either raise money for charity as well as provide friendly competition and bragging rights for the eventual winners.

The Standard Chartered KL Marathon has grown to become the premier running event in Malaysia, drawing thousands of local and international runners to the country whilst firmly establishing Malaysia in the global running calendar. The 2017 edition of the race once again saw Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia returning as title sponsor, along with a host of returning and new sponsors, including Honda, Seiko, Brooks, Lucozade and Pacific Regency. The event is owned and organised by Dirigo Events with co-organiser Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur.

Standard Chartered KL Marathon is sanctioned and supported by Malaysia Athletics Federation (MAF), Federal Territory Kuala Lumpur Athletic Federation (FTKLAA), International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and Association of International Marathons, Distance Races (AIMS).

Winners of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2017

Full Marathon Men’s Open

Position   
Name
Country
Time
1st Cosmas Matolo Muteti Kenya 02:18:43
2nd Kennedy Lilan Kenya 02:19:35
3rd Tonui Kiprop Kenya 02:20:38

 

Full Marathon Men_s Open Category

Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2017 Full Marathon Men’s Open Category (L-R): Kennedy Kiproo Lilan, Cosmas Matolo Muteti, Tonui Kiprop

 

 

Full Marathon Women’s Open

Position Name Country Time
1st Elizaberth Chepkanan Kenya 02:36:14
2nd Vicoty Chepkemoi Kenya 02:40:08
3rd Zeritu Begashaw Wakijira Ethiopia 02:42:56

 

Full Marathon Women_s Open Category

Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2017 Full Marathon Women’s Open Category (L-R): Vicoty Chepkemoi, Elizabeth Chepkanan, Zeritu Begashaw Wakijira

Full Marathon Malaysian Men

Position Name Country Time
1st Muhaizar Mohamad Malaysia 02:35:55
2nd Tan Huong Leong Malaysia 02:38:06
3rd Ow Yong Jin Kuang Malaysia 02:43:45

 

Full Marathon Malaysian Men_s Open Category

Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2017 Full Marathon Full Malaysian Men’s Open Category (L-R): Tan Huong Leong, Muhaizar Mohamad, Ow Yong Jin Kuang

Full Marathon Malaysian Women

Position Name Country Time
1st Yuan YuFang Malaysia 03:23:00
2nd Loh Chooi Fern Malaysia 03:25:54
3rd Chua Khit Yeng Malaysia 03:33:46
Full Marathon Malaysian Women's Open Category

Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2017 Full Malaysian Women’s Open Category (L-R): Loh Chooi Fern, Yuan YuFang, Chua Khit Yeng

 

Full Marathon Veteran Men

Position Name Country Time
1st Seurei Julius Kiprotich Kenya 02:23:09
2nd John Kprop Samoei Kenya 02:37:34
3rd Timothy Kelsall Great Britain 03:08:16

 

Full Marathon Veteran Women

Position Name Country Time
1st Lilian Chelimo Kenya 02:48:45
2nd Margeret Njuguna Kenya 02:56:20
3rd Deborah Chinn USA 03:36:13

 

Honda Half Marathon Men Open

Position Name Country Time
1st John Muiruri Mburu Kenya 01:07:13
2nd Charles Munyua Kenya 01:07:53
3rd James Munyi Maregu Kenya 01:09:28

 

Honda Half Marathon Women Open

Position Name Country Time
1st Shieys Chepkosgei Kenya 01:21:46
2nd Njijia Ann Mukui Kenya 01:22:33
3rd Muriuki Naomi Wambui Kenya 01:25:54

 

 

Honda Half Marathon Men Veteran

Position Name Country Time
1st Jeffrey Ross Great Britain 01:28:02
2nd Ramesh Palaniandy Singapore 01:31:49
3rd Troy Keast Australia 01:32:48

 

Honda Half Marathon Women Veteran

Position Name Country Time
1st Hayley Holle Great Britain 01:36:18
2nd Clare McCulloch Great Britain 01:37:20
3rd Rachel Pepper New Zealand 01:42:33

 

10km Speed Men Open

Position Name Country Time
1st Enock Kipchirchir Kigen Kenya 00:33:19
2nd Soh Wai Ching Malaysia 00:35:42
3rd Amiruddin Bin Nasir Malaysia 00:36:52

 

10km Speed Women Open

Position Name Country Time
1st Danielle Nant New Zealand 00:40:23
2nd Chan Shun Yee Hong Kong 00:44:32
3rd Michele Tan Bee Kiang Malaysia 00:45:08

 

10km Speed Men Veteran

Position Name Country Time
1st Lim Khon Seng Malaysia 00:39:53
2nd Chan Shan Ching Hong Kong 00:41:09
3rd See Hock Leong Ronnie Malaysia 00:43:14

 

10km Speed Women Veteran

Position Name Country Time
1st Susan Khoo Great Britain 00:47:27
2nd Lorna Wong Malaysia 00:47:38
3rd Tina Munro Great Britain 00:48:32

 

 

For more information and updates on SCKLM, please visit:

 

Facebook       : http://www.facebook.com/SCKLmarathon

Twitter            : www.twitter.com/SCKLmarathon

Instagram       : https://instagram.com/SCKLmarathon

Website          : www.kl-marathon.com

For more information, please contact:

 

Suthan Narayanan | 03.7887.4717 | suthan@dirigo.com.my

For more information on Standard Chartered KL Marathon:

 

Gloria Ng | 603.7887.4717 | gloria.ng@dirigo.com.my

For more information on Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Berhad:

Jennifer Kang | 03.2117.7770 | jennifer.kang@sc.com

Geraldine Tan | 03.2117.7821 | geraldine.tan@sc.com

Taman Bukit Jalil


Quite a pretty taman actually. My first time there. Just walked around a bit after cycling at Kesas yesterday. Cool lah the place. Training ground for serious and leisure runners I suppose. But tak sempat check out the whole taman. Watched Clash of The Titans yesterday. Great movie. I'll give a 7.5 out of 10. Perseus - hot much !

Ironman Langkawi 2010 – end


The event has finally draw its curtain after a 17 hours jam pack of action and dramas 🙂 I have around 1200 fotos but won’t upload them till tomorrow.  I will upload them at my Shutterfly online album http://missjewelz.shutterfly.com tomorrow night , hopefully.

A special shout out to all my friends who finished the Ironman, CONGRATULATIONS !!! To those who DNFed, there is always another time. 🙂

I am exhausted, sleepy, my voice is still croaky. AND I  did not use it as an excuse not to shout and cheer on the other competitors. And the next time I do an Ironman, my guess is that I will appreciate more when anyone supports and cheer for me.

Another special shout out to the Ironman virgins who finished their 1st Ironman, CONGRATS !!!!  Ezer, Suye, Paán , Sham and MO !!!!  🙂 ok, missjewelz needs to sleep now….zzzzz…….. good night Langkawi !

P.S. : cut both my toes at one of the hills on the bike course while cheering , supporting and taking fotos. Tripped on this 20cm wood with sharp (as in really) edges..it bled but i just left it to dry and haven till now washed it.. will do it quickly before I sleep.. lets see if i can wake up early tmrw morn for a quick reflexology before heading to the airport. Had some nice, funny and other memorable experience too today.. zzzz….(sleeping time!)


Snippets

Hafiz Wong heads out of T1

#34 Blind Japanese athlete Yanawaga Harumi of Japan (blue helmet) on the tandem. Sam San at the front. Finishing time 16:25

#224 Zbynek Svehla of Czech Republic. Finished at 14:18. Congratulations !

Bullets cut short Bhutto’s epic life


The suicide attack that killed Benazir Bhutto cut short an epic life, one bathed in blood and awash with controversy.

Bhutto’s father was hanged and a brother was shot to death. She had risen to become the Muslim world’s first female prime minister, only to lose office and flee Pakistan for most of bb.jpga decade in the face of accusations she was corrupt.

And when, finally, she returned in October to marshal the opposition against President Pervez Musharraf, her homecoming parade in Karachi was targeted by a suicide attacker. More than 140 people, died, but the 54-year-old Bhutto escaped injury and threw herself into the campaign.

“We have to modify our campaign to some extent because of the suicide bombings. We will continue to meet the public. We will not be deterred,” she said then.

Her father was Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, scion of a wealthy landowning family in southern Pakistan and founder of the populist Pakistan People’s Party. The elder Bhutto was president and then prime minister of Pakistan before his ouster in a 1977 military coup; two years later, he was executed by the government of Gen. Zia-ul Haq after being convicted of engineering the murder of a political opponent.

A year later, her youngest brother, Shahnawaz, had died under mysterious circumstances in France; the family insisted he was poisoned, but no charges were brought.

The elder Bhutto had sent his daughter to study politics and government at Harvard and then at Oxford, where she was elected to lead the prestigious debating society, the Oxford Union.

Bhutto returned to Pakistan after he father’s death, swearing to continue his work. She was detained several times before being exiled to England in 1984. Two years later, she returned again to lead rallies for the restoration of civilian rule.

After Zia’s death in a mysterious plane crash in 1988, Bhutto gave birth to the first of her three children. Beautiful, charismatic and articulate, she led her party to an election victory and became the first woman to lead a modern Muslim nation.

Her first administration was clouded by allegations of corruption and clashes with Pakistan’s powerful military; her administration was dismissed after 20 months.

She was re-elected in 1993. But three years later, her brother Murtaza died in a gunbattle with police in Karachi; Bhutto’s husband, Asif Ali Zardari, was charged with his murder. The charges eventually were overturned, but Zardari spent eight years in prison on those accusations and others involving corrupt dealings allegedly amounting to millions of dollars.

Benazir accused President Farooq Leghari of involvement in Murtaza’s death, and Leghari dismissed her second government amid fresh allegations of misrule. She sought to lead a third government, but lost to archrival Nawaz Sharif in 1996.

She left Pakistan in 1999, just before a court convicted her of corruption and banned her from politics.

The verdict was later quashed, but she stayed away until Musharraf signed an amnesty, halting any corruption charges against her and others.

Her return was triumphant, but fraught with peril. She was defiant to the end.

“Bhutto is alive! Bhutto is alive! Bhutto is alive!” she shouted at a rally in December.

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