Nairobi Rules at Bali Marathon
Kenyan Runners Cross Finish Line First at Maybank Bali Marathon 2018
Professioanal mararthon athletes from Kenya continued to dominate the winning posts at the Maybank Bali Marathon 2018 (MBM 2018) – the 7th edition of a race that included a full marathon, half marathon, and 10-kilometer run.
Winning the male division of for the full marathon (42.195 km) with a time of 2 hours 15 minutes and 25 seconds was Kenyan Cosma Matolo Muteti while top female honors went to another Kenyan, Rebecca Jepchirchir Korir who crossed the finish line with a time of 2 hours 45 minutes and 29 seconds,
At the end of the race, Cosmas said the new route for MBM 2018 was more challenging than past Bali marathons with many new twists, turns, moderate hills and valleys.
Since the first running of the Marathon in 2012, the overall winners have monopolized the winning position, with Ethiopians and Canadians managing to finish among the top three.
The top Indonesian male runner in this year’s marathon was Hamdan Syafril Sayuti who completed the Full Marathon with a time of 2 hours 35 minutes and 7 seconds, while the top Indonesian female time was secured by Odekta V. Naibaho who finished the race in 2 hours 59 minutes and 5 seconds. Hamdani has turned in the best time for Indonesian males at the Bali Marthon for four times: 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018.
The first place overall winner in both the male and female divisions each took home Rp. 189 million while the top Indonesian male and female finisher went home Rp. 155 million richer.
MBM 2018 saw some 11,000 runners participate in full, half, 10 km, children sprint and a special wheelchair event.