South African Stephen Mokoka and Ethiopian Roza Dereje Bekele claimed the Men and Women’s, respectively, titles of the Shanghai International Marathon 2016.

By Ma Yue (Shanghai Daily) |

A South African runner won the Shanghai International Marathon for a third time yesterday.

Stephen Mokoka, who won the men’s full marathon in 2013 and 2014, crossed the finish line at Shanghai Stadium in 2 hours 10 minutes and 18 seconds.

“It’s my third victory here, though the time was not fast enough,” he said. “The weather was great at the beginning, but the latter part of the race became difficult when the temperatures rose. I hope I can compete again next year.”

The 31-year-old was among the 30 world-class runners who were invited by the organizers to take part this year.

The women’s event was won by Ethiopian Roza Dereje Bekele, who also ran a personal-best time of 2:26.18 — two seconds ahead of runner-up Margaret Agai from Kenya.

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With the temperature ranging between 13 and 17 degrees Celsius, the cloudy morning was perfect for the 38,000 participants, who took off from the Bund at 7am. Former Olympic champion hurdler Liu Xiang fired the starting shot.

The 42.2-kilometer full race attracted 20,000 runners, while 8,000 took part in the 21km half marathon. The 10km and 5km races each drew 5,000 runners.

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