Saturday 28 November, 2020

Japanese runner wins Reggae Marathon

At right, Daisuke Ikemoto of Japan greets a spectator on his way to the finish line at the Reggae Marathon on Saturday. Also pictured are runners at the start of the race (left) and Oshane Archibald breaking the tape to win the 10k event.

At right, Daisuke Ikemoto of Japan greets a spectator on his way to the finish line at the Reggae Marathon on Saturday. Also pictured are runners at the start of the race (left) and Oshane Archibald breaking the tape to win the 10k event.

Japanese runner Daisuke Ikemoto won the Reggae Marathon in Negril, Westmoreland on Saturday morning.

It marked the second straight year that a runner from Japan crossed the finish line first. The 32-year-old Ikemoto, of Tottori in Japan, broke the tape in about two hours and 36 minutes. Last year, fellow Tottori resident Kata Taniguchi won the event.

Enrico Kuhn was second in 2:58:25 and Titus Mutinda third in 3:03:38.

Another Japanese runner,  Shiho Shiomi won the female section in about three hours and 20 minutes. Natalee Gooden Burkard was second in 3:46:33 and Lyn Robinson third in 3:55:37.

Runners participate in Reggae Marathon 2017.

Meanwhile, 35-year-old Jamaican runner Gregory McKenzie won the half marathon in 1:15:30. He was followed by Kemar Leslie (1:17:23) and Reinmund Hobmaier (1:22:35) in second and third respectively.

The female category of the half marathon was won by Elisabeth Mondon in 1:38:47. Janetta Robinson and Nanette Hernandez was second and third in 1:42:48 and 1:43:06.

Jamaica’s Oshane Archibald was first in the 10k, stopping the clock at 32:40; Thaleetio Green was second in 33:25 and Shane Buchanan third in 33:56.

Holmwood Technical’s Britney Campbell won the female category of the 10k in 42:42, followed by schoolmates Sashay Brown and Samantha Pryce in 42:43 and 42:43.

Runners from more than 34 countries participated in this year's staging of the Reggae Marathon.

Reggae Marathon 17

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