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SEB Tallinn Marathon won by record time for the Baltic states and Nordic countries

14.09.2017

More than 18,000 recreational athletes from a record number of 56 different countries took part last weekend in Estonia’s largest marathon.

 

The winner of SEB Tallinn Marathon was Kiprotich Kirui from Kenya who achieved a world class time of 2:09.22 – a record time for marathons run in the Baltic nations and Nordic countries. There are only 10 cities in Europe this year where faster times than that attained in Tallinn were achieved: London, Paris, Rome, Milan, Hamburg, Vienna, Prague, Rotterdam, and Linz.

 

 

Owing to support by Enterprise Estonia, for the first time more than 3,000 foreign runners from a total of 56 countries came for a run in Tallinn.

 

Countries where both the President and the Prime Minister participate in a sports event are not many. Among thousands of other runners at Tallinn Marathon was President Kersti Kaljulaid who ran the half marathon and Prime Minister Jüri Ratas who took on the 10 km track with a basketball in hand. Bouncing two basketballs, an Estonian Marti Medar completed the marathon track with 3:54.16, a time that landed him in the Guinness Book of Records.

 

 

Frank Baillie, a representative of the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS), also graced SEB Tallinn Marathon with his presence, praising Estonians’ outstanding organizational skills: “I’m very glad to be in Estonia during the country’s presidency of the European Union. Estonians stand out as most professional event organizers. I am looking forward to next year’s AIMS congress, the organization rights of which Estonia won in an extremely tight and competitive competition.”

 

The 22nd AIMS congress is held in Tallinn September 6 through September 8 next year. Being chosen as the organizer of a prestigious global congress entails great recognition, responsibility, and opportunity for Tallinn and Estonia as a whole.  

 

The next Tallinn Marathon will be run September 7 through September 9 during the year of Estonia’s 100th anniversary. For more information on Tallinn Marathon go to www.jooks.ee.

 

This year’s Tallinna Marathon was the long-distance running event with highest level that is ever held in Estonia.

 

Race records were set in women’s marathon and men’s and women’s half-marathon.

The six best men on the marathon course came from Kenya. From men, the first place went to Josphat Letinga, time 2:12.42, second to Bernard Cheruiyot Sang, time 2:13.47, and third to Joseph Kyengo Munywoki, time 2:14.09. The fourth place in the highly competitive event went to Bernard Kitur (2:14.39), fifth to Moses Mbugua Gaikariga (2:15.57) and sixth to Magut Robert Kimaru (2:20.18). Never before have the first five Tallinna Maraton finishers finished under 2 hours and 16 minutes. The Estonian marathon champion title went to Raido Mitt who made his marathon debut with time 2 hours 26 minutes and 52 seconds. Estonian championships silver went to Raivo Alla (2:27.11) and bronze to Rauno Jallai (2:30.19).