Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore: Masei wins men's 42km, Changweyo women's

Julius Kiplimo Masei (left) and Chelimo Luka Kipkemoi swept the top placings at the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore on Sunday morning.
Julius Kiplimo Masei (left) and Chelimo Luka Kipkemoi swept the top placings at the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore on Sunday morning. PHOTOS: MARATHON SG / TWITTER

SINGAPORE - Kenyans swept the top placings at the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore on Sunday morning.

In the men's 42km event, Julius Kiplimo Masei won the title in 2hr 17min 26sec, a mere 6sec ahead of compatriot Chelimo Luka Kipkemoi.

Third was Barnaba Kibii (2:17:38).

The first 10 positions went to runners from the same country. But pre-race favourite Evans Cheruiyot was not among them.

In the women's field, Kenyans also swept the top three spots with Doris Changweyo claiming the crown in 2:44:26 - in her first-ever race attempt at the distance. The 30-year-old is a specialist in the 10,000m and cross-country running.

Peninah Arusei was second in 2:44:41.

Pre-race favourite Sharon Cherop, winner in 2013, had to settle for third place after a 2:44:53 effort.

Singapore's Neo Jie Shi was 10th overall in 3:15:06.

Mok Ying Ren topped the local men's field, coming home in an unofficial time of 2:43:04.

Singapore Athletics, which governs the sport in the country and also sanctions the annual event, introduced mandatory dope tests for all top-10 finishers in the elite categories this year. The move was announced on Friday morning, just hours ahead of the official pre-race press conference.

This year's event attracted nearly 50,000 runners from 111 nations. The other categories featured were the 21km, 10km and Kids' Dash.