Final winners are Ernest Kiprono Ngeno (2:08:15)
and Brigid Kosgei setting her new personal best (2:27:45)
Kenneth Mburu Mungara (Kenya), third place on the men’s podium
Resets the record for M40 category at 2:08:38
Nearly 20.000 participants
Milan, Sunday, April 03, 2016 – The 16th edition of the SuisseGas Milano Marathon, the huge sports event organized by S.S.D. RCS Active Team – RCS Sport, was held today in Milan.
A successful edition that can boast the participation of nearly 20.000 runners and high-level performances, reconfirming the course of the Milanese marathon as one of the fastest tracks on the Italian territory. The winner Kenyan athlete Ernest Kiprono Ngeno, class 1995, first passed the finishing line with a time of 2:05:15. Following closely behind, his compatriot Ishhimael Chemtan, who set his personal best of 2:08:20. Another record result for Kenneth Mburu Mungara (Kenya), winner of 2015 edition, who finished third with a time of 2:08:38, breaking again the best ever time in the M40 category.
First among women the Kenyan athlete Brigid Kosgei, running solo throughout the whole race and cutting the finishing line with a time of 2:27:45, lowering her personal best by 20 minutes and 14 seconds. The silver medal went to the Portuguese runner Vera Nunes (2:37:11), whereas the Cuban athlete Dailin Belmonte earned the third place, qualifying for the upcoming Olympics in Rio thanks to her time.
It is worth mentioning among Italian women Judit Varga, who finished her first career marathon with a remarkable 5th place in 2:47:58 time.
A total of 4.532 marathon runners registered for the SuisseGas Milano Marathon. 2.583 was the number of teams taking part into the sixth edition of the Europ Assistance Relay Marathon. Plenty of spectators gathered all along the marathon route to watch the race and to cheer up the athletes.
Andrea Trabuio, Director at the SuisseGas Milano Marathon, declared: “It really was an edition of records. The amazing performances and the top runners breaking their personal bests confirm the track to be fast and fluid, thanks to a route furtherly improved this year. Moreover, we are extremely pleased with the partaking in the event, both for the huge growth of the enrolled runners, and the warm participation of the whole city of Milan, with thousands of people spread out along the truck supporting the runners”.
SuisseGas Milano Marathon is not only a mere competition, but rather a celebration for all participants and the citizenry, starting from the children and teenagers of the Milano School Marathon, the project developed to make children familiar with sports. Almost 5.000 young contenders took part in the second edition, running 1.195 meters on Via Palestro together with their parents and teachers. It is also worth mentioning the presence of 400 women who saw the dream of running their first charity relay race come true, thanks to the RUN4ME unique training program.
This 16th edition of the Milano Marathon also represented the chance to remember Fabrizio Cosi, the founder of the association Podisti da Marte (www.podistidamarte.it) and active supporter and coordinator of the Charity Program, the initiative that allowed to all runners of the marathon and the relay race to run for one of the 67 non-profit organizations involved, contributing to the fundraising to finance their projects. All the people present at the starting line in Corso Venezia, including the ambassador of the event and Adidas athlete Blanka Vlašić, honored Fabrizio Cosi’s memory with a moment of silence and a symbolic launch of yellow balloons up into the sky.
Some facts about the race: the oldest male marathon runner is Tommaso Panero (aged 77), whereas the oldest female runner is Giovanna Mondini (aged 69). The youngest runners are Alberto Madrassi (aged 20) and Aleksandra Kogut (aged 21).
SuisseGas Milano Marathon invites all of you to the 17th edition in 2017!
Ernest Kiprono Ngeno (KEN) – 2 ore 08’ 15”
Ishhimael Chemtan (KEN) – 2 ore 08’ 20”
Kenneth Mburu Mungara (KEN) – 2 ore 08’ 38”
Brigid Kosgei (KEN) – 2 ore 27’ 45”
Vera Nunes (PT) – 2 ore 37’ 11”
Dailin Belmonte (CUB) – 2 ore 42’ e 44”