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Over 5,000 athletes set to compete
in Mombasa International Marathon

Ethiopia has also sent an athlete with
neighboring Tanzania, Sudan, Rwanda and
Burundi also bring along their participants

 

Mombasa (Xinhua) -- Over 5,000 athletes from six countries will compete at the Mombasa International Marathon on Sunday.

Organisers expect at least 500 elite athletes to participate in the race, where the winner will walk home with 2,500 U.S. dollars.

The marathon will have both the local and international athletes compete for the honors with AK hinting it might use the event to pick out talent and possible inclusion in the World Half marathon, which will be held in Kavarna, Bulgaria in October.

Athletics Kenya chairman Isaiah Kiplagat revealed in Nairobi on Thursday that Uganda had sent 2 athletes, with Alex Omondi accompanying the 2003 Mombasa marathon winner Alex Malinga fourth in the Athens Olympic Games marathon race.

Ethiopia has also sent an athlete with neighboring Tanzania, Sudan, Rwanda and Burundi also bring alone their participants.

The Safaricom sponsored marathons have produced some of the world-beater in the past.

Prague Marathon winner (2010), Eliud Kiptanui was the winner of Kisumu marathon in 2009 while Solomon Busiendich, who won the local Gusii Golden Series scooped the first position in Amsterdam Marathon in 2006.

"We want to entice the tourists too to take time off their holiday and run in this marathon. Mombasa is a popular destination for tourists and even if we can get 50 foreign tourists, then we will be happy."

"Winners and several others random samples will be conducted.

"We want a clean championship, now that the focus has been on the country ever since Kenya started dominating in the road races," Kiplagat said.

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