By Fatih Erel
Kenya's Ruth Chepngetich won the 40th Intercontinental Istanbul Marathon and Kenya's Felix Kimutai won the men's race in violation of 42km Istanbul Marathon records on Sunday.
Last year's winner Chepngetich made 42 km (26 miles) running for 2 hours, 18 minutes and 35 seconds when Kimutai made the same trip for 2 hours, 9 minutes and 57 seconds.
Both Kenilainen broke 42km Istanbul Marathon records in men's and women's competitions.
A record number of runners compete in the world's only intercontinental marathon on Sunday.
The Vodafone 40th Istanbul Marathon began on the Asian side of the martyr of Istanbul on July 15, which was formerly known as the Bosporus Bridge.
The area is located on the historic Sultanahmet square on the European side of the city.
The theme of this year is "To make Istanbul a healthy future".
About 30,000 professionals from over a hundred countries participated in the Marathon.
In addition, some 100,000 people were expected to travel 8 km (5 miles) from the intercontinental Istanbul Marathon Fun Run event.
The event included a 42-mile (26-mile) marathon and three other races 15 km (9.3 mi), 10 km (6.2 mi) and 8 km (4.9 mi). It also included a competition for wheelchair-related participants.
10 km and 15 km in races
Turkey's Yasemin Can won 15 km of female races in 47 minutes and 43 seconds as Kenya's Shadrack Korir wins 15 km of men's race in 43 minutes and 4 seconds.
Turkey's Suzan Tunca won the women's 10km race in 37 minutes and 11 seconds while Turkey's Fatih Korkunc won 10km of men's race in 33 minutes and 23 seconds.
About 5,000 riders – more than half of them foreigners – have competed in a 42-mile marathon.
The top five countries that broadcast runners are Russia, Germany, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and France.
Fifty-five Turkish elites participated in the competition, Kenya, Ethiopia, Azerbaijan, France, Bahrain and Morocco.
In recent years, the number of foreign runners in the marathon has doubled.
Istanbul Marathon is among 17 European marathons and the world's 38 marathons.
Vodafone is the Main Guard of the Contest organized by the Spor Istanbul subsidiary of Istanbul City.
After the launch of the Black Sea Marathon, Turkish Youth and Sport Minister Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoglu told Anadolu Agency: "Istanbul became a marathon, like New York, Boston and Tokyo."
"By combining the World Wars, we are demonstrating the integrity of sport," Kasapoglu said.
Istanbul Mayor of Metropolitan Municipality Mevlut Uysal also said, "We can transform this marathon into the world's best marathon by making this organization better, now it's the 15 best marathon in the world."
Given that around 100,000 people participated last year in the marathon, Uysal said the number of participants increased this year.
Last year, the French runner Abraham Kiprotich won the men's class and the Ruth Chepngetich women's class in Kenya.
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