Tuesday , October 26 2021

The only global marathon marathon begins in Istanbul


Fatih Erel


The record number of competitors on Sunday compete on the only intercontinental marathon in the world.

Vatican 40. The Istanbul marathon started on the Asian side of the bridge in Istanbul, which was July 15, previously known as the Bosphorus Bridge.

The target line is located on the historic Sultanahmet market on the European side of the city.

This year's theme is: "Carry out an institution for a healthy future."

About 30,000 professional competitors from more than 100 countries participated in the marathon.

In addition, it was expected that around 100,000 people would be taking part in an 8-kilometer (5-mile) transcontinental Turkish marathon.

The event was a marathon of 42 kilometers (26 miles) and three other races on the tracks 15 km (9.3 mi), 10 km (6.2 mi) and 8 km (4.9 mi). It also included a race for participants who were connected to wheelchairs.

10 km and 15 km of races

Turkish Yasemin Can won the women's race 15km in 47 minutes and 43 seconds, while Kenyan Shadrack Korir won the race 15 km and 43 seconds.

Turkey Suzan Tunca won a women's race of 10 km in 37 minutes and 11 seconds, while Turkish Fatih Korkunc won the race 10 km and 33 seconds.

Approximately 5,000 competitors – more than half of them foreigners – competed at 42 km marathon.

The top five sending countries are Russia, Germany, Ukraine, Great Britain and France.

The marathon was attended by thirty-five elite competitors from Turkey, Kenya, Ethiopia, Azerbaijan, France, Bahrain and Morocco.

Compared to the years, the number of foreign competitors in the marathon doubled.

The Istanbul marathon is among 17 marathons in Europe and 38 marathons in the world.

Vodafone is the main sponsor of the race, which is the branch of Spor Istanbul in the municipality of Istanbul Metropolitan.

Turkish Minister of Youth and Sports Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoglu said Istanbul became a marathon brand like New York, Boston and Tokyo.

"By connecting the continents, we prove the combined power of the sport," Kasapoglu said.

Mayor of Metropolitan Municipality Mevlut Uysal said: "This marathon can be changed in the best marathon in the world by making this organization better, and now it is among the top 15 marathons in the world."

With 100,000 people running last year in the marathon, Uysal said that the number of participants increased this year.

Last year, French winner Abraham Kiprotich won the men's category and Kenya Ruth Chepngetich the women's category.

For more information, visit www.maraton.istanbul and follow the #runistamben and # run4health hashtags topics on Twitter.

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