Macau Marathon

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Macau Marathon
Macau Stadium Instituto do Desporto Mo707 2.JPG
The Macau Olympic Complex is the start and end point for the race
Date Early December
Location Macau, China
Event type Road
Distance Marathon
Established 1981
Official site Macau Marathon

The Macau International Marathon (Portuguese: Maratona Internacional de Macau) is an annual road running event over the marathon distance (42.195 km) which is held the special administrative region of Macau adjacent to the People's Republic of China. The event is sponsored by Galaxy Entertainment Group, a casino and hotel investment company.[1]

The event was first held in 1981 under the organisation of the Panda Running Club and was the first international marathon to be held in the region. The Macau Athletic Association took over organisational duties in 1987 and the race was accepted as a member of the AIMS Racing Group in 1990. The annual marathon race was suspended in 1997 due to the opening of the Macau Olympic Stadium, but a half marathon was held for the first time in its place that year, maintaining the race continuity.[2]

The course takes in both Taipa and Coloane (the islands which make up the region) and begins and ends at the Macau Olympic Complex stadium. Since 1998, three races have been held at each edition: the full marathon, a half marathon, and a shorter mini-marathon (roughly 6.5 km).[3]

The marathon race attracts a majority of overseas runners, with average yearly totals of around 500 entrants and 400 finishers. The marathon's participation record was achieved in 1984, with 1121 runners starting the race and 932 of them finishing. The shorter distances are more popular with both Macau and foreign athletes. Since its introduction in 1997, the half marathon has gone from 348 finishers to a record high of 1279 finishers in 2006. The mini-marathon was inaugurated a year after the half marathon and instantly gained high participation (1111 runners took part in 1997 and a high of 1767 participants was reached in 2009).[4]

In addition to the large numbers of amateur runners who take part in the event, the marathon features elite level runners from East Asia, Africa and Europe.[5] The men's and women's race records were both set in 2011 by Kenyan athletes: Stephen Kwelio Chemlany won the men's title in a time of 2:12:49 hours, while Rose Jepkemboi Chesire took the women's honours in 2:31:28 hours.[6]

Past winners[edit]

Beatrice Omwanza won the half marathon in 1997, when the marathon was suspended.

Key:   Course record   Held as half marathon

Edition Year Men's winner Time (h:m:s) Women's winner Time (h:m:s)
1st 1981  Tom Flett (HKG) 2:41:42  Tak Wai (HKG) 3:12:42
2nd 1982  Antonio Eratavo (ITA) 2:21:54  Fung-fan Wong (HKG) 3:17:18
3rd 1983  Antonio Eratavo (ITA) 2:25:00  Yuko Gordon (HKG) 2:58:26
4th 1984  Antonio Eratavo (ITA) 2:24:29  Fung-fan Wong (HKG) 3:00:04
5th 1985  Antonio Eratavo (ITA) 2:20:18  Yuko Gordon (HKG) 2:48:18
6th 1986  Antonio Eratavo (ITA) 2:26:47  Fung-fan Wong (HKG) 3:41:16
7th 1987  Zhang Guowei (CHN) 2:16:21  Hong-wei Tang (CHN) 2:58:24
8th 1988  Chao-ai Gao (CHN) 2:19:18  Elizabeth Hintz (HKG) 2:57:03
9th 1989  António Costa (POR) 2:18:37  Suk-yee Lau (HKG) 3:07:11
10th 1990  António Costa (POR) 2:17:37  Yi-Lo Man (HKG) 2:58:25
11th 1991  António Costa (POR) 2:17:58  Yi-Lo Man (HKG) 2:52:54
12th 1992  Jerry Modiga (RSA) 2:18:31  Yi-Lo Man (HKG) 2:51:18
13th 1993  Hu Gangjun (CHN) 2:19:12  Li Yemei (CHN) 2:39:20
14th 1994  Paulo Catarino (POR) 2:15:28  Li Yemei (CHN) 2:38:18
15th 1995  Henrique Crisóstomo (POR) 2:15:39  Li Yemei (CHN) 2:40:47
16th 1996  Dong Jiangmin (CHN) 2:16:30  Yelena Makolova (BLR) 2:40:13
1997  Hezron Otwori (KEN) 1:02:55  Beatrice Omwanza (KEN) 1:15:31
17th 1998  Henrique Crisóstomo (POR) 2:19:44  Lyubov Denisova (RUS) 2:37:55
18th 1999  Kim Jung-won (PRK) 2:15:21  Kim Chang-ok (PRK) 2:34:57
19th 2000  Willie Mtolo (RSA) 2:19:25  Lu Jingbo (CHN) 2:47:15
20th 2001  Benjamin Matolo (KEN) 2:18:58  Ren Xiujuan (CHN) 2:42:11
21st 2002  Zhu Ronghua (CHN) 2:19:09  Catherine Leonard (GBR) 3:20:49
22nd 2003  Kasirayi Sita (ZIM) 2:15:58  Catherine Leonard (GBR) 3:16:25
23rd 2004  Adam Dobrzyński (POL) 2:16:30  Dai Yanyan (CHN) 2:37:27
24th 2005  Philip Bandawe (ZIM) 2:19:49  Natalya Volgina (RUS) 2:40:59
25th 2006  Peter Kemboi (KEN) 2:18:56  Phyo Un-suk (PRK) 2:38:27
26th 2007  Ri Kum-song (PRK) 2:17:40  Phyo Un-suk (PRK) 2:38:27
27th 2008  Yemane Tsegay (ETH) 2:15:06  Yuan Lili (CHN) 2:36:40
28th 2009  Mihaylo Iveruk (UKR) 2:17:45  Roman Gebregessese (ETH) 2:37:08
29th 2010  Tekesete Nekatibebe (ETH) 2:16:15  Wang Xueqin (CHN) 2:37:37
30th 2011  Stephen Chemlany (KEN) 2:12:49  Tsega Gelaw (ETH) 2:31:48
31st 2012  Haile Haja (ETH) 2:23:56+  Ehitu Kiros (ETH) 2:50:10+
32nd 2013  Julius Maisei (KEN) 2:12:43  Kim Mi-gyong (PRK) 2:36:32
33rd 2014  Julius Maisei (KEN) 2:14:45  Flomena Chepchirchir (KEN) 2:33:24
34th 2015  Vitaliy Shafar (UKR) 2:14:44  Olena Shurkhno (UKR) 2:33:24
35th[7] 2016  Peter Some (KEN) 2:12:52  Kim Ji-hyang (PRK) 2:36:16
36th 2017  Felix Kirwa (KEN) 2:10:01  Eunice Kirwa (BHR) 2:29:12
  • The course was 3 km too long due to a marshalling error on the course.

Wins by country[edit]

Country Men's race Women's race Total
 China 5 9 14
 Hong Kong 1 11 12
 Kenya 8 2 10
 North Korea 2 5 7
 Ethiopia 3 3 6
 Portugal 6 0 6
 Italy 5 0 5
 Ukraine 2 1 3
 Russia 0 2 2
 South Africa 2 0 2
 Zimbabwe 2 0 2
 Bahrain 0 1 1
 Belarus 0 1 1
 Poland 1 0 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ December 2011 AIMS Results. AIMS. Retrieved on 2011-12-24.
  2. ^ Event History. Macau Marathon. Retrieved on 2011-12-24.
  3. ^ Course Map. Macau Marathon. Retrieved on 2011-12-24.
  4. ^ Statistics. Macau Marathon. Retrieved on 2011-12-24.
  5. ^ 6,000 runners vie in Macau tilt. The Philippine Star (2011-11-12). Retrieved on 2011-12-24.
  6. ^ Gasparovic, Juraj (2011-12-05). Macau Marathon. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2011-12-24.
  7. ^ "Kenyan and North Korean win marathon". Macau Daily Times. 2016-12-05. 
List of winners

External links[edit]