Thys, Zhou top Seoul International Marathon

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:39 IST

South Africa's Gert Thys reclaimed his Seoul International Marathon title on Sunday with his third win in four years.

Seoul:

South Africa's Gert Thys reclaimed his Seoul International Marathon title on Sunday with his third win in four years. Thys, last year's runner-up, finished in 2 hours, 10.40 seconds. Two other Africans, Jason Mbote of Kenya and Ethiopia's Araya Haregot, overcame the biting cold to come second and third on the zigzagging course. Thys set the Seoul course record of 2:07.06 in 2004, five months before finishing 16th at the Athens Games. Sunday's time was almost one minute slower than his season-best performance in Oita, Japan (2:09.45), as high winds plagued the course. In the women's marathon, IAAF world number four road runner Zhou Chunxiu of China set a new course record with a time of 2:19.51 to defend her title. South Korean Lim Kyung-hee failed to close the gap and finished second with 2:34.08. (AP)

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