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Rwanda’s Nyirarukundo Wins Montreal Marathon

Salome Nyirarukundo a Rwandan athlete has won the women’s race of the 28th edition of Montreal Marathon with a time of 2:28:02.

She bagged $11,000 as cash prize while in the men’s race, another Rwandan Jean Marie Vianney Uwajeneza finished third after clocking 2:18:10.

Thousands came out to show their support to nearly 11,000 runners of all abilities, ranging in age from 13 to 82 who competed in Montreal Marathon on September 23, 2018.

Sixty-one countries were represented in the race, but in the end Nyirarukundo 20 emerged victorious in the women’s division

Nyirarukundo was followed by Kenyan Joan Kigen who finished second, stopping the clock at 2:31.26, while Emebet Anteneh of Ethiopia finished in third with a time of 2:43.24 who joined her on the podium.

Despite being a new comer to such marathons, nothing stopped Nyirarukundo from setting a course record.

“This marathon is my first time running a marathon,” Nyirarukundo said, as quoted by globalnews.ca, adding she was very pleased with her time.

In men category, Kenya’s Ezekiel Mutai, 25, came first and also earned $11,000 in prize money as Nyirarukundo.

In the men top three who mounted to the podium came Wycliffe Biwott of Kenya who finished second with a time of 2:15.28 and Jean-Marie Vianney Uwajeneza of Rwanda in 2:15.28.

In the half marathon, the winners were Alexis Lavoie-Gilbert of Quebec City (1:09:25), and Anne-Marie Comeau of St-Ferréol-les-neiges (1:14:46).

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