Kenya’s Dominic Mebe wins the Brussels Marathon

Kenyan Dominic Mebe won the Brussels Marathon. He crossed the finish line in 2 hours 14 minutes 13 seconds on the King Baudouin Stadium. The 17th edition of the Brussels Airport Marathon and Half Marathon can count on about 9,000 participants.

Kenyan Philip Koech finished second, a few seconds between them. He scored in 2 hours, 15 minutes and 42 seconds. Belgium’s Francois Claes was allowed to close out the top three, albeit after about 25 minutes, leading to 2 hours, 40 minutes and 10 seconds.

A unique event for the Brussels Women’s Marathon: Tahnee Daman and Veerle Dhaese crossed the finish line side by side at the exact same time (3.10.16). Two winners who completed the entire course together. Third place went to Claire Hermange.

The French half-marathon was won by Nicolas Wesinger. Ines Martin of the Brussels Athletics Association (BAV) won the half marathon in the women’s classification.

The day had started off humid, but that ultimately deterred the few registered. Once the marathon started well and really ran, the rain stopped.

new cycle

The marathon ran on a completely renovated track that started under the Atomium. The path continued along Laken Park, King Baudouin Park in Gate, Noordwijk, Canal, Marina and Japanese Tower to finish at King Baudouin Stadium.

The program wasn’t just a marathon. There was also a half marathon, 10 km and 3 km (walking) and running for children.

More than 100 nationalities participated in the conference, including participants from neighboring countries such as France, the Netherlands, Germany and the United Kingdom, as well as Americans, Brazilians and South Africans.

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New world record

Previous Belgian marathon record holder Ria van Landegim ran the half marathon in 1.30.57 and thus set a new world record in the 65-69 age group.

9000 participants

According to the organizers, more than 9,000 people took part in the 17th edition of the Brussels Airport Marathon and Half Marathon. More than 100 nationalities appeared again at the beginning, and more than a quarter of the participants came from abroad to Brussels. According to the Brussels police, everything went without incident.

About 1,400 runners took part in the marathon, and another 4,450 in the half-marathon. Then about 3,000 people walked ten kilometers or three kilometers. They included participants in the “Race for the Cure,” a solidarity event organized by Think Pink, the national breast cancer organization. The one-kilometre children’s race attracted around 300 children.

“Success Edition”

“As a sponsor, we can’t help but look back with satisfaction on this successful edition,” says Arnaud Fest, CEO of Brussels Airport. “This success shows that many people needed to experience such a sporting event together again. With runners of all levels and from all over the world, this event in Brussels, the heart of Europe, is a truly international event. But it is also a family event. What makes it even more The success is that we are also supporting the Demosyl Parkinson’s charity in the fight against Parkinson’s disease.”

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