New course record set

DHARM MAKWANA -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:39 AM ET

Patrick Nthiwa wasn't bothered by rain as he blew past his competition to set a new Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon course record yesterday.

The Kenyan made his move at the 14-kilometre mark overtaking fellow countryman Joshua Kemei and Canadian Danny Kassap to finish the race at 1:03:09.8, a single second ahead of the record. Algerian Mustafa Bennacer set the previous men's best in 2003.

"Setting a new course record in the driving rain is a testament to his running ability," said marathon spokesperson Kim Struthers.

On the women's side race organizers predicted a showdown between Kenyan Magdalene Mukunzi and Canadian Lioudmila Kortchaguina.

Mukunzi maintained her dominance over the Torontonian, beating her for the third straight time, finishing at 1:14:01.8.

The Kenyan finished with a comfortable lead of more than a minute over second-place runner Lisa Harvey.

Kortchaguina, finishing third this year, placed first at the half marathon from 2002 to 2005.

Organizers announced more than 4,700 people participated in the event raising $200,000 for six local charities.

TOP FINISHERS

MEN

1 Patrick Nthiwa Kenya 1:03:09.8

2 Danny Kassap Canada 1:04:02.6

3 Joshua Kemei Kenya 1:05:46.4

TOP VANCOUVER MALE:

Graeme Wilson 1:10:59.5

WOMEN

1 Magdalene Mukunzi Kenya 1:14:01.8

2 Lisa Harvey Canada 1:15:44.9

3 Lioudmila Kortchaguina Canada 1:17:10.9

TOP VANCOUVER FEMALE:

Jane Cullis 1:21:48.1


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