James Tallam led a 1-2-3 Kenyan finish a the 36th Milo Marathon, ensuring a Kenyan winner for the first time in the country’s premier marathon race, long regarded as the national championships of the Philippines.
Tallam clocked a “slow” 2:26.34, followed by compatriots Josphat Too (2:28:52) and Alex Melly (2:29:06).
3 time winners Eduardo Buenavista and Cresencio Sabal settled for 4th place (2:29:45) and 6th (2:37:58) respectively, while Eric Panique settled for 5th (2:32:08).
Over at the distaff side, CDO leg winner Mary Grace delos Santos willed herself into finishing in 2:49:29, breaking into 3rd in the Philippine all time list. Only SEA Games veterans Christabel Martes and Jho-an Banayag are faster than the young lass.
2 time winner Jho-an Banayag settled for 2nd place with a time of 2:55:56, while Kenyan Everline Atancha settled for third with a 3:03:39 mark.
Delos Santos’ winning time was the fastest since Banayag’s victory in 2006 of 2:48:16.
Photo credits: Roman Prospero