Felix Kirwa wins Stockolm Marathon despite going the wrong way!

Felix Kirwa wins Stockolm Marathon despite going the wrong way!

Felix Kirwa managed to come back and win the Stockholm Marathon in a time of 2:11:07, only one minute off the course record of 2:10:10, despite having to run an extra kilometre.

Felix Kirwa

Felix Kirwa managed to come back and win the Stockholm Marathon in a time of 2:11:07, only one minute off the course record of 2:10:10, despite having to run an extra kilometre.

Kirwa, Tesfaye Lencho Anbesa, and Merhawi Keste were pointed in the wrong direction by race officials around the 30 km mark of the marathon.

They ran for a full minute before realizing the mistake, which cost them the lead in the race. Kirwa, 26, managed to come back and win the event in a time of 2:11:07, only one minute off the course record of 2:10:10, despite having to run an extra kilometre.

Kirwa spoke to Stockholm’s TV4 in a post-race interview: “I am very happy to win the Stockholm marathon but we ran wrong and I missed the record because of it.”

The event organizers blamed the error on motorcycle police officers who drove in the wrong direction.

 

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