More than seven thousand athletes participated in Dili Marathon II, which brought together athletes, politicians, diplomats and people in general to sports festival, promoted by the President to affirm peace and stability.
With the patronage of Timor Telecom, the Kenyan Sammy Kiptoo won the second edition of Dili Marathon / City of Peace with 2 hours, 20 minutes and six seconds, beating the record held by his compatriot Philimon Rotich last year, with two hours, 34 minutes and 57 seconds, during the previous edition.
Sammy Kipto was happy with his performance, describing the contest as "very difficult" because of the high temperatures and the slope of some sections of the route.
Augusto Ramos Soares, the best Timorese, was also very happy, finish the marathon with 2h31:54, his best time.
"The contest was ok. I was feeling pretty good during the marathon and I was with a good pace," said Augusto Soares, who will be one of the four East Timorese athletes selected to be in the "New York City Marathon", this November in USA.
The others are Juventina Gonçalves, the best on women´s category and winner of last year, Calisto da Costa (ranked third this year with a time of 2:34:54) and Lola Gama (3:10 am: 47), as Dili marathon helped them to prepare those four athletes for the Olympic Games in London in 2012.
See below the “blue ocean” in Dili.