Ethiopian Deriba Merga wins men's event in Sunfeast 10K race
Ethiopia's Deriba Merga won the elite men's race in the $1,55,000 Sunfeast World 10K Bangalore 2009 event, clocking 28 minutes and 13 seconds in Bangalore on Sunday.
Kenyan Mark Kiptoo came second clocking 28 minutes and 15 seconds followed by Bernard Kipyego from Kenya at 28 minute and 24 seconds at the event which saw a turnout of over 23,000, comprising participants from all walks of life, including students.
Merga was the winner of the Houston and Boston marathon races and Delhi half marathon.
Kenyan Wilson Kipsang, who was tipped to give a stiff competition to Merga, given the fact that he was second behind Kipsang in the Ras-al-Khaimah half marathon early this year, came fourth clocking 28:30.00secs.
In the elite women's section, another Ethiopian, Mergia Asslefech won with a 32 minute and eight second effort.
Mary Keitany of Kenya came second at 32:09.00secs followed by Ethiopia's Aberu Kebede at 32:11.00secs.
Kenyan-born Dutch woman, Hilda Kibet, who has the fastest time among the elite women with a personal best of 31:01.00 secs, finished fourth at 32:22.00secs.