Foreign runners participate in the 2017 Techcombank Ho Chi Minh City International Marathon (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – More than 5,000 athletes from 44 countries participated in the 2017 Techcombank Ho Chi Minh City International Marathon on November 26.

In the tournament’s most important 42km event, the gold and silver medals went to runners from Kenya.

Winners in the women's 42km run (Photo: VNA)

Rotich Jane triumphed in the women’s run with a time of 3:02:34, while Kigen Caroline earned the silver and Vietnamese runner Nguyen Chi pocketed the bronze medal.

Meanwhile, in the men’s category, Keter Peter of Kenya won the gold medal after a time of 2:28:47, followed by Birgen Geoffrey also from Kenya and Do Quoc Luat from the host Vietnam.

Winners in the men's 42km run (Photo: VNA)

The 2017 Techcombank HCM City International Marathon offered a chance to introduce the city’s image as a dynamic, innovative, modern and friendly destination for international tourists, said Le Truong Hien Hoa, Director of the HCM City Tourism Promotion Agency.

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It comprises 42 km, 21 km and 10 km events, with the courses running from Thao Cam Vien park in District 1 and finishing at the Empire City Complex in District 2’s Thu Thiem area.

At the end of the tournament, the organisers handed over 500 million VND (22,000 USD) to the Fund for the Poor and the fund for sport talents of HCM City.-VNA