Kenyan athlete Laban Mutai, who took part in the Ljubljana marathon, failed to set a new record because of an error of the local police. On Thursday, November 3, reports TASS with reference to the Slovenian media.
On the 39th kilometer of the highway they got the wrong turn and turned onto the street, not part of the official distance, with the result that runners who followed them, overcame the extra 600 meters. The winner of the race Mutai showed a time of 2 hours, 9 minutes and 16 seconds.
"The time dimension at the 38th kilometer testified that the Kenyan was at a new record of 2 hours 7 minutes and 30 seconds. However, an unfortunate mistake and not allowed to beat him," said the organizer of the event, Gabriel Ambrozic.
According to him, Mutai overcame every kilometer on average in 3 minutes (100 metres in 18 seconds). The additional 600 meters it took 108 seconds, which is not enough to update the record.
The record of the Ljubljana marathon with a time of 2 hours 8 minutes 21 seconds and left the Ethiopians Lemenih Getachu.
In 2016, the marathon was attended by 28.5 thousand people from 59 countries. At the Olympic distance of 42 kilometers in length, was released 2610 runners.