22nd Angkor Wat International Half Marathon Sees Record Number Of Runners
A record number of runners have set off for this year’s Angkor Wat International Half Marathon.
The Angkor Wat International Half Marathon 2018 concluded on 3 December, Sunday morning at the temples of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, with around 10,000 race participants. This year's number of participants has exceeded last year's record of over 9,000.
For the first time this year, Angkor Wat International Half Marathon has partnered with global sports platform - Spacebib to support in its event marketing and promotion, which enabled the event to reach a record number of participants with over 5,000 foreigners from 76 countries.
22nd Angkor Wat International Half Marathon Winners
The overall winner in the men's half marathon was Chinese runner Qi Bian with a time of 1 hour, 12 minutes and 42 seconds. Second and third placing went to Kuniaki Takizaki and Ma Viro respectively with 1 hour, 14 minutes and 41 seconds and 1 hour, 15 minutes and 35 seconds.
Qi Bian has won the half marathon for the second consecutive year and has achieved a new race PB beating his previous race record of 1 hour, 13 minutes and 16 seconds.
Singapore-based Irish woman Máire Nic Amhlaoibh bagged first-prize in the women’s half-marathon crossing the line with a time of 1 hour, 28 minutes and 43 seconds.
Second place went to Frenchwoman Veronique Messina, with Briton Lyndsay Clarke rounding off the podium in the third place with 1 hour, 31 minutes and 26 seconds and 1 hour, 31 minutes and 31 seconds.
22nd Angkor Wat International Half Marathon Full Race Results
You can check the race results here.
Growing Sports Tourism in Cambodia
Minister of Tourism and chairman of the kingdom’s National Olympic Committee, Mr Thong Khon, said the race is one of the biggest annual tourist events in town and was vital in growing Cambodia’s sports-related tourism sector. He added,
International tourist arrivals in Cambodia have increased every year, especially in Siem Reap, a world-class tourist destination. Cambodia is developing Siem Reap and Angkor to become one of the world’s most attractive tourist destinations. We look forward to welcoming visitors from all over the world. We hope it will only be bigger next year.
There was a reroute of this year's race course to the northern side of the Bayon Temple due to a clash with Prime Minister Hun Sen’s two-day prayer ceremony.