The fourth Khmer Empire Marathon wrapped up yesterday morning with more than 3,500 runners from 53 countries taking part in the annual race around the historic temple of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap – the largest religious monument in the world.
The full 42-kilometre race set off at 4:30am with Briton Neil Burns crossing the finish line first in a time of three hours, eight minutes and 56 seconds.
He was followed by Chinese competitor Tiancai Zhou with Kiwai Ng rounding off the podium in third.
Spain’s Carlota Corbella won the women’s race, with the 22-year-old clocking three hours, 19 minutes and three seconds, 27 minutes quicker than second-placed Muriel Denzier of Switzerland. Kerri Renshaw snatched a place on the podium for Australia.
Japanese distance runner Yamisaki Takemaru upset the hosts in the men’s half marathon, besting the Cambodian pair of Kuniaki Takizaki and Ma Viro.
Takizaki is a 2016 Rio Olympian competing on behalf of the kingdom at last year’s Olympic Games in Rio. Veteran runner Ma Viro is set to represent Cambodia at the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur this month.
Katherine Duff crossed the line ahead of Yasuko Okamura and Ketman Chiu in the women’s race.
Every year all the proceeds from the race are donated to charitable causes.