The Kenyan Stephen Loruo won the ING Brussels Marathon. The 25-year old athlete covered the 42 km 195 metres in 2 hours, 11 minutes and 36 seconds, a track record. The best Belgian was all the more Rik Ceulemans who came back from a losing position and eventually finished third.

On Sunday more than 1,250 marathon runners started from under the arches of the Parc du Cinquantenaire for a 42 km run along the most beautiful places of the capital and surroundings. Under the excellent leadership of Jesse Stroobants, the pacemaker, a group of seven participants broke away immediately: Ceulemans, the Tanzanian Deodatus and the Kenyan Loruo, Kipkosgei, Cheboswory, Kibet and Kiptoo, shortly followed by Vladimir Tonchinsky and Gino Van Geyte.

Rik Ceulemans found the start rhythm too high and he let himself prudently sink back. The winner of the 20 km run through Brussels in May knew how hard the track was and preferred running at his own rhythm. It later appeared to be a wise decision, because when Stroobants stopped the fight after an hour, it became clear in the front that Choge, Gisemba and Njagi had also disappeared from the leading group and Deodatus and Kipkosgei had given up.

A few moments later Kiptoo and Cheboswory also had to leave. That was the moment Rik Ceulemans considered to be right to give chase. On the Avenue de Tervueren he overtook all his competitors one by one: Choge first, then Gisemba and Njagi. Only the first two remained out of reach.

On the last slope Loruo started to speed up, to which Kiptoo could not respond. Loruo, who had already put the Xiamen marathon in China under his belt, now notched up the ING Brussels Marathon as well in an excellent time considering the difficulty of the track: 2 hours, 11 minutes and 26 seconds.

Kiptoo followed almost 4 minutes later, Ceulemans more than 5 minutes. The second Belgian at the finish was Gino Van Geyte. He arrived ninth in 2 hours, 20 minutes and 47 seconds.

The first woman was the Kenyan Irene Mogaka who covered the distance in 2 hours, 42 minutes and 53 seconds.