VIDEO: Kenyan athlete Joel wins marathon once again

East African runner Joel Kositany has repeated his success of 2013 to once more win top spot at the Belfast Marathon.

The 27-year-old sat panting at the foot of the podium after soaring over the finish line with a time of two hours, 19 minutes and 36 seconds.

Winner Joel Kositany (centre),second Gideon Kimosop (right) and third Tamos Janos Nagy

Winner Joel Kositany (centre),second Gideon Kimosop (right) and third Tamos Janos Nagy

Asked how he felt, the quiet Kenyan said simply: “Not bad”.

Later he added: “I am happy. I am so happy.”

He shared the podium with a fellow Kenyan (Kimosop) who came in second, and a Hungarian who came in third place (Nagy).

Joel Kositany’s time was a mere eight seconds slower than his 2013 victory.

Runners pass the 22 mile mark in Oxford Street

Runners pass the 22 mile mark in Oxford Street

In addition, he was also runner up in the 2014 contest.

The top-ranking Northern Irish competitor was Eddie McGinley, who came in fourth.

Top 10:

Joel Kipsang Kositany: 2.19.36

Gideon Kimosop: 2.20.29

Tamas Janos Nagy: 2.24.55

Eddie McGinley: 2.24.55

Mostafa Channi: 2.25.07

Andy Wacker: 2.26.39

Vincent Chepyegon: 2.27.22

Berhan Gebrenmichael: 2.40.57 (female runner)

Telmo Silva: 2.43.12

Keith Purdy: 2.47.29