African runners win Taipei marathon held on No. 1 expressway


African runners dominated both the men's and the women's divisions of the 2007 Carrefour Taipei International Expressway Marathon yesterday, in which a Taiwanese runner competing in the half marathon died halfway through the race.
Zimbabwe's Olympic marathoner Abel Chimukoko was behind fellow countryman Michael Ngaseke in the first half of the race, but managed to overtake him in the second half to finish the race in two hours 18 minutes and eight seconds to claim victory and NT$100,000 (US$3,024) in prize money.
Kenya's Irene Mogaka led in the women's division and crossed the finish line in two hours 48 minutes and 47 seconds. She showed signs of dehydration after the race and had to rest and recuperate at a health care station.
Huang Chin-ming, 32, collapsed after 10 kilometers into the race. Medical personnel tried to revive him but failed. He was rushed by ambulance to a hospital, where doctors declared him dead on arrival.
The race, sponsored by Carrefour Hypermarket chain and organized by the Chinese Taipei Road Running Association, took place on the elevated Wuku-Hsichih section of the No. 1 National Expressway.