French and Kenyan win, 'R4BIA' signs run Istanbul Marathon

French Kiprotich in men's category and Kenyan Chesir in women's category won the 35th Istanbul Marathon, members of the Istanbul-based International "R4BIA" Platform and several NGOs affiliated with it ran in the marathon to raise awareness for the situation in Syria and Egypt.

French and Kenyan win, 'R4BIA' signs run Istanbul Marathon

World Bulletin/News Desk

The 35th Istanbul Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label event sponsored by Vodafone, was run on Sunday in Istanbul.

French Abraham Kiprotich took the first place in men's category in the marathon, 42 km 195 m long, which has started near Bosphorus Bridge, and ended in the historical Sultan Ahmed Square.

Ethiopian Siraj Gena Amda was the runner up, and Ethiopian Deriba Merga Ejigu took the third place in the Marathon.

Stressing his intensive preparation for Istanbul Marathon, Kiprotich said, "I am very happy for winning the marathon; however, I am a bit upset, because I could not break the record."

Kenyan Rebecca Kangogo Chesir took the first place in 35th Istanbul Marathon in women's category.

Turkish athletes Elvan Abeylegesse and Sultan Haydar took the second and third places respectively in the women's category.

"R4BIA" signs run in marathon

Supporters of the anti-coup protests in Egypt ran Sunday's Istanbul Marathon with the purpose of raising awareness for the situation in both Syria and Egypt.

Members of the Istanbul-based International "R4BIA" Platform and several NGOs affiliated with it ran the 35th Istanbul Marathon on Sunday sponsored by Vodafone.

The runners, who were wearing t-shirts with "R4BIA" signs during the event, carried a banner writing "Rabaa sign", the four-fingered hand gesture which became a universal sign to express support for anti-coup protestors in Egypt, during the procession through the Bosphorus.

Some of the runners were wearing Morsi masks to support protestors.

The International "R4BIA" Platform was formed as an international initiative for the sign of "R4BIA", a symbol of the August 14 massacre by Egyptian security forces against anti-coup demonstrators staging a sit-in protest in Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya Square that killed hundreds of protesters.

Rabaa, which translates as "four" or the "fourth", has become the sign of anti-coup protests in Egypt.

Last Mod: 17 Kasım 2013, 14:27
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