BY James Kon
Younes Ammouta continued his dominance in the local marathon scene after capturing another title under his belt when he crossed the finished line first in the 12km Men’s Open category of the Fire Fighter Run 2019 on Sunday.
The 38-year-old Moroccan in an interview said, “I am happy to win today. I started off well in the race and managed to finish the race with ease.”
When asked about the slight haze, he said, “It’s not an issue for me. I am used to it because I train on the same time daily.”
Younes recently competed in the Labuan Bird Park Eco Ultra Marathon, where he won third place in the 20km category.
“Last week, I joined the 20km category of the Labuan Bird Park Eco Ultra Marathon and finished third place. It was very competitive with the Kenyans taking first and second place,” he said.
ABOVE & BELOW: Minister of Transport and Infocommunications and Acting Minister of Home Affairs Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yusof presents mock cheques to the winners – Younes Ammouta (L) and Tho Siaw Khim. PHOTOS: JAMES KON
Md Samsul bin Zamri finished second in the Fire Fighter Run, followed by Muhammad Nadzri bin Haji Tarsat.
In the 12km Women’s Open category, Tho Siaw Khim from Miri, Sarawak finished the race first.
She said, “I am very happy to win today. I frequently join marathon competitions here in Brunei. Previously I took part in the KB Night Run where I won first place, and the Borneo Run finishing second.”
Cecilia Maksimon finished second, followed by Lucy Clewes Gurner.
Tho Siaw Khim hopes to compete again in the 30km event of the Brunei Unexpected Kingdom Ultra Marathon (BUKUM) in December this year as the defending champion.
Minister of Transport and Infocommunications and Acting Minister of Home Affairs Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yusof presented the prizes.
Also present was Acting Director of Fire and Rescue Lim Hock Guan.
-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin