KENYAN runner Simon Losiaboi finished ahead of the pack in the Second Rotary Run at SM City yesterday but his string of first-place finishes ended.
He didn’t even make the top 10.
Losiaboi, who won 13 straight races, was disqualified for running with a number not registered under his own name and because of this infraction, it was local runner Mendel Lopez who took the men’s 15K title with a time of 52:08.02.
Losiaboi, who has become quite a celebrity in the running scene, checked into the finish line almost two minutes ahead of Lopez.
However, his fate was decided even before he started the race when he wore a race number registered to another person—a violation of the IAAF rules.
The top 10 finishers in the 15K division protested the finish but technical director Preciliano Capampangan said that even without the letter, Losiaboi was still disqualified.
Organizer Raffy Uytiepo admitted Losiaboi’s race number was picked up by his friend, who failed to show up at race time, despite being paged.
That forced Losiaboi to ask the organizers for another number.
Losiaboi for his part said it was unfair since it was the organizers that gave him the number.
“Why would they disqualify me? I never got another number other than this. In fact they are the ones who gave me this number,” said Losiaboi.
“He should know better. He is a professional runner and he knows the rules pertaining to this,” said Uytiepo. He, however, could not answer why Losiaboi’s number was released to another person.
It could have been Losiaboi’s 14th straight title.
Finishing at second place was Jess Gonzaga (57:01.56). Paul James Zafico, Noel Tillor and Allan Polinar completed the top five.
Mary Grace delos Santos won the women’s division at 1:02:51.87. Madelyn Carter came in second with a time of 1:06:19.98.
Milagros Tanudtaud (1:24.07.67), Merlinda Ponce (1:26.46.72) and Leonora Martus (1:28.28.63) made up the top five.
The top five in the men’s 7K were Elmer Bartolo (24:68.30), Reprinel Banzon (25:00.72) and Jobert Carolino (25:44.97), Ian Bernido (26:10.48) and Carl Jeannette Malazarte (27:01.56). Jennifer Belocura (33:35.128), Gerly Rose Baylon (34:29.15), Lorhiz Echavez (35:37.09), Haziel Retavale (37:00.99) and Nina Marie Antiola (43:24.37) dominated the women’s division.
Winning the 15K executive men’s division were Steven Steven (1:16.55.27), Raymund Bontol (1:18.46.95) and Gandhi Truya (1:19.13.44).
Quianne Therese Albeza and sister Nichelle Hyacinth pulled off a 1-2 finish in the 7-Under category of the kiddies division.