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Coastweek -- Madoka: Participants in men category starts the race at Ngerenyi Farmers Training Centre.
Isaac Langat and Nancy Kiprop Win Madoka Half Marathon

Coastweek -- Isaac Kipkoech Langat of Kericho Athletics Club and Nancy Kiprop emerged the winners of the 12th edition of Safaricom Madoka Half Marathon in Ngerenyi Farmers Training Centre in Taita Taveta County.

Langat clocked one hour four minutes 10.28 seconds to win the men title with Nancy taking the women crown in a time of 1:14:05.17.

Langat said the victory was a morale booster for his forthcoming Germany’s Frankfurt Marathon to be held on Sunday.

He said the weather was good and when he reached the 16km, he decided to leave the rest.

“When I passed the front group, I knew I’ll win it. I’m now confident to also win the Germany race on Sunday,” the 25-year-old Langat said.

Previously, Langat finished second in the Family Bank Half Marathon held in Eldoret and completed the 10km race in Czech Republic on September 9 in eighth position.

In women’s category, 34-year-old Nancy said it was the first she participated in Madoka Half Marathon, purposely to prepare herself for the Honolulu Marathon to be held on December 10.

Coastweek -- Taita Taveta Governor, Granton Samboja finishing the 4km Governor’s Race during the Madoka Half Marathon.

“I took part in this event being part of my training programme for the Honolulu Marathon. I am happy to emerge the winner and this gives me high hopes of performing well in my future races,” said Kiprop.

Two Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) athletes, Loise Joy and Emily Somoe were the only Coast participants to be among the top ten finishers in the women category.

Loise finished fourth in a time of 1:16:14.20 with Emily completed 10th in a time of 1:22:14.17.

In men’s category, Joseph Koech of Keroka was second in 1:04:15.14 while Kiplagat Shadrack taking third place in 1:04:38.66.

The 2016 winner, Hosea Mwok completed the race seventh position, clocking 1:05:43.27.

Naomi Chebet and Mary Manamu were second and third in women race, taking the 21km race in 1:14:15.19 and 1:14:11.20 respectively.

TOP TEN- MEN: 1. Isaac Kipkoech, Kericho (1:04:10.28); 2. Koech Joseph, Keroka (1:04:15.14); 3. Kiplagat Shadrack, Individual (1:04:38.66);

Coastweek -- German athletes taking part in the Madoka Half Marathon.

4.  Patrivck Mutunga, Individual (1:04:43.49); 5. Stephen Mwendo, individual (1:04:51.66); 6. Sammy Nyakanye, Nyamira (1:05:04.36);

7. Hosea Mwok, individual (1:05:43.27); 8. Raymond Komen, individual (1:05:47.18); 9.  Daniel Kiburet, individual (1:05:51.38); 10. Daniel Kiprotich, individual (1:06:01.38).

WOMEN: 1. Nancy Kiprop, Iten (1:14:05.17); 2. Naomi Chebet, individual (1:14:15.19); 3. Mary Mananu, individual (1:14: 11.20);

4. Loise Joy, KPA (1:16:14.20); 5. Teresia Omwasa, Nyamira (1:17:17.14); 6. Chepngeno Lagat, Iten (1:18:14.13);

7. Shelmick Kwamboka, Machakos (1:19:20.20); 8. Marion Wangari, Nyahururu (1:20:11:12); 9. Gladys Otero, individual (1:20:14.19); 10. Emily Samoe, KPA (1:22:14.17).



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