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NAIROBI, (Xinhua) - Participants take part in the Standard Chartered Marathon in Nairobi, Oct. 28, 2018. Elisha Kiprop won this year’s Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon on Sunday, clocking 2:14.19, while debutant Josephine Chepkoech took the women’s title after she stopped the clock at 2:33.10. XINHUA PHOTO: JOHN OKOYO

Elisha Kiprop and Josephine Chepkoech
win Kenya’s stanchart Nairobi marathon

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Elisha Kiprop won this year’s Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon on Sunday, clocking 2:14.19, while debutant Josephine Chepkoech took the women’s title after she stopped the clock at 2:33.10.

Kiprop won the 15th edition of the event after three unsuccessful attempts in the past to walk home with 15,000 U.S. dollars for his effort.

“The race was very competitive and I am happy with the time I clocked. Kenyans should expect more from me. I had prepared well for the race knowing that the course had changed. I will be back next year to defend my title,” said Kiprop, who won this year’s Minnesota Marathon, held in the United States.

The Kenyan made his debut in the event in 2011 where he finished in 11th position before he became runner-up in 2014.

Justus Kiprono came second in a time of 2:15.01 whereas Patrick Kibet settled for third place after he clocked 2:15.09.

Chepkoech, 25, who competed in the event for the first time, said she took the lead at the 36km mark after she shook off her closest rival, Cynthia Jerop, who settled for second place after finishing in a time of 2:34.12 while Joy Kemuma closed the podium finish in a time of 2:34.53.

Over 18,000 participants took part in the race that was held in favorable weather conditions on no heat and little head wind.

The race’s proceeds go towards restoring sight in children who suffer from the eye disease of trachoma.

Since the launch of the Seeing is Believing initiative in 2003, sponsors Standard Chartered Bank has raised more than 2.5 million dollars for charity.

Among the programs funded include screening of 6.2 million people, 170,000 surgical interventions, training of over 2,000 health workers and upgrading of more than 10 health facilities around the country.

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EARLIER REPORT:

Kelkile Gezahegn triumphs, Meskerem Assefa breaks
women’s Course Record in windy Frankfurt

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Runner-up last year, this time the number one: the Ethiopian Kelkile Gezahegn won the 37th edition of the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon in cool and at times extremely windy conditions in 2:06:37. After a thrilling duel he broke away from Martin Kosgey of Kenya who finished in 2:06:41. Fellow Kenyan Alex Kibet finished third on his marathon debut in 2:07:09.

A World Record for Masters or Veteran Runners was broken when Mark Kiptoo finished sixth in 2:07:50, improving the men’s Over-40 record by 48 seconds. Arne Gabius showed strong form to finish ninth in a high-quality field when the 37-year-old crossed the line in 2:11:45, the fastest time by a German this year.

The top result of the day was achieved by the women’s winner as the 33-year-old Ethiopian Meskerem Assefa broke the course record with 2:20:36. That was 25 seconds faster than her compatriot Meselech Melkamu had run here in 2012.

In a women’s field which produced high-quality performances in depth, Haftamnesh Tesfay of Ethiopia ran 2:20:47 for second place, also faster than Melkamu’s former course record of 2:21:01. Ethiopia achieved a clean sweep of the women’s podium when Bedatu Hirpa crossed the line for third in the Festhalle in 2:21:32. The leading German finisher among the women was Katharina Heinig who finished impressively in 14th place, just inside 2:30. Her time of 2:29:55 was the second fastest by a German woman this year.

13,934 runners from 102 countries took part in this year’s Mainova Frankfurt Marathon and, taking into account participants in the various parallel events, 26,826 were running in total. The Mainova Frankfurt Marathon is an IAAF Gold Label race, the highest category in international road running.

             

 

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