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
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
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.
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
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.