COPENHAGEN HALF MARATHON, DENMARK.
A group of 7 Kenyan athletes dominated Copenhagen Half Marathon, an IAAF Silver Label Road Race, on Sunday 18th September 2016 in the
men’s category in Denmark. The winner, James Mwangi Wangari finished the race in 59:07 setting the second fastest time in the world this
year and a new course record, taking off seven seconds from the course record set last year by Bedan Karoki. Bedan also in the race was among
the top Kenyans to finish the race in less than one hour. Coming in second in the race was Stephen Kibet in 59:28 followed closely by
compatriot Albert Kangogo who came in third in 59:29.
In the women’s category, Veronicah Wanjiru and Gladys Chesir combined forces to represent Kenya taking positions 3 and 4 in 1:08:06 and
1:08:20 respectively. The two were among top four competitors who had pulled away from the rest of the runners. Ethiopian Hiwot Gebrekidan
took position 1 in 1:08:00, followed closely by Eunice Chumba from Bahrain who took second position in 1:08:04.
- James Mwangi Wangari, KEN 59:07
- Stephen Kosgei Kibet, KEN 59:28
- Albert Kangogo, KEN 59:29
- Gilbert Masai, KEN 59:31
- Bedan Karoki Muchiri, KEN 59:36
- Abraham Cheroben Kiptum, KEN 59:36
- Edwin Rotich, KEN 59:54
- Hiwot Gebrekidan Gebremaryam, ETH 1:08:00
- Eunice Chumba, BRN 1:08:04 PB
- Veronicah Wanjiru, KEN 1:08:06 PB
- Gladys Chesir, KEN 1:08:20
DAM TOP DAMLOOP HALF MARATHON, NETHERLANDS
On the same date, 18th September, in Netherlands, Kenyans Alice Aprot and Edwin Kiptoo hoisted the Kenyan flag by taking the Dam top Damloop titles also an IAAF Silver Label Road Race.
Kiptoo who was defending his title was alone at the finish line and clocked 45:25, the fastest time in the world this year. He was followed by Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei and Eritrean Abrar Osman who clocked 45:38 and 46:12 respectively. Alice won in 51:59 followed by Bahrain Tejitu Daba who clocked 52:34. Kenyan Lucy Karimi, the winner of this year’s Prague Marathon, was third in 53:03.
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