The 10th edition of Marsden Madoka Half Marathon lived up to its billing after cross-country prodigious John Mwangangi and imminent Winfrida Moseti fascinated athletics fans with unequaled victories over the weekend.
Mwangangi headed a high profile line-up of fellow cross country professionals Hosea Macharinyang, Hosea Nailel and Nicholas Kipkemboi during the Saturday road grooming to ascend the rostrum first despite solid rivalry.
“The course was a bit slippery after the overnight rain and I had to rain cautiously to avoid sliding. But I had to keep the pace with others. It was tougher this year because of big names coming,” said the champion after securing the second crown over the event after winning in 2009.
Mwangangi, who is based in Machakos, Southern Region, strode to victory in one hour six minutes to pocket the top prize of Ksh250, 000 while his close opponent Nicholas Kipkemboi followed in one hour six minutes and fifty-eight seconds to claim Sh100, 000.
Cross-country great Hosea Macharinyang, who finished second during the 5th Laikipia University Half Marathon early this month, came third, clocking 1:07.00 during the Safaricom Sponsored race held at Ngerenyi Farmers Training Centre in Wundanyi, Taita Taveta.
Hosea Nailel, Ismael Kalale and Michael Chesire followed in that order after finishing in 1:07.24, 1:07.28 and 1:08.33 during the event witnessed by Sports Cabinet secretary Hassan Wario.
The women race category was used as the launching pad for upcoming with 19-years old Winfrida Moseti taking the steering wheel of success.
Moseti, from Kisii in Nyanza South region, triumphed after attacking the not-so easy course in one eighteen minutes and twenty-three seconds to claim the top reward.
“This race has acted as my moral booster as I focus on bigger things to come. I intend to win 10,000metres at the next year’s Olympic trials,” announced the youth champion.
Moseti, who trains with Keroka Sports Camp, was followed a minute later by Lucy Cheruiyot from Central Rift who clocked 1:19.23 while Eunice Kioko of Southern and Agnes Jepkogsei (South Rift) returned 1:19.27 and 1:19.34 for third and fourth.
Madoka Half Marathon, an initiative of former Cabinet Minister and Amateur Boxing Chair Marsden Madoka, is the second high profile athletics event that is annually hosted by the Coast Region after The Mombasa International Marathon that was held on 27th of September.
Men Half Marathon:
1. John Mwangangi 1:06.00
2. Nicholas Kipkemboi 1:06.58
3. Hosea M Macharinyang 1:07.00
4. Hosea Nailel 1:07.24
5. Ismael Kalale 1:07.28
6. Michael Chesire 1:08.33
7. Dominic Kimwetich 1:08.58
8. Philemon Kacherian 1:09.28
9. Leonard Kipkoech 1:09.31.
10. Simon Muturi 1:10.0
1. Winfrida Moset 1:18.23
2. Lucy Cheruiyot 1:19.23
3. Eunice Kioko 1:19.27
4. Agnes Jepkosgei 1:19.34
5. Chepng’eno Langat 1:19.59
6. Maryanne Wangari 1:20.21
7. Susan Kosgei 1:20.49
8. Risper Chebet 1:21.29
9. Helen Nzembi 1:22.00
10. Judy Chebet 1:22.41.
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