Ugandan wins 12km in Kenya
Posted Monday, October 28 2013 at 01:00
It was Mutai’s second victory in a Kenyan race.
Ever since Stephen Kiprotich won gold at last year’s London Olympics, Uganda seems to have Kenya’s digits in road running. Yesterday, Ugandan Solomon Mutai beat a number of Kenyans to finish best in the 21km category of the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon.
Between those two feats, Mutai won the Safaricom Mombasa International Marathon just a fortnight after Kiprotich had claimed marathon gold at the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships in Moscow in August.
At the weekend, Mutai took first place in a time of one hour, two minutes and 54 seconds and was followed by Joel Kipkemei (1:03.07) and Mathew Kiprotich (1:35.04) in second and third positions respectively.
The half-marathon victory earned the 20-year-old from Bukwo a cash prize of Ksh. 150.000 (Shs4.5m). In the women’s category, Goretti Chepkoech beat
Agnes Chebet and Pascalia Jepkorir took first position.
Kenneth Mung’ara and Winfridah Kwamboka are overall winners at the 42km distance.
Mung’ara clocked two hours, 12 minutes and 28 seconds to take home Ksh.1.5m (Sh45m) while Hosea Korir finished second.
Meanwhile, Police’s Fred Arapsudi (1:16:36) edged UPDF’s Dickson Huru (1:16:42) to win the National Half Marathon Championships men’s title in Kapchorwa at the weekend. Vanice Chemutai of Prisons (1:37:04) took the women’s title ahead of the evergreen Irene Chemusto (Prisons) who clocked 1:41:00.