Kenya’s Erick Kiptanui won the 26th edition of the EDP Lisbon Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (11) in Lisbon, Italy.
From the start to the first turn, a stretch of about 7km, the runners forged on with a tailwind, but over the next ten they faced a headwind, with the final four again run with the wind. Until that second turn point, more than 15 runners remained in the lead group. Only after the 17th kilometre did the race begin to change.
The 28 year-old held on and cut the tape in 1:00.05 in his first marathon race.
“I must thank the organisation for inviting me and trusting that I can run at this level. I think I could have achieved a better result if there were no strong wind.
“In future races I believe I can run under one hour, and of course, if I return to Lisbon I’m sure I will run faster than today, because this is a great course.”
Eritrean Yohanes Gebregergish came in second with a personal best of 1:00.16, and was followed by another Kenyan Morris Gachaga who came in third with a personal best of 1:00.17.
Another debutant from Kenya Nicholas Kosimbei crossed the line in fourth place in 1:00.21, ahead of the experienced Atsedu Tsegay, a late hour entrant, who clocked 1:00:28, and world record holder Zersenay Tadese, who was sixth with 1:00:29, faster than he ran in Marugame last month.
1. Erick Kiptanui (KEN) 1:00.05
2. Yohanes Gebregergish (ERI) 1:00.16
3. Morris Gachaga ( KEN) 1:00:17
4. Nicholas Kosimbei (KEN) 1:00:21
5. Atsedu Tsegay (ETH) 1:00:28