Kenya’s Duncan Koech won the 38th edition of the Sofia Marathon that was held on Sunday (10) in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Koech had to fight for the honors despite the rainy weather to cut the tape in 2:15.47.
He was followed a distant later with Mohamed Chabout from Morocco who pulled 2:16.42 with Turkeys Ahmet Alkanoglu closing the first podium finishes in 2:19.47.
Charles Maina from Kenya finished in fourth place in 2:53.33 with Rwanda’s Jean-Baptiste Simukeka finishing a distant eighth in 2:28.53.
In the women race Kenya was shown the dust as Erdal Tubay from Turkey took the top honors in 2:34.30 with home girl Militsa Mircheva coming in second in 2:35.03. Lilian Jelagat from Kenya finished in third in 2:38.31 to take the bronze medal.
Two more Kenyans, Agnes Keino and Naomi Jebet finished in fourth andfifth place in 2:40.58 and 2:41.04 respectively.
- Duncan Koech (KEN) 2:15.47
- Mohamed Chabout (MAR) 2:16.42
- Ahmet Alkanoglu (TUR) 2:19.47
- Charles Maina (KEN) 2:25.33
- Erdal Tubay (TUR) 2:34.30
- Militsa Mircheva (BUL) 2:35.03
- Lilian Jelagat (KEN) 2:38.31
- Agnes Keino (KEN) 2:40.58
- Naomi Jebet (KEN) 2:41:04