Kenya’s Edwin Soi took the took his second victory on Colombian soil at the 22nd edition of the Bogotà Half Marathon held on Sunday (02) in Bogota, Colombia.
Soi who took his first victory recently in Carrera del Pacífico in Cali on September 11, was the man on a mission as he battled for honors with Andrew Kwemoi from Uganda whom they stumbled due to Soi’s confusion, but fortunately they did not fall to the ground. The two took the race almost to the tape but the Kenyan emerged victorious after a powerful kick, cutting the tape first in 1:05.27. Kwemoi who beat the fastest man in 10,000m race this year, Kibiwott Kandie was forced to settle in second place as he came home two seconds later.
“I am very happy to win in Bogotá, but the route was very difficult and challenging. After winning in Cali it helped me to train in Paipa because it is also high up and it is a great place to train. I hope to return next year again to the Bogotá half marathon”, said Soi
Kenya’s Daniel Muindi Muteti finished in third place in 1:06.45.
Moroccan born-Spain National, Mohamed Reda and the reigning Commonwealth Games marathon silver medallist, Alphonce Simbu finished in fourth and fifth place in 1:08.13 and 1:08.18 respectively.
The race course record of 1:02.20 that was set in 2011 by Geoffrey Mutai from Kenya remains standing.
- Edwin Soi (KEN) 1:05.27
- Andrew Kwemoi (UGA) 1:05.29
- Daniel Muteti (KEN) 1:06.45
- Mohamed Reda (MOR) 1:08.13
- Alphonce Simbu (TZA) 1:08.18