Lawi Kiptui

Kiptui wins the Stockholm marathon

Kenya’s Lawi Kiptanui won the 40th edition of the Stockholm marathon that was held on Saturday (2) in Stockholm, Sweden.

Kiptanui came to this race with a personal best of 2:13.21 that he got in Lyon in 2017 beat a strong  field that include Bazu Worku from Ethiopia who was the fastest runner on paer with a pb of 2:08.30 that he got early this year in Houston.

The25 year-old put on one of the most extraordinary victories in the history of the Stockholm Marathon when he led a 1-2-3 Kenyan podium finish as he cut the tape in 2:13.30 failing by three minutes to beat the course record of 2:10.58 that was set by fellow country-mate Stanley Kipchirchir Koech two years ago.

Lawi Kiptui and Yuki Kawauchi pose for a photo after winning the 2018 Stockholm marathon. Photo: Organisers

He aimed at 2.10 in Stockholm, but got “satisfied” with the victory. “It’s a bad city break. “I just focused on winning, it was a good race,” Kiptui said.

Kipkirui was followed a distant later by Dominic Kimwetich who crossed the line in 2:16.22 with Stephen Kiplimo closing the podium three in 2:17.01.

The 2018 Boston marathon winner Yuki Kawauchi from Japan could not the fire of the three Kenyans finishing in fourth place.

LEADING RESULTS

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  1. Lawi Kiptui               (KEN) 2:13.30
  2. Dominic Kimwetich (KEN) 2:16.22
  3. Stephen Kiplimo       (KEN)  2:17.01

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