The Langa’t’s sibbling rivalry was brought on the of the Sotokoto Safari Marathon 10km race course as Lang’at brothers dominated the ninth edition of the event at the Kenya Agricultural Livestock and Research Organization (KALRO) in Muguga, Kiambu County on Sunday.
Leonard, the younger Langat beat his elder brother Kipkurui into the second place by breasting the tape in 32:40.
Kipkurui returned 32:48 to be placed second as Justus Musyoka settled for the last podium finish place in 34.24.
The Bomet based Leonard winner of the 2016 Sotokoto and Masai Mara half marathons broke away from the leading pack after 2km and didn’t look back, leading all the way to the finish line.
The winner who was placed second in CBC marathon in Netherlands and fourth in Barcelona this year said he was using the race to prepare for the Shanghai Marathon in November.
The Venloop Half Marathon champion Naomi Jebet from Elgeyo Marakwet won the top honours in the women’s 10km race.
Jebet stopped the timer in 38.02 beating her closest challenger Ruth Karanja into second place in 38.09 as Edna Mutahi was third by clocking 38.38.
Jebet who was placed fourth in the last edition of the Sotokoto Marathon 21km race said she didn’t expect to win the race but was contented with results.
“I expected to get a podium finish place but not a win after discovering that there was no half marathon which I had prepared for and there was only 10km race on offer,” she said.
Lilian Nga’ng’a wife to the Machakos County Government Governor Dr Alfred Mutua participated in the race and managed to clock one hour and twenty four seconds
The race started at KALRO main field then the course headed to ACK Church, Kandegwa NurserylSchool, Genetic Research Institute, passed by the Savanah Land grass, Veterinary Science Research Institute, Kikuyu CDF Nguriunduti Police Post, Utafiti Primary School, Nguriunduti Primary School, KALRO Main Gate, Fairlawns Primary School before finishing at the main field.
- Leonard Langat 32:40
- Kipkirui Langat 32:48
- Justus Musyoka 34:24
- Naomi Jebet 38:02
- Ruth Karanja 38:09
- Edna Mutahi 38:38