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Vibian Chepkirui smashes the Vienna City Marathon course record

Kenya’s Vibian Chepkirui defended her title in style at the 38th edition of the Vienna City Marathon that was held on April (24) in Vienna, Austria.

The 27 year-old who failed to lower the course record last year when she took the honors, executed her pace well this year to erase the old course record of 2:22.12 that was set by Nancy Kiprop in 2019.

Chepkirui who had traveling challenges last year, took charge of the race at the 10k mark with a split time of 33:11 which pointed to a 2:20 finishing time. She was six seconds ahead of fellow-compatriots Ruth Chebitok and Viola Yator.

Chepkirui wasn’t able to keep the pace due her husband, Wesley Kangongo who had an issue with his shoe lace but he managed to push her back to course time.

The 2018 Gold Coast Airport Marathon champion, Ruth Chebitok, who is one of our biggest and loyal fun increased her pace leaving behind Viola Yator and playing a rabbit role behind the defending champion.

Chepkirui stayed calm from 35km mark until around one kilometer to go when she stepped on the gas pedal leaving Chebitok gasping for air and setting a new course record and a personal best of 2:20.59.

“I am very happy to have won with a course time here in Vienna. I will come back next year and my goal will be to run under sub to 2:18,” Chepkirui concluded.

Chepkirui led 1-2-3 Kenyan podium finish as she was followed by Chebitok who crossed the line in second place with a life time best of 2:20.59 with Sheila Jerotich closing the podium three finishes in a time of 2:23.01.

Ethiopia’s Urge Diro Soboka and Caroline Kilel came home in fourth and fifth place in a time of 2:27.13 and 2:29.29 respectively.

LEADING RESULTS

42KM WOMEN

Vibian Chepkirui   KEN 2:20.59

  1. Ruth Chebitok    (KEN) 2:21.03
  2. Sheila Jerotich    (KEN) 2:23.01
  3. Urge Soboka        (ETH) 2:27.13
  4. Caroline Kilel      (KEN) 2:29.29
  5. Viola Yator           (KEN) 2:30.40
  6. Teresiah Omosa   (KEN) 2:31.44

Lemi Berhanu and Wanganesh Mekasha notch Ethiopian Double in Hengshui

Pre-race favourite Lemi Berhanu of Ethiopia lived up to expectations to register a convincing victory in the men’s race while his compatriot Waganesh Mekasha rallied to take the women’s title at the 2018 Hengshui Lake International Marathon, an IAAF Silver Label road race, in Hengshui, China, on Saturday (29).

Berhanu clocked 2:08:51 while Mekasha upset a strong field in 2:25:57, a lifetime best.

Berhanu was the star attraction in the field, with a personal best of 2:04:33 from the 2016 Dubai Marathon and with marathon titles from Boston, Dubai, Xiamen and Zurich under his belt. It was his first appearance in Hengshui and the 24-year-old stayed in the leading group patiently for the first half of the race before making his move near 30 kilometres.

He broke clear for a sole lead and soon extended the margin to more than 20 metres. When he reached the 36 kilometres mark in 1:48:40, Berhanu was still well on track to challenge the course record of 2:07:38 set by Ethiopian Markos Geneti in 2014.

However, it seemed Berhanu’s focus was just on the win instead of the record. With a comfortable lead in hand, Berhanu eased down in the final kilometres. Running relaxed, he even started his celebration on the home stretch, breaking the tape in 2:08:51 with a smile on his face.

It was Berhanu’s third marathon victory in China following his 2:13:10 win at the 2014 Taiyuan Marathon and the 2:08:27 victory in Xiamen last year.

Herpasa Negasa, another Ethiopian, finished second in 2:09:14, improving his career best by 63 seconds. Kenya’s Dominic Ruto finish third in 2:09:49, which is 41 seconds slower than his PB set in Rome last year.

The 26-year-old Mekasha upset a quality field, which included sub-2:25 runners Workenesh Edesa of Ethiopia and Kenyan Caroline Kilel as well as past winner Meseret Legese..

Mekasha emerged triumphant from a two-woman duel in the last five kilometres. She and her countrywoman Edesa led the race to 38 kilometres before the 26-year-old Edesa, whose PB of 2:24:04 was set in her victory at the 2016 Xiamen International Marathon, pulled away and soon built an advantage of some 15 metres.

But Edesa didn’t enjoy the sole lead for long. Mekasha reeled in Edesa metre-by-metre and passed the latter at the 40 kilometre mark. Looking back to check Edesa’s position from time to time, Mekasha left no chance for her rival to turn the tables. She kept pushing ahead and wrapped up the victory with the second fastest winning time in the race’s seven-year history, 14 seconds shy of the 2:25:43 course record set by Kenya’s Agnes Jepkemboi Kiprop in 2015.

It was the second victory of the year over the classic distance for Mekasha and also the second time for her to improve her lifetime best in 2018. Five months ago the rising Ethiopian cut more than 17 minutes off her PB to win the Padova Marathon in 2:29:18. Since her marathon debut in Singapore in 2014, the efficient Mekasha, who was the fourth finisher in the U20 race at the 2011 World Cross Country Championships, has collecting three titles from four races.

Edesa finish second in 2:26:28, which was the first marathon she finished since she took the second place in Xiamen last January.

Gebiyanesh Ayele clocked 2:26:54, improving her PB by five and a half minutes, to complete a sweep of podium for Ethiopia. It is the first time for Ayele to dip under the 2:30 barrier whose previous PB of 2:32:25 was achieved from her third finish at the 2017 Guangzhou Marathon.

Kipkurui, Chelimo bag titles at Kisii Marathon

Nicodemus Kipkurui and Joan Chelimo are the winners of the 9th edition of the Safaricom Kisii Half Marathon.

Running in cold and wet conditions, Kipkurui clocked 62:39 minutes to win the men’s race while Chelimo crossed the finishing line in 72:25 to win the women’s edition as the event live up to it’s reputation of producing new winners every year.
The 24 year old father of one who trains in Iten took charge of the race at Getare on the Kisii-Chemosit road with five kilometres to the end and never looked back, relegating early leaders Nobert Kigen and Emmanuel Bor to second and third places.
“I tried to urge them on because when you run as a group, it’s easier but when I saw that they are not willing, I decided to go for it. I’m happy I won the race,” Kipkurui said.
While dedicating the win to his wife Scholar Chemutai, Kipkurui added: “The course was good and the weather perfect which is similar to where I train.”
Kigen finished second in 62:56 while Bor was third clocking 63:13. Kipkorir Birir returned home fourth in 63:16 with Edwin Mokua taking the title of the first local runner to cross the finishing line in fifth place. Mokua clocked 63:19 ahead of Bernard Ngeno ( 63:19 ) while race favourite Sammy Nyokaye finished a distant seventh in 63:26.
“Last year, I finished second but I’m unhappy with my performance here. However, I will not rest but continue to train hard,” said Mokua. was sixth while Last year’s winner Joseph Koech pulled out midway through the race after suffering a stitch.
Chelimo winner of Prague half Marathon in April triumphed in the women’s category after clocking 72:25 minutes, followed by Joy Kemuma ( 72:35 ) while Lydia Njeri was third crossing the finishing line in 73:50.
Chelimo, the fourth fastest woman in half marathon said: “I’m happy for the win despite running in a hilly course. I enjoyed running in Kisii for the first time.”
She dedicated the win to her husband Jullan de Maria and daughter Arriana Kechei. “The two have supported me throughout my athletics career,” she said.
Experienced marathoner Georgina Rono settled for fourth in 73:52 as Risper Chebet came home fifth in 73:59. Another veteran runner, Caroline Kilel, was relegated to sixth in 74:69.
Last year’s winner Philes Ongori finished 15th. She said she was using the event to prepare for Rochelle marathon in France on November 25.
Winners in each category received Sh100, 000 with runners up getting Sh50, 000 and third placed athletes Sh30, 000. Top three finishers in the masters and children’s events also received cash awards. The race started and finished at Kisii Primary. It took the athletes to Omogonchoro in Nyamira County then back to Kisii County.