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Aburi Morang’a and Faith Bett run away with Nyamira Great Run titles

Aburi Morang’a and Faith Bett ran away with the fourth edition of the Nyamira Great Run series that was held on Friday (12) in Nyamira County.

Morang’a took the top honors in a time of 29:51.28 and was followed by Felix Boera who crossed the line in 29:32.29 with Richard Atuya closing the first three podium finishes in 30:19.29.

Enock Onchari and Evans Mayaka finished in fourth and fifth place in 30:29.15 and 30:34.81 respectively.

In women’s race, Bett won the title when she clocked 36:15.52 beating Teresa Omosa to second place in 36:50.31 with Christine Oigo finishing in third in 37:14.41.

Gladys Otero and Tecla Nyabuto took the fourth and fifth place in 38:12.15 and 39:21.94 respectively.

Winfridah Moseti wins the 10km Nyamira North Road Race

Winfridah Moseti used her road experience to bag the title at the 3rd edition of the 10km Nyamira North Road Race that was held on Sunday (31) in Esanige Stadium, Nyamira County.

The 24 year-old recently finished ninth at the Generali Milano Marathon where she clocked a personal best of 2:27.44, surged ahead of her main challenger Nancy Kerage to cut the tape in 33:34.32. Kerage came home a distant later in 36.02.66.

The first edition winner that was held at Ensoko in Borabu Christine Oigo closed the first three podium finishes in 36:24.76.

LEADING RESULTS

10KM WOMEN

  1. Winfridah Moseti      33:34.32
  2. Nancy Kerage             36:02.66
  3. Christine Oigo           36:24.76

Oigo wins Gdynia Half Marathon in style

Kenya’s Christine Oigo won in style the 3rd edition of the ONICO Gdynia Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (18) in Gdynia, Poland.

Oigo who was second in both 2016 and 2017 races has won four half marathons and had improved her personal best twice, to 1:11.50 in Warsaw, where she finished third, and then 1:11.32 in taking victory in Podgorica.

The 32 year-old made history as she led from the gun to tape as she cut the tape in 1:13.54 and was followed by  Ruth Matebo who is also from Kenya in 1:13.58 with Ethiopia’s Meseret Merine who came to the race with a personal best of 1:12.52 from Pune in 2015 closing the podium three positions in 1:16.31.

LEADING RESULTS

WOMEN

  1. Christine Oigo (KEN) 1:13.54
  2. Ruth Matebo (KEN) 1:13.58
  3. Meseret Merine (ETH) 1:16.31

Maiyo to defend his title at Gdynia Half Marathon

Defending ONICO Gdynia Half Marathon champion Hillary Maiyo and last year’s runner-up Christine Oigo will start as favourites at the third edition of the IAAF Bronze Label road race on Sunday (18).

This year’s edition took on new significance after Gdynia was chosen to host the 2020 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships. A field of nearly 7000 runners will be headed by a strong international elite group, featuring both familiar and new names.

The race may not have a long history, but Maiyo has already become a repeat winner, taking victories in both 2016 and 2017, the former in a course record of 1:02:41. In recent years, the Kenyan has raced prolifically in Poland, with more than a dozen half marathon victories, including six in 2017 alone (with two of them coming on consecutive days).

His fastest race, however, came in Austria with 1:01:05 for third place last year in Krems. That time also makes him the fastest on paper among the field in Gdynia.

Ben Somikwo is the second fastest of the entrants. The Ugandan set his 1:01:12 personal best when he finished second in Reims in 2015. Since then, he bettered 1:02 in both 2016 and 2017.

Zelalem Mengistu, like Maiyo, has been a regular feature on the Polish road-running circuit and is also a repeat visitor to Gdynia, having finished in runner-up position last year. That, along with a best of 1:02:37, makes the Ethiopian another one of the strong contenders for top positions.

Poland’s Marcin Chabowski will be hoping to keep pace with the leading contenders. The 2005 European U20 steeplechase champion has in recent years been Poland’s top half marathon specialist. While his best of 1:02:26 dates back to 2011, he has been successful over the distance more recently with a fourth-place finish at the 2016 European Championships and wins in Poznan and Warsaw last year.

Other possible contenders in the race include Kenya’s Abel Rop, whose best of 1:02:43 was set in Tirana last year, and Spain’s El Hassan Oubaddi, who ran 1:02:51 to finish second in Seville this January.

OIGO HOPING FOR THIRD TIME LUCKY

Kenya’s Christine Oigo, like her compatriot Maiyo, has a history in Gdynia, with second places in both 2016 and 2017, and will be hoping to go one better on this occasion. The hopes are well founded; since last year’s race, she has won four half marathons and improved her personal best twice, to 1:11:50 in Warsaw, where she finished third, and then 1:11:32 in taking victory in Podgorica.

The strongest challenge to her is likely to come from two other runners. Her compatriot Ruth Matebo set a PB of 1:13:26 for second place in Zagreb last year, but that may be due for revision after she set a big personal best of 2:32:15 at this year’s Marrakech Marathon.

Ethiopia’s Meseret Merine, with a best of 1:12:52 from Pune in 2015, is the other strong challenger.

Viktoriya Khapilina, fourth in last year’s race, will also be back to try to improve on her position, although the Ukrainian’s fastest time of 1:14:22 in Bila Tserkva last year puts her some way behind the three other main contenders in the race.

Poland’s best hopes rest with 2013 world 5000m finalist Dominika Nowakowska, who has a half marathon best of 1:12:37 set in Warsaw in 2015.