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Alex Ekesa name missing even after winning Albany Snickers marathon

Kenya’s Alex Ekesa took the top honors at the Albany Snickers marathon that was held on Sunday (6) in Boston, United States.

The race organisers failed for not identifying the marathon winners name when they posted their final results pitting Alex as anonymous winner.

Ekesa while speaking exclusively to athletics.co.ke, was feeling let down that he had not be recognize for his efforts. “I really feel bad that I can win such a big race and my name not to appear on the results list but what is appearing is an anonymous winner,” said Ekesa.

The Albany Snickers marathon Race Results Screen shot

Ekesa battled for honors with his fellow country-mate David Too and Ethiopian Birhanu Kemal. The Kenyan took charge of the race at the 30km mark but Too managed to stick with him for the next 9km but as progressed towards the finish he gave a kick of his lifetime that his opponent could not handle cutting the tape in a time of 2:21.03 with Too crossing the line in second place fifty five seconds later.

“I feel so proud of the win in this race just two months from very bad injury that had seemed to shutter my dream down. So it’s a great comeback for me. Its so far my PB,” Ekesa said.

“One reason I’m being so proud mostly is that I have never lost in all the 3 marathons I have run here in the USA. Last year I won two after all the other big races on my list were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” Ekesa concluded.

Kemal was forced to settle in third place after coming home three minutes later with a time of 2:25.25.

United States Connor Roche and Russell Brown finished in fourth and fifth place in a time of 2:28.32 and 2:29.22 respectively.

In the women category, Hirut Guangul from the United States took the honors in a time of 2:35.36 with Purity Munene from Kenya coming home in second place with a time of 2:48.04.

United States Amy Hines crossed the line in third place in 2:54.15

Ekesa and Guangul each took home a cool $3,000 for winning both races.

LEADING RESULTS

42KM MEN

  1. Alex Ekesa          (KEN) 2:21.03
  2. David Too           (KEN) 2:21.58
  3. Birhanu Kemal   (ETH) 2:25.25
  4. Connor Roche    (USA) 2:28.32
  5. Russell Brown    (USA) 2:29.22

 

LEADING RESULTS

42KM WOMEN

  1. Hirut Guangul        (USA) 2:35.36
  2. Purity Munene       (KEN) 2:48.04
  3. Amy Hines             (USA) 2:54.15

David Too debuts and lifts the IMT Des Moines Marathon title

Kenya’s David Too made his marathon debut memorable as he beat an experienced field to lift the IMT Des Moines Marathon that was held on Sunday (17) in Des Moines, Iowa.

Too had come to this race with a personal best of 1:06.07 over the half marathon and was expected to run that same distance at the IMT Des Moines races Sunday, but he changed his mind after a good half marathon workout three days before the event.

Too, the native of Eldoret, rallied past fading 2017 IMT winner Luke Kibet with approximately 7km to go and forged ahead with a powerful kick to cu the tape a new personal best of 2:16.19.

The race course record of 2:12.19 that was set in 2014 by Philip Lagat from Kenya remained intact.

“I had that endurance,” Too said. “It’s about mental work. You have to change your mind, your attitude.”

Too is pursuing a master’s degree in sports management at Florida A&M, his university before transferring to Iowa State before the 2018-19 indoor track season. He made a special trip to Iowa for this race and was thrilled to bring the first IMT marathon win in history to his squad, the orange-clad Runablaze Iowa team.

“Runablaze has been supportive to me,” Too said. “That’s why for most races I am flying from Florida to run with them.”

For Kibet, it was another painful marathon result. Last month, he and another runner were in charge of the Quad Cities Marathon last month when they both went off course near the halfway point and were disqualified. On Sunday, another problem materialized. The Kenyan began to feel pain in his groin and he slowed to a 5:17 pace over the final 10 kilometers.

“Around 10 miles, it started from there,” Kibet said. “When David caught me, I told him I have a problem in my leg.”

Kibet’s time of 2:18.08 was nevertheless 3:24 faster than his winning effort from 2017.

In the women race, Ethiopian Hirut Guangul defended her title as she fought off a spirited effort over the first 15 miles from former Des Moines Roosevelt and Drake University athlete Emma Huston to run 2:36.05. The race course record of 2:34.10 set in 2016 by Olga Kimaiyo remained intact.

“I push because I don’t know the lady,” Guangul said. “I don’t want to lose my first place. That for me motivated me more.”