Kenya’s Geoffrey Ronoh brazed the bad weather conditions to beat 2012 Olympic marathon champion at 17th edition of the Wörthersee Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (26) in Worthersee, Netherlands.
Ronoh and Kiprotich could not allow the bad weather to hinder their quest for victory as they ran side by side as they further pulled away from the crowd at the 17km mark.
Ronoh who is the course record holder with 59:45 that he set in 2014 produced a powerful kick near the finish line to cut the tape in 1:01.31 with the Ugandan crossing the line a second later.
Laban Korir the winner of the 2015 edition was forced to settle in third place as he crossed the line in 1:02.20.
Hillary Kiprotich and Hillary Kimaiyoboth from Kenya took fourth and fifth place in 1:03.10 and 1:03.25 respectively.
Kenya again prevailed in the women race as Agnes Chebet took the first position in 1:12.40.
- Geofrey Ronoh (KEN) 1:01.31
- Stephen Kiprotich (UG) 1:01.32
- Laban Korir (KEN) 1:02.20
- Hilary Kipsambu (KEN) 1:03.10
- Hilary Kimaiyo (KEN) 1:03.25