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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.

Rono breaks course record at Lattelecom Riga Marathon

Kenya’s Georgina Jepkirui Rono lived to her expectations as the favourite when she broke the course record at the 26th edition of the Lattelecom Riga Marathon that was held on Sunday (20) in Riga, Latvia.

The 37 year-old, was the clear class in the women’s field, building a two-second lead by 5km, and extending it to 11 at 10, reached in 33:47.

Georgina Jepkirui Rono on her way to break the course record of Lattelecom Riga Marathon on Sunday

Rono passed the 21km mark in 1:11.31, nearly a minute-and-a-half clear of her nearest competitor. This was Rono’s fastest performance since 2014 and the fourth fastest of her career.

The Kenyan held on with a four minute lead to cut the tape in a new course record of 2:28.32 erasing the previous record of 2:31.46 that was set by Ethiopian Bekelech Bedada Daba.

Ethiopia’s Tigist Teshome took second position in 2:32.46 with another Kenyan Pauline Njeri Kahenya closing the podium three in 2:34.41.


  1. Georgina Rono   (KEN) 2:28.32
  2. Tigist Teshome   (ETH) 2:32.46
  3. Pauline Kahenya (KEN) 2:34.41

Rono favorite to lift title at Lattelecom Riga Marathon

Kenya’s Georgina Jepkirui Rono will start as favourites at the 26th edition of the Lattelecom Riga Marathon that will be held on Sunday (20) in Riga, Latvia.

The 37 year-old, has a pair of high profile podium finishes to her name, second place in Frankfurt in 2012 where she clocked her 2:21.39 career best, and a third place finish in Boston earlier that year. She can also boast of victories in Eindhoven and Hannover. More recently, she was third at the Dongying Marathon in 2017 clocking 2:28.52.

Rono will battle with last year’s runner-up Kikuyo Tsuzaki of Japan, whose 2:31.32 career best came on this course in 2017. Two-time Warsaw Marathon winner Nastassia Ivanova from Belarus should also be a factor.

Rono comes to this race with a personal best of 2:21.39 that she got at Frankfurt in 2012, but ran season best of 2:28.03 that she got last month when defending her Warsaw title.

Ethiopian Tigist Teshome, will also be on the start line as comes with her lifetime best of 2:29.57 that she got at the Castellon Marathon in February.