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Gideon Kipsang defends his title at Bangor 10k

Kenya’s Gideon Kipsang took top honors at the 4th edition of the Bangalor 10K that was held on Saturday (29) in Castle Park, Bangor, Northern Ireland.

Kipsang who was defending his title had to fight with marathon maestro and Olympian Kevin Seaward who pushed him to tape but the Kenyan managed to hold him to finish in a neck and neck photo finish.

The 29 year-old put up a sprint finish to cut the tape in 30:21 with Seaward coming in second with the same time.

Declan Reed closed the first three podium finishes in in 30.57.

In the women’s race, Jessica Craig was first across the line in a time of 36.44 and was followed by Gladys Ganiel who crossed the line 37.13. Laura Bickerstaff came in third in 38.03.

Kipsang to face a stronger challenge in Bangor 10k

Triple Belfast Half Marathon champion Gideon Kipsang Kimosop will face Commonwealth Games marathon athlete Kevin Seaward in tomorrow’s Bangor 10k which has yet another huge entry in excess of 1,000 runners.

Last Sunday 29-year-old Kenyan Kipsang was unchallenged in the Deep RiverRock Half Marathon where he enjoyed a three minutes plus winning margin against modest opposition.

Things may be a little different in Bangor where he will be defending his title against marathon maestro Seaward of St Malachy’s who will be making one of his rare competitive appearances in the Province.

The 32-year-old, who lives in Manchester, has enjoyed his most successful year ever. He was an outstanding fourth in the Gold Coast Games Marathon in April, followed by an impressive 15th place as first Irish finisher in the European championships in Berlin in August.

However, as the Bangor distance may be a little short for Seaward, Kipsang remains favourite to retain his title. He ran a PB of 30 minutes three seconds last year, one of the fastest ever times over a difficult course.

A strong men’s field also includes Slieve Gullion’s Paddy Hamilton who was runner-up a year ago. Also in the field are North Belfast’s Mark McKinstry – fourth last year – and club mate Andrew Annett who is racing next week in the Commonwealth Half Marathon in Cardiff.

In the ladies event Beechmount’s Gerri Short, who won the Belfast Half earlier this week, plus North Down pair Jessica Craig and Rachel Gibson, are likely to be in the title hunt.

Source: belfasttelegraph.co.uk