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Dickson Nyakundi wins the Cremona Half Marathon

Kenya’s Dickson Simba Nyakundi took the top honors at the 19th edition of the Cremona Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (17) in Cremona, Italy.

Nyakundi led 1-2-3 kenyan podium finish as he cruised easily as he missed the race course record by thirteen seconds, crossing the line in 1:01.46. The race course record of 1:01.33 that was set six years ago by Solomon Kirwa Yego remained intact.

Nyakundi was followed a distant later by Paul Tiongik who pulled 1:03.21 with Hosea Kimeli Kisorio closing the first three podium finishes in 1:03.38.

Kipkorir Birir also from Kenya finished in fourth in 1:03.55.



  1. Dickson Nyakundi   (KEN) 1:01.46
  2. Paul Tiongik             (KEN) 1:03.21
  3. Hosea Kisorio           (KEN) 1:03.38
  4. Kipkorir Birir            (KEN) 1:03.55

Matthew Samperu leads Kenya Clean sweep at Stralugano Half Marathon

Matthew Samperu led a Kenyan podium finish at the 14th edition of the Stralugano Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (29) in Lugano, Switzerland.

Samperu had to overcome his fellow Kenyan Maxwell Kortek Rotich at the last 500m by giving a final powerful kick and cutting the tape in 1:01.03 with Rotich coming home second in twelve seconds later.

James Murithi Mburugu also from Kenya closed the first three podium finishes in 1:01.22.

Yisma Antenyayehu Dagnachew from Ethiopia and Birir Kipkorir from Kenya were forced to settle on fourth and fifth place in 1:0138 and 1:03.32 respectively.



  1. Matthew Samperu             (KEN) 1:01.03
  2. Maxwell Kortek Rotich      (KEN) 1.01.15
  3. James Murithi Mburugu    (KEN) 1:01.22
  4. Yisma Dagnachew              (ETH)  1:01.38
  5. Kipkorir Birir                        (KEN) 1.03.32

Dismas Ewet and Peris Cherono take top honors at Mombasa Marathon

Dismas Ewet  and Peris Cherono were crowned the winner for the third time when he took the top honors at the Mombasa marathon that was held on Sunday (23) in Mombasa.

The octogenarian runner said he has achieved what he has been competing for in the last three years.

“I have tried in vain to win this race but today, my dream has come true. I have been competing here for the last three years and today I managed to win,” said the never give up man.

In his past events, Lotira finished third in the 2010 Antwerp Marathon, said he will continue training as he looks for a sponsor to help him take part in an international marathon outside the country.

Cherono won the women’s race in 2:30.44 and was followed by Alice Mogire of 2:32.43 with Elizabeth Rumolo closing the podium three finishes in 2:32.53.

The Iten based runner was lucky to collect the kshs 500,000 for her training in preparation for future international marathons

Planning to compete at next year’s Beijing marathon, the 28 year old had finished third at the Yellow River Marathon in China in May.


  1. Dismas Ewet Lotira  2:16:52
  2. Arit KIgen                  2:17:45
  3. Abraham Too             2:18:31
  4. Samson Kibor            2:19:13
  5. Evans Kiprotich        2:19:20


  1. Peris Cherono         2:30:44
  2. Alice Mogire           2:32:43
  3. Elizabeth Rumokol 2:32:53
  4. Pamela Chepkoech 2:33:26
  5. Pauline Mutua         2:33:40


  1. Stephen Mwendwa  33:17.39
  2. Daniel Kayiok           33:34.00
  3. Kipkorir Birir            33:40.16
  4. Philip Mulei              33:48.03
  5. Bethwel Biwott        34:14.82


  1. Naomi Jepngetich       35:14.17
  2. Nancy Rotich               35:16.05
  3. Judith Cherono            36:48.30
  4. Shauline Chepkirui     37:13.19
  5. Zipporah Eleman         37:22.43

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.