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Derara Hurisa beats Leonard Langat to lift the Vienna City Marathon title

Ethiopia’s Derara Hurisa stole the show at the 38th edition of the Vienna City Marathon that was held on Sunday (12) in Vienna, Austria.

Hurisa took charge at the 400m to go leaving Leonard Langat with no option as he surged to cut the tape 2:09.22 with Kenyan coming home in second three seconds later.

Ethiopi’s Betesfa Getahun closed the first three podium finishes in 2:09.42



  1. Derara Hurisa       (ETH) 2:09.22
  2. Leonard Langat    (KEN) 2:09.25
  3. Betesfa Getahun  (ETH) 2:09.42

Langat Sibbling Rivalry plays out in Sotokoto Race

The Langa’t’s sibbling rivalry was brought on the of the Sotokoto Safari Marathon 10km race course as Lang’at  brothers dominated the ninth edition of the event at  the Kenya Agricultural Livestock and Research Organization (KALRO) in Muguga, Kiambu County on Sunday.

Leonard, the younger Langat beat his elder brother Kipkurui into the second place by breasting the tape in 32:40.

Kipkurui returned 32:48 to be placed second as Justus Musyoka settled for the last podium finish place in 34.24.

The Bomet based Leonard winner of the 2016 Sotokoto and Masai Mara half marathons broke away from the leading pack after 2km and didn’t look back, leading all the way to the finish line.

The winner who was placed second in CBC marathon in Netherlands and fourth in Barcelona this year said he was using the race to prepare for the Shanghai Marathon in November.

The Venloop Half Marathon champion Naomi Jebet from Elgeyo Marakwet won the top honours in the women’s 10km race.

Jebet stopped the timer in 38.02 beating her closest challenger Ruth Karanja into second place in 38.09 as Edna Mutahi was third by clocking 38.38.

Jebet who was placed fourth in the last edition of the Sotokoto Marathon 21km race said she didn’t expect to win the race but was contented with results.

“I expected to get a podium finish place but not a win after discovering that there was no half marathon which I had prepared for and there was only 10km race on offer,” she said.

Lilian Nga’ng’a wife to the Machakos County Government Governor Dr Alfred Mutua participated in the race and managed to clock one hour and twenty four seconds

The race started at KALRO main field then the course headed to ACK Church, Kandegwa NurserylSchool, Genetic Research Institute, passed by the Savanah Land grass, Veterinary Science Research Institute, Kikuyu CDF Nguriunduti Police Post, Utafiti Primary School, Nguriunduti Primary School, KALRO Main Gate, Fairlawns Primary School before finishing at the main field.


  1. Leonard Langat 32:40
  2. Kipkirui Langat 32:48
  3. Justus Musyoka 34:24


  1. Naomi Jebet 38:02
  2. Ruth Karanja 38:09
  3. Edna Mutahi 38:38

Wanjiku wins Zwolle Half Marathon in style

Kenya’s William Wanjiku took top honors at the 17th edition of the Zwolle Half Marathon that was held on Saturday (9) in Zwolle, Netherlands.

Wanjiku who hails from Mwea led a 1-2-3-4 Kenyan finish the East African Nations took charge of the race.

Wanjiku who came with a personal best of 1:03.52 that he got at this race last year after finishing in fifth place faced a fierce battle from Gilbert Bii, Peter Kwemoi who was last year’s first runner up and Leonard Langat.

Wanjiku held on to the two Kenyans and cut the tape in 1:01.31 and was followed by Bii who crossed the line in 1:02.12 with Kwemoi closing the first three slots in 1:02.28.

William Wanjiku with Fancy Chemutai, the winners of the 2018 Zwolse Half Marathon.Photo: Tom Wildvank

“Am grateful to God considering that last year I was position five and today I have won the race,” said Wanjiku.

Leonard Langat and Felix Chemonges from Uganda wrapped up the top five positions when they crossed the line tied together in 1:03.11 and 1:03.11.

The race course record of 1: 00.37 that was set in 2016 by Richard Kiprop who won the same race three times in row remained intact



  1. William Wanjiku  (KEN) 1:01.31
  2. Gilbert Bii              (KEN) 1:02.12
  3. Peter Kwemoi        (KEN) 1:02.28
  4. Leonard Langat     (KEN)  1:03.11
  5. Filex Chemonges   (KEN) 2:03.11