Kenya’s Lanny Rutto broke the race course record at the 3rd edition of the İzmir Marathon that was held on Sunday (16) in Izmir, Turkey.
Rutto took led 1-2-3 Kenyan podium finish as he chased the old course record of 2:09.35 that was set last year by Tsegaye Getachew from Ethiopia.
Rutto fought off his two compatriots, Meshack Kiprop Koech and Mathew Kemboi who gave him a hard time on the “Turkey’s fastest track” but he managed to hold them off at the 35km mar and forged ahead increasing his pace to run the remaining 7km alone to cut the tape in a new course record of 2:09.27 cutting off eight seconds from the previous course.
Koech came home in second place a distant later crossing the line in 2:11.21 with Kemboi closing the podium three finishes in a time of 2:13.03.
The first Turkey to cross the finish line was Yavuz Ağralı who came home in eight place in 2:20.02
- Lanny Rutto (KEN) 2:09.27
- Meshack Koech (KEN) 2:11.21
- Mathew Kemboi (KEN) 2:13.03
Kenya’s Stephen Kiprop took top honors at the 9th edition of the Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon that was held on Saturday (23) in Olomouc, Czech Republic.
The 19 year-old who came to this race with a personal best of 59:44, beat a strong and experienced field that included Jemal Yimer, who was second in Ras Al-Khaimah in United Arab Emirates in February in a time of 59:00 which was the fastest of four sub-60 runners in the men’s field.
He also had to contend with Kenyans Gilbert Masai (59:31), Justus Kangogo (59:31), and Abel Kipchumba (60:05).
With less experience against the best Kiprop pulled away late in the race to build a strong gap that could not be matched with rest, smashing off the course record of 1:00.17 that was set in 2014 by Geoffrey Ronoh, with a new course record of 1:00.15.
“The wind wasn’t as bad as it seemed at the start, though if it hadn’t been there at all, I could easily have run 30 seconds faster. Even so, I really enjoyed the race.”
Kiprop was followed closely by Ethiopian
Kiprop was followed closely by Ethiopian Yimer who crossed the line twenty two seconds later and Kipchumba closing the podium three finishes in 1:00.57.
Cheruiyot and Kangongo had to settle on fourth and fifth place in 1:01.00 and 1:01.34 respectively.
- Stephen Kiprop (KEN) 1:00.15
- Jemal Yimer (ETH) 1:00.37
- Abel Kipchumba (KEN) 1:00.57
- Evans Cheruiyot (KEN) 1:01.00
- Justus Kangogo (KEN) 1:01.34