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Dominic Ondoro wins the Grandma’s Marathon

Kenya’s Dominic Ondoro ran the second fastest course time at the 45th edition of the Grandma’s Marathon held on Saturday in in Duluth, Minnesota, in the United States.

Ondoro who broke Dick Beardsley’s longstanding event record of 2:09.06 in 2014 for his first win in Duluth, came back with a bang with his first competitive race since 2019 when he ran away with the top honors in a time of 2:09.34 and was followed by his compatriot Sammy Rotich who crossed the line in 2:10.07 with James Ngandu closing the podium three finishes in a time of 2:10.17.

“It’s emotional to come back here. I like the way people cheer us and interact with us. That’s what makes me come back and run here,” said Ondoro.

Four times Grandma Marathon winner, Elisha Barno and Cj Albertson from the United States finished in fourth and fifth place in a time of 2:10.22 and 2:10.52 respectively.

The win for Ondoro also extends the winning streak of Kenyan men at Grandma’s Marathon to eight, dating back to his first victory in 2014.

LEADING RESULT

42KM MEN

  1. Dominic Ondoro     (KEN0 2:09:34
  2. Sammy Rotich          (KEN) 2:10.07
  3. James Ngandu          (KEN) 2:10.17
  4. Elisha Barno             (KEN) 2:10.22
  5. Cj Albertson              (USA) 2:10.52

Sammy Rotich wins Austin Marathon in style

Kenya’s Sammy Rotich took top honors at the 30thh edition of the Austin Marathon that was held on Sunday (20) in Austin, Texas.

Rotich was registered and all set to run Sunday’s Austin Half Marathon, but on Saturday, he made a last-minute decision and switched to the full 26.2-mile marathon.

Rotich, a half-marathon specialist who has won the Lincoln Half Marathon seven times, held off former Longhorns ace Will Nation and fellow Kenyans Elijah Saolo and Jackson Limo.

Saolo set the pace in the early miles, cruising through five kilometers in just more than 16 minutes, and hung on to his lead at the 10K mark, passed in 32:01. But by 15K, the real race began as Saolo fell back and a duel between Nation, 29, and Rotich, 35, took shape, with Limo trailing in third.

Rotich had to battle Nation at the finish line but he too superior with the kick to cut the tape in a new personal best of 2:14.24.

“I knew the course was hilly, so I thought I’d run around 2:20. But the cool weather really helped, said Rotich, who plans to run Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Minn., in June. “It’s my fastest marathon and my first marathon wins. I’m so happy,” said Rotich.

Nation from the United States was forced to settle in second as he crossed the line in a time of 2:15.32.

Limo closed the podium three finishes in a time of 2:21:25

Rotich pocketed $3,000 with second and third taking home $2,250 and $1,200 respectively.