Kenya’s Simon Kamau Njeri took the top honors at the 17th edition of the Treviso Marathon that was held on Sunday (27) in Marca, Italy.
The 34 year-old who came here with the fastest time on paper of 2:14.50 that he got last year at Mytho Marathon faced his compatriot Tatiya Karbolo who tried to pull away from the later at the 22km but he managed to hold onto his pace.
The two Kenyans went hand in hand until the 30km mark when Njeri pulled away from karbolo and he never relinquished the pace cutting the tape in 2:15.37 with Karbolo coming home in second place a distant later in a time 2:22.12.
“I am very happy for the victory, I did my best – said the driver of the Austrian team Run2gether – today it was very hot and the last kilometers, which were beautiful, were very hard. I would have liked to run faster, but the joy for the victory is great”.
Italian Edgardo Confessa closed the first three podium finishes in a time of 2:29.17
Njeri has been an orphan since the age of 12, when he is not at the Run2gether team’s training camp in Kiambogo, lives with his two younger sisters and his grandmother in Nyahururu, where he helps in the small family agricultural business.