Kenya’s Fancy Chemutai was the star to watch at the 17th edition of the Zwolle Half Marathon that was held on Saturday (9) in Zwolle, Netherlands.
The 23 year-old who came to this race with a personal best of 1:04.52 that she got at the Ras Al Khaimah in February this year was the star threat to the course record of 1:08.22 that was set in 2011 by Flomena Chepchirchir.
Chemutai could not replicate the speed she had in February but managed to contain the threat of Ethiopian Bekelech Gudeta cutting the tape in 1:09.39.
Bekelech who came with a PB of 1:08.12 that she got in Valencia in March this year was forced to settle for the second position when she crossed the line twelve seconds later.
Former Kenyan Rose Chelimo now trading as a Bahrain citizen closed the podium three position in 1:10.59.
Ethiopia’s Tsehay Adhana and Alice Kibor from Kenya crossed the line in fourth and fifth in 1:14.08 and 1:15.31 respectively.
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.
“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