Kenya’s Wesley Kiptoo took the bronze medal at the 86th edition of the Manchester Road Race on Thursday (24) in Manchester, Connecticut, United States.
The 23 year-old who also won the King of the Hill, that attracted $1,000 prizemoney, finished in third place two seconds behind the winner Conner Mantz who came to this race as an underdog but ended up crashing the old course record of 21:16 that had been set by Edward Cheserek from Kenya in 2018 with a new course record and personal best of 21:04. Mantz who won the 2020 and 2021 NCAA Division 1 Cross Country championships was closely followed by Morgan Beadlescomb who crossed the line a second later with the Kenyan closing the podium three finishes.
Andrew Colley finished in fourth place in 21:07 while the race favorite Hillary Bor crossed the finish line in fifth in 21:15
In the women category, Eritrea-born now U.S.A citizen, Weini Kelati defended her title as she took the honors in a time of 23:38 with Jessa Hanson coming in second in 24:20 as Taylor Werner closed the podium three in 24:26.
The Dibaba sister, Anna was forced to settle in fourth place with Calli Thackery coming home in fifth in a time of 24:28 and 24:37 respectively.
- Conner Mantz (USA) 21:04
- Morgan Beadlescomb (USA) 21:05
- Wesley Kiptoo (KEN)21:06
- Andrew Colley (USA) 21:07
- Hillary Bor (USA) 21:15
- Weini Kelati – 23:38
- Jessa Hanson – 24:20
- Taylor Werner – 24:26
- Anna Dibaba – 24:28
- Calli Thackery – 24:37