Kenya’s Antony Kimtai took the top honors at the 16th edition of the Porto Half Marathon held on Sunday (17) in Porto, Portugal.
The 25 year-old led a 1-2-3 Kenyan podium finis in a race that was dominated by the East Africa Nation that swept the entire first to fifth place positions.
Kimtai who came to this race with the fastest time on paper of 1:00.43 that he got on his debut at Semi Marathon de Lille in March of this year, lived to the race expectations when he cut the tape first in a time of 1:01.39 with the most experienced Mike Kiptum Boit who also knew this course well as he won this race in 2018, taking second place three seconds later.
The reigning Generali Maratón Málaga champion Barnaba Kipkoech closed the podium three finishes in a new personal best of 1:01.54.
The 23 year-olds Kipsambul Kimakal who was making his debut over the distance and Jamal Kiprono came home in fourth and fifth place in respective time of 1:02.42 and 1:02.55.
The race course record of 59:30 set twelve years ago by Eritrea’s Zersenay Tadese remain standing.
- Antony Kimtai (KEN) 1:01.39
- Mike Boit (KEN) 1:01.42
- Barnaba Kipkoech (KEN) 1:01.54
- Kipsambul Kimakal (KEN) 1:02.42
- Jamal Kiprono (KEN) 1:02.55