Kipruto tops marathon race

Published on 18/05/2009

By Ernest Ndunda and Mutwiri Mutuota

Amos Choge Kipruto is the new winner of this year’s Mombasa International Marathon.

Kipruto, who won bronze in last year’s Anova Marathon in Germany, broke free from a group of six pace setters after 30km and led to the finish in 2 hours, 13 minutes and 44 seconds.

The new champion, who comes from Afro Athletics club of Kapsabet, said he realised the pace setters had started experiencing Mombasa’s humid conditions and took advantage to zoom off unchallenged.

“I was my first time taking part in the Mombasa International marathon and I had to ensure I kept pace especially with the defending champion, Peter Mutua, who knew the route well for 30km before I took over the driving seat”, said Kipruto in an interview at the Treasury Square where the event started and ended.

Winners of 42km race received Sh50,000 while the winners of 10km event got Sh10,000. The second slot went to the immediate former champion Peter Mutua of Machakos Athletics Club. Mutua came second in a time of 2:17.02.

More Energetic

“Kipruto was more energetic after covering 30km and he deserved to win,” said Mutua who promised to reclaim the title next year.

Peter Njoroge, who entered as individual, timed 2:18.22 for third. In women’s 42km race, Lelly Jeptoo of Kapsabet’s Spira Athletics Club won in 2:54.38.

“The race was challenging but I thank God for having guided me from the start to the finish”, said Jeptoo after completing the race.

Rebecca Tallam (individual entry) was second after clocking 2:54.53, while Sylvia Jemeli (individual) was third in a time of 2:57.20. In men’s 10km race, Salim Saiti (individual entry) won after clocking 33.32.04, while Kenneth Kipkemboi (individual) and Isack Gichuhi (individual) timed 33.42.01 and 33.57.45 for second and third slots.

Women’s 10km

Women’s 10km event was won by Miriam Musengya from Ngong’s Mashambani Athletics Club in 41.04.14, while Usila Koech (individual) timed 43.26.82 for the second position. Cecilia Warutuno (Kenya Methodist University) settled for the third slot in 44.41.79. The marathon was co-sponsored by Athletics Kenya (AK) and the New KCC.

Meanwhile, AK will meet today to seek a replacement for Rita Jeptoo in the national women’s marathon team for Berlin World Championships. Jeptoo, the 2006 Boston Marathon winner was sensationally named to the final squad for the August World event by the federation despite being in the family way, with delivery expected soon.

Speaking to Fever Pitch, AK chairman, Isaiah Kiplagat, said: “We found this out on Friday after naming the team. We will meet to decide her replacement.”

“We have enough quality runners to take up her place in the team.”

It would have been Jeptoo’s second appearance at the World event after finishing seventh in the Helsinki edition in 2005. Helena Kiprop, Martha Komu, Risper Kimaiyo and Irene Kimaiyo were also named to the women’s squad.

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