UPCOMING Jackson Limo clocked 1 hour 2 minutes and 11 seconds to win the Machakos Half Marathon yesterday. In a closely fought race, Limo out-paced 2011 Africa senior men's 12km cross country champion John Mwangangi in a sprint finish to win the race. Mwangangi finished seven seconds adrift the winner after returning 1:02.18
The two athletes broke away from the rest of the pack with a kilometre to go, and exchanged leads several times before Limo unleashed a final kick to win the race.
Nicholas Kipchichir was placed third in 1:02.24 while Abraham Rotich came home fourth in 1:02.43. Patrick Ngwata completed the top five places in 1:23.28 while Nicholas Kamakya placed sixth in 1:24.54.
In the ladies category, Agnes Katunge emerged the winner after registering 1:13.41. Pauline Kapuke came home second in 1:14.48 with Pauline Wanjiru completing the podium in 1:15.55. Helen Nzambi was placed fourth in 1:16.43 with Anne Wabera fifth in 1:17.35.
Elsewhere, Steven Chepkopol came home second in the Beirut Marathon yesterday. Chepkopol clocked 2:13:14 to finish behind Ethiopia's Kedir Fekadu whop posted 2:12:57 to win the race. Another Kenyan William Kipsang placed third in 2:14:53.
In the women's category, Monica Jepkoech was placed second in 2:36:20 with Ethiopian Saeda Kedir taking top honours in 2:35:08. United States' Mary Akor finished third in 2:37:32.
The event attracted runners from 96 different countries and featured different races including marathon, relay race, 10-km fun run and 5-km youth run.