The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Kipketer, Mengwa the Best At Sotokoto

The Standard Chartered Mumbai (India) Marathon champion Valentine Kipketer won the Sotokoto Safari 21km race in Nairobi, yesterday.

Valentine breasted the tape in 1:10.36 at Uhuru Gardens to win the 2013 half marathon title.

"I'm very happy with my performance. It was a tough race towards the end but I just managed to push myself. In future, with better training, I'm definitely looking to go under 2:20 in the full marathon," said Valentine.

Valentine's time in Mumbai actually the third fastest in the World this year behind the top two from the Houston Marathon, Merima Mohammed (2:23:37) and Buzunesh Deba (2:24:26).

Eindhoven (Netherlands) marathon course record holder and Udine (Italy) 21km champion Georgina Rono was placed second by timing 1:10.51 as Kass marathon runners up Purity Kimeto finished in third spot by returning 1:12.26.

In the men's category, rookie Joseph Collins Mengwa won the top honours by stopping the timer n 1:01.32 to win ahead of national cross country senior men's 12km race champion Philemon Rono of Kenya Police (1:01.84) as Stephen Chemulani completed the last podium finish place by timing 1:02.06.

Dickoson Chumba who had finished third by clocking 1:02.04 was disqualified for cheating. This was the second time he has been sanctioned with the first being in the Standard Chartered Marathon Nairobi 21km race where he claimed to have won.

Nicholas Togom, a former continental cross country junior champion, son of former Olympian Some Muge was dethroned as the men's 10km champion by finishing third in 34:04.69 The event was won by Amos Kiplimo in 33:50.73 as Joseph Kiprop finished second in 34:00.21.

In the women's category Philemona Kipchirchir won in 39:23.05 followed by Joan Chelimo (39:52.12) with Peninah Kigen third in 39:59.00.

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