Kenya’s Visiline Jepkesho and Cyprian Kotut were dominant winners at the 40th edition of the Paris Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on Sunday morning (3).
Jepkesho, 28, scooped the biggest win of her career to date, coming home in 2:25:52 to take victory ahead of Ethiopians Gulume Tollesa (2:26:14) and Dinknesh Mekasha (2:28:12).
Kotut, meanwhile, followed in the footsteps of older brother Martin Lel – a three-time champion at the London Marathon – when speeding to victory in 2:07:11 ahead of Kenyan compatriots Laban Korir (2:07:29) and Stephen Chemlany (2:07:37).
Kenya’s Violah Jepchumba carved almost four minutes off her personal best when taking victory at the Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon on Sunday morning (2), an IAAF Gold Label Road Race. The 26-year-old came home in 1:05:51, the fourth fastest time in history on a record-eligible course.
On what was a calm, cool day in the Czech capital, the men’s race was won in equally convincing fashion by Daniel Wanjiru, the Kenyan overcoming a mid-race fall to take victory in 59:20 in a race where the top five athletes finished within 60 minutes.
James Kwambai and Caroline Kilel both required sprint finishes to take victory at the Daegu Marathon on Sunday (3), the Kenyans recording wins in 2:10:46 and 2:27:39 respectively at the IAAF Silver Label Road Race.
With Ethiopians winning the men’s and women’s titles in Daegu for the past two years, the Kenyans were keen to resume their dominance at this year’s event, and pre-race favourites Kilel and Kwambai made good on their reputations, running at the front throughout and dismissing their rivals with impressive turns of speed on the final run to the line.
Ernest Kiprono Ngeno and Brigid Kosgei scored a Kenyan double at the 16th edition of the Suissegas Milan City Marathon on Sunday morning (3), an IAAF Bronze Label Road Race.
Ngeno crossed the finish line in Corso Venezia in 2:08:15, missing his personal best set in Hengshui in 2015 by 18 seconds. Ishhimael Bushendich Chemtan finished runner-up in 2:08:20, just five seconds outside his personal best. Last year’s Milan Marathon winner Kenneth Mungara took third place in 2:08:38 improving his world masters over-40 record by four seconds with 2:08:38.
Mungara broke the masters record for the first time in last year’s edition of the Milan Marathon with 2:08:44 and improved it by two seconds to 2:08:42 in Gold Coast last July.
Samuel Mwaniki also dipped under 2:10 to finish fourth in 2:09:45 ahead of Samuel Rutto (2:10:04).
Brigid Jepcheschir Kosgei produced the major surprise of the day in the women’s race, crossing the finish line first in 2:27:45 to smash her previous personal best of 2:47:59, set in Porto last year, by 20 minutes.
Kenya’s Richard Mengich made a resounding return to form at the Berlin Half Marathon on Sunday (3), returning from injury and taking victory by over a minute in a personal best of 59:58.
His former countrywoman Elizeba Cherono, who has since switched nationality to the Netherlands, edged victory in a much closer contest in the women’s race, her time of 1:10:43 giving her a seven-second winning margin over Susan Jeptoo.