Maina tri­umphs

Ny­eri County run­ner and Je­bet pre­vail in Mom­basa Marathon

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports - BY PHILIP ONYANGO/

Paul Maina and Nancy Je­bet emerged the win­ners at the 2016 Sa­fari­com Mom­basa In­ter­na­tional Marathon held in Mom­basa County yes­ter­day.

Maina took the men’s ti­tle in a time of 2:12:13 fol­lowed by Sam­son Bor ( 2:12:50 ) as De­clerk Omari closed the podium places in a time of 2:12:79. James Tal­lam ( 2:13:00 ), Luka Che­limo ( 2:13:06 ) and Sammy Kip­too ( 2:13:10 ) com­pleted the top six list.

Je­bet won the women’s race in a time of 2:40:01, fol­lowed by Sheila Che­bet in 2:44:09 with Win­nie Frida, scoop­ing the bronze medal in 2:44:25.

Three-time Sa­fari­com Lewa Marathon cham­pion Fri­dah Lodepa missed out on a podium fin­ish, clock­ing 2:45:19 for fourth while Mon­ica Mengich 2:46:29 and Irene Mo­gaka capped the top six places.

Maina, from Ny­eri County, ex­pressed his ex­cite­ment in win­ning the race say­ing: “I was well pre­pared for this race de­spite the hot con­di­tions. I had to push my­self to the end and en­sure that I clinch po­si­tion one. The race was tough but I am in top shape. I will go back and pre­pare to par­tic­i­pate in the up­com­ing Madoka Marathon.”

Nancy Jep­kos­gei from Iten re­tained her 10km women’s ti­tle in 38:28, fol­lowed by Beatrice Rutta 38:52 with Njoki Ndungu com­ing in third in 39:15.

Joshua Kip­ko­rir topped the men’s 10km run in 32:16, fol­lowed by Pa­trick Mu­tunga in 32:30 and Stephen Mwenda in 32:48.

The win­ners of 42KM both men and women took home Sh400,000, Sh150,000 and Sh100,000. The or­gan­is­ers also in­tro­duced cash re­wards for the top ten lo­cal (Mom­basa-based) ath­letes as part of mo­ti­va­tion to for par­tic­i­pat­ing in ath­letic events.

Sa­fari­com, who has spon­sored the marathon for the 11th year now, gave Sh2.5 mil­lion for this year’s edi­tion as part of the Sa­fari­com Ath­let­ics Se­ries. The Sa­fari­com Ath­let­ics se­ries will move to El­doret for the Ndaalat Gaa Cross Coun­try Race set 15th Oc­to­ber.

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Paul Maina, (0351) dur­ing the Mom­basa In­ter­na­tional Marathon yes­ter­day.

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