David Kiyeng cap­tures Kosice marathon ti­tle

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International -

David Kem­boi Kiyeng of Kenya and Ethiopian Chaltu Tafa Waka cap­tured their re­spec­tive ti­tles at the 93rd Kosice Peace Marathon, an IAAF Bronze La­bel Road Race in Slo­vakia, yes­ter­day.

Run­ning in sunny and rapidly-warm­ing con­di­tions, Kiyeng clocked 2:08:58, the fifth fastest win­ning time in this east­ern Slo­vakia city, to be­come the 14th Kenyan win­ner at Europe’s old­est marathon.

With a 2:06:26 life­time best, the 33-year-old ar­rived in Kosice as the fastest in the field, ex­pe­ri­ence he said, that was the key to his vic­tory.

“My ex­pe­ri­ence was the de­ci­sive mo­ment,” said Kiyeng, who ran pa­tiently un­til mak­ing his de­ci­sive at­tack in the 38th kilo­me­tre.

“I was not ex­pect­ing we would be in a group of six at the 35th kilo­me­tre, and that later we would still have three. So I pushed. In my first race here I was very thank­ful for the sup­port from the crowd and I want to come back to at­tack the course record.”

The open­ing half went off at an hon­est clip, with pace-set­ters --and sub-2:10 run­ners-- Charles Cheruiyot and Richard Sigei bring­ing the lead­ers through the mid­way point in 1:04:09.

But with tem­per­a­tures ris­ing --which neared 20 C at the fin­ish-the sec­ond half went turned out to be a lit­tle slower (1:04:49).

Eli­jah Kem­boi, the win­ner here in 2011, was sec­ond in 2:09:24.

Tadesse Mamo of Ethiopia pro­duced a sur­prise, fin­ish­ing third in his de­but over the dis­tance –and in his first race in Europe– clock­ing 2:10:17.

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