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El­geyo Marak­wet boy times race to per­fec­tion to clinch the ti­tle

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports - BY WIL­LIAM NJU­GUNA @mbote­s­ports

Robert Kip­kem­boi and Je­la­gat Seurey emerged win­ners of the 14th Stan­dard Charted Nairobi in­ter­na­tional marathon yes­ter­day.

Kip­kem­boi , trains in El­geyo Marak­wet and is coached by Eric Ki­maiyo, timed the race to per­fec­tion to win the men’s cat­e­gory in 2:13:27 to bag the Sh1.5m as Seurey posted 2:34:18 to clinch the win­ners’ prize.

Kip­kem­boi was in the sec­ond group of ath­letes as the first group led the early lead­ers with Sam­son Keiyo, Matthew Koech and Los An­ge­les marathon cham­pion Wel­don Kirui up­front.

Keiyo tried to at­tack at the 15 kilo- me­ter mark but Kirui and Vin­cent Kip­too reeled them in and were joined by Em­manuel Naibei as they ap­proached the 21 kilo­me­tre mark in warm con­di­tions. This made things in­ter­est­ing for the ath­letes.

Kip­kem­boi then surged to the lead group at the 25 kilo­me­tre mark with Mark Lok­wanamoi and Hil­lary Ki­plimo join­ing the top pack. Early pace­set­ters Keiyo, Koech and Kur­gat be­gan to tire and were fad­ing by the 30 kilo­me­tremark.

Ki­plimo stepped up the temp with ten kilo­me­ters re­main­ing but failed to shake off Kip­kem­boi and Lok­wanamoi who were now shoul­der to shoul­der. Soon the three could not be sep­a­rated and with four kilo­me­tres re­main­ing Kip­kem­boi surged to the front to open a 30 me­tre gap. This was a lead he would not re­lin­quish as he strode home to vic­tory.

Lok­wanamoi came home sec­ond in 2:14:08 with Hil­lary Ki­plimo fin­ish­ing third in 2:14:25 and Vin­cent Tanui home fourth in 2:14:37. Em­manuel Naibei fin­ished fifth in 2:14:40

As can be ex­pected Kip­kem­boi was de­lighted with the vic­tory.

“It was a tough race. For the first stint I stayed in the sec­ond group of run­ners. Af­ter the half­way point I de­cided to up the tempo. I tried to be in the lead and from there I was able to main­tain the tempo. I in­creased the pace in the fi­nal four kilo­me­tre” added Kip­kem­boi.

Kip­kem­boi said the win will boost him as he aims for the Sin­ga­pore marathon next month.

“This win will mo­ti­vate me as I ran in Sin­ga­pore next month.”

COUR­TESY

Robert Kip­kem­boi wins the 42Km mens Stan­dard Char­tered Nairobi Marathon at Nyayo Sta­dium Sta­dium in Nairobi on Oc­to­ber 30, 2016./

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