Seurey pre­vails

Je­la­gat over­comes dis­ap­point­ment to tri­umph at the Nairobi marathon

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports - BY WIL­LIAM NJU­GUNA/

Je­la­gat Seurey put away the dis­ap­point­ment of last year’s Stan­dard Char­tered marathon to win the women’s Stan­dard Char­tered Nairobi In­ter­na­tional Martha­ton this time round.

A year ago Seurey pulled out of the event af­ter suf­fer­ing an an­kle in­jury but lady luck was around to smiled on her this year as she cruised to vic­tory in 2:34:18.

Re­cho Kos­gei came sec­ond in 2:35:11 fol­lowed by Rose Maru third in 2:37:22 .

The lead­ing pack broke away from the rest of the field at the 15 kilo­me­tre mark paced by Ke­len Waithera, Lucy Livoga and Eu­nice Kioko but they soon faded with Maru and Kos­gei charg­ing to the front at the half­way point with Seurey join­ing them.

The three ath­letes were joined by Shelmith Muriuki and Emily Samoei at the 25 kilo­me­tre mark with the warm con­di­tions ideal for run­ners.

Seurey stole a match on her ri­vals with seven kilo­me­tres to go and she never looked back as she paced her­self to vic­tory.

“I’m happy for win­ning last years I had to drop out but ev­ery­thing came to­gether to­day I kept on check­ing to see who was be­hind when I pulled away but they could not re­spond” added Seurey. Seurey fin­ished sec­ond in this year’s Sao Paulo marathon and hopes to get an in­vite to the big city marathons next year.

Reuben Li­maa car­ried the day in the mens half marathon by clock­ing 1:02:53 and pock­et­ing kshs 150,000 with Do­minic Kipye­gon com­ing home sec­ond in the event in a time of 1:03:14 with Ken­neth Rotich third in 1:03:27. Betty Lom­bus won the womens cat­e­gory in 1:12:26 with Ruth Chep­ngetich sec­ond in 1:14:13 and Pen­ina Chep­chumba third in 1:15:13.

In the 10 kilo­me­ter race Gil­bert Korir topped the hon­ours in the mens cat­e­gory by post­ing 29:28 with Stan­ley Kar­iuki sec­ond in 29:42 with Ezekiel Yego third in 30:08

In the womens cat­e­gory Faith Chep­koech was placed first in 33:38 with Judy Cherotich 34:39 with Ed­i­nah Koech third in 35:12.

In the wheel­chair cat­e­gory Sa­muel Ngige clic­n­hed the cat­e­gory in 1:27:58 with for­mer cham­pion Caleb Odiyo sec­ond in 1:38:23 with Thomas Wak­wabubi fin­ish­ing third in a time of 1:42:32.

In the women’s cat­e­gory Caro­line Wan­jira emerged the win­ner by reg­is­ter­ing 2:08:11 with Ra­hel Alar sec­ond in a time of 2:18:09 with Asiya Su­ruru third in 2:20:03.


Seurey Je­la­gat wins the 42 km Women Stan­dard Char­tered Nairobi Marathon./

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