De­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Korir and Jemeli to skip this year’s Kass run in El­doret

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports -

BY MUIGAI KIGURU / Just as in pre­vi­ous edi­tions, the 2016 Kass Marathon will have new win­ners af­ter the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons opted out.

Al­bert Korir and Valery Jemeli won the 2015 edi­tion but have both sat out, with Korir hav­ing run Toronto Marathon just last month and Jemeli con­tem­plat­ing a go at the Va­len­cia Marathon. Both the Span­ish and Kass races will be held on Novem­ber 20.

“I will not de­fend my ti­tle since I ran on Oc­to­ber 6 at the Toronto Marathon. I wish suc­cess to those who will com­pete and may the best ath­lete win,” said Korir.

Jemeli said she was still in con­sul­ta­tion with her man­ager on which race to par­tic­i­pate in but the lat­ter has made his mind on the Va­len­cia run.

“We are still in talks but he prefers the Va­len­cia Marathon. He is the boss,” re­vealed Jemeli. The race, held in Uasin Gishu (El­doret) and Nandi (Kapsa­bet) coun­ties, will be cel­e­brat­ing the 10th edi­tion since in­cep­tion.

Over the pe­riod, the race has never had a con­sec­u­tive win­ner with Agnes Jep­kos­gei, the only dou­ble win­ner in 2012 and 2014.

Other win­ners in­clude Mag­da­lene Chemjor and Abra­ham Keter (2007), Ge­orgina Rono and James Che­boi (2008), El­iz­a­beth Chemweno and David Bar­ma­sai (2009), Mag­da­lene Mukunzi and Isaac Sigei (2010), Rita Jep­too and Paul Koech (2011), Wel­don Kirui (2012), Alice Che­la­gat and Thomas Ki­pla­gat (2013) and Philip Kan­gogo (2014).

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