Kenyan Kiprop Tuwei took his maiden marathon win on Sunday, after crossing the finishing line in 2:17:25 at the 4th Kampala International Marathon (9).
It had been anticipated that defending champion Isaiah Kosgei would be the favourite along with another Kenyan Michael Mutai, and perhaps also the winner of the first edition in 2004, Joseph Nsubuga of Uganda..
As anticipated Kosgei took charge of the leading pack, up to around the half way mark, with about ten runners, including Tuwei, Nsubuga, Mutai and Ugandan David Kiteria, younger brother to 2005 sixth place finisher in the 2005 World Championship marathon Alex Malinga, following.
However, with 5km to go, the group disintegrated with Tuwei taking the lead followed by Nsubuga and Kosgei, and this order never changed till the finishing line was crossed.
“It was a tough course. I hope to come back next year,” said Tunei after the race. The Kenyan has a 2:15:06 PB from the 2005 Nairobi marathon.
In the women’s event Priscal Jemero led from the start and won in 2:48:47, and was followed by her fellow Kenyan Rispa Kimayo with Uganda’s Grace Muzaaki.
Half Marathon - Toroitich beats Kiprop
After losing to Isaac Kiprop in the National Road Running Championship three months back, Martin Toroitich, elder brother to Commonwealth 10,000m gold medallist Boniface Kiprop, broke away from the leading pack to win the Half Marathon in 1:04:25.
“I had trained hard for it. I think I have started to regain my form,” said Toproitich, who added that he was eyeing a place on the national cross country team.
Jane Suuto, the winner of last year’s marathon won the women’s Half Marathon with ease beating a field of other Ugandan and Kenyan runners to the top prize.
“I had an injury and felt that I could not push hard in the marathon. That is why I opted for the half marathon.”
Kipsiro and Adero take 10km titles
Uganda’s World 5000m bronze medallist Moses Kipsiro sprinted home in 28:49, to beat a strong 10km field. However, he lacked the challenge of Geofrey Kusuro, who was 10th in the World Junior XC race this year, who fell and was injured at the start of Sunday's 10km. He had only minor injuries.
Adero Nyakisi, an upcoming long distance runner from the Prisons Services club won the 10km women's race in 34:33.
Katende Norman Ssemakula for the IAAF
1 Kiprop Tuwei (KEN) 2:17:25
2 Joseph Nsubuga (UGA) 2:18:6
3 Isaiah Kosgei (KEN) 2:18:51
4 Micah Chumo (KEN) 2:19:56
5 Michael Mutai (KEN) 2:21:37
1 Martin Toroitich (UGA) 1:04:25
2 Isaac Kiprop (UGA)1:04:32
3 Bellor Mingwo (KEN) 1:05:04
1 Moses Kipsiro (UGA) 28:59
2 Abraham Kiplimo (UGA) 29:08
3 Isaac Ayeko (UGA) 29:10
4 Benjamin Kiplagat (UGA) 29:15
5 Isaac Kipyego (UGA) 29:35
1 Priscal Jemelo (KEN) 2:48:47
2 Rispa Kimayo (KEN) 2:51:58
3 Grace Muzaki (UGA) 2:55:04
1 Jane Suuto (UGA) 1:17:21
2 Annet Chelangat (UGA) 1:20:29
1 Adero Nyakisi (UGA) 34:33
2 Emily Chebet (UGA) 35:32
3 Nancy Temuko (UGA) 36:11