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Stephen Kiprop wins as Ethiopians dominate RAK half marathon

Stephen Kiprop won the 13th edition of Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) half marathon held today in a race dominated by Ethiopians.

Former Barcelona marathon champion Valary Aiyabei Jemeli was the first Kenyan to cross the finish line in 5th position as Ethiopians swept the podium in a 1-2-3-4 positions on women category.

Little known Kiprop clocked 58:42 to calim the title ahead of Ethiopia’s Abadi Hadis (58:44) folowed by compatriot Fikadu Haftu (59:08).

It was all Ethiopian sweep in women’s race as Jemeli, the reigning Beijing marathon champion was in 5th position.

Ethiopia’s Senbere Teferi 65:45 defeated race favourite and world half marathon champion Netsanet Gudeta (65:45) to second position as Zeineba Yimer (65:46) came third with Degitu Azimeraw (66:07) in fourth in an all Ethiopian encounter.

Jemeli (66:1) in 5th place led former world half marathon record holder Peres Jepchirchir (67:36) to sixth as former world half marathon bronze medalist Paskalia Kipkoech Jepkorir was in 7th position timing (67:38) before Naomi Jebet in 68:19

Results

Men

  1. Stephen Kiprop (KEN)-58:42
  2. Abadi Hadis (ETH)-58:44
  3. Fikadu Haftu (ETH)-59:08
  4. Julien Wanders (SUI)-59:13
  5. Morris Gachaga (KEN)-59:22
  6. Mule Wasihum (ETH)_59″34
  7. Daniel Kipchuma (KEN)-59:36

women

  1. Senbere Teferi (ETH)-65:45
  2. Netsanet Gudeta (ETH)-65:45
  3. Zeineba Yimer (ETH)-65:46
  4. Degitu Azimeraw (ETH)-66:07
  5. Valary Aiyabei Jemeli (KEN)-66:14
  6. Peres Jepchirchir (KEN)-67:36
  7. Paskalia Kipkoech Jepkorir (KEN)-67:38
  8. Naomi Jebet (KEN)- 68:19

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