ATHLETICS

Boston marathon: cheers, murmur as Kenyans lose their titles

Athletes gathered in Kapsabet recorded mixed reactions as Kenyan runners surrendered their title to Japanese and American citizens in today’s Boston marathon ran in the United States of America.

 2017 champions Geoffrey Kirui and Edna Kipagat lost their titles to Japanese Yuki Kawuchi and USA’s Desiree Linden in men and women races respectively.

Kawuchi won the race in 2:15:54 as Linden took the honours timing 2:39:54 to end the 33 year’s long wait for homegrown to win the race.

But last year’s winner Kirui of Kenya was placed second. in 2:18: 21 as Kenyan-born turned American Shadrack Biwott was placed third in 2:18:32. And no Kenyan woman was in top five positions with Kiplagat placed eighth in 2:47:14.

Athletes who attended the Viewerthon, the event that organises for top and young athletes to watch the world marathon majors in north Rift region said that Kenyan runners could have done better but the rainy course was the major hindrance for the performance.

Today’s event was successful courtesy of Anti Doping Agency of Keny (ADAK), Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and the Bank of Africa.

Fresh from finishing second at Paris Marathon, Mathew Kisorio said that weather played a big role in today’s results.

“Kenyan athletes were in great shape and fitness but the weather in USA was to blame for their dismal performance,” said Kisorio.

 

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