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Birgen, Kemoi and Chelimo top Dakar half and marathon

Geoffrey Birgen and Doreen Chemutai won the Dakar marathon titles ran yesterday in Dakar, Senegal.

The Kenyans won by big margins against their opponents in a race that attracted many international athletes on the course.

Birgen won the men’s race in 2:16.46 beating fellow Kenyan Douglas Kipsanai Chebii to second in 2:20.39 and Luke Kibet coming third in 2:23.50 for Kenyan podium sweep.

Ugandan Chemutai won the women’s title in 2:46.48 after beating Ethiopian Tsegaw Selamawit getnet to second in 2:48.18 and Senegalese Mbaye Madjiguene was third in 3:39.17.

In the half marathon, it was an all Kenyan affair as Daniel Kemoi leading Ugandan Moses Kibet and Moroccan Mohcin outalla.  

Kemoi won in 64:20, Kibet followed in 64:43 Outalla third in 66:55.

In women half marathon, Sharon Chelimo was the victor in 73:15 beating Moroccan Fatiha Asmid to second in 74:39 and Kenyan Careen Mwetich third timing 77:26.

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