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Kibiwott and Kipkemoi are best Kenyans as Kiptum is honoured at Rotterdam marathon

Viola Kibiwott and Kenneth Kipkemoi were the best Kenyans at today’s Rotterdam marathon held in the Netherlands.

Making her debut in marathon, Kibiwott clocked 2:20:57 to finish second in the women’s race won by Ashete Bekere of Ethiopia in 2:19:30.

Kibiwott was followed by Sally Kipyego (2:22:46) and Emily Chebet (2:24:49). Pascalia Jepkosgei (2:24:56).

Kipkemoi finished 4th in a race won by home boy and the reigning Olympic Games marathon silver medallist Abdi Nageeye who won the men’s race at 2:04:45.

Ethiopians pair of Amedework Walelegn and Birhanu Legese completed the podium after coming home in second and third in 2:04:50 and 2:05:16 respectively as Kipkemboi was fourth in 2:05.43  with Enock Onchari fifth in 2:06:07.

The race started with a minute’s silence in honour of the late Kelvin Kiptum with his wife Asenath Rotich presented with a special trophy courtesy of Zepp Health, the company behind the AmazFit Cheetah Pro watch.

All runners in Rotterdam also proudly donned a black ribbon in memory of Kiptum while his running number (No. 1) had been retired by race organisers in honour of the fallen world marathon record holder.

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