Sunday, November 20, 2016

Kenya's Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge wins men's Delhi Half Marathon

Reigning Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya won the men's race of Delhi Half Marathon in a fast time but below the course record while Ethiopia's Worknesh Degefa clinched the women's title today.Kipchoge clocked 59 minutes and 44 seconds to cover the 21.097km distance. 

Ethiopia’s Yigrem Demelash came second and Kenya’s Augustine Choge was third. In the women’s elite race, Degefa clocked one hour, seven minutes and 42 seconds to clinch the title ahead of fellow Ethiopian Ababel Yeshaneh and Helah Kiprop of Kenya. Reigning half marathon world champion Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya was fifth.

Winner of Indian elite mens category, G. Lakshmanan matched his exact Personal Best of 1 hour 04 minutes and 37 seconds, which he set in the 2013 edition of Delhi Half Marathon. M D Yunus came second and Man Singh third. In Indian womens category, Monika Athare achieved her Personal Best of 1 hour 15 minutes and 34 seconds by beating Sanjeevani Jadhav by a second. Pre-race favourite Swati Athare was third. 

Over 34 thousand participants from across the world were seen in action in the ninth edition of Marathon. 13 Rio Olympians, took part in the elite race category. The marathon features some of the biggest track and field and distance runners, with a total of 25 men and 18 women athletes from country participated this year.

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