Kenya’s Kibor clinches Cape marathon
by TINTSWALO BALOYI
CAPE TOWN – KENYAN international, Willy Kibor, has beaten a cluster of international competitors to win the revived Sanlam Cape Town Marathon.
In the men’s category, the Kenyans won all first five positions while Ethiopians dominated the female category – winning first and second positions among other high finishes.
All top five positions for men were filled by Kenyans comprising the overall winner Kibor (2 hours 10 minutes 45 seconds), Henry Chirchir (2:12:39), Josphat Kamzee (2:13:05), Shadrack Kemboi (2:14:19) and Hillary Yego (2:15:33).
Countryman Desmond Mokgobu, came seventh on 2:16:17 while compatriot Africa Moloila was ninth at a time of 2:18:01. Lesotho’s Mtoloka Nkhabutlane came tenth on a time of 2:18:43.
In the female category, Ethiopia’s Meserest Biru clocked 2:31:00 to win the race while her compatriot Goitetom Tesema came second on 2:31:59.
Kenya’s Beatrice Jepkemboi came third on 2:33:20, but fourth, fifth and sixth positions were won by Ethiopians comprising Amelework Bosho, Netsenet Achamo and Melka Mulu respectively.
South Africa’s Zintle Xiniwe and Paulina Njeya came seventh and ninth while Zimbabwe’ Thabita Tsatsa was tenth.
The organisers could not reveal the prize money for all the winners except for the male’s number one, pocketed R250 000 (about $25,000).
– CAJ News
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