Kenya athletes rule in Chicago
from MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI – KENYA has maintained its reputation as world beaters in long-distance running by as its athletes clinched top accolades at 26,2-mile race of the 37th Chicago Marathon.
Leading a team of victorious Kenyans was female sensation Rita Jeptoo, who romped to victory in a time of 2:24:35 while her male counterparts dominated the marathon race, collecting all first three top prizes.
In the men’s category, Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya won in 2:4:11 seconds before walking away with a whopping $155 000 for winning the 2014 Chicago Marathon while fellow countrymen, Sammy Kitwara and Dickson Chumba came second and third respectively.
The duo was second and third in separate times of 2:04:28 and 2:04:32 while Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele came fourth in a time of 2:05:51.
But it was Jeptoo, whose record in America has proved hot to handle when she won back-to-back both the Chicago and Boston in the two-year span.
By attaining that feat, she followed in the footsteps of her fellow countrywoman, Catherine Ndereba, who won between 2000 and 2001.
– CAJ News
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