Kenyan runners steal spotlight in Trinidad Marathon

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PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) –Runners from Kenya stole the spotlight by capturing the top prizes at the 33rd annual T&T International Marathon staged over the weekend.

Leah Kigen who was born in Kenya but based in Mexico successfully defended her female title while her countryman Hilary Kipchirchir Kimaiyo won the men’s division.

Kigen stopped the clocked at 3:01:13 and in the male category Kimaiyo, who also resides in Mexico won in 2:23:39. Mark Kipkosgei Chepses, another native of Kenya secured the second spot in the male division recording a time of 2:24:09.

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“Last year, it was so competitive. The weather was not bad like today. In the morning it was raining. So that was a problem. It was very humid,” said Kigen.

“I used to train two hours, three hour per day because I was preparing to come and run a good marathon in Trinidad”.

Kelvin Johnson of Guyana captured the half marathon in 1:15:17 while Trinidad and Tobago’s Tonya Nero, won in the female category for the third straight year recording a time of 1:20:25.

60 runners from sixteen countries took part in the marathon.-jamaicaobserver.com

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