Chelimo, Kipkoech stun loaded Baringo Half fields
Published on: November 05, 2016 06:53 (EAT)
Fukuoka Half runner-up Edith Chelimo prevailed over a strong field led by 2012 World Half Marathon bronze winner- Pascalia Chepkorir- to soar victory in the women’s race of the 2016 Lotto Foundation Baringo Half Marathon in Kabarnet on Saturday. Isaac Kipkoech took a share of the honours when he motored to victory in the corresponding men’s race as both winners scooped Ksh200,000 (USD2000) each for beating the competition to submission along a twisting scenic course. Koech prevailed over a potent cast that included Osaka 2007 IAAF World Championships marathon winner, Luke Kibet and seven-time IAAF World Cross runner, Hosea Mwok Macharinyang. Chelimo breast the tape in 71:02 while Kipkoech stopped the timer at 62:51 to seal victory. “Victory came as a surprise for me because I just came to participate. This is my first victory here although I have been a regular participant and I’m happy to have won,” Chelimo said post-race. “I dedicate the win to my daughter Sherry Cheptoo, who turns two in two months time,” she added. Lucy Cheruiyot (71:42) led the challengers’ home ahead of Birmingham World Half Marathon bronze winner; Chepkorir (71:55) who rounded the podium in the close battle for the finish. Esther Chelang’a (73:04), Naomi Rotich (73:14) and Lydiard Orange (74:27) followed in that order to round the top-six. In the men’s race, Kipkoech continued his sparkling domestic form after recently winning the Chemususu Half two months ago when he dropped second-placed Kirui Chesang (63:08) for the convincing win with Sammy Kurui placing third in 63:16. “The victory has also inspired me after I dropped out of the Toronto Half Marathon in Canada last month,” pointed out Kipkoech. Kennedy Rimengia (63:30) finished just outside the medals ahead of Macharinyang who clocked 63:37 for fifth with Kibet timing 63:44 in sixth. Philemon Cheboi (64:08), Samuel Naibei (64:24), Shadrack Kiplagat (64:28) and Barnes Koskei (64:55) rounded off the top ten in that order. The races started at Kabartonjo and took the athletes through sections of the cool Ossen Forest before finishing in Kabarnet Town.