Kigen, Chirchir triumph at Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon

Kigen, Chirchir triumph at Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon

Alphonce Kigen and Everlyne Chirchir are the winners of the 20th edition of the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon held Sunday in the capital.

For the third year in a row the races started and finished at the Uhuru Gardens along Langata Road with the event attracting over 22,000 participants.

Kigen triumphed in 2:10:18 in the men’s race ahead of Moses Mwangi who finished second in 2:10:26 with Patrick Kipchirchir settling for third in 2:11:59.

"The race was somehow comfortable and I did not face alot of competition. I believe with good training you can achieve good results," said Kigen who finished second in 202.

Making his debut over the full marathon, Mwangi was impressed with his second-place finish.

"I was making my debut and it has shown me I can make in marathon," said Mwangi.

In the women's event, Chirchir clocked 2:24:31 ahead of Martha Simiyu who finished second in 2:26:45 with Aurelia Cherotich coming home third in 2:26:49

"I had prepared well for the last three months. Last year I won half marathon and this year I decided to try the full marathon. My target is to compete at the marathon majors," said the Keringet-based Chirchir.

Justus Kiprop took top honours in the men's 21km race after clocking 1:02:39 ahead of Jackson Kipleting (1:02:43) a d Asbel Kiplimo (1:03:02) who placed second and third respectively.

"I had trained very well and I was ready for today's race. I am happy to have won. I started racing last year and I am now looking forward to the next race," said Kiprop.

Iten-based Jackline Chelal reigned supreme in the women's half marathon after timing 1:11:18

Edith Chepchumba finished second in 1:11:55 with Nancy Jepleting clocking 1:12:18 to finish third.

"I was not expecting to win in my first time competing in this race. This is part of my preparations for Valencia Marathon," said Chelal.

Stanley Njihia took the men's 10km title in 28:36 with Loice Chemnung claiming the women's title in 31:54.

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