Kagongo, Yator triumph in Tegla Loroupe peace run

Kirui Chesang  (right)and Justus Kangogo (centre)  leading other athletes   in 21 KM Chemususu dam half marathon mens category  in  Eldama Ravine constituency, Baringo county on September 20,2014 . The two finished first and second positions respectively PHOTO: KIPSANG JOSEPH
Justus Kagongo (pictured) clocked a time of 29:13 to win the male category of the 13th edition of Tegla Loroupe peace run that took place yesterday in Kapenguria, West Pokot county.

Kagongo was followed by Julius Kalekem who finished second and in a time of 29.57 and with John Loitang coming third in 30.03.

The female winner in the race was Gladys Yator who crossed the finish line in a time of 35.09, followed by Gladys Kibwott and Jennifer Titika in clocking 35.18 and 35.50 respectively.

The race was flagged off by Major (retired) Michael Rotich, the chair of Athletics Kenya North Rift at 9am at Makutano Stadium, Kapenguria. It attracted over 2700 participants from the region.

“Kenya is known as an athletics powerhouse all over the world and we are happy to have this race that helps us identify and nurture talent each year,” said Major (rtd) Rotich. Safaricom Sponsorship Coordinator Angeline Sonje said: “We believe that sports, particularly athletics, has consistently been a source of national pride and Safaricom is proud to be part of this wider move to entrench athletics in Kapenguria as well as other parts of the country.”

The Safaricom Athletics Series moves to Eldoret for the Kass International. Marathon on the 15th November 2014.

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Justus Kagongo Kapenguria, West Pokot county