Victor Kipchirchir defends Eldoret City Marathon title, Emily Chebet wins women’s race

Victor Kipchirchir after winning the 42 km race during the fourth edition of Eldoret City Marathon in Eldoret Uasin County today. [Peter Ochieng, Standard]

Victor Kipchirchir has successfully defended his Eldoret City Marathon title this morning.

Kipchirchir ran a tactical race, storming into another convincing victory at the fourth edition of the marathon.

He made a move at the 35km mark and established a comfortable lead to the finish line.

Last year, Kipchirchir became the surprise winner in the race that starts at University of Eldoret and ends at the Zion Mall in Eldoret town Central Business District.

Kipchirchir timed 2:13:10 as Michael Mutai and Josphat Bett placed second and third in 2:13:23 and 2:13:58 respectively.

“I had prepared well but I had an injury and so, I was not sure of winning the race,” he said.

Emily Chebet Kipchumba took the women’s crown in a tight race where a leading pack of six marathoners stuck from 8km of the race until about 37km when it whittled down to four athletes.

Kipchumba ran 2:29:58, with Shyline Jepkorir and Lilian Chelagat finishing second and third.