Kenyans shine in Turkey: Kwemoi, Obiri win races at 2022 Istanbul Half Marathon

Rodgers Kwemoi celebrates as he crosses the line to win the 2022 Istanbul Half Marathon on Sunday, March 27, 2022 [N Kolay Istanbul Marathon]

Ex-national cross country champion Rodgers Kwemoi and World 5000m champion Hellen Obiri flew the Kenyan flag high in Turkey on Sunday after they both won their races at the N Kolay 2022 Istanbul Half Marathon.

Kwemoi led a Kenyan 1-2-3 finish after setting a new course record, crossing the finish line in 59:21. Compatriots Daniel Matieko and Emmanuel Bor second and third respectively in 1:00:05 and 1:00:20.

In the women’s race, Obiri got her first-ever victory over the distance, clocking 1:04:50. The Ethiopian duo of Tsehay Gemechu and Bekelech Gudeta finished second and third respectively in 1:05:52 and 1:06:35

The 17th N Kolay 2022 Istanbul Half Marathon was held in two categories, 10 kilometers and 21 kilometers, with more than 650 foreign athletes from 65 countries in participation.

 

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