1. Ezekial Kemboi (Ken) - 2:18:15
2. Jean B. Ruvubi (Rwa) - 2:19:03
3. Benard Kipngetich (Ken) - 2:19:27
5. Fred Habakurama (Rwa) - 2:22:04
1. Peris Toroitich (Ken) - 2:47:22
2. Elisabether Chemwno (Ken) - 2:47:59
3. Shelmith Muriuki (Ken) - 2:50:18
4. Jenviere Musabimana (Rwa) - 2:56:40
1. Wycliffe Kipkorir Biwot (Ken) - 1:04:40
2. Naillel Anisomuk Hoseya (Ken) - 1:04:55
3. Eric Sebahire (Rwa) - 1:04:58
4. Felicien Muhitira (Rwa) - 1:05:16
1. Gladys Pkemoi (Ken) - 1:12:39
2. Rose Chelimo (Ken) - 1:13:38
3. Nancy Chepngetich (Ken) - 1:14:12
4. Salome Nyirarukundo (Rwa) - 1:14:51
New Athletics Stars (NAS) runner Jean Baptiste Ruvubi clocked 2:19:03 to finish a historic second in the men’s 42km at the 11th edition of the Kigali International Peace Marathon yesterday.
The 28-year old ended a decade-long Rwandan jinx that had seen Kenyans dominate the podium in the full marathon.
“I am more than excited about my achievement today. It was not easy but I kept believing that I can make it and when I got to the 35km mark, fans encouraged me to continue and indeed I overtook three runners in front of me with 5km to go and I am glad I finished second,” explained the thrilled Ruvubi.
Kenya’s Ezekial Omullo Kemboi (2:18:15) finished 48 seconds ahead of the Gicumbi-based long distance runner with Benard Kipngetich (Kenya), who clocked 2:19:27, finishing third.
It was a clean sweep for the Kenyans in the women’s category with Peris Jerotich Toroitich (2:47:22) walking away with the gold medal while Elisabether Chemwno (2:47:59) and Shelmith Nyawira Muriuki (2:50:18) finished second and third, respectively.
Janviere Musabimana clocked 2:56:40 to finish fourth and as the highest placed Rwandan female in the 42km event.
Rwandan Eric Sebahire (1:04:58) and Felicien Muhitira 91:05:16) were third and fourth in that order in the half marathon – 21km while Salome Nyirarukundo was the highest placed Rwanda finishing in fourth position after posting 1:14:51.
The winners of the full marathon walked away with Rwf1.6m ($2,300) with the runner-ups getting Rwf1.2m ($1,700) while the winners of the half marathon were rewarded with Rwf1m ($1,430) and runners up bagging Rwf700, 000 ($1,000).Follow https://twitter.com/@Pinkett888