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Obiri and Kwemoi Dash to Victory as Kenya Completes a Double at the Istanbul Half Marathon

Helen Obiri and Rogers Kwemoi stormed to victory in the Istanbul Half Marathon on Sunday to complete a Kenyan double at the global event.

Obiri who is not new to winning such races, fell off the course record time by 46 seconds after clocking one hour, 04 minutes and 48 seconds to chalk up the victory.

The world 5,000m champion dashed to victory ahead of the Ethiopian duo of Tsehay Gemechu and Bekelech Gudeta who clocked 1:05:52 and 1:06:35 respectively.

This was the fourth half Marathon race for Obiri who fell far of the course record set last year by compatriot and world marathon champion Ruth Chepng’etich of 1:04:02.

Obiri was second runners up in last year’s edition and the victory in Istanbul on Sunday swept her of off her feet.

In the men’s race Rodgers Kwemoi dashed to victory in 59 minutes and 15 seconds, leading compatriots Daniel Mateiko and Emmanuel Bor to a podium sweep.

Rogers Kwemoi. PHOTO/Courtesy

Mateiko clocked 1:00:05 to take up second position while Bor came in third in a time of 1:00:05.

Kwemoi set a new course record in Turkey, cutting off 25 seconds from the 59:35 record that was set last year by another Kenyan Kibiwott Kandie.

Kwemoi inks his name in history books as the fourth Kenyan to win the men’s Istanbul Half Marathon following in the footsteps of Kibiwott Kandie( 2021), Bernard Ng’eno (2019) and Evans Kiplagat (2015).

Meanwhile Obiri is also the fourth Kenyan to win the women’s gong after double winner Ruth Chepng’etich (2017, 2021), Violah Jepchumba (2016) and Gladys Cherono (2015).

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