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Kenyans dominate GC marathon

Phakalane: Kenyan long distance runners, Felix Kipkoror and Benjamin Kipro Serem were stars of the day yesterday coming first and second respectively in the second edition of the 42.2 kilometres Steinmetz Gaborone City Marathon.
By Staff Writer Sat 22 Nov 2014, 06:45 am (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: Kenyans dominate GC marathon








The Kenyans had to beat stiff competition from a strong Lesotho contingent of Jacob Khatoane, Tshepo Ramarene and Ramolefi Motseloa.

The two were separated by some milliseconds to the finish line with Kipkorir finishing at 02:16:25, while Serem registered a time of 02:16:46 to come second.  Khatoane came third with a time of 02:16:49 followed by his countrymen Ramarene and Motseloa on 02:16:51 and 02:18:03 respectively.

The second edition of the marathon however, failed to beat a record of 02:15: 40 set by another Kenyan Simon Njoroge in 2010. The top three athletes have qualified for the London Olympic Games by clocking the set qualification time of two minutes and 16 seconds.  Three- time Comrades Marathon winner, Stephen Muzhingi of Zimbabwe was nowhere to be seen near the top ten. The decorated Muzhingi was counted among the favourites to win the marathon. Only two Batswana, Ndabili Bashingili and Kelebonye Sembuwa featured among the top ten finishing ninth and tenth respectively. Bashingili recorded a time of 02:21:00 while Sembuwa recorded 02:21:35.

In the women category, Samukeliso Moyo of Zimbabwe defended her title recording 02:48:29. Ntahleng Masaile of Lesotho followed her with 02: 54:03 and Moleboheng Mofatu, also from Lesotho came third on 02:59:53. Onkemetse Solotate was cheered to the finish line coming fourth being the first Motswana to arrive.

The Kenyans had swapped leading the pack with men from Lesotho from the early stages of the marathon that started under a cloudy and slightly humid weather. Their strategy to follow slightly behind the leaders started to work perfectly after one and a half hours as they capitalised on a strong headwind around Tsholofelo park to gain some momentum and take the lead. They would remain close together by the Sebele Centre mall, but the men from Kenya started pulling away after the Sebele traffic lights. On the final stretch towards the Phakalane turnoff traffic lights, with two hours and 10 minutes on the clock, Khatoane was on the lead followed by Ramarene and Motseloa, while Kipkoror and Kipro were occupying fourth and fifth spot.



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