Cherop, Yego triumph in Eldoret City Marathon
The 2012 Boston Marathon champion Sharon Cherop and Elkana Yego are the winners of the inaugural Eldoret City Marathon held in Uasin Gishu County on Sunday.
The winners pocketed three million shillings each, while the second-placed finishers Sh 1.5 million as the third finishers went home Sh1 million shillings richer trickling down to Sh 10,000 for the 10th place.
Cherop, who was in the leading pack that included Lydia Cheromei, Jane Seurei and Eunice Chumba broke after 30km mark and led to the tape.
She said that she decided to break and increase her pace and when she saw there was no reaction from the other competitors.
“I’m very happy to have won today. It was a tough race but I enjoyed competing at home because most of the people know me and you could hear them shouting my name which gave me morale,” said the athlete.
Paced by her husband Mathew Kosgei, Cherop ran a tactical race clocking 2:29:57, ahead of another star Lydia Cheromei, who ran in 2:33:25 as Jane Jelagat Seurei came in third place timing 2:33:46.
Cherop, who has been training in Uasin Gishu County, said that she came to participate in the race as part of her training after competing in the Rome Marathon two weeks ago and was surprised she had enough energy to win.
This was her first victory after coming back from maternity and she is setting her eyes on one of the major marathons in September or October.
“I’m going to work on my training as I prepare myself for one of the major marathons,” she added.
Cheromei who is a former World Cross Country junior champion, said she had to cancel a half marathon race in China on Sunday.
“I decided to run at home and see what the results would be and I’m very happy after emerging second ,” she said.
Newcomer Elkana Yego, who used to run 1,500m but decided to switch to road races after constant injuries in the track, emerged first after running 2:12:44 ahead of Phillip Kangogo, who clocked 2:12:49 and Brian Kipsang sealed the podium spots in 2:12:50.
Yego said that he was well prepared and his goal was to get to the podium so that he could get a manager.
“I don’t have a manager and winning today I know I will get one going forward and my dream is to one day run in London Marathon,” said the athlete, who boasts of training with the likes of former world champion in 3,000m steeplechase Ezekiel Kemboi.
The race, which attracted many participants was organized by Uasin Gishu County Government in collaboration with former two time Boston Marathon champion Moses Tanui.
1. Elkana Yego 2:12:44
2. Phillip Kangogo 2:12:49
3. Brian Kipsang 2:12:50
4. Ezekiel Korir 2:13:20
5. David Tarus 22:13:50
1. Sharon Cherop 2:29:57
2. Lydia Cheromei 2:33:25
3. Jane Seurei 2:33:46
4. Maureen Chepkemoi 2:34:13
5. Jackline Chepngeno 2:35:08