TANZANIANS were left with bitter pills to swallow after witnessing Kenyans taking home almost all medals and cash prizes at the 10th Kilimanjaro Marathon, which took place here on Sunday.
Fabian Joseph, I hour, 3 minutes and 32 seconds managed to finish in top three in the half marathon men’s category behind Hosea Mallel of Kenya whose time of 1:03:00 won him this year’s event that went with a 3m/- cash prize.
Ngugi Geoffrey finished second (1:03.14) Tanzanian Mary Naali was a distance fifth after clocking 1:15.47 in the same category for ladies category. Otherwise, all other top ten finishers in the two categories were Kenyans. It was even heart breaking in full marathon where none of the Tanzanian runner managed to break into the top ten bracket in both men’s and ladies categories as Kenyans swept all medals and cash prizes to once again underline and signify the drastic fall of athletics standard in the country.
Hundreds of Moshi residents who turned up at the MUCCOS grounds, including Information, Youth, Culture and Sports Minister Emmanuel Nchimbi, who was chief guest, saw Kenyan David Kipromo broke the event’s record after clocking 2:13.5 as he categorically classified the race as toughest he has ever competed in.
“It is one of the most difficult marathons I’ve ever participated. Characteristics of steep route ensured it was hard for runners to cope…but with determination and drills that I went through back home in Kenya, enabled me overcome the challenges and I’m happy that I won it,” said the 6m/- cash prize winner.
Monica Jopkoech from Kenya won the ladies Full Marathon, clocking 2:42.45 and was also entitled to a 6m/- prize. The duo will only collect their cash prizes after passing the dope test. Second placed in full marathon men went to another Kenyan Ezekiel Mimtani, who clocked 2:14. 06.
He will be awarded 3m/- after passing the requisite dope test, same as Peris Jopkorir who finished second in the ladies’ full marathon. Kenyan Kibet Timothy finished third in a time of 2:15.38 in full marathon, men’s category, while in the ladies category the third place went to Panuelog Anersmoila who clocked 2:43.41. They both took home 1.7m/- cash prizes.
Gapco also dished out cash prizes to winners in the Gapco Disabled Half Marathon who are Berna Mathias, Iduma Yusuph and Mbangumbangu Mzee.
Kilimanjaro Premium Lager Brand Manager George Kavishe said the 10th anniversary of the Kili Marathon has been improved in terms of preparations as well as prizes. “We are aware that running the marathon is a tough and challenging and therefore we appreciate seeing many of our youth coming in great numbers to compete and bring honour to Tanzania this is why we have almost doubled the cash prizes,” he said.
The annual Kilimanjaro Marathon event is being sponsored by Kilimanjaro Lager. Other co-sponsors include Vodacom who sponsored the 5km Fun Run, Gapco who sponsored Disabled Half Marathon. Water tables, sponsored by CFAO Motors, KK Security, TanzaniteOne, TPC Sugar, Precisionair, Kilimanjaro Water, Tanzania Tourist Board, Tanga Cement as well as Standard Chartered, were available throughout the entire route to keep runners refreshed. It is being jointly coordinated by Wild Frontiers of South Africa and Dar es Salaam-based Executive Solution, whose Managing Director Aggrey Marealle was the day’s Master of ceremonies.
Source: Daily News - Tanzania Online news Article