Dar Es Salaam — LOCAL sprinter Fabian Joseph won the half marathon race in this year’s Kilimanjaro International Marathon held in Moshi, as Kenyans finish atop of the full marathon race.
Joseph clocked one hour, three minutes and 59 seconds in the only race that Tanzanians took the top three positions.
He managed to beat a record set by countryman Damian Chopa, who won the race in 2008 in a record of 1:04.43. Dickson Marwa finished in the second position clocking 1:04.19 followed by Damian Chopa who finished seven seconds later.
In the ladies half marathon, Naomi Maiyo of Kenya took one hour 16 minutes and 26 seconds to finish top, while another Kenyan Beatrice Ruto came second, eight seconds later and Restituta Joseph of Tanzania was third.
The winners in both categories walked away with 1.5m/-, while the second and third placed winners received 750,000/- and 430,000/- respectively.
In the men’s full marathon race, Stephen Cheboguit from Kenya emerged the winner clocking two hours, 15 minutes and 32 seconds, followed by compatriots David Kiprono and Julius Tumakor.
The only Tanzanians in the top 10 positions were Ali Juma and Daudi Joseph, who finished in fourth and fifth position respectively. Interestingly, there was no Tanzanian who finished in the top 10 position in the ladies full marathon.
Kenyans dominated this race with Fredah Lopeda clocking two hours, 40 minutes and 22 seconds to be crowned champion. She was followed by Evelyne Atacha and Kusar Leah.
The winners in the 42km race in both men and ladies category received 3m/-, while the second and third placed winners received 1.5m/- and 850,000/- respectively.
Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda who was the chief guest applauded the Kenyan female athletes who dominated the full marathon and challenged their counterparts from Tanzania to borrow a leaf.
“This has been an excellent performance from the Kenyan ladies and we do hope our ladies will emulate them in the coming races,” he said. There was also a good turnout in the Vodacom five kilometre fun run with each participant receiving goody packs from sponsors Vodacom Tanzania.
The Kilimanjaro International Marathon, named after the namesake mountain in northern Tanzania, is held in the northern town of Tanzania and this year the race marked its eighth edition.
The main sponsor of the annual event is Tanzania Breweries Limited through its Kilimanjaro Premium Lager brand. Other sponsors are Vodacom Tanzania, Tanga Cement, Goodyear Tyre, KK Security, DT Dobie, New African Hotel, TPC Sugar, Tanzania Tourist Board, Wild Frontiers, TanzaniteOne, Keys Hotel and Kilimanjaro Drinking Water.