By Kennedy Langat
Kenya’s Cosmas Kiplimo Lagat retained the Zurich Maraton de Sevilla title he won on his marathon debut in 2014, improving his own course record at the IAAF Bronze Label Road Race to 2 hours 08 minutes and 14 seconds in the Spanish city.
Kiplimo Lagat took 19 seconds of his own course record set two years ago. In 2014, he was signed up as a pacemaker before heading off on his own for a surprise win but this time he was accorded the number 1 bib.
Spain’s Carles Castillejo came through strongly over the final seven kilometres, to finish second in 2 hours 11 minutes and 29 seconds to claim the Spanish national title and guarantee a place on Spain’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games team.
Morocco’s Spain-based veteran Hassane Ahouchar, finished third in Seville in 2 hours 11 minutes and 39 seconds.
Paula Gonzalez won the women’s title beating Kenya’s Eunice Jeptoo to the third position. An estimated 13,000 runners took to the roads of Seville on Sunday.
Meanwhile Dennis Otieno beat Said Tela to lift the Retinalyze Kenya Championship Title in Mombasa County.
In other results Joakim Mseda defeated Patrick Otoro in the welter weight bout while Fred Ochieng beat Hamza Said through technical knockout in the Light welter weight bout.
Mohammed Mbaruk was beaten by Mohammed Ali in the Bantam weight fight. The event which was organized by Mombasa County Boxing association in conjunction with the African warrior Boxing club founder and two time middle weight champion Evans Ashira Oure was used to create awareness on preventable blindness.
Oure said the Boxers who were selected during the event will be sponsored throughout the year and they are scheduled to meet their opponents in Tanga, Tanzania.