Florence Kiplagat wins Barcelona Half Marathon

By Fredrick Muoki./Agencies

Florence Kiplagat won the Barcelona Half Marathon for a fourth consecutive time in one hour 8 minutes 15 seconds Sunday night in Spain.

Kiplagat was expected to make a challenge to reclaim the half marathon world record from Peres Jepchirchir who broke it last Friday at RAK Marathon in the United Arab Emirates but fell two minutes off the pace.

The men’s race was won by Leonard Kipkoech Lang’at who led Kenyans to a sweep of the top four places.

Lang’at won the race in one hour 52 seconds. Meschack Koech took second place in one hour 54 seconds, Joel Kimurere was third clocking 1 hour 59 seconds and two time world champion Abel Kirui finished fourth.

“I’m satisfied with my win but also a little bit disappointed as the wind has annoyed me a lot,” said Kiplagat, who will turn 30 later this month. “I would have liked to run under 1:06 today but at this early stage of the season I’m not at my peak as I’m still in full preparation for the London Marathon in April. I love to come back to Barcelona every year; I realise people already know me and really appreciate me.

“It’s OK, records are there to be broken,” she added when asked about Jepchirchir’s world record earlier in the week. “I’m now happy for her and we’ll try to regain the record in the future.”

Elsewhere, Kenya Under 20 National team lost 0-4 in their second friendly match against Senegal last night at the Leopold Sedar Stadium in Dakar.

The team had earlier lost 2-0 on Friday to the hosts. However, the Kenyan boys are scheduled to play against Egypt on Monday 20th February in Cairo in another friendly.


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