Robert Kipkemboi and Naomi Jebet are the winners of the 2nd edition of the Nairobi City Marathon that was held on Sunday.
Kipkemboi cut the tape in the men’s race in 2:08:30, followed by Yosei Mneria, who was running his second marathon, clocking 2:08:06, while Robert Kipkorir bagged bronze in 2 hours, 9 minutes, and 15 seconds.
Kipkemboi, 33, said he outpaced the leading pack with only 6 kilometers remaining to bag his second local marathon title after winning the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon in 2016.
Jebet won women’s marathon gold in 2:24:33, her first marathon win, followed by Sharon Chelimo, who clocked 2:25:20, and Judith Jeruth, who took bronze in 2:27.01.
Both Kipkemboi and Jebet bagged fat cheques of Ksh 3.5 each for their wins.
In the half marathon races, Gladys Chepkurui and Ugandan Maxwel Rotich emerged victorious for women and men, respectively.
Chepkurui won the race in 1 hour, 9 minutes, and 6 seconds, followed by Susan Chembai 59 seconds later, while Nancy Chepleting finished 3rd, stopping the clock in 1:10:17.
Iten-based Ugandan Rotich was a surprise winner in the men’s 21KM competition, clocking 1:00.10, followed closely by Kenyan Vincent Kipkorir in 1:01.13.
while Kennedy Kimutai came home in 3rd place with a time of 1:01.22.
Over 12,000 runners took part in the second edition, which was flagged off by Sports CS Ababu Namwamba and Nairobi Governor Jonson Sakaja.