NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 27 – Brimin Kipkorir returned to this year’s Nairobi Standard Chartered Marathon to reclaim the title he won in 2017, winning the men’s race in 2 Hours, 10 Minutes and 42 Seconds on Sunday morning.
In the corresponding women’s race, Purity Jebichii, the winner of the 2015 Half Marathon at the same event, clinched the full marathon title in 2 Hours, 33 Minutes, 30 Minutes flooring Chemtai Rionotukei to second place in 2:33:03 as Shelmith Muriuki clocked 2:34:39 for third.
Both Kipkorir and Jebichii walked home with Sh2 million prize money that was increased this year from the previous Sh1.5 million.
Women’s winner of 2019 Standard Chartered winner Jebichi crossing the line. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA
Kipkorir finished ahead of Stephen Kipchirchir who was second 2 Hours, 11 Minutes, 53 Seconds while Victor Serem settled for third in 2 Hours, 12 Minutes, 00 Seconds.
“I did not expect to win this year’s race but I was certain of making it to the podium. I won the Half Marathon in 2015 and it is my joy to achieve my goal. I will go discuss with my coach and see which race I will participate,” women’s winner in full marathon, Jebichii said after the race.
In the half marathon, Andrew Nyamwai dominated the men’s race 1 Hour, 01 Minutes, 51 Seconds while the women’s race went to Sheila Chepkirui.