NAIROBI, Kenya, May 23 – Two-time Rotterdam Marathon winner Geoffrey Kiprono Mutai clinched the second edition of the Sotokoto Safari Half Marathon on Sunday.
Mutai who clinched the race in 1:07.55 ahead of 2009 champion David Tarus who crossed the line in a time of 1:08.21 while Hela Jelagat was crowned the women’s champion.
“I’m very happy. Sotokoto is a big event that’s why I decided to run here. Most of the time Kenyans always hear of our performances abroad but it’s good for them to see us up close,” said Mutai.
“I did not come with a strategy for the race. I decided to go all out and pray to God for the best,” he added.
Jelagat was equally delighted with her victory in the 21 km event after finishing fifth last year.
“At the start I was at the back but I made the break at the 5km mark with no one following me,” said Jelagat who won the race in 1:17.52.
Last year’s women’s Standard Chartered marathon winner Irene Jerotich was second in 1:19.22 with Penina Arusei clinched third in 1:19.36.
“I struggled in the beginning because we were so many and the narrow road made it difficult but you have to struggle,” said Jerotich.
1. Geoffrey Mutai- 1:07.55
2. David Tarus- 1:08.21
3. Elijah Moturi- 1:09.02
4. Stephen Kibiwott- 1:09.03
1. Helah Chelagat- 1:17.52
2. Irene Jerotich- 1:19.22
3. Penina Arusei- 1: 19:36
4. Helena Kirop- 1:20.34