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Florence Kiplagat Wins Sapporo Half Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jul. 4, 2011
  • Updated Jul. 5, 2011 at 9:37 AM UTC
Florence Kiplagat breaks the tape at last year's World Half-Marathon Championships. Photo: IAAF

Florence Kiplagat breaks the tape at last year's World Half-Marathon Championships. Photo: IAAF

The times were slow due to the challenging conditions.

The Kenyans were on top at the Sapporo Half Marathon in Japan on Sunday. The champion of the men’s division was Cyrus Njui who had won the race two times previously. His winning time was 1:01:47, which was the slowest of his three victories–a testament to the extremely warm temperatures.

“It was quite warm and thus time was not good, but my training had gone well and I was able to run as my coach had told me,” Njui said after the race.

Second place went to the course record holder, Mekubo Mogusu, who crossed the line in 1:02:11. Josphat Ndambiri was third in 1:02:37.

In the women’s division, the reigning women’s half-marathon champion, Florence Kiplagat won in 1:10:29, which was the slowest half marathon of her career. Second place went to Sally Kaptich Kipyego who was running the second half marathon in her career (1:12:03).

Megumi Kinukawa of Japan placed third with 1:12:22.Kinukawa is a graduate of Sendai Ikue High School, Sammy Wanjiru’s alma mater.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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