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Kenyan Betters Course Record In Edmonton

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Aug. 23, 2011
  • Updated Aug. 23, 2011 at 9:41 AM UTC
Jacob Kiprotich Mengich set a new course record at the Edmonton Marathon. Photo: Edmonton Sun

He bettered the mark by four seconds.

Jacob Kiprotich Mengich set a new course record at the Edmonton Marathon. Photo: Edmonton Sun

Jacob Kiprotich Mengich doesn’t have much to say, but when he runs, he runs very, very fast. The Kenyan set a new course record at the Canadian Derby Edmonton Marathon last Sunday with a 2:23:33 clocking, improving the record by four seconds.

“It was nice,” Mengich said of his win. “The course is fast.”

Mengich dominated the race, pulling away from the rest of the field in the first few kilometers.

The second-place finisher, Ryan Day of Vancouver, was a full 12 minutes back.

“I’m not in that kind of shape yet,” Day said regarding Mengich’s time. “I ran 2:19 before, but that was years ago.”

Brendan Lunty, who won the marathon last year, came in third.

“[I saw Mengich] for about five kilometres. I saw his back,” Lunty recalled. “It looked good, it looked fast. I ran with Ryan [Day] for a little while. It was good for the first half and the second half … oh well, it’s all right.”

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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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