No Pain, No Gain For Ernest Kebenei In Nairobi

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Oct. 31, 2011
  • Updated Oct. 31, 2011 at 10:20 AM UTC
Ernest Kebenei breaks the tape in Nairobi on Sunday. Photo: Daily Nation

He suffered through the last stages to win.

Ernest Kebenei breaks the tape in Nairobi on Sunday. Photo: Daily Nation

The old adage, “No pain, no gain” proved true for Kenya’s Ernest Kebenei over the weekend. Despite a stabbing groin injury, the 27-year-old won the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon on Sunday. Kebenei won the race in 2:10:54, missing the course record by 42 seconds.

Still, Kebenei took home a bonus of 1.5 million Kenyan shillings (about $15,000) for his efforts, defeating rivals Franklin Chepkwony (2:10:59) and Simon Kiprop (2:11:04) who finished in second and third place, respectively.

According to the race report posted on the Daily Nation Web site, Kebenei isn’t an “athlete” and spends his time studying at Baraton University.

“It’s only after I set my eyes on Nyayo National Stadium when coming back that I felt pain in my groin,” Kebenei said. “With Chepkwony charging fiercely, I prayed to God not to let this pot break at the doorstep and I thank him for answering my prayer on this beautiful morning.”

Kebenei is now looking to race the Dubai Marathon in January. He took up running 2004 while a high schooler at Kapikwen High School.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at 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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