Kenya Wins Chiba Ekiden Relay

Pamela Lisoreng breaks the tape for Kenya. Photo: IAAF

The United States took a disappointing fifth.

Pamela Lisoreng breaks the tape for Kenya. Photo: IAAF

It took two teenagers to do it, but thanks to Patrick Mutunga Mwikya and Edwin Mokua, Kenya was able to win Japan’s most famous relay, the Chiba Ekiden, on Wednesday.

The victory was Kenya’s first since the race became a mixed men’s and women’s race in 2007.

A total of twelve teams (10 from various nations) and two Japanese teams, took part in the six-stage relay. Second place went to the Japanese national team, while the Japanese prefecture team took third place overall.

In the race, the men ran the opening 5K, the 10K third stage, and the 10K fifth stage. The Kenyan men recorded bests in all three stages.

Teenagers Mwikya and Mokua ran the third and fifth stages respectively. Mwikya, just 17, was the 2011 World Youth Championships silver medalist at 3000m. He was also the 2011 World Cross Country junior bronze medalist.

Kenya’s combined finishing time was 2:04:40, which bettered the previous record of 2:05:27 set by an Ethiopian squad in 2008.

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