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Victor Kipchirchir Defeats Geoffrey Mutai In The Half

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jul. 10, 2012
  • Updated Jul. 10, 2012 at 8:25 AM UTC
Victor Kipchirchir smiles as he breaks the tape at the Sotokoto Half Marathon yesterday. Photo: Michezo Africa

He admitted he was happy to have beaten his rival.

Even though he won both the Boston and ING New York City Marathons doesn’t mean that Geoffrey Mutai is unstoppable.

The point was proven at the Sotokoto Half Marathon in Kenya last weekend when Victor Kipchirchir defeated Mutai.

Kipchirchir’s winning time was 1:01:45.

Peter Kimelin was the runner up a second later, while Mutai clocked 1:02:13.

“It was an excellent run by the three of us but I’m happy with the win especially after beating my rival Kimelin and Mutai and now look forward to make the shift to the full marathon,” said Kipchirchir after the race.

Grace Momanyi won the women’s division in 1:11:42. She was the defending 10,000m champion from the Commonwealth Games.

Phyllis Ongori and Pauline Njeri took second and third respectively.

The Sotokoto Half Marathon is the most lucrative 13.1-mile race in Kenya with a prize purse equal to approximately $14,200.

The race is s geared towards the promotion of peace and conservation of the environment.

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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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