Alice Mogire Breaks Oporto Course Record

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Sep. 19, 2012
  • Updated Sep. 19, 2012 at 9:41 AM UTC
Alice Mogire celebrates at the finish line of the Oporto Half Marathon. Photo; IAAF

The Kenyan clocked 1:10:23 for the 13.1-mile distance.

There was some serious speed going on in the town of Oporto, Portugal last weekend. Alice Mogire dominated one of the most scenic races in Europe to win the Oporto Half Marathon. Her nearest rival, Ethiopia’s Ehitu Kiros Reda, was over a minute behind.

Third place went to Portugal’s own Leonor Carneiro who clocked 1:13:33.

After the first 10K, Mogire dropped the hammer and moved to first position. No one in the field could counter and she ended up setting a personal best.

In the men’s race Benson Barus of Kenya ran 1:01:44–a far cry from the blazing time that Zersenay Tadese ran on the same course last year when he set the course record.

Surprisingly, James Kwambai, who owns a sub-1 hour PR, was only able to muster a sixth-place showing with a relatively pedestrian 63:00.

Second place in the men’s division went to Bernard Kitur, 1:01:57, while third place was awarded to Evans Lagat Chebet.

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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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