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Weldon Kirui Wins Kass Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Nov. 22, 2012
  • Updated Nov. 23, 2012 at 2:50 PM UTC
Weldon Kirui's morale has increased thanks to his win in Kenya. Photo: Standard Media

He says a win in his home country has boosted his morale.

Most Kenyans head all over the world to race in marathons, and so there should be no surprise that a 26.2-mile race held in their native country drew a highly competitive field.

In the 2012 edition of the Kass Marathon, Weldon Kirui was the first runner to break the tape. His finishing time, 2:17:44, was impressive given the course’s undulating nature.

“I have tried several marathons outside the country without winning,” Kirui said. “The victory in Kass Marathon has given me morale.” He finished second in the Los Angeles Marathon and placed ninth in the Eindhoven Marathon last year.

Peter Kosgei finished second nearly a minute behind Kirui, while  Samuel Rotich clocked third in 2:18:51.

Agnes Jepkosgei won the women’s race.

“I am quite happy I have won my first marathon race. I will focus more on training for future competitions,” the 25-year-old champion said.

Jepkosgei’s winning time was 2:41:30. Second and third place were awarded to Purity Kimeto and  Sally Kimaiyo respectively.

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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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