Koech, Kiplagat Win In Portugal

Bernard Koech breaks the tape in Lisbon this morning. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Both the men’s and women’s races were dominated by Kenyans.

Kenyans Edna Kiplagat and Bernard Koech were victorious today at the EDP Lisbon Half Marathon, an IAAF Road Race Gold label and one of six major events in the newly formed Half Marathon Grand Prix.

Kiplagat, the reigning world marathon champion who hadn’t won a half marathon race since 2007, broke the tape in 1 hour, 8 minutes and 48 seconds. Eunice Kirwa of Kenya was 12 seconds behind Kiplagat in second place, while Kenyan Pasalia Chepkorir Kipkoech finished third in 1:09:21.

“This was my fastest race in Lisbon, but I expected do better,” said Kiplagat. “The wind didn’t help us despite the excellent course and the good temperature. I’m glad with my performance but expected more.”

In the men’s race, Kenyan Bernard Koech broke the tape in 59:54, the only runner under 60 minutes on the day. Peter Some of Kenya was second in 1:00:21, while Abera Kuma of Ethiopia crossed the line in third, running 1:01:09.

“This was a hard race,” said Koech. “I won but was very windy and the performance wasn’t what I wanted.”

For More: IAAF

MEN’S RESULTS

1 Bernard Koech Ken 59:54

2 Peter Some Ken 1:00:21

3 Abera Kuma Eth 1:01:09

4 Bernard Kitur Ken 1:01:48

5 Richard Mengich Ken 1:01:56

6 Samuel Tsegay Eri 1:02:34

7 Milton Rotich Eth 1:02:46

8 Tsegaye Mekonnen Asefa Eth 1:03:41

9 Cutbert Nyasango Zim 1:04:30

10 Andre Pollmacher Ger 1:04:35

WOMEN’S RESULTS

1 Edna Kiplagat Ken 1:08:48

2 Eunice Kirwa Ken 1:08:59

3 Pasalia Chepkorir Kipkoech Ken 1:09:21

4 Sylvia Kibet Ken 1:10:41

5 Ana Dulce Felix Por 1:10:44

6 Malika Asahssah Mar 1:11:36

7 Tadeleche Bekele Eth 1:11:59

8 Jelena Prokopcuka Lat 1:12:55

9 Cruz Nonata Bra 1:13:52

10 Irvette Van Zyl Blerk RSA 1:14:25

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