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Kenyan Outsider Prevails At Berlin Half

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Apr. 8, 2013
  • Updated Apr. 8, 2013 at 9:53 AM UTC
A smiling Jacob Kendagor breaks the tape in Berlin. Photo: IAAF

Jacob Kendagor dips under the hour-mark for the first time in his career.

Despite the fact that Jacob Kendagor of Kenya was entered into the Berlin Vaterfall Half Marathon with a seeded time two minutes slower than the leader, he was still able to win the race.

The annual event is one of Germany’s largest road races and from the start it appeared to be real footrace. Joining the relatively unknown Kendagor in the early stages were fellow Kenyans Silas Kipruto, Victor Kipchirchir and Kenneth Kipkemoi.

This lead pack crossed the 10k mark in 28:23.

By 11K, the 28-year-old Kendagor put on the jets and only Kipruto could hang with him. By 17K, it was Kendagor’s race to lose. He broke the tape in 59:36, a full 1:39 faster than he’d ever covered 13.1 miles before.

After the race, Kendagor reflected on the chilly race-day temperatures. “For me it was not too cold. The weather and the course were very good. And I am happy to be back in Berlin with another very good personal best.”

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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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