Confusion Reigns At Kenyan Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published May. 8, 2013
  • Updated May. 8, 2013 at 9:34 AM UTC
Athletics Kenya president Isaiah Kiplagat says his office is looking into resolving who really won the Kericho International Marathon. Photo:

Some men ran 42K, while others ran 52K.

For most marathons, the set distance, 26.2 miles is pretty much assured. But that wasn’t the case at the Kericho International Marathon in Kenya last weekend.

In the men’s race, no winner was announced because guides had some athletes running 52K, while others ran 42K. Athletics Kenya president Isaiah Kiplagat said his office will take the matter into consideration and ultimately decide who the winners are.

However, the women’s race was run at the correct distance, with Alice Chelangat winning the event in 2:51:07. Chelangat was the silver medalist in the 2006 edition of the World Cross-Country Championships.

“I have competed in many marathons abroad but this year I decided to give Kericho Marathon,” she said. “I am glad that I won. I will now shift focus on the forthcoming World Championships.”

Emily Chebet, the world cross-country champion won the 10K race that was held in conjunction with the marathon. Her winning time was 30:00.8.

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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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