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Kiprono, Suuto win in Kampala half marathon

By Vision Reporter

Added 4th September 2005 03:00 AM

PERSISTENCE eventually paid off for Arua and Standard High School athletics teams’ yesterday when their women and men won the 2005 national half marathon.

PERSISTENCE eventually paid off for Arua and Standard High School athletics teams’ yesterday when their women and men won the 2005 national half marathon.

By Swalley Kenyi

Overall:
Arua 7:45.38
Ndejje 8:17.18
Women:
Arua 4:19.15
Ndejje 4:49.38
Makerere 6:37.14
Men:
Standard High 3:25.32
Arua 3:26.23
Ndejje 3:27.43


Individuals:
Men:
Nicholus Kiprono 1:05.13
James Kibet 1:05.28
Mathew Chebet 1:06.47
Women:
Jane Suuto 1:21.16
Lilian Badaru 1:23.42
Max. Cherotich 1:25.52


PERSISTENCE eventually paid off for Arua and Standard High School athletics teams’ yesterday when their women and men won the 2005 national half marathon.

Arua were inspired by senior athletes Jane Suuto (1:21.16) and Lilian Badaru (1:23:42) who came first and second to beat Ndejje University to second place and change the order of last year’s results when Ndejje were first and Arua second.

“I’m not surprised with my win because we have been training in Kenya where Dorcus (Inzikuru, world 3000m steeplechase champion) usually prepares from,” Suuto said after the race.

The 21.975km event, that started from Makerere University through Wandegeya, Kamwokya, Kololo Airstrip, Kiira Road, Ntinda, Kisasi, Kanyanya and Kalerwe before it got back to Makerere, attracted 70 women and 230 men.

Although Standard High School had only one athlete finishing within the MTN-sponsored prize bracket – James Kibet – a large number of athletes ensured their men won. Kibet was second in the men’s race, 15 seconds behind Nicholas Kiprono, the winner (1:05.28).

Kampala Central athletics team, who were favoured for the men’s top place, fell off when their Kenyan athletes Luka Chelimo and Samuel Kiprono – who came third and seventh – were disqualified because of their nationality.

The men and women winners bagged sh0.9m each while the top ten individual winners walked away with cash prizes between sh120,000 and sh10,000 and MTN souvenirs.

Kiprono, Suuto win in Kampala half marathon

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