Choge, Ebongon score Kenyan double in Kosice


Raymond Choge, 2018 Kosice Peace Marathon winner (PHOTO/IAAF/Organisers)
Raymond Choge, 2018 Kosice Peace Marathon winner (PHOTO/IAAF/Organisers)

In Summary

  • Kenyans Raymond Choge and Milliam Ebongon raced to victory at the 95th edition of the Kosice Peace Marathon on Sunday.
  • Choge outsprinted Ethiopian Aychew Bantie over the final 400 metres to take the four-second victory in 2:08:11, a personal best and the third best winning time in Kosice. Bantie's 2:08:15 was also a lifetime best

Kenyans Raymond Choge and Milliam Ebongon raced to victory at the 95th edition of the Kosice Peace Marathon on Sunday.

Running in pleasant conditions, Choge outsprinted Ethiopian Aychew Bantie over the final 400 metres to take the four-second victory in 2:08:11, a personal best and the third best winning time in Kosice. Bantie’s 2:08:15 was also a lifetime best.

Shumet Mengistu, another Ethiopian, was third in 2:08:50, also a lifetime best. Defending champion Reuben Kerio was fourth in 2:09:23 with Nicholas Korir, who was making his marathon debut, rounding out the top five in 2:11:33.

“I wanted to be better than last year and I was also hoping for new personal best,” said Choge, who was fifth last year. “My goals were fulfilled, I must be satisfied.”

Ebongon Surprise

Milliam Ebongon winning the Kosice Peace Marathon (PHOTO/IAAF/Organisers)

The women’s race provided a surprise. It wasn’t Sheila Jerotich, the defending champion, was followed the fast tempo of set by male pacer Cyrus Kiplagat, but instead it was Ebongon, who debuted in the marathon last spring in Enschede where she ran alone. Here, running with the pacesetter, she reached the half in a promising 1:12:00.

Jerotich tried to maintain contact but ultimately dropped back. Ebongon meanwhile was rewarded with a big personal best of 2:27:16 and a course record to secure the fifth Kenyan double at this race.

“I was not believing I could win and achieve a course record before the race,” the winner said. “Now this is reality and I think I can run even faster.”

Jerotich was second in 2:29:40 with Ethiopian Jemila Wortesa Shure third in 2:32:32.

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