Flawless Kenyans colonise the Singapore Marathon with a 1-17 sweep


Athletes hit the road during the Baringo 10km Marathon  in Kabarnet on Sunday. (PHOTO/Courtesy)
(FILE)Athletes hit the road during the Baringo 10km Marathon  in Kabarnet on Sunday. (PHOTO/Courtesy)

In Summary

  • Over the ages, Kenya has been the envy of many as far as athletics is concerned dominating major races across the world capitals.
  • From David Lekuta Rudhisha, Eliud Kipchoge, Ezekiel Kemboi just to mention but a few, Kenyan athletes have been trail blazers.
  • And on Sunday, at the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon, Kenya took her dominance to a whole new level to monopolise podium positions.

Kenyan athletes are known to dominate races whenever they show up to any competition globally be it in the sweltering heat of Dubai or the bone chilling winters of the Baltic region.

But on Sunday, December 9, the Kenyans completely colonized the Singapore StanChart Marathon you would be forgiven to think it was a race in Iten.

We are not talking about a 1-2-3 finish, this was a race where our athletes dominated the entire top 17 slots it looked like a Kenyan procession to the finish line for the men.

Let us really show how the finish line up looked like; 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13-14-15-16-17.

The 2015 Standard Marathon champion Joshua Kipkorir won clocking 2:12:19 hours to emerge first ahead of compatriots Felix Kirwa who came in second in 02:13:42 as Andrew Kimtai closed the podium in 02:14:29.

Kenyans took all the other positions from there with Charles Kipsang settling for position 17 in a time of 02:39:53.

As for the women, they took up the 1-2-3-4-5 positions.

Prisca Cherono led the five female Kenyans in a podium sweep hitting the tape in 02:32:11. Stella Barsosio was second in  02:33:22 while Jane Jelagat came in third in 02:35:37 ahead of Agnes Kiprop (02:39:13) while Naomy Maiyo (02:39:57)completed Kenya’s dominance in the race.

Many have jokingly referred to the Kenyan anthem as the official soundtrack of the IAAF but when you think about it, they are not really wrong.

Even the Singaporeans who showed up to cheer their own, probably heard the Kenyan anthem more than they did theirs during the race.

Could be wrong here but this could probably be the most dominant race ever by Kenyans.

Shockingly, the athletes who attained the feat were not even Kenya’s crème de la crème but average if not promising talents.

Scientists, enthusiasts and regular Joes have for years tried to figure out what makes Kenyans so dominant when it comes to marathons and other short races but even they will be shocked at this kind of dominance.

Here’s the full list of the winners as posted on multisportaustralia.com.

 

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