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Confusion Reigns At Kenyan Marathon

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

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.

For More: Standard Media